Gold Coast Bulletin - Alister Thomson - December 10, 2019

Merrimac is set to gain a new primary school after Brisbane Catholic Education bought the former home of Queensland Independent College for $7 million. Brisbane Catholic Education, which has plans to open seven new schools in the next six years, said the property would provide education ...

Why the profit motive fails in education
The Conversation - John Quiggin - December 10, 2019

The Morrison government’s waiving of almost A$500 million in dodgy vocational education and training debts holds many lessons about the nature of education and public services being provided by for-profit enterprises...In the realm of early child education, Australia’s for-profit child-care operators...

Guildford: AVO withdrawn against childcare worker
The Daily Telegraph - Joanne Vella, Parramatta Advertiser - December 10, 2019

An AVO has been withdrawn against a childcare worker accused of abusing a boy at a Guildford childcare centre after an Education Department investigation found insufficient evidence — but his mother has vowed to continue fighting for him. The mother of the boy, who has special needs...

Govt confirms ACECQA funding for 3 years ahead of key Education Council meeting
The Sector - Jason Roberts - December 10, 2019

Dan Tehan, Federal Minister for Education, has confirmed that the Australian Government will commit $46 million of funding to support the delivery of “nationally consistent and high quality early childhood education and care” under the National Quality Framework via national body the Australian...

No need to panic – we can fix Australian schools. But to rush the reform is to ruin it
The Guardian - Pasi Sahlberg - December 9, 2019

Every three years around this time politicians, education leaders and pundits step up to call for fixing their education systems. This has happened for two decades now. Education reforms follow one after another. Still, according to the OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment (Pisa)...

Evolve Education Group: Acquisition of centres in ACT
Australian Financial Review - December 9, 2019

Listed New Zealand and Australian childcare and education centre operator Evolve Education Group Limited (ASX/NZX:EVO) is pleased to announce that it has contracted to acquire 5 childcare centres in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) with a total license capacity of 461 children per day.

Queensland rural schools seeking teachers from overseas to plug critical shortage
Courier Mail - Stephanie Bennett - December 7, 2019

Hundreds of school teachers have been recruited from overseas and interstate to help plug a critical shortage sweeping parts of regional Queensland. The Courier-Mail can reveal more than 270 teachers have been hired through the State Government’s interstate and international ...

Sharing the benefits of this kindergarten run inside an aged care facility
The Courier - Rochelle Kirkham - December 7, 2019

Kindergarten children and aged care residents in Ballarat are reaping the benefits of intergenerational learning. It is 'Circle Day' at Hailey House in Ballarat North every Friday when Midlands Kindergarten runs its four-year-old morning session within the aged care facility. Around 22 children ...

New ‘no jab, no play’ legislation on way to boost immunisation rate
The Advertiser - Brad Crouch - December 6, 2019

Children who are not immunised will be turned away from child care and kindy — but not school — under “no jab, no play” legislation to be introduced when state parliament resumes next year. The tough stance, with only narrow exemptions compared to the three other states with similar policies...

New childcare centre for Throsby
The Canberra Times - December 6, 2019

One childcare centre closes in Canberra, another opens. Last week saw the shock closure of the Deakin Early Education Centre; this week saw a happier event - the opening of the (totally unrelated) Wonderschool childcare centre in Throsby. The 80-place centre was launched on Wednesday night...

Mums can book a place for kids
The West Australian - Sam Jones, North West Telegraph - December 6, 2019

Childcare services in Port Hedland have long been an issue of contention, with wait lists longer than iron ore trains, but major progress was made recently in a bid to reduce chronic shortage. The Town of Port Hedland approved day-care organisation One Tree Len Taplin’s takeover of the former ...

Selected early childhood centres to provide free hours to eligible kids
The Advocate - December 6, 2019

Seven North West early childhood education services are among those chosen to take part in a program providing up to 400 hours of free pre-school to eligible children. The program will be rolled out across 20 Tasmanian early childhood education centres from next year...

Union wins entitlements due to northern Tasmanian child carers
The Examiner - Sue Bailey - December 6, 2019

A union has won nearly $20,000 extra in entitlements for two early childhood educators who worked for a northern Tasmanian childcare centre which closed. United Workers Union spokeswoman Jannette Armstrong, said the low paid educators faced an employer "trying to wriggle out of paying their legal...

ACA National urges caution around enrollment incentives as ECEC competition grows
The Sector - Freya Lucas - December 6, 2019

The national branch of the Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) has called for caution in relation to the use of marketing and incentives for early childhood education and care (ECEC) centres to increase enrolments to their service, concerned about breaches of a variety of laws and policies...

Think shareholders vote to proceed with creation of new incubator using staple structure
The Sector - Jason Roberts - December 6, 2019

At a scheme and general meeting held yesterday shareholders of Think Childcare have agreed to proceed with a proposed scheme of arrangement whereby the equity of Think Childcare (TNK) and a new entity Think Childcare Development (TND) will be stapled together and in effect...