Voices of Real Australia: Where is the childcare in the bush?
The Canberra Times - Grace Ryan - June 7, 2021

I am at the mercy of my one-year-old daughter's childcare centre. I work four days a week, her dad works more and every week we wait in anxious anticipation, hoping one of her classmates has gotten sick so we can take their place for the day. So that's....not nice. Across regional Australia ...

Parents of Jack Loh were never shown sleeping room and bassinet where son died, coronial inquest hears
ABC News - Paige Cockburn - June 7, 2021

The parents of a baby who died in a Sydney daycare centre were shocked to learn his carer had been putting him to sleep in a bassinet, which goes against recommended childcare standards, an inquest has heard. Jack Loh was seven months old when he was found blue and unresponsive...

Three storey ECEC service approved in Mirrabooka, at a cost of $5m
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 7, 2021

A three-storey childcare centre has been approved in Mirrabooka despite a recommendation against it, local news source Perth News has reported. The Metro Inner North Joint Development Assessment Panel approved Rowe Group’s application for the facility on Milldale Way ...

Researchers investigate spread as North Melbourne school outbreak grows
The Age - Adam Carey - June 7, 2021

Another case of COVID-19 was reported at North Melbourne Primary School on Monday, with the Department of Health investigating if the person was infectious when they attended the large state school. The school has been closed since last Wednesday. Two year 5 students, a prep student ...

First steps: Minister Sarah Mitchell launches early education program in Brewarrina
Daily Liberal - Newsroom - June 6, 2021

Getting more Indigenous children into early education is the aim of a $23 million strategy from the NSW government. First Steps was launched in Brewarrina on Wednesday by Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell. Ms Mitchell said it was the first of its kind ...

UniSA’s Victoria Whitington says play, not tests is key to early-childhood learning
The Advertiser - Rebecca Baker, Sunday Mail (SA) - June 6, 2021

A leading South Australian early-childhood educator is warning against pushing very young children into tests and formal assessments, arguing play is critical. Associate Professor Victoria Whitington Education, Uni SA’s Education Futures dean of programs, said she worried political ...

Margot and Joe say their baby died in a broken system — his inquest could transform the childcare industry
ABC News - Kevin Nguyen - June 6, 2021

Margot Loh was at home when she received the worst phone call of her life on March 4, 2019. It was the police. Her seven-month-old son, Jack, had been found unresponsive at day care. Officers drove her to Sydney Children's Hospital where two social workers met her ...

Australian nanny shortage as COVID-19 keeps borders shut
Gold Coast Bulletin - Greg Stolz, The Sunday Mail ( QLD) - June 6, 2021

Australia is in the grip of a nanny crisis, with hundreds of au pair positions vacant. The Australian Nanny Association says an exodus of international au pairs due to COVID-19 has the industry ‘on the brink of collapse’. The association has launched a national recruitment drive in a bid ...

Tradies push for driver demerit and toll relief, as shift workers call for childcare
The Daily Telegraph - Linda Silmalis - June 5, 2021

Unions NSW secretary Mark Morey said...“Our blue, pink and fluoro collared workers are the backbone of the state. The next Labor leader needs to reconnect with these workers by presenting real options to ease the cost of living and give them better access to childcare. It’s hard ...

Compulsory COVID-19 vaccinations at work could face legal challenges, lawyers warn
ABC News - Rhiana Whitson - June 5, 2021

A new industrial relations issue is on the horizon as employers begin to ask whether they can introduce a 'no jab, no job' policy for staff who refuse a COVID-19 vaccine. The Fair Work Commission has recently upheld the sacking of two workers in aged care and child care who refused a flu vaccine.

Marine Rescue Port Macquarie teach preschool children about water safety
Port Macquarie News - Ruby Pascoe - June 4, 2021

Marine Rescue volunteers are usually out on the water saving people who have run into trouble, but on June 4 they visited Hastings Preschool & Long Daycare Centre to teach kids about water safety. Director Debra Gulliver said the presentation by Marine Rescue will be beneficial for the children.

2 ASX dividend shares that could help you beat low interest rates
The Motley Fool - James Mickleboro - June 4, 2021

The first ASX dividend share to consider is the Charter Hall Social Infrastructure REIT. Charter Hall Social Infrastructure REIT is actually the largest owner of early learning centres in Australia. At the last count, it actively partnered with 35 high quality childcare operators.

Young families in Edenhope, western Victoria, face life without childcare again
ABC News - Sarah Lawrence, Alexander Darling and Rebekah Lowe - June 4, 2021

A teacher in western Victoria says her town's workforce could start to drop if the area remains without a childcare service. Mother-of-three Cassandra Stringer put her dog grooming business on hold this week after the only family day carer servicing Edenhope resigned. Mrs Stringer says ...

Kincumber: Plans change for childcare centre with petting zoo proposed for Brennan Ave
The Daily Telegraph - Fiona Killman - June 4, 2021

A proposed $1.8m childcare centre in Kincumber is back on public exhibition. The proposal includes a 92-place childcare centre with a “petting zoo” – to be named Kincumba Farm Childcare Centre – at a 1.4ha property on Brennan Ave. When the plan was initially lodged in early 2020...

Member for Lyne, David Gillespie: Making childcare more affordable
Camden Courier - Dr David Gillespie - June 3, 2021

Childcare will be more affordable for Australian families following an investment of an additional $1.7 billion as part of the 2021-22 Budget. This major investment will cut costs for around a quarter of a million families and enable about 40,000 parents to work an extra day ...