Calls for babies travelling overseas to get measles vaccine as case numbers rise
ABC News - Claire Campbell - June 21, 2019

Doctors are warning Australian babies travelling overseas should be vaccinated against measles earlier than the Federal Government's immunisation scheme recommends amid international outbreaks and a rising number of cases in Australia. As of this week, there had been 128 cases of measles reported...

Cancer Council Queensland calls for tougher smoking bans near childcare centres
The Courier Mail - Andrea Macleod - June 20, 2019

Cancer Council Queensland is calling for enforceable smoking buffer zones between private property and childcare centres after concerns were raised about second-hand smoke drift. Cancer Council Queensland (CEO) Chris McMillan said the charity was contacted by parents of children attending...

New Child Care Subsidy rate confirmed, and due to commence 1 July 1 2019
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 20, 2019

The Federal Department of Education has confirmed the revised Child Care Subsidy (CCS) rates which will take effect from 1 July 2019. The percentage of CCS to which a family is entitled will continue to be based on combined annual income, and has been adjusted in accordance with the Consumer Price Index (CPI)...

ACECQA extends ECT transitional measure as workforce challenges persist
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 20, 2019

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) has extended an existing transitional measure that recognises those holding registered/accredited primary school teaching qualifications as early childhood teachers (ECTs) in the instance where those primary teachers have...

Early education delivered $4.74b payday
Australian Financial Review - Bo Seo - June 20, 2019

One year of investment in early childhood education yielded $4.74 billion in benefits associated with wages growth, productivity, and social health, according to a PwC report. The figure, which takes 2017 as its reference year, represents a twofold return on the $2.34 billion incurred in costs by the government...

Combining child care and aged care benefits both ends of the age spectrum
Great Lakes Advocate - Jeanene Duncan - June 20, 2019

It's smiles from walking frames to chairs when a group of youngsters from Kindilan Childcare Services weekly walk through the doors of Estia Health Tuncurry. Part of the childcare agency's Beyond the Gate program, up to 10 littlies, accompanied by two educators,walk around the corner to the aged care facility to...

Legal loophole allows workers to smoke near Queensland childcare centre play area
ABC News - Melinda Howells - June 20, 2019

A mother who discovered workers are allowed to smoke near the sandpit of her daughter's childcare centre is calling for a loophole in Queensland's anti-smoking laws to be closed. Clarissa Brown saw employees from neighbouring businesses take their smoking breaks on the other side of the fence where children...

First Steps Childcare centre Whittington closure leaves Geelong families scrambling
Geelong Advertiser - Chanel Zagon - June 19, 2019

The sudden closure of a Geelong childcare centre has left around 100 children and their families in the lurch as well as the staff who work there. The Geelong Advertiser understands several families were in a frantic scramble to arrange last-minute carers for their children after they found Whittington’s First Steps Childcare...

Construction starts on St Ives child care centre with zero emissions plan
The Daily Telegraph - Amanda Sheppeard - June 19, 2019

A new child care centre, aiming to be Australia’s first custom-built, zero carbon emission facility, is due to open in St Ives early next year. The centre’s early learning philosophy is based on the Reggio Emilia model, and will include sprawling natural outdoor play areas, including an orchard, chicken coop, worm farms...

Get the qualification, get the job: Nowra students all offered work in childcare
South Coast Register - June 19, 2019

Enrol in the right qualifications, choose the right industry and there are plenty of jobs in the Shoalhaven, as a class of TAFE NSW Nowra students recently discovered. All but one student (who is having a baby) from this year's Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care course at TAFE NSW Nowra have been offered...

Vacant school site at Spencer back on the market after three years
News.com.au - Jess Verrender - June 19, 2019

With a price guide of $1.5 million, the prime 5830sqm site in the sleepy fishing village would have to be one of the most unique listings on the Coast. With water views and its own library, the property at 4684/4688 Wisemans Ferry Rd is zoned RU5 (village) with Central Coast Council, which allows childcare centres...

NSW 2019-20 Budget follows through on pre state election ECEC policy commitments
The Sector - Jason Roberts - June 19, 2019

The New South Wales (NSW) Government have handed down their 2019-20 State Budget in which their commitments to Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) related funding increases are largely consistent with promises made in last years budget and in the run up to the NSW State Election in March...

Goodstart remembers founding board member Lynne Wannan AM
The Sector - Jason Roberts - June 19, 2019

In a statement published yesterday Goodstart Early Learning has expressed their sadness at the passing of Lynne Wannan AM, a founding Board Member of the organisation. Ms Wannan joined Goodstart in September 2010 as a non executive director and served on the Remuneration and Nominations Committee...

WA preschoolers are lagging behind when it comes to basic physical skills, study shows
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 19, 2019

More than 4,000 children in Western Australia have been involved in a program run by the University of Western Australia (UWA), designed to test their level of basic physical skills like running, jumping and catching a ball. Researchers found that many children are falling well short of age-based expectations...

Preschool teachers demand $100,000 salaries in Fair Work Commission
The Sydney Morning Herald - Dana McCauley - June 19, 2019

University-educated preschool teachers who missed out on Labor's promised taxpayer-funded pay rises are pushing ahead with a demand for large pay increases in the Fair Work Commission, with the Independent Education Union seeking salaries of up to $101,767. The union is demanding pay increases of up to...