Device invented to prevent 'forgotten baby syndrome'
News.com.au - Silvia Marchetti - December 5, 2017

"OK, You Are Here! consists of a magnetic badge with a chip, like a credit card, which the parent who drops off the baby swipes under an electronic machine placed at the entrance of a daycare centre or nursery," explains Michela. "It creates a database that tracks daily attendance...

Behavioural problems linked to poor sleep
Sky News - December 5, 2017

Researchers at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute examined the two-way relationship between sleep problems and behavioural difficulties in almost 5000 preschoolers about to start school from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Study participants were followed up...

Childcare firm G8 Education loses $450m after earnings forecast cut
The Courier Mail - Christian Edwards & Liam Walsh - December 4, 2017

CHILDCARE centre operator G8 Education lost almost a quarter of its value in a day - or almost $458 million - after issuing another cut to its earnings forecast. The Gold Coast-based company blamed an increased supply of childcare centres for hurting occupancy levels, thereby squeezing...

G8 Education slumps on earnings downgrade
SBS News - December 4, 2017

Shares in G8 Education have crashed in early trade after the childcare centre operator lowered its earnings forecast for the 2017 financial year. The Gold Coast-based childcare centre operator said underlying earnings for FY2017 were now expected to come in at around $160 million...

Outdoor napping all year round embraced by Canberra childcare centre
ABC News - Hannah Walmsley - December 4, 2017

In Sweden and other Scandinavian countries it's perfectly normal to see newborn babies wrapped up in their prams, napping outdoors, even in the middle of winter. Outdoor naps have become the norm in state-run childcare centres in Nordic countries - the theory being that napping...

Radical rethink of Closing the Gap required, despite some progress
The Conversation - Francis Markham & Nicholas Biddle - December 4, 2017

The initial Closing the Gap target, agreed to by the heads of government in 2009, aimed for complete access to preschool for Indigenous children in remote communities. By 2013, that target was still far from being met. Consequently, it was replaced by a more modest target...

Techie toddlers taught STEM
The Daily Telegraph - Natasha Bita - December 2, 2017

DAYCARE centres are teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects to kids in kindy, giving budding boffins a smart start for future-proof careers. Dozens of NSW childcare centres are introducing children to the STEM topics, using play-based teaching...

A different way to learn: Tamar Valley Steiner school two years on from launching
The Examiner - Lucy Stone - December 2, 2017

From little things, big things grow. A playgroup becomes a kindergarten, a kindergarten a primary school. And, hopefully, in the near future, that primary school could become a high school. Tamar Valley Steiner School opened for the first term of 2016 as a natural extension...

Mums forced to take on extra jobs to cope with cost of living
Daily Telegraph - Lanai Scarr - December 1, 2017

Childcare is crippling families as News Corp Australia has been revealing all year, with parents naming this as their biggest budgetary stress. The inaugural finder.com.au Cost of Kids 2017 Report found more than eight out of ten Australians (86 per cent) struggled with some financial...

Lauren Novak: Stop wasting time South Australian state politicians. Just get on with your jobs
The Advertiser - Lauren Novak - December 1, 2017

One example is a Labor proposal to enable childcare providers to refuse to enrol children who are not fully vaccinated. Despite much hype from government over many months, this Bill remained on the Parliament's to-do list after the lights were turned out this week. Another example...

A child care centre's ban on glitter sparks widespread debate
Brisbane Times - Jacey Fortin - December 1, 2017

Some scientists are talking more about the dangers posed by the sparkles used in children's crafts and some cosmetics. Most glitter is made with plastic, and when it drifts into a landfill or down a drain, it can become a microplastic pollutant. Those small pieces of plastic are not always caught...

Neighbourhood houses, including Cranbourne, Hallam and Hampton Park, calling for fairer funding from state government
Herald Sun - Megan Bailey - December 1, 2017

Ms Wilson said while their childcare costs were lower than most, many families still struggled to pay it and if they increased the cost it would be prohibitively expensive and then unviable. The City of Casey has agreed to support the Neighbourhood house campaign, with councillors voting to write...

Survey flags child care gap
The West Australian - Joanna Delalande - November 30, 2017

Childcare centres in Kalgoorlie-Boulder are forced to turn down working parents on a regular basis, with parents expressing concerns about a shortage of care services in the town. More than 200 Kalgoorlie residents have taken part in an online childcare survey that asks them to outline whether...

Fremantle child care centre fined after boy nearly hung himself on hammock
WA Today - Heather McNeill - November 30, 2017

A Fremantle day care has been fined $40,000 after a three-year-old boy nearly hung himself on a hammock cord. The incident occurred at Fremantle Early Learning Centre on June 14 around 4.30pm, when parents were arriving to collect their children.. The boy placed his head through the cords...

Teacher training, pay and performance: What makes a difference to kids?
ABC News - Emily Clark - November 30, 2017

Teacher training, pay and performance are often the subject of studies and reports that generate tense public discussion, so let's boil it down to one thing: what actually helps children learn? What levers within an early childhood education system can be pulled to improve how well a child can...