Household stress worse than we thought: ACTU
The Australian - Ewin Hannan - October 11, 2018

While the total CPI increase over the year to June was just over 2 per cent, the price of many essential items, including childcare, gas and power, went up two, four or even five times faster than the broad measure of inflation. Since 2016, nominal wage growth in the public sector has been 2.5...

Dutton denies making money from childcare
News.com.au - Matt Coughan - October 10, 2018

Peter Dutton insists he has never made money from a family trust linked to childcare centres owned by his wife, which opponents say put his eligibility to sit in parliament under a cloud. The home affairs minister has faced ongoing questions about whether a financial interest in two...

Child care rent rate questioned by Councillor
Townsville Bulletin - Tony Raggatt - October 10, 2018

A council officer has recommended the lease to The Creche and Kindergarten Association for the property in Fulham Rd at a rental fee of $2000 per year for a five-year term. Cr Jacob questioned how the public would view the rental charge and said there was a lot of change occurring in State...

Want a more capable nation? Start younger
Sydney Morning Herald - Ross Gittins - October 9, 2018

Trouble is, getting four-year-olds to preschool takes us only halfway to catching up with most other advanced economies, even New Zealand. So, with any luck, Scott Morrison won't be too proud to match Labor's promise to extend it to three-year-olds. Why is an economics writer getting...

Labor promises 785 new kinders for Victoria
Sydney Morning Herald - Benjamin Preiss - October 9, 2018

Almost 800 new kindergartens will be built and 170 existing centres expanded in a $1.68 billion pre-election pitch to parents by the Andrews government. The funding would come from the $5 billion that the Victorian Labor government has already committed as part of its pledge to deliver subsidised...

Andrews says childcare reforms fully funded with or without the federal government
The Daily Telegraph - October 09, 2018

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says that the early childhood funding package is fully funded regardless of the federal government's involvement, but that if the federal Labor proposal by Bill Shorten is taken into account that extra funds would be spent in the sector. Andrews says that there will...

Liverpool Council to investigate feasibility of turning Liverpool Regional Museum into childcare centre
The Daily Telegraph - Cindy Ngo - October 9, 2018

A high demand for childcare could see the Liverpool Regional Museum repurposed as an early education and care centre to cater for the growing city centre. Liverpool Council will undertake a scoping study into the feasibility of transforming the Hume Hwy facility to add to its collection of six childcare centres across the region...

Kinder is much more than babysitting: academics
Education HQ - Dr Estelle Irving and Dr Carol Carter - October 9, 2018

The erroneous perception that early childhood educational environments are places for child-minding or 'baby-sitting' has diminished over the years. Instead, these environments are now understood as important spaces for learning and development and as such, they represent...

Did this childcare centre operator just become a buy?
The Motley Fool - Gregory Burke - October 8, 2018

This additional funding to the sector would provide a significant tailwind for childcare operators like G8 Education and would be likely to put upward pressure on the occupancy rates of its centres, therefore, strengthening its revenues in the medium term. What is also promising...

Sarah Mitchell: NSW ahead of the game in subsidising preschool
The Daily Telegraph - Sarah Mitchell - October 8, 2018

When it comes to education, having a strong start is critical. We know that 90 per cent of a child's brain development happens between birth and five years old. Children who receive quality early childhood education have better longer-term benefits such as an increased likelihood...

Parenting is different to teaching - and children need both
Sydney Morning Herald - Polly Dunning - October 7, 2018

As a parent of a toddler, I see every day the benefits of early childhood education and care. I watch my son develop social skills and a sense of independence, the beginnings of literacy and numeracy and most importantly, his curiosity about the world and fascination...

Caitlin Hogan honoured for saving 50 people from preschool fire
The Courier Mail - Talisa Eley - October 7, 2018

A TOOWOOMBA childcare worker has been praised for her quick thinking after saving 50 people from a preschool fire this year. Director of Good Start Early Learning Centre at Drayton Caitlin Hogan was in charge of 41 children, aged six weeks to five years old, including her own...

Childcare in-home program in crisis with two year waiting lists
The Courier Mail - Lauren Martyn-Jones - October 6, 2018

QUEENSLAND'S in-home childcare program is in crisis as major providers shut their doors and waitlists for subsidised nannies blow out. Parents and providers say the Federal Government's new childcare package, which came into effect in July, has been devastating for the in-home...

Labor flags childcare worker pay policy
SBS News - October 6, 2018

Federal Labor is confident the states and territories will support its $1.75 billion election promise to give three and four-year-olds extra preschool. Senior Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese says the Opposition has "consulted widely" for the plan, which would see about...

Gender inequality: why is it so hard to change?
Sydney Morning Herald - Beth Gaze - October 6, 2018

Finding childcare is difficult and expensive and even once children are at school their hours and holidays do not match up with workforce needs. Australia deals with this mismatch by expecting mothers to work part-time, instead of ensuring adequate provision of high quality...