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Weston Creek Children's Centre director accused of defrauding business has bail refused
ABC News - February 27, 2021

The director of a Canberra childcare centre accused of defrauding the business of as much as $500,000 has been refused bail. Police have charged Weston Creek Children's Centre director Emma Morton with 23 counts of obtaining property by deception, amounting to $160,000 ...

Early learning sector faces workforce 'crisis'
The Canberra Times - Sarah Landsdown - February 27, 2021

Richardson Child Care and Education Centre is miles away from the world of lanyards, boardrooms and cubicles that dominate Canberra's workplaces...

Mayfield Childcare Limited (ASX:MFD) Has Got What It Takes To Be An Attractive Dividend Stock
Simply Wall St - February 26, 2021

Dividend paying stocks like Mayfield Childcare Limited (ASX:MFD) tend to be popular with investors, and for good reason - some research suggests a significant amount of all stock market returns come from reinvested dividends. On the other hand, investors have been known to buy...

Police charge woman with 23 counts of fraud relating to a Weston childcare centre
The Canberra Times - Julia Kanapathippillai - February 26, 2021

A woman defrauded a Canberra childcare centre of more than $160,000, and possibly about $480,000, police say. ACT Policing said they had charged a 46-year-old Campbell woman with fraud as part of an ongoing investigation into fraudulent activity at a Weston child care centre...

NSW childcare centre owner investigated over toddler sexual assault claims
The Daily Telegraph - Janet Fife-Yeomans - February 26, 2021

The owner of a childcare centre is being investigated for allegedly drugging children, taking them to another property during the day and sexually assaulting them. The investigation began after a four-year-old boy told his mum he did not feel safe going to the centre any more ...

Full Year Statutory Accounts EVO - EVOLVE EDUCATION GRP
Financial Review - February 26, 2021

Evolve Education Group Limited (NSX/ASX: EVO) has released its audited results for the financial year ended 31 December 2020. As EVO changed its balance date from 31 March to 31 December during calendar year 2020, EVO’s audited results for the financial year ended 31 December 2020 ...

Stanton Road studies up on Anchorage Capital’s Affinity
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald and Tim Boyd - February 25, 2021

Australian private equity firm Anchorage Capital is getting ready to test buyer appetite in one of the country’s biggest childcare groups, Affinity Education. It is understood Anchorage has re-hired investment banker Peter Brownie, now at Stanton Road Partners, to review exit options for Affinity ...

Surge in serious respiratory illness among children puts doctors on high alert
The Age - Melissa Cunningham - February 25, 2021

Doctors are observing an alarming rise in Victorian children presenting to hospital emergency departments with a potentially serious respiratory illness that can cause pneumonia. Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Victoria faculty chair Mya Cubitt said hospital clinicians were on ...

Bass Coast childcare centres: Why enrolments are booming Corinella and Inverloch
Herald Sun - Brooke Grebert-Craig, The Bass Coast News - February 25, 2021

Enrolments at Bass Coast childcare centres are “through the roof” since COVID-19 hit, with many Melburnians flocking to the area for a seaside change. Bass Valley Children’s Centre manager Sharyn Holmberg told The Bass Coast News she has seen a huge increase of numbers in the past few months...

High-achieving early learning sites in Queensland asked to nominate for awards
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 25, 2021

The annual Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools in Queensland is now open, with opportunity for those who are working with the state’s youngest citizens to be recognised. Teachers and principles are being urged to “put their hands up” and be counted amongst the State’s best...

Former Cairns childcare director jailed for six years over child's death on minibus
ABC News - Holly Richardson and Kristy Sexton-McGrath - February 24, 2021

A former Cairns childcare centre director has been sentenced to six years in jail for manslaughter after a three-year-old boy was left on a minibus and died last year. Michael Glenn Lewis will be eligible for parole in 18 months. The then childcare centre director, collected the boy...

Think Childcare exceeds guidance, reasserts growth credentials in Full Year 2020 results
The Sector - Jason Roberts - February 24, 2021

Think Childcare has released its Full Year 2020 results, in which the Group reports a solid underlying financial performance that exceeded updated guidance provided in December 2020, and confirmed a significant development pipeline to drive future growth...

Yield-hungry investors spend big on property
Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - February 24, 2021

On Wednesday, all six childcare centres offered for sale sold under the hammer, including a brand-new childcare centre in Mt Martha near Sorrento on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula which went for $6.3 million – $600,000 above the reserve – on a yield of 4.86 per cent, the lowest yield...

New kinder rating scheme delivers a tick for some, a kick for others
The Age - Adam Carey - Feburary 24, 2021

More than 200 childcare centres have fallen foul of a new Victorian government rating system that promotes “the best” kindergartens in the state. The rating system, launched on Thursday, publicly endorses government funded childcare centres offering kindergarten programs...

Armidale and Guyra preschools and LDC services benefit from QLE grants
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 24, 2021

Six preschool and long day care (LDC) facilities in Armidale and Guyra, in regional New South Wales, will benefit from $74,162.69 in funding through the NSW Government’s Quality Learning Environments (QLE) program, local MP Adam Marshall has announced. Mr Marshall visited Galloway...