Mooroopna’s new early learning centre unveiled
Shepparton News - Ashlea Witoslawski - November 8, 2019

Designs for a new early learning centre in Mooroopna were unveiled by Victorian Education Minister James Merlino during his visit to Shepparton yesterday. The Mooroopna Integrated Early Learning Centre is part of the Shepparton Education Plan, which was first announced in...

MercyCare boosts Perth presence with two additional early learning centres
The Sector - Freya Lucas - November 8, 2019

Two additional early learning centres have been opened in Perth’s northern corridor by approved not for profit provider MercyCare. One centre in Merriwa is already operational, with a second, located in Banksia Grove, due to open come 11 November. The Merriwa site was formerly...

Two ECEC qualifications added to Victoria’s Free TAFE course list for 2020
The Sector - Freya Lucas - November 8, 2019

The Victorian Government have issued a callout, hoping to see an increase of people choosing to study early childhood education and care (ECEC) in 2020. To support the initiative, two early childhood qualifications will be added to the Free TAFE course list in 2020. The announcement...

Drought support for students
Mirage News - November 7, 2019

Families affected by drought will be supported to continue accessing education. The Morrison Government will provide an additional $15 million to schools and child care centres attended by children from drought-affected areas. Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the Government would...

Perth childcare centre closes unexpectedly, leaving hundreds stranded
Nine News - Michael Genovese - November 7, 2019

The WA Department of Communities has launched an inquiry into the mysterious last-minute shutdown of a popular Perth childcare centre that left hundreds of parents stranded this morning. Unicare Childhood Education in Crawley is "closed until further notice", according to a sign on the door...

Childcare services replace indoor play centre in Clarkson
Wanneroo Times - Lucy Jarvis - November 7, 2019

A childcare centre has replaced an indoor play centre in Clarkson to meet demand for early learning services. The Atlantis Group has renovated its Ocean Keys Boulevard play centre, which opened in 2015, and converted it into the Atlantis Education Centre. Managing director Rory Hindle said...

Early Childhood Courses Added To Free TAFE List
Mirage News - November 7, 2019

The Andrews Labor Government is calling on Victorians to consider a career in early childhood education as two early childhood qualifications will be added to the Free TAFE course list in 2020 to support the rollout of universal three-year-old Kinder. 'Minister for Training...

ACT authorities set timeline for releasing test results for potential cancer-causing PFAS chemicals
The Daily Telegraph - Craig Dunlop - November 6, 2019

PARENTS who send their kids to a Canberra childcare centre at a former suburban fire station will learn early next year precisely how contaminated the site is with potentially cancer-causing firefighting chemicals. Chief Fire Officer Mark Brown told an ACT Legislative Assembly...

Household financial confidence is in free fall
Macro Business - November 6, 2019

Household budgets are under pressure as costs of living rise, with 91% reporting higher real costs that a year ago, this is a record in our survey. Expenses rose across the board, from child care, health care, school fees and rates. Food costs were higher partly thanks to the drought...

ACECQA to become migration assessing authority for new look regional visa scheme
The Sector - Jason Roberts - November 6, 2019

Effective 16 November, the Australian Children’s Education & Care Authority, (ACECQA), will become an authority for assessing applications for the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional subclass 494 visa scheme in the child care centre manager and child care worker categories...

MindChamps solidifies Australian presence with the opening of flagship centre
The Sector - Freya Lucas - November 6, 2019

The first purpose-built MindChamps centre has been established in the New South Wales suburb of Frenchs Forest, solidifying the presence of the Singaporean-based approved provider in Australia. MindChamps has 12 centres in a variety of Sydney suburbs, with plans to have...

Sydney childcare worker accused of traumatising four-year-old boy - November 5, 2019

A childcare worker from western Sydney has been accused of traumatising a four-year-old boy in her care. Hanan Hamzy is facing an AVO taken out by police on the boy's behalf, after she allegedly forced the boy to sleep by holding his eyes closed, and held his tongue out...

Hazardous substances ‘widespread’ at WA child care centres
The West Australian - Caitlyn Rintoul - November 5, 2019

A widespread lack of training on hazardous substances at WA child care centres has sparked concerns from Work Safe, with 162 improvement notices and 27 verbal directions issued during their recent inspection program. The program canvassed 52 centres across metropolitan and regional WA.

Books for Babies project to help improve literacy and family bonds in Tasmania
The Advocate - Meg Powell - November 5, 2019

Tiny babies are not the only things parents will be bringing home from the hospital if a North-West speech pathologist has her way. Each baby born in the state from January 1 is set to be gifted a high-quality children's book, thanks to a brand-new project aimed at improving language...

Educators to head outside for Outdoor Classroom Day
Mirage News - November 6, 2019

Townsville City Council is encouraging educators to take their classes into the great outdoors this Thursday for Outdoor Classroom Day. Targeted at local kindergartens, childcare centres, schools and after hours school care centres, the day is aimed to give kids a different perspective on learning.