'Very positive': Immunisation coverage rates in children hit record high
Sydney Morning Herald - Josh Dye - December 6, 2018

The number of children in Australia with full immunisation coverage has spiked, hitting a record high, according to new data. In a significant milestone, the rate of vaccination among Indigenous children has also reached its highest-ever level, according to official data...

FDCA advocacy leads to recommendation to reduce regulations for FDC
The Sector - Freya Lucas - December 6, 2018

On October 11 2016, the Australian Senate established the Select Committee on Red Tape, with FDCA making a formal submission to the inquiry in relation to the effect of ‘red tape’ on the childcare sector, appearing as witnesses at the public hearing on 12 June 2018...

Why the G8 Education share price has zoomed 50% higher in the last month
The Motley Fool - Gregory Burke - December 5, 2018

After suffering a horror start to 2018, Australia’s largest listed early childhood education and care provider has recently turned its fortunes around, with the G8 Education Ltd (ASX: GEM) share price rising around 50% in the last month. Let’s take a look at why…

Budget Based Funding cut affecting rural Australia: Rishworth
The Sector - Freya Lucas - December 5, 2018

Families from across the Albury Wodonga region accessing “vital early education services” are being left in the lurch as a result of the pending closure of Albury Wodonga Community College (AWCC)-run mobile childcare services, Shadow Minister for Early Childhood...

Mundaring kids out of options as childcare centre faces the axe
Sydney Morning Herald - Dakshayani Shankar - December 4, 2018

More than 160 children will be out of daycare options in the Mundaring Shire next year, following the announcement one of the shire’s only childcare centre’s closure. Little Possums Childcare Centre owners Mundaring Sharing announced its intent to shut down...

New program addresses poor pre-school attendance in 2770
The Daily Telegraph - Heath Parkes-Hupton - December 4, 2018

A landmark program designed to turn around poor pre-school attendance in the 2770 postcode is gaining momentum. Collaboration for Learning, a partnership between The Hive and Western Sydney University, was formed to address concerning statistics...

Member for Indi questions Tehan on rural childcare closures
The Sector - Freya Lucas - December 4, 2018

The potential closure of seven mobile childcare services in the Albury Wodonga region bordering Victoria and New South Wales has been given a temporary reprieve thanks to the actions of the Member for Indi Cathy McGowan, who has asked Federal Minister for Education...

Japan-based Global Sky Group looks to grow training links with the Gold Coast after casinos given green light by government
Gold Coast Bulletin - Alister Thomson - December 4, 2018

He said it is another step in the company’s quest to become an educational content provider, with a move to list on the ASX a possibility in the next few years. Mr Nagata said he also sees plenty of opportunities in the childcare sector, which has been struggling...

Focus on mainstream support for children with additional needs in South Australia
The Sector - Freya Lucas - December 3, 2018

Children with additional needs are to be supported under a new model of funding being introduced to the South Australian early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector, and the education sector more broadly, in 2019. In information outlining...

Access to early learning set to improve in remote Indigenous communities
The Sector - Freya Lucas - December 3, 2018

Families in a dozen of Australia’s most remote Indigenous communities will receive more support to access quality early childhood education and care (ECEC) under the Government’s new childcare package, Federal Minister for Education Dan Tehan has said...

Inaugural Mollie Dyer Awards winners announced by VACCA
The Sector - Freya Lucas - December 3, 2018

The award winners of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) inaugural Mollie Dyer Awards have been announced, honouring an Aboriginal community member, an Aboriginal employee in the sector, and an Aboriginal young person for their...

CBA expects childcare centre M&A to accelerate
Financial Review - Simon Evans - December 2, 2018

The Commonwealth Bank expects the level of buying and selling among Australia's 7600 childcare centre operators to speed up over the next 12 months as multi-centre operators look to expand, with the low point in the cycle having passed...

Dutton should do 'decent thing' and refer himself to court over childcare subsidies
SBS News - December 2, 2018

Former Liberal MP Julia Banks has declared she believes Peter Dutton should refer himself to the High Court over the payment of Commonwealth subsidies to childcare centres owned by his family trust. She has told Fairfax media the Home Affairs minister...

ASX on track for worst December quarter since 2008
Sydney Morning Herald - William McInnes - November 30, 2018

G8 Education shares rose 36.6 per cent to $2.80 during November after the childcare centre operator said it intended to offload up to eight loss-making childcare centres. The move added momentum to an improving outlook for the company with occupancy rates...

Young children with autism can thrive in mainstream childcare
The Conversation - Kristelle Hudry and Cathy Bent - 30 November, 2018

Much of the research about including children with autism in mainstream classrooms is focused on school-aged children. Growing numbers of children with autism are diagnosed in toddlerhood, so there is increasing relevance for the early-childhood sector...