State-of-the-art childcare opens with Miguel Maestre designed meals
Shopping Centre News - January 22, 2020

The Precision Group has welcomed a state-of-the-art childcare centre, Paisley Park Early Learning Centre adding to its $45 million redevelopment at South Australia’s Port Adelaide Plaza. The childcare centre has opened with celebrity Chef Miguel Maestre designing...

Queensland Government funding boost – $773,000 for community organisations
The Sector - Freya Lucas - January 22, 2020

The Queensland Government is delivering 31 funding grants worth $773,000 to community organisations, including those in early childhood education and care (ECEC) in North West Queensland under the latest round of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF)...

Goodstart bush kinder program explores Yanchep National Park
Wanneroo Times - January 22, 2020

A CHILDCARE program that encourages children to have greater respect for the natural environment will resume next month. Goodstart early learning centres in Merriwa and Clarkson each take up to five children a week to the Yanchep National Park as part of a ‘bush kinder’...

Investment in ‘alternative’ real estate surges to $8b
Financial Review - Ingrid Fuary-Wagner - January 23, 2020

“The ‘other’ sector in the past few years has often been driven by hotel sales but it looks like we are moving a bit more into the real alternative assets now like service stations and childcare centres,” said John Sears, Cushman & Wakefield’s head of research...

The protein puzzle – 7 ways to ensure each child gets the right amount of protein
The Sector - Mandy Sacher - January 22, 2020

Serving adequate protein can be challenging in early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings. As well as nut, dairy and egg allergies, cooks and chefs need to consider cultural preferences such as vegan and vegetarian lifestyles, and religious requirements which see children unable...

Devonport Aboriginal child care worker wins stress leave dispute
The Mercury - Amber Wilson - January 22, 2020

A Tasmanian Aboriginal child care worker has won a workers’ compensation stoush after his colleague asked a mother if she felt safe in a car with him, causing him to burst into tears and go home on stress leave. The man, employed by a state government-run Devonport child care centre...

Plan for tax-deductible childcare ought to be on the table
Sydney Morning Herald - Georgina Dent - January 21, 2020

The cost of childcare has been something of a barbecue stopper for a long time, with good reason. Between 2011 to 2017, the average weekly out-of-pocket costs of formal childcare increased by 48.7 per cent in inflation-adjusted terms, without a substantial increase in the hours of...

A familiar place among the chaos: how schools can help students cope after the bushfires
The Conversation - Rachael Jacobs, Carol Mutch - January 21, 2020

School will start on a somewhat sombre note this year. Some schools will still be shrouded in smog from the bushfires. Some students will be grieving the loss of property, animals or even family and friends. Some remain evacuated and others are part of the recovery effort. In recent days...

Caring for the planet and learning languages: Where early childhood education is headed in 2020.
MamaMia - Naomi Cotterill - January 21, 2020

Apart from when ABC KIDS decide to change their morning programming with no notice (a situation which requires the same delicate handling as a hostage negotiation), there’s barely anything as nerve wracking for a parent as choosing the right childcare. Entrusting the care ...

Woman who defrauded childcare centre to pay wedding expenses jailed
The Canberra Times - Blake Foden - January 20, 2020

A woman who defrauded the Canberra childcare centre she worked at in order to pay her wedding expenses has been jailed. Claudia Gelonese, 26, was sentenced to seven months' jail, to be suspended after four months behind bars, when she appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday...

Childcare fees up by 34% since 2013 & minister says families should ‘shop around’
Women's Agenda - Madeline Hislop - January 20, 2020

Childcare fees have increased by 3% in the last quarter and by more than 34% since the Coalition came into power in 2013, according to new data released by the education department. Tehan’s comments about families ‘shopping around’ have been criticised as ill-informed online...

Outside play keeps eye problems away – optometrists push for more green, less screen
The Sector - Freya Lucas - January 20, 2020

Optometrists are using new research gathered as part of a project designed to better understand screen use amongst children to call for more “green time” (time spent outside engaging with nature) and less screen time, with study results showing that most Australian children are ...

Survey finds that many ECEC graduates lack the skills needed to care for children
The Sector - Freya Lucas - January 20, 2020

A survey conducted by the Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) has found that many “qualified” staff lack basic knowledge of child safety, food safety or hygiene, with local news source The Courier Mail sharing that a number of the survey respondents believe that many graduates...

Childcare costs jump 35 per cent since Coalition came to power
The Daily Telegraph - Annika Smethurst - January 19, 2020

Parents are paying more than $15,000 a year for childcare in NSW, with hourly fees soaring more than 34 per cent since the Coalition came to power. New Department of Education data reveals parents were hit with a $700-a-year increase in fees in the 12 months to September...

Childcare review on cards in 2020: Tehan
9 News - AAP - January 19, 2020

Education Minister Dan Tehan has conceded that some private childcare providers are charging families more than the federal government's cap introduced two years ago. But he says out-of-pocket expenses are 5.6 per cent lower overall. The minister was responding to an accusation...