Parents fight Hobsons Bay council kindergarten closure plan
Herald Sun - Monique Hore - September 11, 2017

Hobsons Bay council will vote tomorrow on whether to close Altona and Somers Parade kindergartens to make way for a multi-­million-dollar early learning hub. Both kindergartens exceed national standards, and Altona Kindergarten is among 100 nationwide nominated to trial...

Childcare centres granted permission to have less space
Daily Telegraph - Rose Brennan - September 9, 2017

INCREASING numbers of childcare centres are being ­allowed to operate without the required outdoor space for children to play. Twenty-four new waivers have been granted to childcare centres in NSW this year, bringing the total number of facilities with the smaller space to 152...

The great wage squeeze – the economy picks up but wage growth remains at a low
Financial Review - Jacob Greber - September 8, 2017

But in the real world there is plenty of evidence to suggest the link between jobs, investment and business profits may not be so straightforward, at least for now. Take Gold Coast-based G8 Education, Australia's largest listed childcare operator, which announced last month a robust...

Here's how much paid leave new mothers and fathers get in 7 different countries
Business Insider Australia - Matt Turner - September 8, 2017

Business Insider has several editions worldwide, and we asked our international colleagues about the parental-leave policies in their respective countries. Several of them, including Ghana and Singapore, are talking about extending leave periods, and in some other countries...

Historic walk-off for childcare staff over $21/hr pay
SBS News - September 7, 2017

The strike action was also supported by parents at centres in Sydney, Canberra and Darwin. "They are qualified, they are committed, they are experienced and yet they can be paid as little as $21 an hour," the United Voice (UV) union's assistant national secretary Helen Gibbons said in Melbourne."...

Thousands of childcare workers across the country will walk off the job today in protest of poor pay
News.com.au - September 7, 2017

THOUSANDS of childcare workers across Australia will walk off the job at 3.20pm today, the time they say they start working for free because of low wages. The national action on Thursday is expected to be the biggest sector walk-off in Australian history, and is the second this year...

The photos that capture the magic of Sweden's family friendly policies
Women's Agenda - Georgina Dent - September 7, 2017

When you consider Australia offers 18 weeks' paid parental leave to one carer at the minimum wage and that childcare costs upwards of $150 a day in capital cities it is impossible to consider without crying. As far-fetched as it seems this imagined scenario is not hypothetical: it exists in the family...

'We've all got a stake in this': Why striking childcare staff will get my support
The Age - Miki Perkins - September 5, 2017

We owe an enormous debt to the fabulous educators – overwhelmingly women – who look after our children with such care and diligence when we are at work. If these educators walk off the job on Thursday to join a national strike and call for better pay, I'll back them. We should accept...

Gender isn't the only reason childcare workers are paid poorly
Nine.com.au - Jo Abi - September 4, 2017

The truth is that a male early educator will be paid the same low wage as a female early educator. That's because as a nation, we grossly undervalue the education of young children, in particular those under five. As Gibbons explains, it shouldn't be this way. "Historically we don't value...

Xplor and KindyNow bring tech to the toddler market
The Sydney Morning Herald - Cara Waters - September 4, 2017

The app is now the foundation of Woodland's business Xplor, which provides an online platform so parents can interact with their children in real-time during the day and childcare centres and schools can manage their operations. Xplor is one of a growing number of businesses...

Childcare workers to walk-off job Thursday
News.com.au - Rebecca Gredley - September 3, 2017

Over the past six years Kylie Grey's salary has increased by just $4 an hour, which she says can't even buy a cup of coffee. The early childhood education worker will walk off the job on Thursday with thousands of others across the country to demand higher wages. It will be the biggest...

Bilingual app program for preschoolers is being expanded
The Mercury - Annika Smethurst - September 3, 2017

A PLAY-BASED app that gets preschool-aged children interested in foreign languages has been such a hit, the federal Government is planning to dramatically expand the program. Preschoolers surprised their parents by using Japanese, French and Arabic words at home after using...

Australia right to block 'world's number one anti-vaxxer' Kent Heckenlively
The Age - September 3, 2017

Personal liberty is a cornerstone of Australia. Freedom of expression is particularly precious. But there are cases where community safety compels limits on freedom. The federal government has reasonably decided that one such case is the dangerous rubbish spouted by the self...

Sex crime crackdown proposes jail over 'failing to protect children'
The Daily Telegraph - Natasha Bita - September 2, 2017

TEACHERS, childcare workers and even volunteer sports coaches could be jailed for failing to protect children from sexual abuse, under proposed tougher child protection laws. The royal commission into child sexual abuse wants the state government to prosecute anyone working with...

Families spending more on childcare than mortgages as costs skyrocket
A Current Affair - August 31, 2017

Families are struggling to keep up with ballooning childcare costs, with some paying more for childcare than they do their mortgage. The high prices are even circling around the bite the daycares, with some parents racking up thousands of dollars in debt before switching to a different centre…