Inaugural Mollie Dyer Awards winners announced by VACCA
The Sector - Freya Lucas - December 3, 2018

The award winners of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) inaugural Mollie Dyer Awards have been announced, honouring an Aboriginal community member, an Aboriginal employee in the sector, and an Aboriginal young person for their...

CBA expects childcare centre M&A to accelerate
Financial Review - Simon Evans - December 2, 2018

The Commonwealth Bank expects the level of buying and selling among Australia's 7600 childcare centre operators to speed up over the next 12 months as multi-centre operators look to expand, with the low point in the cycle having passed...

Dutton should do 'decent thing' and refer himself to court over childcare subsidies
SBS News - December 2, 2018

Former Liberal MP Julia Banks has declared she believes Peter Dutton should refer himself to the High Court over the payment of Commonwealth subsidies to childcare centres owned by his family trust. She has told Fairfax media the Home Affairs minister...

ASX on track for worst December quarter since 2008
Sydney Morning Herald - William McInnes - November 30, 2018

G8 Education shares rose 36.6 per cent to $2.80 during November after the childcare centre operator said it intended to offload up to eight loss-making childcare centres. The move added momentum to an improving outlook for the company with occupancy rates...

Young children with autism can thrive in mainstream childcare
The Conversation - Kristelle Hudry and Cathy Bent - 30 November, 2018

Much of the research about including children with autism in mainstream classrooms is focused on school-aged children. Growing numbers of children with autism are diagnosed in toddlerhood, so there is increasing relevance for the early-childhood sector...

The reality for au pairs in Australia
Sydney Morning Herald - Harriet Alexander & Matt Wade - November 29, 2018

Au pairs and the families who employ them are operating in a fast and loose business that largely escapes tax obligations and employment laws, the most detailed report on au pairs' working conditions has found. More than 10,000 young foreigners...

Childcare centres continue to trade across the country
Financial Review - Luke Housego and Su-Lin Tan - November 28, 2018

A private Sydney investor has acquired the MindChamps childcare centre at 93 Macpherson Street, Warriewood on Sydney's northern beaches for $7 million, following an expressions-of-interest campaign. MindChamps is on a 10-year lease, which generates...

Pre-schoolers learning new languages
South Burnett Times - Kate McCormack - November 28, 2018

THREE Murgon early education centres are preparing to offer pre-school aged children foreign language lessons in 2019. The Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program uses a play-based digital application to teach preschool children a second language...

Ferntree Gully three-year-old kinder Alice Johnson Pre-School may shut
Herald Sun - Laura Armitage - November 28, 2018

The future of Knox community kindergartens is bleak, with many facing closure unless enrolments pick up before Christmas. Alice Johnson Pre-School three-year-old program in Ferntree Gully has been running for 53 years but the committee is anxious...

Robots and tech R&D: the future of childcare, according to India
The Sector - Freya Lucas - November 28, 2018

The role of technology in educating and caring for children has been placed in the spotlight today, with moves by two ‘edutech’ companies in India to incorporate robotics, research and development, and a ‘plug in and play’ approach to the world of early childhood...

Former G8 boss Chris Scott to enrol at Evolve Education
The Australian - Lisa Allen - November 27, 2018

Queensland businessman Chris Scott is set to join the board of struggling New Zealand-based childcare operator Evolve Education as the organisation embarks on a major capital raising over the next few weeks. The Gold Coast-based Mr Scott...

Defection of Julia Banks leaves Scott Morrison vulnerable in Parliament
Financial Review - Andrew Tillett - November 27, 2018

Labor is expected to step up its efforts to have Mr Dutton referred to the High Court over his pecuniary interest in two childcare centres, which receives subsidies from the Commonwealth on behalf of parents. Labor will highlight in talks with the crossbenchers...

Childcare centres move into quiet suburban streets
The Courier Mail - Brian Bennion - November 26, 2018

Homeowners in the southeast suburbs are taking a stand against childcare centres being developed in low density areas as they oppose the heavy traffic they bring to quiet streets. At Holland Park residents are speaking out against plans to demolish two homes...

Remote Kindergarten program expansion announced for Queensland
The Sector - Freya Lucas - November 26, 2018

Thirty additional state schools will benefit from the formalisation of Queensland’s Remote Kindergarten Program over the next two years, Education Minister Grace Grace announced yesterday. The program has been running as a pilot since 2016...

Long childcare centre waitlists in Maribyrnong
Maribyrnong Leader - Chanel Zagon - November 26, 2018

Hundreds of Maribyrnong families are struggling to get their children into child care due to massive waitlists in centres across the inner-west. A Leader investigation revealed some child care centres had waitlists soaring into the hundreds...