Liberal Senator Gerard Rennick hits out at parents who use childcare
news.com.au - Samantha Maiden - June 11, 2020

Liberal Senator Gerard Rennick has sparked outrage by invoking Dorothy from the Wizard Of Oz to insist the best place for children is at home, not childcare. The Queensland Senator and former stay-at-home dad has called for children to remain in the family home with a parent...

Childcare centre closed after toddler contracts COVID-19
ABC News - June 11, 2020

The Professor Lynn Corcoran Early Learning Centre in Parkville has been closed for 24 hours for cleaning after a toddler who attended the childcare centre contracted the virus. DHHS said the child was not showing symptoms while at the centre, but could have been infectious...

Kangaroo Island Children's Services recognises its childcare staff
The Islander - Stan Gorton - June 11, 2020

The governing council of Kangaroo Island Children's Services recently recognised its childcare staff for their hard work through the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. New chairperson Deb Laver said the governing council wanted to show a small sign of its appreciation by sharing a few gifts...

Melissa Jade Higgins: Childcare rorter loses appeal on $3.6m scam
news.com.au - Candace Sutton - June 11, 2020

Childcare rorter Melissa Jade Higgins lost her appeal against conviction for a “brazen” $3.6m government benefits scam after failing to argue that jurors who called her “a bogan” were racist. The NSW Court of Criminal Appeal rejected her bid today to overturn her conviction on 81 counts ...

Think Childcare responds to “Return to CCS” roadmap with trading update
The Sector - Jason Roberts - June 11, 2020

Think Childcare Group, has released a trading update in the wake of confirmation from Federal Education Minister, Dan Tehan of the roadmap for the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector to move back to the Child Care Subsidy (CCS). Commenting on the Transition Payment...

Voices within and outside the ECEC sector express disappointment at CCS revert
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 11, 2020

A number of sources from within and outside the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector have expressed their disappointment at the announcement earlier this week that JobKeeper payments for the sector will cease come 20 July, a week after the child care subsidy (CCS) ...

Almost 200 Australian childcare providers being investigated over Covid-19 funding rules
The Guardian - Daniel Hurst - June 11, 2020

The education department is investigating more than 190 childcare providers in Australia over complaints that they may have breached funding rules during the temporary Covid-19 relief package. Guardian Australia can reveal these investigations were triggered after the department...

Why Australia has some of the highest child care costs in the world
The New Daily - Cait Kelly - June 11, 2020

Australian parents pay almost four times as much as their international counterparts for child care, forcing parents out of the workforce and leaving children without a head start in learning. By international standards, Australia has one of the highest out-of-pocket child care costs in the world...

PM Scott Morrison backs move to cut childcare workers from JobKeeper scheme
9News.com.au - Luke Cooper - June 11, 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has backed his government's handling of the JobKeeper scheme and a decision to remove childcare workers from payments eligibility, saying the move will protect jobs. Mr Morrison was asked during Question Time today by Labor MP Amanda Rishworth...

Govt treating childcare workers 'with disdain': Albanese
News.com.au - June 11, 2020

The government is leaving childcare workers in the lurch by withdrawing their ability to access JobKeeper payments next month, according to Labor leader Anthony Albanese. Education Minister Dan Tehan announced on Monday childcare fees would resume from July 13 with workers...

Australia followed the science in managing COVID-19. We must do the same with early education
Women's Agenda - Professor Frank Oberklaid AM June 10, 2020

There is another area, however, where there has been little if any progress in efforts to have policy informed by the science – the research that documents the benefits of high quality childcare to child development and early learning. Recently media commentary and analysis...

Rent delay triggers anger for some childcare landlords
Financial Review - Liam Walsh - June 10, 2020

Childcare giant G8 Education put some landlords on edge after missing a deadline for rental payments. The delays came during tense negotiations for pandemic rental cuts with landlords, who said G8, with 475 Australian centres, had never missed payments before...

Liberals say most families pay less than $5 a hour for childcare
News.com.au - June 10, 2020

Liberal Senator Holly Hughes speaks to the media in Canberra about the government's decision to phase out the emergency free child care subsidy on July 12. She says that most families pay less than $5 an hour for childcare. If families struggle with the change, Senator Hughs suggest...

Early childhood educators disillusioned by policy makers
Canberra Times - Sarah Lansdown - June 10, 2020

Natalie Colbert, who owns three Canberra childcare services, said the government was meddling too far in private business in a sector that was run predominantly by women. "We've been treated like an errant, naughty child. "We were open [during the pandemic], while everyone else was safe...

Labor parliamentarians attack child care 'snapback'
News.com.au - June 10, 2020

June 10, 2020. Labor members of parliament speak to the media about the government's recent announcement to end the free childcare subsidy in July. MP Amanda Rishworth, Senator Jenny McAllister, MP Alicia Payne and MP Josh Burns attack the Liberal government's cancelling...