The not-so-lucky country: From groceries and beer to electricity, childcare and housing - how Australians pay far more than people in other countries for life's necessities
Daily Mail Australia - Alisha Rouse - February 1, 2020

Families have to cough up for some of the most expensive childcare on earth. With such high living costs, parents are increasingly forced to put their young children into childcare so they can keep working. Australia has the third-highest childcare costs on earth, after only...

A new home will allow KIDS Foundation to teach more preschoolers how to stay safe
The Courier - Michelle Smith - February 1, 2020

KIDS Foundation, the Ballarat-based charity teaching kindergarten children about safety and supporting burns victims, has moved to a new home as their child safety program rolls out to more than 400,000 children and families nationally. The move to new offices in a renovated hut...

Hope for North Perth childcare service to receive life extension
Guardian Express - Victoria Rifici - January 31, 2020

The City of Vincent will ask Attorney General John Quigley to extend the life of Kidz Galore Pty Ltd at its North Perth home before it has to make way for parkland at Haynes Street Reserve. Councillors unanimously agreed at a special council meeting on Tuesday to a range of motions...

New South Wales releases updated information about preschool children in OSHC
The Sector - Freya Lucas - January 31, 2020

The New South Wales Department of Education has released new guidelines for supporting preschool age children in Outside School Hours Care (OSHC), in response to increased requests for information. Providing guidance for OSHC and Vacation Care services on the regulatory requirements...

Mayfield strikes optimistic note for 2020 in steady 2019 Full Year results
The Sector - Jason Roberts - January 31, 2020

Victoria focussed early childhood education and care (ECEC) provider Mayfield Childcare Ltd has released its Full Year 2019 results, which sounded a note of optimism on operating conditions as new supply in Mayfield’s catchments start to ease, and the benefits of the child care subsidy...

Only About Children: Childcare centre facing criminal charges
The Daily Telegraph - Anton Rose, Inner West Courier - January 30, 2020

One of Australia’s biggest childcare providers is facing criminal charges and a significant fine after a young boy wandered off its campus in Sydney’s inner west and had to be rescued by a member of the public in the middle of a busy commercial hub. The Department of Education is prosecuting...

Mayfield Childcare Limited - Full Year Results
Financial Review - January 31, 2020

Investor Presentation Full Year Results

Croydon childcare centre on Maroondah Highway evacuated after aircon blows up
Herald Sun - Serena Seyfort, Maroondah Leader - January 30, 2020

Staff had to evacuate 120 children from a Croydon childcentre after an air conditioner exploded, starting a fire. Firefighters were called to Discovery Childcare and Education on Maroondah Highway just before 4pm yesterday after staff noticed smoke coming from an air conditioner...

Will my child get coronavirus at school? Here’s some perspective for Aussie parents
The Conversation - William Mude - January 30, 2020

As Australian students returned to school this week, they were met with conflicting and changing advice from federal and state governments on the coronavirus outbreak. The outbreak, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province, has killed more than ...

ABS reports childcare price increases for Q4 2019 with Melbourne and Canberra leading
The Sector - Jason Roberts - January 30, 2020

Childcare prices across Australia rose 7.2 per cent in the three months ended December 2019 compared to the same period last year, and 1.5 per cent compared to the three months ended September 2019 according to the latest Consumer Price Index data released by the ABS. The data...

ABS reports childcare price increases for Q4 2019 with Melbourne and Canberra leading
The Sector - Jason Roberts - January 30, 2020

Childcare prices across Australia rose 7.2 per cent in the three months ended December 2019 compared to the same period last year, and 1.5 per cent compared to the three months ended September 2019 according to the latest Consumer Price Index data released...

Coronavirus: Australian students get conflicting advice about return to school
The Guardian - Else Kennedy - January 29, 2020

The federal government has toughened its quarantine policy and is advising education departments and universities to update their policies after four new cases of coronavirus emerged in Germany on Wednesday....This advice applies to “all childcare providers...

Coronavirus terror: Karl Stefanovic calls for children to be 'isolated''Isn’t it better we take precautions now?'
New Idea - Mark Brook - January 30, 2020

Karl Stefanovic has called for schoolchildren who recently travelled to China to be “isolated” to reduce the risk of potentially spreading the deadly coronavirus....“We will change the advice when it comes to schools, when it comes to childcare centres, when it comes to universities...

Masks, panic and absent children: This morning, many parents feared dropping their kids at school
Mamamia - Helen Vnukl - January 29, 2020

At last count, this new coronavirus, which originated in the city of Wuhan, had killed 106 people, all in China. So far, there have been five confirmed cases of the virus in Australia, four of them in NSW. With the new school year starting this week, many Australian parents...

'It's a matter of holding ground': where to for gender equality in 2020
Brisbane Times - Kristine Ziwica - January 29, 2020

Also on the agenda, more must be done this year to improve affordability and availability of quality childcare in order to support more women to participate in the workforce. Certainly more than urging parents to “shop around”, which was Education Minister Dan Tehan’s inadequate response...