Why private equity beats 'arse-covering' boards
Financial Review - James Thomson - September 11, 2019

The firm manages more than $10 billion on behalf of Australian clients, including more than 20,000 retail clients, over 50 family offices and almost 20 institutional investors. The group’s investments in Australia include childcare group Guardian Early Learning (which it acquired in 2016 for $440 million)...

$1 an hour - how working mums get dudded on tax
Financial Review - Craig Emerson - September 10, 2019

On returning to work, women have to contend with their marginal income tax rates, like everyone else. But if they are receiving family tax benefit based on family income, they will be penalised by their male partner’s income, such that the household will lose some family tax benefit...

Spike in viral gastro cases at NSW childcare centres
Sydney Morning Herald - Jenny Noyes - September 10, 2019

A spike in viral gastro cases at childcare centres around NSW has prompted a warning to parents to keep their sick children at home until well after their symptoms have subsided. NSW Health’s acting manager of enteric and zoonotic diseases, Keira Glasgow, said at least 820 children...

Blacktown childcare: One third of centres fall short of national standards
The Daily Telegraph - Kate Lockley and Christopher Harris - September 10, 2019

More than a third of childcare centres in the Blacktown region have fallen short of national standards, according to the latest data. A recent report from the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) shows up to 80 childcare service providers in the Blacktown...

Financial stress weighs heavily on expectant parents
WA Today - Emily Chantiri - September 10, 2019

The couple are among than one million employed Australian families either expecting a child or who have recently had a child this year, with almost all taking some form of maternity leave. New research reveals that planning for a baby causes greater financial stress than...

Inside the fire: Evacuees speak of Peregian fire terror
Geelong Advertiser - September 10, 2019

Staff at Edge Early Learning in Peregian Breeze have taken to the streets to thank emergency services currently battling to control a fierce blaze closing in on Marcus Beach. The childcare team were told to evacuate at 6pm yesterday as fire threatened the area...

State government support needed to shore up Stockton's fragile coastline
Newcastle Herald - Donna Page - September 10, 2019

COASTAL erosion experts will visit Stockton beach on Wednesday to assess the need for further sandbags to prevent the former childcare centre and a road from slipping into the ocean. City of Newcastle began emergency sandbagging along Barrie Crescent on Saturday...

Cloncurry Curry Kids suffers in state-wide staffing shortage
North West Star - Samantha Walton - September 9, 2019

Cloncurry is the victim of a state-wide problem when it comes to child care, Cloncurry Shire Council has admitted. Due to staff relocating in the last 18 months, Council has been struggling to keep its Curry Kids daycare facility operational. Cloncurry Shire Council CEO David Bezuidenhout...

Shadow Minister Jodie Harrison visits Kaylene's Family Day Care in East Kempsey
The Macleay Argus - Stephen Katte - September 9, 2019

Kaylene's Family Day Care celebrated Early Learning Matters Week in style with a special visit from the newly appointed Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education, Ms Jodie Harrison. The owner and namesake of the family daycare, Kaylene Milligan, was thrilled to welcome...

Excellence in Family Day Care Awards
Mirage News - September 9, 2019

Shoalhaven City Council is pleased to announce Shoalhaven Family Day Care Service, Child Development Co-Ordinator and four Educators have been nominated in the Excellence in Family Day Care Awards 2019. The Family Day Care Awards are the sole national awards dedicated to...

UA National Partnership review terms of reference released as submissions kick off
The Sector - Jason Roberts - September 9, 2019

The Department of Education has released the terms of reference of its review of the National Partnership on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education and confirmed that Nous Group, the management consultancy business conducting the review, is now inviting submissions...

Labor MP for Barton Linda Burney listens to educators' priorities at Uniting Frederick Street Preschool Rockdale
St George & Sutherland Shire Leader - Eva Kolimar - September 9, 2019

The value of an early childhood education was at the fore of discussions this month at Uniting Frederick Street Preschool, Rockdale.Labor MP for Barton visited the preschool last Thursday, to hear from educators about why early learning is crucial for every child. She was there as part...

'Huge sense of urgency': Clock ticks on after-school care promise
The Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker - September 8, 2019

The government could struggle to meet its deadline for eliminating after-school care shortages in Sydney, child care industry leaders have warned, because of space shortages, a lack of staff and difficulty predicting demand. In some parts of the city, up to 140 children are on waiting lists...

Out of school hours childcare centre in need of ‘significant improvement’
The Daily Telegraph - Philip Ly and Christopher Harris, Hills Shire Times - September 6, 2019'

An independent out of school childcare centre in Baulkham Hills has been given the lowest rating in the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority’s national standards. Of the five national quality ratings, The Island OOSH Norwest was identified as requiring...

Hundreds of Victorian childcare centres not meeting national standards
Herald Sun - Rebecca David, Leader - September 6, 2019

More than 600 Victorian childcare centres and preschools are not meeting National Quality Standards, latest data has revealed. And while Early Childhood Australia says the figure should not be cause for alarm, the boom in childcare centres across the state means some ...