NSW woman jailed for $3.6m childcare fraud
Nine.com.au - May 26, 2017

A NSW childcare director who bought a pool, expensive car and house with $3.6 million-worth of fraudulently obtained federal government payments has been sentenced to at least four years in jail. But lawyers for Melissa Jade Higgins, who was convicted of 81 offences in November, has already filed...

Councils slam move to allow private schools to become developers
Sydney Morning Herald - Lisa Visentin - May 25, 2017

NSW's private schools may soon be able to build classrooms, childcare centres, gymnasiums and lecture theatres as high as 22 metres on their grounds under a fast-track development process, which critics say lacks transparency and accountability. The proposal is part of a suite of reforms...

City of Casey changes priority system for kinder allocation, angering parents
Herald Sun - Megan Bailey - May 25, 2017

PARENTS are up in arms over a new kindergarten place allocation system that gives priority to children from refugee backgrounds and other minority groups. The City of Casey announced the changes on its website and Facebook page yesterday, citing Department of Education and Training...

G8 Education taps investors for $100m
Sydney Morning Herald - Carolyn Cummins - May 24, 2017

G8 Education is tapping investors for $100 million through a fully underwritten institutional placement to fund growth opportunities and reduce debt on the same day the company's long-time boss Chris Scott has announced his retirement. In a trading update, the childcare centre owner also said it has...

Adam Goodes kicks goals for Indigenous literacy: 'This is a basic human right'
The Guardian - Naaman Zhou - May 23, 2017

The former Australian of the Year Adam Goodes is "sickened" that Indigenous children are three times more likely to fail minimum literacy and numeracy tests than non-Indigenous children. The former Sydney Swans footballer has labelled low literacy rates among Indigenous youth "unacceptable" and...

Kool Kids founder to build 'world-first' 8-floor medical childcare centre at Southport
Gold Coast Bulletin - May 24, 2017

A COLOURFUL world-first development that combines medical services and childcare will be the first post-Commonwealth Games project built at the Gold Coast's Health and Knowledge Precinct. The eight-storey Centre of Growth is an initiative of Kool Kids founder Bruce Coulson, whose family is funding...

UBS, Ord Minnett prepare investors for G8 Education raising
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald & Joyce Moullakis - May 23, 2017

G8 Education will be cap in hand in front of fund managers on Tuesday morning, seeking to plug an equity hole left by its strategic Chinese investor. Street Talk understands the childcare centre owner has lined up stockbrokers UBS and Ord Minnett to oversee an institutional placement, which is...

Darebin childcare scramble: Calls for action over ballooning wait lists
Herald Sun - Ed Gardiner - May 23, 2017

CALLS have been made for urgent government investment in childcare places in Darebin, with hundreds of families on waiting lists. Parents are signing up unborn babies in an attempt to secure a spot on ballooning wait lists across Darebin centres, which have a reputation for being among the...

Other funding avenues available for day care services: Sudmalis
South Coast Register - Emily Barton - May 22, 2017

The future of Family Day Care services in the Shoalhaven is uncertain following withdrawal of federal funding. About $157,000 of federal funding will be stripped from the Shoalhaven service, which cares for Ulladulla children. Shoalhaven Family Day Care is a council sponsored home-based early...

Unvaccinated children to be banned from WA childcare centres, preschools, McGowan says
ABC News - Eliza Laschon - 21 May 2017

WA has joined a national push to keep unvaccinated children out of childcare centres and pre-schools, Premier Mark McGowan has confirmed. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wrote to state and territory leaders in March urging them to adopt a 'no jab, no play' approach. Mr McGowan responded by...

Families warned they may risk liability for injuries to au pairs and nannies
Busselton Mail - Anna Patty - May 21, 2017

Families may be unwittingly exposing themselves to the risk of liability for injuries to au pairs and nannies they hire directly from online jobs platforms. Sarah Meier, an industrial relations lawyer at a top tier firm, and president of the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association ACT, said...

Childcare centres on top of investors' pick list
Sydney Morning Herald - Carolyn Cummins - May 19, 2017

Childcare centres are on an upward trajectory in the eyes of investors with more than $200 million worth of asset changing hands in the past year. They are seen, not just as places for children, but as viable commercial real estate investment assets, with strong yield compression, particularly...

With its 2017 budget the government is still discouraging women
The Conversation - Helen Hodgson - May 19, 2017

It's a relief that the government has abandoned the so-called "zombie measures" which included changes to the family tax benefit and paid parental leave measures. These measures would have had a direct impact on women by adding to the effective marginal tax rate. They would also have reduced...

Australia's working mothers show we are over-governed and under-led
Sydney Morning Herald - Harold Mitchell - May 19, 2017

Families know that the very structure of day-to-day life has changed. Grandparents, aunties, uncles and brothers and sisters don't live around the corner anymore and with half of all marriages ending in divorce, mothers and fathers can end up living in different cities. As a result, childcare has been...

Commercial property downturn 'beyond tipping point'
Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger & Michael Bleby - May 18, 2017

The managing director of listed childcare centre landlord Arena REIT says the debt-fuelled binge by investors on commercial property means the odds of a downturn are now "well beyond the tipping point". "Record low yields, new supply, generally high debt levels, increasing debt margins and investors...