Uniting NSW.ACT confirms closure of three services after strategic review
The Sector - Jason Roberts - July 10, 2020

Not-for-profit early education and care provider Uniting NSW.ACT has confirmed that after the completion of a strategic portfolio review three early learning services located in New South Wales will be closed. The services, in Caringbah, Mascot, and Hornsby (Sarah’s Place)...

The Wiggles Are Hosting a Free Virtual Camp for Preschoolers
Life Hacker - Meghan Moravcik Walbert - July 10, 2020

It’s still virtual camp season, and the latest free camp to be announced is one that many little kids will be pumped to attend: The Wiggles’ Virtual Summer Camp. The “camp” will be hosted by Emma Wiggle and Captain Feathersword (in partnership with Rascal + Friends)...

Coronavirus case forces closure of Ocean Grove childcare centre
Geelong Advertiser - Olivia Shying - July 10, 2020

A childcare centre in Ocean Grove has been forced to close after a child returned a positive coronavirus test. The Boorai Centre, at Shell Rd, told families late on Thursday it would be closed until further notice. “Please be advised that The City of Greater Geelong has been notified by ...

'It will be difficult': families and centres divided on the end of free childcare
Essential Baby - Ariane Beeston and Heidi Krause - July 10, 2020

With the government's free childcare scheme set to end on 12 July, families around Australia are preparing to see fees taken out of already stretched budgets amid the coronavirus pandemic. On 13 July the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) will return, along with a Transition Payment to replace ...

The Federal Government's free childcare program ends on Monday. Here's what that means for you
ABC News - Emily Stewart - July 10, 2020

For many families, childcare fees are one of the biggest household expenses. But for the past three months, it's been free. The Federal Government introduced the free scheme in April, with the aim of keeping providers afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. But from Monday...

'Haven't heard back': Parents in dark over COVID-19 case at childcare centre
The Age - Bianca Hall - July 9, 2020

Parents at a Flemington childcare co-operative have been waiting four days for official advice from health authorities after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 just days after working at the centre. The childcare, which has 17 staff, said without official advice it had not been able ...

Free child care scheme took a chunk out of CPI, ABS says
The Market Herald - Josh Smith - July 9, 2020

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has revealed the recent government-backed free child care scheme had a major impact on the consumer price index (CPI) over the June quarter. Simply speaking, the CPI measures the average change in the price of basket household goods ...

The case for maintaining free childcare - Australia's "Pink Collar Recession"
The Canberra Times - Professor Alison Sheridan (UNE) - July 9, 2020

The financial fallout from COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting women as Australia's "Pink Collar Recession" deepens. The pandemic has exacerbated existing gender inequities in our workforce and highlighted the critical importance of childcare. With the July 13 deadline...

Preschools to have more places for those on waiting lists.
Goulburn Post - July 9, 2020

Is your child waiting to be accepted into preschool? Well the NSW government is helping out by allowing more families access to preschool thanks to a new round of funding from the Start Strong Capital Works Grants for community preschools. They will be creating additional places ...

'Robodebt 2.0': tax office tells hundreds of childcare providers they are ineligible for jobkeeper
The Guardian - Elias Visontay - July 9, 2020

The tax office has told hundreds of childcare providers across Australia they are ineligible for jobkeeper payments and warned they may have to pay back what they have already received, despite the government’s free childcare scheme automatically qualifying them for the wage subsidy...

Genius Childcare set to offer something different for Home Hill
Townsville Bulletin - Mikayla Mayoh - July 8, 2020

After more than two years without a child care centre in the town, Home Hill’s newest facility will open its doors soon, potentially providing employment for more than 20 childcare workers in the area. In 2018 Home Hill was left without a daycare service when operators of the Village Kids closed...

TLC begins construction of new facility
Ageing Agenda - July 8, 2020

Victorian aged care provider TLC Healthcare has broken ground on its newest development, an integrated care, health and wellbeing hub in Mordialloc, Melbourne. The hub includes a 150-bed aged care home, 120-place childcare centre, community medical centre...

Grants available to local preschools
Community Coast News - July 7, 2020

Central Coast preschools can apply now for a share of $10M from the NSW Government’s Start Strong Capital Works Grants program. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, said the funding is targeted at creating new places in preschools...

Forklift licence in more demand than a bachelor's degree
Financial Review - Matthew Cranston - July 8, 2020

Workers with no formal qualifications are the largest group in the workforce being sought by employers in the COVID-19 recovery phase, new data from the National Skills Commission shows. The top occupation where employers are having difficulty finding workers is childcare...

Victorian childcare centres to get fee help after lockdown decision
The Age - Fergus Hunter - July 7, 2020

Parents locked down in Melbourne will have their gap fees waived if their children don't attend childcare, while centres will be able to claim subsidies for children who aren't there. The urgent measures were announced on Tuesday night after the Victorian government announced...