Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle confirms it plans to replace Out of School Hours providers with St Nicholas OOSH
Newcastle Herald - Phoebe Moloney - October 27, 2019

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has confirmed it plans to expand its St Nicholas Out of School Hours service to all its schools requiring care, and to replace all third-party OOSH providers currently serving its schools. "Over time, the Diocese plans to replace all existing OOSH..."

A $1.35 million renovation of Girrabanya Children's Centre is now complete
The Courier - Michelle Smith - October 26, 2019

The youngsters at Girrabanya Children's Centre now have extra room for fun with construction completed on a $1.35 million renovation of the complex. The expansion includes an occasional care service to replace Ballarat Council's occasional care service moving to the site following...

Catholic preschools open doors to asylum seeker children
The Catholic Weekly - Marilyn Rodrigues - October 25, 2019

Sydney Catholic Early Childhood Services will open its doors from early next year to children of asylum seekers as part of a grassroots movement giving hope to some of the city’s most vulnerable people. SCECS will allocate one space per day in its Auburn and Sadlier-Miller preschool and...

Brookton Childcare Centre joins Wheatbelt Regional Early Education and Development
The Avon Valley Advocate - October 25, 2019

Brookton's Milly Molly Mandy's has become the latest early childhood education and care (ECEC) centre to join the Regional Early Education and Development Inc (REED). This addition follows on from Childcare Centres in Corrigin and Merredin, which joined the not-for-profit service...

Australia celebrates World Teachers’ Day
The Sector - Freya Lucas - October 25, 2019

Most countries around the world celebrate World Teachers’ Day on October 5, when much of Australia is enjoying the school holiday period. Because of this, in Australia, World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on the last Friday of October instead. World Teachers’ Day was established in 1994 by ...

Positive report card for first year of Child Care Package
Mirage News - October 25, 2019

The Morrison Government’s Child Care Subsidy has made child care more affordable for low income and working families. Data released today covering the first 12 months of the Child Care Subsidy show...

Maths to be compulsory for all students
The Australian - Rebecca Urban - October 25, 2019

Mathematics will be compulsory for NSW students to the end of Year 12 as part of a bold bid by the Berejiklian government to ensure all students graduate with adequate numeracy skills. Premier Gladys Berejiklian say the government will work to make maths compulsory from kindergarten...

Muswellbrook Pre-School Kindergarten rated as Exceeding National Quality Standard for the first time
Muswellbrook Chronicle - Rod Thompson - October 24, 2019

Staff members, teachers and parents at Muswellbrook Pre-School Kindergarten are "exceedingly" happy this week. The Sowerby Street educational facility has been rated as Exceeding National Quality Standard. The National Quality Standard (NQS) sets a benchmark for the quality...

Digitally distracted parenting: A modern day hang-up
The Age - Melissa Cunningham - October 24, 2019

Most parents have felt the twang of guilt that comes with scrolling a mobile phone in the presence of their children and now there is a term for it - digitally distracted parenting. The perennial conversation about how much screen time is too much shifted sharply this week to parents...

Victoria announces 2020 School Readiness Funding allocations to kindergartens
The Sector - Freya Lucas - October 24, 2019

Approximately 800 Victorian kindergartens receiving School Readiness Funding in 2020 have been advised of their allocated amounts to support children to improve their language development and social and emotional wellbeing. Kindergarten services in 32 local government areas will receive...

More indigenous children now in childcare
9News.com.au - October 23, 2019

Significantly more indigenous children are covered by taxpayer subsidies for childcare than a year ago. But education department officials told senators on Thursday that was in part because there were more children attending formal care. In the March quarter, 51,290...

How Risky Is Care.com?
Motley Fool - Luis Sanchez - October 23, 2019

On the surface, Care.com (NYSE:CRCM) appears to be a sound investment. The company is the world's largest online platform for connecting families with at-home care providers such as childcare (babysitting), senior care, special-needs care, and other...

Children have become ‘the ultimate political capital for the woke’
News.com.au - October 23, 2019

Sky News contributor Gemma Tognini says Sydney parents “know what preschool not to send [their] kid to” after a child care centre asked students to collect signatures demanding the Aboriginal flag be flown year-round on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. "It is a disturbing window...

'Young parents have enough anxiety without this bull***t'
Sunshine Daily - Charis Chang - October 23, 2019

One of Australia's most loved cartoonists Michael Leunig has been slammed for a mummy-shaming drawing published today. The cartoon, published in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers, showed a woman pushing a pram while looking at her mobile phone...

Excellence on show in Victorian Early Years Awards announcements
The Sector - Freya Lucas - October 23, 2019

Early childhood leaders from across Victoria were last night celebrated for their exceptional work in making a difference in the lives of young children and their families at the Victorian Early Years Awards ceremony, held at the National Gallery of Victoria...