'Every single parent is outraged': Fury at CBD childcare centre closure
Canberra Times - Timothy Cox & Clay Lucas - June 6, 2018

The city centre's only publicly run childcare centre – in a street that's at ground zero for the CBD construction boom – is set to be abruptly shut by Melbourne City Council. The council says the noise and dust caused by the construction work, parking issues and the fact that...

Granny brigade rides to rescue
The Coffs Coast Advocate - Greg White - June 6, 2018

WITH the cost of childcare rising more Coffs Coast parents are turning to the grandparents for assistance in a bid to save much needed time and money. The Coffs Harbour Economic Profile (CHEP), using data from the 2016 Census, shows 4,806 people in the city provide unpaid...

Investors pay premium for childcare centres
Sydney Morning Herald - Simon Johanson - June 6, 2018

Investors continue to pay a premium for childcare with a centre at 359-361 Chesterville Road selling for $5.6 million to an offshore buyer. Savills Australia's Julian Heatherich, Benson Zhou and Mark Stafford brokered the deal for the Think Child Care-operated centre...

ACT Budget: Canberra is going to get three new public schools
Canberra Times - Sherryn Groch - June 5, 2018

As the Commonwealth pulls out of national funding agreements on childcare regulation, the ACT government has also unveiled $1.5 million to develop a new early childhood strategy, focussing on cost equity for families as well as beefing up staff numbers at the territory''s regulator, CECA...

Chinese private equity eyes Aussie wastewater, medical deals
Financial Review - Michael Smith - June 4, 2018

"We want to help more Australian companies to expand their business in China," Mr Wang told The Australian Financial Review, saying the company also looked at deals in childcare, medical care and a technology company. "In China, medical care and education all have good...

Queensland child abuse reporting up as Townsville toddler's tragic death leaves lasting legacy
Townsville Bulletin - Clare Armstrong - June 4, 2018

REPORTING of suspected child abuse by Queensland childcare workers has increased by almost 40 per cent since a law adopted after the death of a Townsville toddler was introduced. The number of calls from early childhood personnel to the Department of Child Safety rose...

Walter and Eliza Institute of Medical Research gets $10m childcare centre to aid workforce
Herald Sun - Brigid O'Connell - JUne 4, 2018

A NEW $9.9 million childcare centre will help female researchers, working on cracking cures and developing better medical treatments, stay in the workforce after giving birth. The Walter and Eliza Institute of Medical Research now owns the first on-site childcare centre...

Grandparents stepping up as costs of childcare bite
Sydney Morning Herald - John Collett - June 3, 2018

Australian grandparents are contributing the equivalent of $3.94 billion annually in childcare costs, by minding their grandchildren, according to the survey of 1000 people conducted by comparison site Mozo. The typical, or median, amount of childcare provided by grandparents is...

Childcare worker banned from working with children after husband hit boy, 4
The Sunday Telegraph - Linda Simalis - June 3, 2018

A CHILDCARE worker whose husband allegedly hit a four-year-old boy in her care across the face for being "naughty" has been banned from working with children. The registered council family daycare education was reported to the NSW Children''s Guardian after the boy's aunt complained...

Early Years Care childcare centres vows to fight government sanctions
Illawarra Mercury - Desiree Savage - June 3, 2018

Up to 85 child care jobs are at risk and parents have fears over future care after a Barrack Heights-based family day care network was notified of the Government's intention to impose sanctions for non-compliance. Director of Early Years Care Marie Armstrong Smith vowed to fight...

Pressure on working mums at a 'tipping point' but dads are stepping up… slowly
Sunday Herald Sun - Wendy Tuohy - June 2, 2018

And she said 20 years of research had shown the demands on mothers domestic and care roles had not changed. "Difficulty juggling the demands of work and home doesn't go away as children get older, family-friendly policies are focused on the early years, but the data is showing...

When investing feels like child's play
Sydney Morning Herald - Michael Vanstone - June 2, 2018

As Australia's fastest-growing real estate investment class, childcare centres have emerged as highly desirable commercial property assets over the last five years. The volume of childcare centre investment sales has grown tenfold while cap rates have taken a positive step in the...

Think Childcare distributes 5.8 million flyers as childcare faces shake-up
Financial Review - Simon Evans - May 31, 2018

ASX-listed Think Childcare, which operates 70 childcare centres around Australia, is taking the unprecedented step of doing a letterbox drop to 729,000 households in catchment areas around its centres to try to drive extra demand as a new subsidy scheme arrives. Think Childcare chief...

Sale docs out for Anchorage's $700m child care company
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald & Julie-anne Sprague - May 30, 2018

Sydney-based private equity firm Anchorage Capital Partners is ramping up plans to sell childcare business Affinity Education. As first reported by Street Talk, Anchorage and adviser Luminis Partners sent an information memorandum to buyers this week. The IM pegs Affinity's earnings before...

Kindergarten teacher not guilty of indecently cupping 4yo boy's genitals in childcare centre
ABC News - Sharnie Kim - May 30, 2018

A jury has found a kindergarten teacher in far north Queensland not guilty of inappropriately touching a four-year-old boy in his care at a day care centre. The 26-year-old man was accused of cupping the genitals of the boy while helping him change out of wet clothes at a far north...