Arena upbeat on integrated developments
The Australian - Elizabeth Redman - Augst 25, 2017

Childcare centre landlord Arena REIT is eyeing opportunities to add complementary services to its early-learning centre developments, after reporting a rise in full-year profit. Managing director Bryce Mitchelson highlighted an early-learning centre the group developed next...

Arena REIT posts 33pc rise in annual profit
The Australian - Elizabeth Redman - August 24, 2017

Arena REIT says demand for quality childcare centres and healthcare properties is being supported by demographic trends, with cap rates continuing to tighten. The group reported a 33 per cent rise in net profit to $96.8 million in the year to June 30, compared with the prior year. The statutory result was...

Gastro outbreak hits more than 50 daycare centres in Brisbane
Courier Mail - Darren Cartwright - August 24, 2017

THERE has been a fourfold increase in gastroenteritis outbreaks in Brisbane's daycare centres, with almost 200 children alone affected on the southside since June. In total more than 50 daycare centres have alerted Queensland Health of an outbreak of gastroenteritis. Under QH guidelines an outbreak is...

Melbourne population predictions blown away by the boom
The Australian - Simone Fox Koob - August 24, 2017

Experts warn that repeated failures by planners to predict Melbourne's massive population growth risks causing shortages of maternity and childcare services in the city's outer suburbs. Research by the Urban Development Institute of Australia as well as Australia's largest property advisory firm, Charter...

SA childcare assessment process under fire for raising risk of 'dodgy operators'
ABC News - Nathan Stitt - August 23, 2017

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has fired a broadside at the South Australian Government, accusing it of failing to ensure childcare centres across the state are up to scratch. Labor has defended its record, placing the blame on federal cuts, but Senator Birmingham said as many as one...

Secret Melbourne cell of anti-vaxxer doctors under investigation
Herald Sun - Grant McArthur - August 23, 2017

The GPs include Mitcham's Dr John Piesse, who spoke out against "no jab no play" regulations relating to childcare, and "no jab no pay" regulations relating to family assistance payments, at a Hawthorn screening of controversial film Vaxxed on August 3. Dr Piesse told the gathering: "I am a doctor who...

Kindy and birthing services under pressure as Victoria's population booms
Herald Sun - Anthony Galloway - August 23, 2017

Poor planning for childcare and kindergarten services risks failing to meet key state government objectives for health and education services. "There is potential for long-term negative health and education consequences for children who miss out on these important services," the report said...

Federal Goverment accuses SA for being the nation's worst for proper child care checks
The Advertiser - Tory Shepherd - August 23, 2017

ONE in five South Australian child care centres has not had their standards assessed, prompting accusations from federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham that the Weatherill Government has exposed children to the risk of dodgy operators. Latest figures from the Australian Children's...

Family daycare providers shut down for claiming subsidies for 'phantom' children
ABC News - Jean Kennedy & Louise Hall - August 23, 2017

More than 165 family daycare providers have been forced to shut their doors across Australia after the operators were allegedly found to have been falsely claiming subsidies. The joint state-federal government crackdown has seen 117 providers lose their accreditation and 49 providers have their...

Talking Point: Committed to a bright future for all students
The Mercury - Jeremy Rockliff - August 23, 2017

Indeed, research shows that access to quality early play-based learning can dramatically improve a child's educational success - and that this is particularly the case for children who are vulnerable, or experience disadvantage. That is why the Government has maintained...

Learning and playing at school go hand-in-hand
The West Australian - Bethany Hiatt - August 22, 2017

Play is "disappearing" from school classrooms, an education expert has warned. Murdoch University early childhood education director Sandra Hesterman told about 100 educators at a seminar yesterday that WA urgently needed a Statewide play strategy to safeguard young children's...

G8 Education shares surge higher after 20pc profit boost
Gold Coast Bulletin - Alister Thomson - August 22, 2017

However, it said there were signs of an improving occupancy trend since March compared to the same time last year. Profit during the six months to June 30 rose 23 per cent to $30.5 million while there was a 2.1 per cent gain in revenue to $368.7 million. G8 said cost savings from its wages...

G8 Education hurt by weak wage growth
SBS News - August 21, 2017

Sluggish wages growth and the federal government's cap on benefits have led to fewer children going to childcare centres, says G8 Education. The Gold Coast-based childcare centre operator says supply of long-day care centres across the country has exceeded demand in the past year...

Two-year-olds should learn to code, says computing pioneer
The Guardian - Hannah Devlin - August 21, 2017

Children as young as two should be introduced to the basics of coding, according to one of Britain's most eminent computing pioneers. Dame Stephanie Shirley, whose company was one of the first to sell software in the 1960s, said that engaging very young children – in particular girls...

If childcare costs more than my salary, don't expect me to return to work
Sydney Morning Herald - Polly Dunning - August 21, 2017

It seems every few weeks there is another well-meaning article about why women with children should return to work regardless of the extraordinarily high cost of childcare. And they make excellent points, particularly about the hit to superannuation and career progression that women...