ACA NSW 2019 Excellence in Early Childhood Education Awards winners announced
The Sector - Freya Lucas - October 29, 2019

A number of individuals and services have been acknowledged as winners in the 2019 Excellence in Early Childhood Education Awards, presented by the Australian Childcare Alliance New South Wales (ACA NSW) over the weekend. Winners were selected by a judging panel...

Kids, not gender, biggest influence on work/care policy attitudes
Mirage News - October 29, 2019

Young dads consider paid parental leave and childcare to be as important to their future success at work as mothers. And it’s the same trend in attitudes to shared household work, according to new research. However, young men without children are least likely to consider supportive work...

Most working parents ‘haven’t energy to put effort into family’
The Courier Mail - Jackie Sinnerton - October 29, 2019

Most working parents are too drained when they get home to put any effort into family life, a shock report released today reveals. One of the nation’s top psychologists has labelled the National Working Families Report the most horrendous expose of the collapse of home life that he has seen...

William Parker Kindergarten celebrates 60 years
Geelong Advertiser - Olivia Shying - October 29, 2019

For 60 years Hamlyn Heights children have taken the first steps of their education journey at William Parker Kindergarten. And for half of the kinder’s history Annette Van Til has been teacher and nurturer – shaping the minds of more 1500 children. On Sunday, at the kinder’s anniversary celebration...

Child Care Subsidy reconciliation
Mirage News - October 28, 2019

The Australian Government is supporting families and maintaining the integrity of the child care system. The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) was introduced on 2 July last year. In its first year of operation 1.13 million families received a Government-funded subsidy to support their child care costs...

The family-friendly work illusion turning women off having children
The Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Patty - October 28, 2019

Women who want children are actively choosing not to have them after becoming convinced it is too difficult to juggle motherhood and a career. Researchers from the University of Sydney have found young women have become dismayed by seeing mothers return to work and struggle...

The Bayside childcare centres exceeding the national standards
Herald Sun - Rebecca David, Bayside Leader - October 28, 2019

More than 45 per cent of early learning providers in Bayside are exceeding national quality standards, the latest data reveals. Victorian centres were assessed by the state Education Department and rated in categories including children’s health and safety, physical environment, staffing ...

Fat profits for developers driving up childcare fees
The Courier Mail - Brendan O'Malley, Westside News - October 28, 2019

A flood of new and proposed childcare centres in The Gap and Ashgrove has been blamed for a spike in fees and rising vacancies. But despite that, a developer who lost a lengthy Planning and Environment Court battle over a new centre at Goldie St, The Gap, is ploughing ahead with plans...

Childcare facilities for sale at Horningsea Park and Harrington Park
Liverpool City Champion - October 28, 2019

Two childcare centres are being sold through Burgess Rawson, both tenanted to G8 Education on 10-year leases with options to 2039. The Horningsea Park site at 75 Joshua Moore Drive has full occupancy and an expected net income of $130,768 pa +GST. This 52-place facility is on 1642sqm...

North shore church set to be converted into 40-space childcare centre
The Daily Telegraph - David Barwell, North Shore Times - October 28, 2019

Parishioners are set to be replaced by children at church on Sydney’s north shore under a contentious plan to convert the building into a childcare centre. The Presbyterian Ladies College Sydney is one step closer to redeveloping its site at 41-43 Farren St in Lane Cove North as part of...

CCS paid surges 26.2% and LDC growth continues in Q2 according to latest DET report
The Sector - Jason Roberts - October 28, 2019

The total amount of Child Care Subsidy (CCS) paid to families in the three months ended June 2019 surged by 26.2 per cent compared to the same period last year according to the Federal Department of Education’s latest Child Care in Australia report. The report, which is issued quarterly...

Childcare subsidy audit leaves 90,000 families facing debts
The Courier Mail - Michael Wray - October 28, 2019

More than 90,000 families have been stung with debts under the Morrison Government’s new childcare subsidy scheme with projections that tens of thousands more could owe money. An audit of nearly 600,000 families receiving the means-tested subsidy detected about 16% owed money ...

Expanding GST would 'boost economy', says Liberal MP
Australian Financial Review - John Kehoe and Aaron Patrick - October 28, 2019

A Liberal senator has called on the Morrison government to expand the goods and services tax, a politically bold step that could raise more than $18 billion a year by imposing a sales tax on fresh food, health, childcare and private school and university fees for the first time...

Townsville daycare turns pink for breast cancer awareness
Tonwsville Bulletin - Kate Branville - October 28, 2019

A Townsville childcare centre has turned pink in a bid to fundraise for breast cancer. Dressed in specially made tie-dyed shirts, staff and families of Milestones Early Learning in Cranbrook put on a community day to raise funds and awareness for the disease that kills eight Australian women every day...

SA childcare operators warn of higher charges on parents and possible closures if controversial land tax plan goes ahead
The Advertiser (SA) - Daniel Wills - October 27, 2019

Childcare centre operators have warned of higher costs to parents and possible site closures due to the State Government’s controversial plans to overhaul land tax. In a letter to Premier Steven Marshall, obtained by The Advertiser, the Australian Childcare Alliance’s SA branch warns that...