State set for three-year-old kinder
Shepp News - Madeleine Caccianiga - August 19, 2019

The biggest ever reform of early childhood education is just around the corner with parents signing their children up for three-year-old kinder. As an Australian first, every Victorian child will be able to start kindergarten from the age of three, with families in the shires of Strathbogie and...

Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority report shows which Tasmanian child care providers meet national standards
The Mercury - Jessica Howard - August 19, 2019

More than 50 Tasmanian child care centres are failing to meet all the national standards for quality care seven years after the ratings were introduced. Published by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority, the National Quality Framework snapshot provides...

Place for young and old
The West Australian - Sandra Argese - August 19, 2019

Multiplex has commenced construction on Oryx Communities’ multi-generational seniors’ precinct, The Queenslea in Claremont. An onsite inter-generational childcare facility for more than 100 children, who will have the opportunity to interact, engage and learn from the senior residents...

New childcare centre planned for Hallett Cove Shopping Centre
The Advertiser (Adelaide Now) - Ashleigh Pisani, The Messenger - August 19, 2019

A new childcare centre could be built at the Hallett Cove Shopping Centre. Makris Group, which owns the shopping complex, has lodged plans with Marion Council for a childcare centre catering for up to 86 children. It would require extending the centre by about 500sq m...

G8 aiming to bridge the million word gap with reading focus during Book Week
The Sector - Freya Lucas - August 19, 2019

n acknowledgement of Children’s Book Week, which commenced 17 August, G8 Education wants to reinforce the message that literacy learning begins with children having access to books, discovering words through play and most important of all being read to and with...

G8 alumnus Chris Scott to lead second ASX childcare biz
The Courier Mail - Alister Thomson, Kathleen Skene and Quentin Tod – August 19, 2019

The man who built listed Gold Coast juggernaut G8 Education into the nation’s largest childcare company has taken the reins of another one. Former G8 CEO Chris Scott was yesterday appointed managing director of dual ASX and NZX-listed Evolve Education, of which he is also the largest shareholder...

Government shuts down more than 70 childcare centres in Victoria
Herald Sun - Alex White - August 18, 2019

Victorian families are unwittingly putting their children in unsafe childcare situations with authorities investigating scores of facilities over safety concerns and understaffing, with one facility shut down every week. Among the shocking cases of forced closures was Future Kids Family Day Care...

Catholic Church opens not-for-profit childcare centres
The Daily Telegraph - Jack Morphet, The Sunday Telegraph - August 18, 2019

The Catholic Church will open a network of not-for-profit childcare centres that could cut fees by more than half in a major shake-up to Sydney daycare. Fees for the centres, to be based at existing Catholic schools or on church grounds, would only be charged to cover running costs...

Touch deficit crisis: Bans on touching harmful to health
The Courier Mail - Jackie Sinnerton, August 18, 2019

No holding hands in the playground, no kissing your own kids on the lips, no pecks for cuddly babies in childcare, no handshakes just knuckle bumps – these are just some of the trends pushing basic human touch out of life in 2019. The lack of social touch is being fuelled by rising numbers of...

Fitzroy childcare kids collect own milk as dairy farmers schools campaign steps up
Herald Sun - Mandy Squires - August 18, 2019

The kids at East West Child Care aren’t waiting for the Government to roll out a free milk program; they’ve taken matters into their own little hands. It’s part of the regular weekly routine of the children at the Fitzroy centre to walk with a supervisor to the nearby St David Dairy...

Childcare industry advocates want restrictions on new centres entering the market
The Advertiser (SA) - Tim Williams, Sunday Mail (SA) - August 17, 2019

The state’s not-for-profit and private childcare sectors are both calling for restrictions on the opening of new centres, arguing proponents should have to show evidence of demand. Industry advocates say either state planning laws or the federal childcare subsidy system should be used ...

Library changes to childcare role
The West Australian - Alexander Scott, North West Telegraph - August 17, 2019

A library in Port Hedland is set to be converted into a daycare centre in an attempt to ease the chronic shortage of childcare places in the Pilbara mining town. A Town of Port Hedland report in February this year showed there were 373 children on wait lists and there were only 44 places in total ...

Land and Environment Court to hold on-site meeting at Kingsgrove on Monday regarding child care centre development
The Leader - August 17, 2019

The Land and Environment Court will hold an on-site meeting at Kingsgrove next Monday regarding an application for a 47-place childcare centre on the corner of Kingsgrove Road and Vivienne Street. The intersection was the site of a fatality when a five-year old boy was knocked down...

Early learning levels up as inner-city Brisbane’s era of high-rise education beckons
Courier Mail - Phil Bartsch - August 16, 2019

Elevator doors are replacing school gates in inner-city Brisbane. With a new era of high-rise education beckoning, a purpose-built vertical early learning centre is set to open in South Brisbane. The five-level building at 70 Cordelia St is locally-based childcare group Edge Early Learning’s flagship centre...

Cost proves to be a barrier to child care
Bendigo Advertiser - Natalie Croxon - August 16, 2019

About six months after Melanie Lane's eldest child was born, she wanted to return to work. But the cost of child care meant that she did not stay back at work for long because, all things considered, it was not beneficial. "By the time I paid for child care, I was only about $20 a day better off,"...