Wendouree Children's Centre expansion to include maternal and child health service
The Courier - Michelle Smith - October 12, 2019

Parents of young babies will have access to more support as Wendouree Children's Centre expands with two new maternal and child health consulting rooms to be added to the busy service. Wendouree MP Juliana Addison, mayor Samantha McIntosh and local councillors visited...

Parents forking out hundreds of dollars for childcare graduations
The Daily Telegraph - Adella Beaini, Angira Bharadwaj - October 12, 2019

Parents are forking out hundreds of dollars on graduation gear for tiny tots as childcare graduations become “bigger and better”. Suppliers say the demand for graduation outfits, professional photographs, and memorabilia is increasing every year for preschoolers. Online store...

Bendigo kindergartens could see space strain with incoming three-year-old program
Bendigo Advertiser - Elspeth Kernebone - October 12, 2019

Bendigo's kindergartens may be under pressure when a government funded three-year-old kinder programs begin in 2022 that will mean more children need places. 2020 kindergarten enrolment numbers are higher than at the same time last year, but many centres...

Sydney childcare network shut down after baby dies at 'non-compliant' centre
ABC News - Kevin Nguyen and Greg Miskelly - October 11, 2019

A Sydney childcare network warned to lift its standards in 2015 has been shut down following the death of a baby boy at one of its facilities. An ABC investigation found that despite giving the Kidstart Family Day Care (KFDC) centre a low rating in 2015, the NSW Government did not re-audit it...

Letting kids play with discarded objects is great for their bodies and minds, and not as risky as you might think
ABC News - Dr Shirley Wyver for Catalyst - October 10, 2019

Imagine you are looking after three young children. They discover a pile of discarded bread crates, office chairs and wooden planks, and want to play. How do you react? Whatever your decision, you probably won't get it 100 per cent right — parents, teachers and others who work with children...

Affinity appoints Dr Lesley Jones to new role of Senior Adviser, Pedagogy and Practice
The Sector - Jason Roberts - October 10, 2019

Affinity Education Group has announced the appointment of Dr Lesley Jones as Senior Adviser, Pedagogy and Practice in a newly created role with immediate effect. Dr Jones will be tasked with a range of responsibilities including furthering the development of the Educational Leader role ...

Sutherland Shire Council's childcare centres up for awards
St George & Sutherlandshire Leader - Eva Kolimar - October 10, 2019

Sutherland Shire Council's childcare team is reaching new heights, with a winner and 12 finalists announced in two separate awards programs for excellence. In September, Sylvania Family Day Care Educator Renata Stipanovic was recognised as one of Australia's finest early childhood educators...

Lighthouse Early Learning Centre to replace Integricare
The Daily Telegraph - Joanna Panagopoulos, Inner West Courier - October 9, 2019

A new daycare provider will operate out of a Homebush West council building previously deemed no longer fit for use as a childcare centre. A representative of Lighthouse Early Learning Centre said they will fork out in excess of $1 million over 12 to 18 months to get the centre up to scratch.

Cubby house and play space will be added thanks to grant boost
Western Advocate - October 9, 2019

Local pre-schools and childcare centres will build a play space and cubby house and install new flooring using NSW Government grants. Member for Bathurst Paul Toole announced the grants recently as part of the NSW Government's Quality Learning Environments program...

Canberra lawyer must pay almost $100,000 for conflict of interest in Amaroo child care centre dealings
The Canberra Times - Elliot Williams | Alexandra Back - October 9, 2019

A Canberra lawyer has been ordered to pay almost $100,000 and have his practice supervised after he was found guilty of professional misconduct in his dealings to start a Gungahlin child care centre. The council of the ACT Law Society took disciplinary action against...

The 7-Eleven mega-sale: Burgess Rawson offers sites worth $70m
The Age - Carolyn Cummins - October 9, 2019

Investors will be lining up at the Burgess Rawson auction where more than 30 properties, ranging from 7-Eleven outlets to supermarkets and childcare centres, are tipped to generate about $130 million combined. Four childcare centres, a KFC, medical facilities, retail properties...

Daycare owner accused of breaking baby’s arm
Wanneroo Times - Tyler Brown - October 8, 2019

A daycare owner accused of breaking a baby’s arm has had her bid to re-open her centre refused. Bindu Nirav Patel, who owns Little Kingdom Family Daycare in Banksia Grove, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault causing bodily harm. It has been alleged Mrs Patel caused a spiral fracture...

Early childhood educator scholarships
Mirage News - October 8, 2019

Early childhood educators could receive scholarships to study La Trobe University’s prestigious Bachelor of Early Childhood Education as part of a new partnership program. G8 Education, Australia’s largest private provider of early education, announced a flagship Bachelor Scholarship program...

Australian Government lends support to infant/child mental health framework
The Sector - Freya Lucas - October 8, 2019

A workforce development strategy designed to build the capabilities of professionals, including those working in early childhood education and care to act early in a child’s life and change their “mental health trajectory” has received the backing of Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt...

Evolve's $11.8m for Melb childcare centres
News.com.au - AAP - October 8, 2019

Evolve Education Group has completed the $11.8 million acquisition of four childcare centres in Melbourne in a move the New Zealand and Australian operator says will add $10.8 million of annualised revenue. Evolve, which in May raised about $60 million in capital, says the acquisition...