Young Australians will wear the cost of Turnbull's middle-income tax cuts
ABC News - Danielle Wood and Hugh Parsonage - November 22, 2017

And as the Prime Minister flagged, there is also an economic case for such tax cuts. High marginal tax rates for middle-income earners can significantly affect incentives to participate in the workforce, particularly for women with children in child care. But the kicker is the effect of the promised tax cuts...

Lack of jobs setback for school-starters
Fraser Coast Chronicle - Louise Shannon - November 22, 2017

A LACK of job opportunities in Maryborough and a need for funding for the region's early childhood learning centres is contributing to worryingly poor readiness for school among the region's young children compared with school-starters throughout the rest of Queensland. Director of Goodstart...

NBN woes delay opening of a Delacombe child care centre
The Courier - Michelle Smith - November 22, 2017

The building on Smythes Rd was completed in July but delays in the NBN rollout only saw the centre connected to the network about six weeks ago. This meant they could not apply to the Department of Education and Training's early childhood services for a licence to open. Their application for...

Deficit-plagued Victoria Legal Aid backs anti-vax mum's fight
Herald Sun - Grant McArthur and Shannon Deery - November 21, 2017

VICTORIAN taxpayers will fund a mum's court action to stop her children being immunised following the latest controversial decision by Victoria Legal Aid to run the case. Health experts and government ministers have been left outraged at the decision by the deficit-plagued taxpayer funded...

Former Kangaroo Flat childcare operator has fine and conviction struck out in court
Bendigo Advertiser - Adam Holmes - November 21, 2017

THE former operator of a childcare centre in Kangaroo Flat found to be caring for children without receiving departmental approval has had his conviction and fine struck out in court. The man in his 50s, who established the St Anastasia Childcare Centre on Olympic Parade, appeared...

Roxburgh Park, Craigieburn kindergartens to use portables to meet high demand
Herald Sun - Bridie Byrne - November 21, 2017

RAPID population growth will force Hume Council to use portables for kindergarten classes next year. Two $2.5 million portable rooms will be set up next to the Bluebird Way Child and Family Centre in Roxburgh Park, and Newbury Child and Community Centre in Craigieburn...

Child's play for PwC auction
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald & Joyce Moullakis - November 21, 2017

Brisbane-based Blue Sky is hoping its next deal will be as easy as ABC, with a offshore buyer poised to buy childcare services operator Foundation Early Learning. Street Talk understands the ASX-listed private equity firm is seeking to agree terms to sell Foundation Early Learning within...

Perth boy Lachlan Mitchell's family call for day care pool ban after drowning death
ABC News - Nicolas Perpitch - November 20, 2017

The family of a two-year-old boy who drowned at a Perth family day care centre wants pools banned at day care centres across Western Australia. Lachlan Mitchell died in Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) on the evening of November 10 2015 - two days before his third birthday...

Time to look at what's achievable
Financial Review - Craig Emerson - November 20, 2017

While the major parties were at it, they could legislate measures to reduce the punitive disincentives for women with children to increase their hours of work. Through the interaction of the withdrawal of childcare benefits and women's marginal income tax rates, the effective marginal tax...

FAIR GO: Why Toowoomba children miss out with kindy
Toowoomba Chronicle - Tom Gillespie - November 20, 2017

The 2015 Australian Early Development Census reveals the percentage of developmentally vulnerable five-year-olds in regional Queensland is significantly higher than in Brisbane. The statistics show in inner Brisbane 18.3 per cent of children faced at least one area of disadvantage...

Rockingham child care centre fined after Down syndrome child wanders off
Weekend Courier - Greig Johnston - November 20, 2017

A ROCKINGHAM child care centre has been ordered to pay $10,000 after a child with Down syndrome left the facility and was found wandering on the road. Helping Hands Rockingham Beach (Rockingham Beach Primary School) was alleged to have contravened national law in February...

Far Northern children some of state's most vulnerable
The Cairns Post - Rae Wilson, Geoff Egan & Danaella Wivell - November 20, 2017

A coalition of early childhood educators has pointed to shocking statistics revealing that in regional Queensland more kids are already disadvantaged when they start Year 1 than in Brisbane. The 2015 Australian Early Development Census reveals the percentage of developmentally...

Australia's childcare sector grows up
Sydney Morning Herald - Simon Johanson - November 20, 2017

A significant jump in the number of childcare centres being developed and sold has not diminished investor appetite with yields tightening across the sector, research from Burgess Rawson shows. The real estate agency transacted 76 per cent of childcare centres sold Australia-wide...

Anti-vaccination event removed from City of Sydney website after influx of complaints
Sydney Morning Herald - Josh Dye - November 19, 2017

The City of Sydney has been forced to pull down a page on its website promoting an anti-vaccination event, with lord mayor Clover Moore intervening amid a social media backlash on Sunday afternoon. The event, hosted by Dr Judy Wilyman and titled Let's talk about Vaccines...

The case for caring for carers' wages
The Age - November 18, 2017

Childcare and aged care professionals perform some of the most crucial work in our economy and society. Yet they are among the lowest paid, earning around $20 an hour. Not only is this absurd, it is a threat to the prosperity and wellbeing of the entire population; early childhood education...