ACECQA modifies 4th year final placements in light of - extraordinary circumstances''
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 12, 2020

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic within the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector has been significant. Much of the immediate focus has been on ensuring children are protected and cared for, families supported, and employees able to work. Along the way, there has been...

Coronavirus Australia: PM under pressure to extend free childcare - Samantha Maiden - May 12, 2020

Scott Morrison is under pressure to permanently extend 'free' childcare to families grappling with the fallout from COVID-19 and help women get back to work. Just 24 hours after the Prime Minister refused to rule out changes to JobKeeper as Australia flattens the coronavirus curve...

Childcare Review: Minister Must Ensure Equity And Make Childcare Free For Good
Mirage News - May 11, 2020

Australian Greens Education spokesperson Senator Mehreen Faruqi has said the Education Minister must rule out the reintroduction of childcare fees in his current review of the COVID-19 childcare package. Senator Faruqi said: "Free and universal childcare has been a huge step forward...

Cumberland Council considers charging 23 per cent more for child care
The Daily Telegraph - Joanne Vella, Parramatta Advertiser - May 11, 2020

Cumberland Council plans to increase fees at its 17 childcare centres by up to 23% in the next financial year. That means families could be forced to pay up to $150 a day if the plans are adopted from July 1. Parents with children aged three to five could fork out an $18 extra a day but families ...

Roster changes see healthcare families take up free childcare
Perth Now - Lucy Jarvis, Wanneroo Times - May 11, 2020

The childcare relief package has helped many families facing work changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. A northern suburbs family was among those to benefit from the Federal Government’s Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package, which included free access...

Australian Government's Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package under review
The Examiner (TAS) - Matt Maloney - May 11, 2020

Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff says the government will work to reinstate out-of-hours care at schools where the service has previously been offered. Primary school aged children will be allowed back into classrooms from May 25 with high school students to follow two weeks later...

'Free childcare has been amazing': Australian parents hope pandemic may pave way for reform
The Guardian - Celina Ribeiro - May 11, 2020

The government has vowed to roll back universal free early education once the crisis passes, but returning to a pre-Covid-19 state could be politically fraught. As the coronavirus pandemic began what at the time looked like a particularly ominous march forward, Fiona Ivits’ four-year-old son...

LDC supply growth rate jumps to new high in Q1 2020 says latest ACECQA snapshot
The Sector - Jason Roberts - May 11, 2020

The number of long day care centres across Australia increased 4.5 per cent in the three months ended March 2020 (compared to the same period last year), the fastest rate of growth in this data series for at least five years, according to the ACECQA latest NQF Snapshot. The growth highlights ...

Desperate councils cry out for promised childcare funding
Sydney Morning Herald - Angus Thompson - May 10, 2020

There is confusion among councils over how and when they will receive the NSW government's promised $82 million in childcare funding as they continue to haemorrhage money maintaining the free service a month after the bailout was announced. The Department of Education...

Forget flowers and chocolates for Mother’s Day: keep free childcare going instead
The Conversation - Leah Ruppanner - May 8, 2020

One of the surprise silver linings of the COVID-19 crisis is that childcare became free for all Australian families. Australia has traditionally been viewed as a liberal welfare state where government policies are reserved for those in the greatest need and a “pick yourselves up by the bootstraps” mentality reigns.

Outbreak is moment to rethink child care
9 News - By AAP - May 7, 2020

The stress of the coronavirus crisis has laid bare the weaknesses in Australia's childcare system but presents an opportunity to rethink the way it works. Former South Australian premier Jay Weatherill says the reconstruction of the economy once the COVID-19 crisis has passed should start with children.

NT announces $10,000 operator grants to support ECEC providers navigate COVID-19
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 7, 2020

The Northern Territory Government has offered one-off grants of up to $10,000 to NT early childhood education and care (ECEC) operators to support them through the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. The top-up grants are designed to help support the sector offset the costs of...

Early childhood education is the silent victim of COVID-19 schools debate
The Daily Telegraph - Clare Masters - May 6, 2020

But there is a key point that has been missing from the conversation: the education of our youngest Australians. Even more so than the schooling system, early childhood education in Australia is unwieldy and mammoth, there is no real clear ‘ownership’ and communication lines are messy...

Coronavirus: Can 4-day week be ‘the new full time’?
The Australian - Helen Trinca - May 6, 2020

“We think COVID-19 … has opened up some of these areas for further discussion,” Ms Morphet said. “It’s a moment in time that we need to grab. We have always felt child care is a major hurdle for women to achieve their professional opportunities. “All sides of government have felt that assistance...

Supporting Territory’s Childcare Workers through COVID-19
Mirage News - May 6, 2020

The Territory Labor Government is offering one-off grants of up to $10,000 to NT childcare operators to support them through the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. The top-up grants are to help support the early childhood care sector offset the costs of supplies, cleaning and maintenance...