Padstow childcare centre’s ‘devastating’ fire being treated as suspicious
The Daily Telegraph - Lawrence Machado - June 27, 2019

The owner of the Padstow childcare centre gutted in a fire this week says its devastation has “destroyed” his life and impacted the lives of attending families. Bankstown Police Acting Inspector Peter Campton told the Express, “we are treating the fire as suspicious and we have established a crime scene”...

Family Matters: Accessible childcare benefits the nation
The Armidale Express - Margaret Sims - June 27, 2019

Now that the federal election is over we know that we are not going to benefit from the ALP childcare proposals. That is most unfortunate given these represented potentially the biggest economic reform offered in many years. This reform agenda had the potential to benefit us in many different ways...

Legend Park Kindergarten and Dover Street Preschool need more children
Herald Sun - Geordie Cowan - June 27, 2019

Two Monash kinders threatened with closure have been given a stay of execution but must boost their numbers or they will be shut down. Legend Park Kindergarten in Glen Waverley was last week given a last-minute reprieve by Monash Council, while Dover Street Preschool in Oakleigh East also has to meet...

Hocking child care consultation to close
Wanneroo Times - Lucy Jarvis - June 27, 2019

Public consultation on a $2 million childcare centre in Hocking will close next Wednesday. The City of Wanneroo has invited submissions on a plan for a centre accommodating up to 135 children and 22 staff at the 4 Gungurru Avenue development until July 3. The proposed operating hours would be between...

The Strathpine Centre is set for a modern overhaul of its entertainment precinct
The Courier Mail - David Alexander - June 27, 2019

A major shopping centre north of Brisbane has applied to create a new modern entertainment and leisure precinct in the complex. Strathpine Centre owner Swordfish Australian Sub TC has lodged an application with Moreton Bay Council to refurbish part of the existing centre and add a child care centre and hotel...

Vulnerable children supported through innovative EYEP program targeting early years
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 27, 2019

Children who participated in a unique early years learning model have made gains across their IQ, resilience and emotional development factors, an Australian study led by the University of Melbourne has found. There is also evidence emerging that the program supported their caregivers to have...

Wendouree Children’s Centre helps young learners speak same language
Mirage News - June 27, 2019

The Japanese language program at Wendouree Children’s Centre is building early cognitive and increased literacy skills. City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh showcased the initiative to Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino, and Juliana Addison MP, Member for Wendouree, in a special visit...

New laws, changes coming into Australia on July 1 2019 and how they affect you
NT News - Shoba Rao - June 27, 2019

Australians are about to see a raft of changes come in from July 1 that will change the way we all work and live. See what’s afoot in some of the new rules coming into force that affect families with their tax, wages, child care, power prices, property and cars. Other changes are also coming for retirees with superannuation...

Interstate buyers swoop on petrol stations and childcare centres
Australian Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - June 26, 2019

Interstate buyers swooped on two childcare centres in Geelong and Brisbane, and a Coles Express petrol station in Ipswich, as part of a Melbourne portfolio auction, which achieved a 50 per cent success rate. Of the 12 mainly retail investments offered for sale by estate agents Burgess Rawson, six sold...

‘Unclear’ childcare plans defers four-storey unit block development approval
The Daily Telegraph - Joanne Vella - June 26, 2019

Plans for a four-storey unit block at Merrylands have been deferred after concerns over a conflict of interest between residents living close to a childcare centre in the complex. The application before Cumberland Council proposes a shop, 14 units, a 50-place childcare centre and a two-level basement carpark...

Corrigin becomes first Wheatbelt childcare centre to join new management with country focus
Avon Advocate - Eliza Wynn - June 26, 2019

Corrigin-based childcare centre Giggle Pots has become the first Wheatbelt early childcare and education service to join the Regional Early Education and Development Inc (REED) - a not-for-profit delivering services for Wheatbelt families. REED created a new cluster model of management to provide...

Dr Louise Porter joins Goodstart as a senior early learning consultant
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 26, 2019

Child psychologist and author Dr Louise Porter has joined Goodstart Early Learning as Senior Early Learning Consultant – Practice Uplift (behaviour). She commenced her position formally in May, with the aim of “improving outcomes for children, and making work more rewarding for all educators”...

ELACCA welcomes PwC report on economic impact of ECEC
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 26, 2019

The Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA) has welcomed the recently released PwC A Smart Investment for a Smarter Australia report on the economic impact of sound and continuous investment in early childhood education and care (ECEC). As reported by The Sector...

Human Services glitch hits pockets of childcare providers
Canberra Times - Doug Dingwall - June 26, 2019

Childcare providers have been out of pocket after a Human Services Department error left them unpaid hundreds of dollars over nearly two weeks. A government subsidy for parents, sent directly to their childcare providers, failed to arrive for about 100 Canberra- and Queanbeyan-based educators for...

Canberra childcare centres' understaffing investigated by regulator, serious failures found
ABC News - Jake Evans - June 26, 2019

Two years of investigations into preschools and early childhood centres in Canberra have linked widespread understaffing to serious safety incidents, including one where a child wandered away from the centre and ran across a road unnoticed. In the worst instances exposed by the regulator's investigations...