Oakville Montessori Early Learning Centre now taking enrolments
Hawkesbury Gazette - Sarah Falson - September 14, 2020

A new Montessori childcare centre - the first in the Hawkesbury - is opening in Oakville before the end of the month. Oakville Montessori Early Learning Centre received its service approval three weeks ago and centre manager Gisele Georges said she had already had "an influx" ...

Workers cottage on Bayview Terrace, Clayfield to be partly demolished for childcare centre
The Courier Mail - Thomas Morgan - September 14, 2020

A quintessential Queenslander home which has stood in Brisbane’s northside for over a century could be partially demolished to make way for a childcare centre, in a move that’s been described by neighbours as “devastating.” Architect Robin Dods erected three idyllic homes ...

More carers opening hearts and homes to SA children
Mirage News - September 14, 2020

More than 100 new family-based carers have put up their hands to provide safe and loving homes for the state’s most vulnerable children and young people over the past 12 months. As at 30 June 2020, an additional 82 primary foster carers had been recruited. The number of ...

Supporting the mental health of children and families through a pandemic
Hospital Health - Professor Frank Oberklaid - September 14, 2020

The sudden arrival and spread of COVID-19 has had far-reaching impacts that nobody could have predicted as we entered the new year. Much of the impact is yet to be felt or understood, but something that is emerging as a clear issue is the strain on parents and families...

Paid parental leave needs an overhaul if governments want more kids
The Conversation - Sarah Duffy and Michelle O'Shea - September 14, 2020

As Australia and New Zealand face the realities of slow growth, or even a decline in population, it’s time to ask if their governments are doing enough. Especially if they want to encourage people to have more babies. New Zealand’s fertility rate has hit an all-time low of 1.71 children per woman...

No longer off limits: Playgrounds to re-open as restrictions ease
The Age - Carolyn Webb - September 13, 2020

In recent times, Melbourne children have looked at playgrounds in a different way than the view of carefree kids in the past. Alphington mother Fiona Corbett says when her son Jasper, 6, passed taped-off play equipment in the park, he’d warn little brother Griffin, 2, that "That’s dirty...

Trinity Church centre of $200m development in Adelaide CBD
The Advertiser - Giuseppe Tauriello - September 13, 2020

A 15-storey health, medical and research facility will rise above the state’s oldest church as part of a $200m plan to transform a prominent city site. The redevelopment of the Trinity Church site, on the corner of North Terrace and Morphett Street in the city, will include a ... childcare centre...

All Australians deserve universal early childhood education
The Canberra Times - Georgie Dent - September 12, 2020

Experts tell us that by the age of five, 90 per cent of a child's brain is developed. Play-based learning in the early years - both at home and in an early learning and care setting - is crucial for intellectual and social development. Which is why every child deserves universal, high-quality...

Learning comes to life in Rathdowne Street
The Age - Stephen Crafti - September 12, 2020

Rathdowne Street in Carlton is central to a rich and diverse culture, with many nationalities living in nearby social housing. So, it was with great pride that Law Architects received this year’s Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design from the Australian Institute of Architects (Victorian Chapter) ...

Why every teacher needs to know about childhood trauma
The Conversation - Emily Berger and Karen Martin - September 11, 2020

Mental health issues among children are on the rise due to the impacts of the COVID pandemic, including lockdowns. Recent reports show there has been a 28% spike in calls to the phone counselling service Kids Helpline between March and July 2020 compared with the same period...

National Child Protection Week celebrates 30 years with theme ‘Putting children first’
Mirage News - September 11, 2020

Sunday 6 September marks the beginning of National Child Protection Week, a time to focus on children and how we can all play a part in keeping them safe. This year National Child Protection Week (6-12 September) celebrates its 30th year with the theme ‘Putting children first’. NAPCAN...

Will COVID-19 level the playing field for women?
Financial Review - Natasha Boddy - September 11, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has woken employers up to the unfair burden placed on women and could help fast-track gender equality in the workplace. Companies are doubling down on their diversity and inclusion policies as COVID-19 forces them to home in on staff wellbeing...

Get Grubby to help local children get outside and celebrate nature
The Macleay Argus - September 11, 2020

Local preschools and primary school children are being encouraged to take part in a free program designed to teach them about environmental sustainability. Kempsey Shire Council has signed up to the Get Grubby Program, Australia's leading online eco-education program which teaches...

Parents fret for young children's mental health as lockdown drags on
The Sydney Morning Herald - Adam Carey - September 10, 2020

When six-year-old Hannah heard about the new "singles bubble" for Melbourne’s extended stage four lockdown, she asked her mother why there couldn’t be a single child bubble, too. Katie Maynes says her daughter’s only-child status has provided an extra challenge during the long...

Some childcare workers not receiving coronavirus payment as centres pocket government support
ABC News - Stephanie Borys - September 11, 2020

They are the women who were asked to work during the first coronavirus lockdown, and now many have been stood down without pay. Early childcare educators in Victoria have questioned why they do not receive financial support, while other industries like retail and hospitality...