Labor's Josh Willie says program should be rolled out faster
The Examiner - Sue Bailey - June 12, 2020

The Government and Labor are at odds over the roll out of an early learning program. Labor education spokesman Josh Willie says the Working Together program, capped at 120 hours, should be rolled out faster to help more children, their families and the childcare sector. However...

Labor senator Catryna Bilyk says comments were "insulting and outrageous slurs" against early childhood educators
The Examiner - Sue Bailey - June 12, 2020

A suggestion that parents should stay home and look after their children and not use childcare has outraged a Tasmanian Labor senator, unions and a leading childcare provider. Senator Catryna Bilyk, a former early childhood educator, said Queensland Liberal Senator Gerard Rennick's comments...

SA childcare industry braces for the next twist on the rollercoaster
In Daily - Belinda Willis - June 12, 2020

Like every sector of the South Australian economy, the state’s childcare centres have been on a difficult and twisting journey this year. Here’s how they see the months ahead playing out as government policy again takes a sharp turn. Free childcare ends next month and the state’s childcare centres...

'They are thriving': Free childcare boosted access for disadvantaged and Indigenous kids
The Sydney Morning Herald - Fergus Hunter - June 12, 2020

Childcare attendance among disadvantaged, vulnerable and Indigenous children has surged to higher than normal levels during the fee-free coronavirus period and advocates are warning the gains could be undone when the old model returns next month. The federal government's $1.6 billion...

What we're beginning to understand about preschool kids and their digital devices
ABC Radio National - Antony Funnell for Future Tense - June 12, 2020

They may not be able to read, write or use a keyboard, but research by Australia's eSafety Commissioner suggests around 81 per cent of Australian preschoolers now regularly use the internet. Early childhood researcher Susan Edwards says the arrival of the touch screen proved a game changer...

Waiting list for Bayside Council's new child care centre opens next week
St George & Sutherland Shire Leader - Jim Gainsford - June 12, 2020

Garrigarrang Early Education and Care Centre, the new child care centre owned and managed by Bayside Council, is expected to open in early 2021. "Families can now get onto the waiting list for this state-of-the-art centre which will provide a much needed service for the local community," ...

DESE clarifies position on “opting out” of Transition Payments for ECEC services
The Sector - Lyndsie Clark - June 12, 2020

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) have clarified their position on whether early childhood education and care (ECEC) services are able to “opt out” of the Transition Payment funding scheme to raise their fees and if they were to “opt out” whether they would be still eligible...

'I could not do what they do': lockdown breeds renewed respect for early childhood educators
The Guardian - Shelley Hepworth - June 12, 2020

Spending more time with his daughter has been a silver lining of the pandemic but it’s also prompted Robert Merkel to reflect on how Australia values its childcare professionals. When Robert Merkel was enjoying a cycling trip through the remote high country of Victoria in early February...

NT educators welcome end of Federal Government’s free childcare scheme
NT News - Sarah Matthews - June 12, 2020

Territory childcare workers have welcomed the ending of the Federal Government’s free childcare scheme next month, saying it was not sustainable for the industry long-term. The $1.6 billion scheme, which was announced in early April and provided free child care for all parents...

Gradual childcare reform can deliver better outcomes for everybody
The Sydney Morning Herald - Editorial - June 11, 2020

Parents with young children have been on a roller coaster ride of emotions in the past few months as they try to keep up with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on childcare. When the pandemic hit, about 50% of parents pulled their kids out of care because of the risk of infection...

Childcare giant predicts $250m hit to centre values
Financial Review - Liam Walsh - June 11, 2020

G8 Education is wiping up to $250 million from the value of its childcare centres, raising questions about the impact of the coronavirus and whether the sector giant has overpaid for facilities. The impairment charge of between $230 million and $250 million was revealed on Thursday by ...

Should childcare in Victoria be free?
ABC - The Conversation Hour with Richelle Hunt and Warwick Long - June 11, 2020

Free childcare has been a godsend for many parents during the coronavirus lockdowns, as they struggle to maintain employment. However the Government have announced that the free childcare scheme will end on July 12, saying it was a temporary measure. Could childcare in Victoria...

What families need to do ahead of June 30 to access childcare subsidies as the free childcare scheme ends
7news.com.au - Sarah Carson and Jenny Ky - June 11, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has been a time of great financial uncertainty for many. Millions are relying on Centrelink benefits, including JobSeeker payments and free childcare subsidies. And with tax time just under three weeks away, all those forms and receipts can seem overwhelming...

Discovery Early Learning Centre CEO Jo Walsh calls for federal government to offer free universal childcare
The Advocate - Sandy Powell - June 11, 2020

Every Tasmanian child should have access to three free days of childcare per week from birth, the chief of a childcare organisation has said. Discovery Early Learning Centres CEO Jo Walsh said she was hoping the COVID-19 crisis would present the government with an opportunity to rethink...

‘Double whammy’: JobKeeper policy tripping up women twice
Yahoo Finance - Lucy Dean - June 11, 2020

The Australian government’s decision to end the JobKeeper subsidy for childcare workers has been branded a “double whammy” for women, affecting both industry workers and mothers. The government announced it would end support for the sector on 20 July, citing a huge increase...