ECEC finalists announced for Queensland’s top training awards
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 11, 2019

Queensland Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman has announced the students, teachers, employers, training and community organisations who are regional finalists for this year’s Queensland Training Awards. Ms Fentiman said that 221 finalists have been selected...

Opinion | Australia's shocking lack of commitment to early childhood services
Newcastle Herald - Phillip O'Neill - June 10, 2019

Probably, everyone agrees that the infant years are the most important in setting up a life. Educational success, good health, personal confidence, social skills, the capacity to care and love, they all rely unfairly on what happens in those early years. Yet Australian governments lack commitment ...

A quarter of child abuse complaints receive 'no ongoing oversight': report
The Sydney Morning Herald - Sally Rawsthorne - June 10, 2019

A massive increase in reports of child abuse, sexual abuse and neglect to the NSW Ombudsman has resulted in over a quarter of reports not being examined by the organisation, data shows. Some non-government agencies with child-related remits, such as child care providers...

Bulli KU Preschool to officially open its new playground
Illawarra Mercury - Agron Latifi - June 10, 2019

KU Bulli Preschool will hold a community event on Wednesday to celebrate the official opening of its new playground. "The playground features the addition of lots of new plants, trees and natural materials, as well as new decking, additions to the cubby house and a dry creek bed."...

Gold Coast development: Childcare centre plans for Sunland’s The Lakes precinct at Clear Island Waters
Gold Coast Bulletin - Andrew Potts - June 10, 2019

A giant childcare centre will be built as part of the Gold Coast’s next major shopping centre. The Sunkids childcare centre, a 4460 sqm circular building, will be part of Sunland’s $1.3 billion The Lakes precinct and will offer space for 162 children across nine rooms...

Feedback sought on Fremantle park development
Fremantle Gazette - Leah Roberts - June 10, 2019

Fremantle residents will get a chance to have their say on the Davis Park Precinct redevelopment. The precinct is within the Heart of Beaconsfield Master Plan. The childcare centre would remain, while a public access way would go through the southern portion...

Opportunity available for entry into an early childhood education career with Council
Moree Champion - June 10, 2019

At Gwydir Day Care and Preschool, Council's fully owned and operated centre, a career in early childhood education is fast paced, uniquely rewarding and different every day. Working with children you are surrounded by energy and creativity and have the opportunity...

Brewarrina Preschool Director receives sole ECEC honour in 2019 Queen’s Birthday List
The Sector - Jason Roberts - June 10, 2019

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019 Ms Frayne Barker has been recognised for service to early childhood education for her contribution to ECEC through her long standing directorship at the Gainmara Birrilee Pre-school, a service dedicated to Aboriginal children...

Someone stole chickens from a child care centre and set them on fire
The Canberra Times - June 9, 2019

Two chickens were stolen from a Kambah child care centre and apparently set on fire, police say.Police said the chickens were taken from the centre, on Summerland Circuit, Kambah, about 3am Saturday. "The birds were later discovered at a nearby location with injuries...

You can expect fun and games at Eliston estate
News.com.au - Natasha Perera - June 9, 2019

Developed by National Pacific Properties, a division of Burbank Group, this 97ha masterplanned community is in Melbourne’s thriving southeastern growth corridor and will be home to about 2730 residents when completed in about 2023... including a government primary school and a childcare centre...

Plenty to think about for Michael Kroger
The Australian Financial Review - Ben Butler - June 8, 2019

Liberal Party hard-hitter Michael Kroger might have had enough of children throwing their toys out of the cot after squaring up to the youngsters of the Cormack Foundation on behalf of the Victorian party last year, but there’s more in store. Sadly, there’s also tears before naptime at Think Childcare...

Kindergarteners build frog pond in Jerrabomberra to attract native frogs
The Canberra Times - Finbar O'Mallon - June 8, 2019

While the grown-ups nearby in Parliament scratch their heads on environmental issues, kindergarteners in Jerrabomberra are rolling up their sleeves to do their part. The kids at the Goodstart Early Learning Centre have built their own frog pond to attract local native species of frog...

Dozens of young children evacuated from Flinders child care centre
Illawarra Mercury - June 7, 2019

Dozens of young children had to be evacuated in Flinders on Friday after a kitchen fire started in a residential unit above a child care centre. NSW Fire and Rescue crews were called to the blaze on Jindabyne Road at 9.15am... 26 children were evacuated from the child care centre as a precaution...

Dr Melinda Miller joins G8 Early Learning team as education strategy takes shape
The Sector - Jason Roberts - June 7, 2019

G8 Education has confirmed that Dr Melinda Miller has joined the newly formed Early Learning and Education team as Pedagogy and Practice manager and will join Julie Madgwick, Head of the Early Learning and Education, and Jane Dunstan, as Practice Development Manager...

ARACY to take the lead on 10 year research agenda for early childhood development
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 7, 2019

The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) will lead a major research project, aimed at helping Australian children to get the best start in life. Funded by The Ian Potter Foundation, the Decadal Early Years Plan is of national significance, and will set an ambitious...