Smartland Early Learning Port Macquarie planned for Sovereign Hills
Port Macquarie News - September 29, 2019

Two former Hastings locals have joined forces to create Sovereign Hills' second childcare centre. Jay Luckie and Adam Robson are proud to reveal details about Smartland Early Learning Port Macquarie, now under construction in the growing community's Stirling Green precinct...

VCAT rejects failed application for childcare centre at Dorset Rd and Lindisfarne Ave in Croydon
Herald Sun - Kiel Egging, Maroondah Leader - September 29, 2019

People power has prevailed in Croydon after VCAT rejected a permit for a childcare centre on a quiet street. Dorset Childcare Centre Pty Ltd wanted to knock down two houses on the corner of Lindisfarne Ave and Dorset Rd to build a 120-capacity centre with 25 on-site parking spaces...

Which South Australian childcares make the grade?
Sunday Mail - Tim Williams - September 28, 2019

Hundreds of South Australian childcare services have not had their quality and safety standards assessed for at least five years, prompting calls for a more frequent auditing system. Nearly one in five services are still rated as “working towards” the national standards that were introduced in 2012...

Cheapest and most expensive child care in the state revealed
The Courier Mail - Matthew Killoran & Nicole Pierre - September 28, 2019

Queensland parents are paying as much as $5800 a year more for the same amount of child care in a shocking disparity. Even within Brisbane itself, the difference in what mums and dads fork out varies by as much as $3443 a year, while the split between neighbouring suburbs can be as much...

Unpaid grandparents fill childcare gap during the school holidays
The Mercury - Anne Mather, Sunday Tasmanian - September 28, 2019

Grandparents are being forced to step up and fill the childcare gap during the school holidays. Council on the Ageing Tasmania has urged the community to be aware of the grandparents who will be taking on the role of unpaid carers these school holidays. In a survey soon to be published...

$1 million for kindergarten kids
Shepp News - James Bennett - September 28, 2019

As part of the Victorian Government's School Readiness Funding, about 33 services will receive a share of the money. It can be used on programs that will improve children’s language development and social and emotional resilience, and support access and inclusion in kindergarten...

Regional award for Winmalee day care educators Mark and Michelle Tregillgas
Blue Mountains Gazette - September 27, 2019

Family day care educators Mark and Michelle Tregillgas from Moochy Family Day Care in Winmalee have been recognised as among Australia's finest early childhood educators. The couple have been announced as the Blue Mountains and Central West regional winners in the 2019...

Go-ahead for childcare centre
Corowa Free Press - Robert Muir - September 27, 2019

A development application for a childcare centre in Federation Avenue Corowa to accommodate 92 children and 15 staff has been unanimously approved, subject to 44 conditions, by Federation Council. The 1.73 hectares site adjoins the Corowa Pioneer Cemetery to the north, a vacant block...

Council trials alternatives to glyphosate weedkillers in shire's public areas
St George and Sutherland Shire Leader - Murray Trembath - September 27, 2019

Sutherland Shire Council workers will use a high pressure steam machine as an alternative to glyphosate products to kill weeds near schools, hospitals, child care centres and shopping centres. The council decided in June to phase out glyphosate products "when practical" because...

Relief for preschools crippled by the effects of drought
The Coffs Coast Advocate - Matt Deans - September 26, 2019

Preschools and child care centres are especially feeling the pinch as families struggle to make ends meet, make payments on time or end up keeping their children at home. To alleviate the financial hardship, the NSW Government is offering a Preschool Drought Relief program...

Education program gives children from disadvantaged backgrounds access to early learning
ABC News - Emily Baker - September 26, 2019

The three-year-old's development has improved this year. Ms Honey gives credit to the Tasmanian Government-funded Working Together program, which offered three year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds access to free early learning. Chase was the first child to be part of the pilot...

ECA 2019 conference kicks off as practitioners, researchers and thinkers head to Hobart
The Sector - Freya Lucas - September 26, 2019

More than 1,300 early childhood practitioners, researchers and thinkers have converged in Hobart for this year’s Early Childhood Australia National Conference. Commencing yesterday with the opening of the inaugural Making Marks exhibition, the Conference will see delegates...

Smoking banned in eight Tea Tree Gully carparks at schools, kindergartens and community centres
The Advertiser - Ben Cameron, The Messenger - September 26, 2019

Smoking is now prohibited at eight carparks near schools, kindergartens and community centres in Tea Tree Gully. On Tuesday night, Tea Tree Gully Council unanimously banned smoking in the carparks it owns that serve: Greenwith Community Centre, Our Lady of Hope School...

The Casey childcare centres exceeding the national standards
Herald Sun - Rebecca David, Leader - September 26, 2019

Nearly a third of all Casey early learning providers are exceeding national quality standards, the latest data reveals. Victorian centres were assessed by the state Education Department and rated in categories including children’s health and safety, physical environment...

19 shire preschools and not-for-profit long day care centres receive funding for new projects
St George and Sutherland Shire Leader - Murray Trembath - September 26, 2019

Nineteen community preschools and not-for-profit long day care centres in Sutherland Shire electorates have received funding for new projects in the latest round of a state government program. Projects range from outdoor climbing equipment and synthetic grass...