Talking Point: Playfully reach for prosperity
The Mercury - Elaine Stratford - September 15, 2016

OUR economic future and our children's future can be significantly improved by expanding high-quality early childhood education programs, such as pre-K education - so wrote Timothy Bartik in a 2014 book, From Preschool to Prosperity. The Economic Payoff to Early Childhood Education Prosperity...

Upward pressure on childcare costs despite NSW government preschool funding boost
Sydney Morning Herald - Kelsey Munro - September 14, 2016

The cost of childcare to the bulk of NSW families could actually increase after the government's multi-million dollar funding boost to the early childhood sector, industry sources say. That's because of the $115 million announced by Premier Mike Baird and early childhood minister Leslie...

Childcare assets are a top choice for investors
Financial Review - Su Lin Tan - September 14, 2016

he $2.3 million sale of the childcare centre leased to ASX-listed childcare provider G8 Education in West Hoxton at the Burgess Rawson auctions in Sydney on Tuesday was just shy of taking out the record of being the lowest yielding childcare asset in the country. At 4 per cent, the property will...

NSW preschool fees to drop as government unlocks funding
Sydney Morning Herald - James Robertson - September 14, 2016

The average cost of preschool for a NSW family is to fall by nearly 30 per cent after the state government announced plans for a cash injection, which experts had warned was overdue. A recent review by the Auditor-General found NSW preschools were the least attended and most costly in the...

Coalition dumps $1000 'baby bonus' to secure budget bill
Financial Review - Phillip Corey - September 13, 2016

The federal government has agreed to dump its proposed baby bonus and the Opposition has bent further on welfare cuts for families as part of a compromise to secure the passage of the $6 billion omnibus budget savings bill. Overall, the deal will increase the savings to $6.3 billion, which is $300...

Children at risk from cut-price nannies hired from unregulated sources
The Sunday Mail - Jackie Sinnerton - September 11, 2016

The national nanny body has concerns that families may try to cut down on cost of child care services by hiring from unregulated sources. "The association recommends that all families either engage the services of a professional nanny agency to undertake thorough background checks of...

Daycare rorters and criminals sending cash to IS targeted in scam crackdown
The Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - September 11, 2016

DODGY family daycare providers claiming cash rebates for looking after their own kids and criminals sending childcare cash to Islamic State will both face jail in a dramatic crackdown on scams. The government has already stopped daycare dodges worth more than $8 million a week. But others...

Body worry at 3: Preschoolers worry about they way they look
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - September 11, 2016

AS many as eight out of 10 ­preschool aged children say they are unhappy with their body. Eight major quantitative studies into the body image of children have found between 60 and 80 per cent are unhappy with the way they look. However, the Australian Catholic University and Deak­in...

Boyer Lectures: Sir Michael Marmot urges Australia to invest in early childhood to close Indigenous health gap
ABC News - September 10, 2016

He argues the best way to deal with that inequality is investment in early childhood development. "What happens to children in the early years has a profound effect on their life chances and hence their health as adults," he said. "A poor start in life, of course, affects everything that happens...

Taxpayers lose as crony capitalism takes over childcare, hospitals
The Australian - Judith Sloan - September 10, 2016

This time it occurred to me that many of our listed companies fell into the crony capitalism category. What got me really thinking about this was the news that local childcare operator All About Children (my daughter and her friends call it All About Cash) had been sold to an overseas investment....

Childcare educators make their case for much higher pay
Sydney Morning Herald - Nick Toscano - September 9, 2016

Low-paid childcare educators from across the country will converge in Canberra next week to fight for a major investment of public funds into their wages. It comes as the daycare sector was hit with industrial strife for the first time in 30 years on Thursday, when staff walked off the job at several...

Talking Point: Too much too young is dangerous
The Mercury - Steve Biddulph - Septermber 9, 2016

About half of all children are raised - and in fact have their early learning - from an at-home parent who is secure enough and part of their community - with playgroups, toys, activities, lively and involved, needing very little else before entering kindergarten at the age of four. A second group for...

Childcare workers walk off the job for first time in 30 years to campaign for better pay
Herald Sun - Tiffany Korssen - September 8, 2016

OVER 100 early childhood educators walked off the job today to demand better pay and proper recognition for their valuable work. The strike meant about 500 children went home early from several childcare centres across Melbourne - but workers said the strike was "overwhelmingly supported" ...

Vic childcare workers to walk off the job
9News.com.au - September 8, 2016

Children at numerous Victorian childcare centres will be sent home early, as workers walk off the job campaigning for better pay. Workers will stage protests on Thursday, coinciding with Equal Pay Day, calling for a rise in their wage to meet what other educators receive. Early childhood union...

No fines for smoking bans near Victorian childcare centres, schools, kindergartens
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty - September 7, 2016

A LAW to protect children by banning smoking outside schools, preschools, childcare centres and kindergartens has not resulted in a single fine in nearly 18 months. The government approach since the April 2015 ban on smoking within four metres of the buildings' entrances has been to...