'No jab, no pay' immunisation law likely to go ahead
Sydney Morning Herald - Jane Lee - November 12, 2015

A Senate committee has paved the way for the Turnbull government to withhold childcare rebates from the families of unvaccinated children, despite health experts' concerns it will not improve vaccination rates. It also recommended introducing a national scheme to compensate families of children...

G8 Education snaps up 13 centres
The Australian - November 12, 2015

G8 Education will spend almost $30 million to buy up 13 childcare and education centres from several sellers. The purchases will be covered by G8's cash reserves and are expected to be settled by the end of February, 2016. The $29.7 million in acquisitions will increase G8's places by 1,000, with the...

Catholic education system to shift Year 7 into high schools after decision by SA Commission for Catholic Schools
The Advertiser - Tim Williams - November 12, 2015

Commission chairman Professor Denis Ralph said early childhood services, including infant childcare and preschools, would be added to "as many (school) sites as possible", helping balance the loss of Year 7 enrolment from primary schools. Prof Ralph said the full strategy would be rolled out over five...

Swimming pool ban proposed at family daycares after toddler drowning
Perth Now - Kate Campbell - November 12, 2015

Minister for Local Government and Community Services Tony Simpson said on Thursday that he would propose the ban to the national body that regulates family daycare centres. If that failed to gain traction, he vowed to push ahead with a ban at a state level. The minister gave a commitment to...

Labor opposes bulk of Turnbull government's cuts to family payments
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - November 10, 2015

The Turnbull government is considering breaking up its family payments legislation to get some savings through Parliament, with Labor opposing most of the package and support from the crossbench looking shaky. On Tuesday, Labor announced it would oppose the bulk of the Coalition's revamped...

Labor says no to welfare cuts compromise
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey - November 10, 2015

The compromises were designed to save more than $4 billion which was earmarked to fund a revamped child-care package. Labor's position would reduce that saving to about $1.5 billion, which the government says is not enough to fund child care. At a meeting of the caucus on Tuesday, Labor...

Queensland's Palaszczuk government bans smoking from parks, kindies, football games
The Australian - Sarah Elks - November 10, 2015

Queensland will have the toughest smoking laws in the country under a Palaszczuk government plan to ban people from lighting up near children's football games, skate parks, kindergartens, bus stops, and childcare centres. Health Minister Cameron Dick will introduce the legislation into Queensland...

A controversial religious instruction program is being taught at preschool
The Age - Timna Jacks - November 10, 2015

Special religious instruction has been scrapped from school classes in Victoria, but a major provider of the controversial program is now entering a new market: childcare. The state's largest SRI provider, Access Ministries, is offering a religious instruction program called Explore Christianity, at...

Childcare industry fears families worse off under Government changes
ABC News - Julie Doyle - November 9, 2015

Childcare providers are warning the most disadvantaged children could drop out of early education because of the Federal Government's planned funding changes. Industry and parents groups are stepping up pressure on the Government to make changes to the package that was unveiled in...

G8 Education's Affinity bid ends as Anchorage moves on assets
The Australian - Kylar Loussikian - November 9, 2015

G8 Education's bid for its rival ­Affinity Education has ended, with private equity outfit Anchorage Capital set to formally acquire the assets of the smaller childcare provider. But new details have emerged about the bizarre arrangements of the bitterly fought takeover attempt, raising serious questions...

Clamp on private college loan costs
The Australian - Natasha Bita - November 7, 2015

He said the government's VET FEE-HELP loans scheme was "growing at an unsustainable rate" and flagged subsidies being paid only for courses such as trades, nursing, information technology, childcare or aged care. The government has the option of regulating tuition fees or limiting the amount...

We must build more apartments with families in mind
Sydney Morning Herald - Chris Johnson - November 5, 2015

The reality is quite different. A survey undertaken for the Urban Taskforce by Research Now found that 17 per cent of rented apartments were occupied by families and 18 per cent of owner-occupied apartments were families. Many developments include a childcare centre to support the...

Harry Triguboff sees rosy future in retirement villages
The Australian - Turi Condon - November 5, 2015

On childcare centres, Mr Triguboff said he had sold one of the first centres developed by Meriton, which it had built as part of apartment project, and later realised the buyers were doing well from the deal. "We are now have five, and have 20 under construction (as part of unit developments)...

Education experts call for uniform school starting age, as parents delay sending children to primary school
ABC News - Kellie Lazzaro - November 3, 2015

One in six Australian children are held back from starting primary school, prompting education experts to call for a uniform starting age for students across the country. A growing number of parents are opting to delay their child's school entry, believing an older child is more likely to have confidence...

Childcare vaccination rates will force closures, inquiry told
The Courier Mail - Rose Brennan - November 3, 2015

SOME family day care centres in southeast Queensland are operating with immunisation rates as low as 50 per cent, the federal inquiry into no jab, no pay laws has been told. Inspired Family Day Care Scheme manager Katchia Avenell yesterday told a Brisbane hearing into the proposed laws...