Unvaccinated children to be banned from WA kindies, childcare centres in disease outbreaks
ABC News - James Carmody - December 14, 2018

The WA Government has introduced new regulations which allow the Health Department to ban unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children from going to school during disease outbreaks.From January 1, kindergartens, schools and childcare centres will be required to...

Union pushes for industry-wide pay claims for bank employees
The Australian - Michael Roddan - December 14, 2018

The Finance Sector Union will press Labor to allow industry-wide bargaining claims to be pursued against the big four banks, as ­unions intensify pressure on the ALP to legalise sector-wide claims beyond low-paid industries such as childcare and cleaning...

Fresh faces for SNAICC board: New chairperson, new acting CEO
The Sector - Freya Lucas - December 14, 2018

Several noteworthy changes” were made at the annual general meeting of the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC), with significant leadership changes announced this week, SNAICC has said. Adjunct Professor Muriel Bamblett AM...

Aged care centre in Claremont has space for kids
The West Australian - Liam Croy - December 14, 2018

A trip to the US was the inspiration for an innovative intergenerational aged care centre to be built on a coveted site near Claremont Oval. Believed to be a WA first, The Queenslea will combine a 120-bed residential aged care facility with 39 assisted-living apartments and a childcare centre...

State Government gets tough on unvaccinated kids in kindies
The West Australian - Peter de Kruijff and Cathy O'Leary - December 14, 2018

The State Government wants unvaccinated children excluded from childcare centres and kindergartens as it battles to end the State’s low child immunisation rates. WA’s Chief Health Officer will have new powers from next month to shut childcare centres and kindergartens...

Preschool funding left off COAG agenda
The Courier Mail - Lanai Scarr - December 13, 2018

Preschool funding has been left off the agenda of today’s meeting of the COAG education council in what is being labelled as “out of step” and a “snub” to the reform Australia’s education sector needs. News Corp Australia has obtained a full draft agenda of the 21st education...

UOW College cuts child care course after audit problems
Illawarra Mercury - Ben Langford - December 13, 2018

The University of Wollongong had to suspend a vocational diploma course in child care after the national regulator found problems with its “quality assurance” around assessments. The course, a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, is one of 12 dropped...

ACA NSW launch a campaign to gather evidence of inequity in assessment and rating
The Sector - Freya Lucas - December 13, 2018

A monthly competition with the aim of collecting example assessment and rating (A and R) reports received by service providers, which highlight examples of “unfair” or “outrageous” reporting, has been launched by the New South Wales branch of the Australian Childcare...

Ingham mum accuses childcare centre of failing to care for kids, hides voice recorder in backpack
Townsville Bulletin - Cameron Bates - December 13, 2018

A PUBLIC stoush has erupted between parents and one of only two Ingham childcare centres, with claims toddlers are not being adequately cared for. Ingham woman Amber Henderson posted allegations levelled against the Ingham Early Learning Centre in a Facebook...

Child Care Finder website 'a game-changer' for parents
Herald Sun - Lanai Scarr - December 13, 2018

The government will today launch the "TripAdvisor" of childcare which will make it easier for parents to work out which facility is best for their children. Touted as a game-changer for the sector, the new website Child Care Finder will enable parents to...

Peter Dutton says he is certain of his eligibility
The Australian - Rosie Lewis - December 12, 2018

Peter Dutton insists he does not need to change the arrangements of his family trust ahead of the next election that have landed him at the centre of the section 44 furore, but acknowledges “games” to attempt to refer him to the High Court will continue...

Few countries offer free early childhood education, study finds
The Sector - Freya Lucas - December 12, 2018

A new study by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health’s WORLD Policy Analysis Center (WORLD) suggests that few governments make pre-primary education available on a tuition-free basis for two or more years, in spite of research showing that early childhood education (ECE) especially benefits children from low-income families...

Vulnerable kids put at risk due to dodgy qualifications, court told
The Courier Mail - Vanda Carson - December 12, 2018

HUNDREDS of teacher’s aides and childcare workers could be jeopardising the safety of vulnerable kids by working with dodgy qualifications from a Brisbane college, a court has heard. The Australian College of Teacher Aides and Childcare, based in Nundah...

Dumped daycare operators move into NDIS and aged care
The Australian - Rick Morton & Tessa Akerman - December 11, 2018

Almost two-thirds of all family daycare operators who had their taxpayer subsidies cancelled for fraud and improper dealing in the past six months have come from the troubled vocational training sector and are now moving into the NDIS and aged-care sectors. Company...

Labor president Wayne Swan calls time on the era of trickle-down economics
Financial Review - Tom McIlroy - December 12, 2018

The party is poised to re-embrace industry-wide bargaining for low-paid industries such as childcare and cleaning. Workplace relations spokesman Brendan O'Connor will address the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday. Mr Shorten has previously advocated...