Hilton planning five-star hotel in Canberra with unsolicited bid
RiotACT - Ian Bushnell - August 14, 2019

The Hilton hotel group is looking to establish a presence in Canberra with an unsolicited proposal to build a five-star complex in the national capital. The hotel would boast signature restaurants, bars, a health club, swimming pools as well as a hotel school, a child care centre...

Dundas childcare centre at Bennetts Rd West not welcome
The Daily Telegraph - Joanne Vella, Parramatta Advertiser - August 13, 2019

A group of residents lobbying against a 57-place childcare centre at Dundas say it would be a horrendous addition to the cul-de-sac. The group has written 20 letters to Parramatta Council over the application, which will include the demolition of a house to build the $1.9 million centre...

Early Childhood Language Program at Jindi Kindergarten goes global
Herald Sun - Margot Taylor, Whittlesea Leader - August 13, 2019

Pay a visit to Mernda’s Jindi Kindergarten and you are likely to hear ‘Sata sri akala’ ringing from the playground. ‘Sata sri akala’ is Punjabi for ‘hello’. The kindergarten’s 99 pupils recently started twice-weekly Punjabi lessons as part of the State Government’s $17.9 million Early Childhood...

Canberra consult gives input into foundational EYLF document, the Melbourne Declaration
The Sector - Freya Lucas - August 13, 2019

Parents, educators, politicians and educational experts met in Canberra last Friday to provide their input into a national review of Australia’s education goals, as contained in a foundational document of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), the Melbourne Declaration...

Arena REIT to lift distribution as glut eases
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - August 13, 2019

Childcare centre landlord Arena REIT expects to lift distributions to its investors by 5.9 per cent in the 2020 financial year as a supply glut in the sector eases and rental income increases. Led by managing director Rob de Vos, Arena has seen off a potential over-supply...

Salisbury locals fight to stop Chinese development
The Courier Mail - Kristy Muir, Southern Star - August 13, 2019

Changes to the proposed plans of a controversial development on Brisbane’s southside have done little to put residents’ minds at ease. More than 200 submissions opposing the 60 Rosebank Square development have been made which includes a 70-space childcare centre...

It's official: There is not enough play-based learning in WA classrooms, and children are suffering
WA Today - Daile Cross - August 12, 2019

Teachers will today launch a campaign to fight increasing pressures on Western Australia's youngest students, arguing children currently experience too much emphasis on formal assessments and spend too much time sitting at their desks. They are calling on the WA ...

Exclusive: Melbourne childcare centre deemed 'danger to life' as investigation uncovers combustible cladding
9News - Christine Ahern, Today - August 12, 2019

A childcare centre in Melbourne's southeast deemed to be a "danger to life" is one of a number of public buildings found by inspectors to be wrapped in combustible cladding. A 9News investigation has uncovered these buildings through documents obtained through...

Port Explorers Cooya Beach campus gets shot in arm with major funding
Cairns Post - Mark Murray - August 12, 2019

Child care access is set to become a lot easier for Cooya Beach families. The federal government has announced a $91,000 package to assist day-to-day costs and transport assistance for isolated families attending the Port Explorers Cooya Campus. Director Jaimee Clarke said...

Bathurst Regional Council Children's Services building opens after refurbishment
Western Advocate - Rachel Chamberlain - August 12, 2019

Staff and children from the Scallywags family will soon move back to their old premises after it underwent a complete transformation. The upgrade has enabled all of Bathurst Regional Council's childcare services to come together and they will now be known as...

Book debut by psychologist Danielle Sellick teaches children self care
Herald Sun - Courtney Beaumont, Heidelberg Leader - August 12, 2019

Heidelberg clinical psychologist Danielle Sellick has poured 20 years of knowledge into a debut children’s book, Kind to Me. The picture book tells the story of seven year old Zac, who is learning to be kind to himself in body, heart and mind. Sellick said self-compassion...

New LDC centre openings rebound in Q2 according to latest ACECQA Snapshot
The Sector - Jason Roberts - August 12, 2019

A net total of 75 new long day care service approvals were issued in the second quarter of 2019 according to the latest release of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Authority’s (ACECQA) snapshot, representing an increase of 3.9 per cent year on year...

Opinion: Supporting the cost of childcare is not 'middle-class welfare'
The Age - Kasey Edwards - August 12, 2019

Despite the fact that we know that early learning and pre-school childcare are the most important years in terms of life-long development, and that high-quality early childhood education is an investment that pays off both for the child and community, many still pretend that it’s a luxury...

FNQ childcare centre owner horrified at businesses being ‘named and shamed’
Cairns Post - Daniel Bateman - August 12, 2019

The Far Northern owner of two childcare centres that have been named as failing national standards, has revealed major flaws with the early education assessment. News Corp reported on Saturday the almost 450 childcare centres across the state are failing to meet ...

'Strong rebound': Childcare costs on the rise again
The Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - August 11, 2019

Childcare costs are bouncing back around the country, despite the federal government pledging billions of extra dollars to try to improve out-of-pocket costs for families with young children. An analysis of new economic data shows that even though there was a sharp dip in the ...