It's official: There is not enough play-based learning in WA classrooms, and children are suffering
WA Today - Daile Cross - August 12, 2019

Teachers will today launch a campaign to fight increasing pressures on Western Australia's youngest students, arguing children currently experience too much emphasis on formal assessments and spend too much time sitting at their desks. They are calling on the WA ...

Exclusive: Melbourne childcare centre deemed 'danger to life' as investigation uncovers combustible cladding
9News - Christine Ahern, Today - August 12, 2019

A childcare centre in Melbourne's southeast deemed to be a "danger to life" is one of a number of public buildings found by inspectors to be wrapped in combustible cladding. A 9News investigation has uncovered these buildings through documents obtained through...

Port Explorers Cooya Beach campus gets shot in arm with major funding
Cairns Post - Mark Murray - August 12, 2019

Child care access is set to become a lot easier for Cooya Beach families. The federal government has announced a $91,000 package to assist day-to-day costs and transport assistance for isolated families attending the Port Explorers Cooya Campus. Director Jaimee Clarke said...

Bathurst Regional Council Children's Services building opens after refurbishment
Western Advocate - Rachel Chamberlain - August 12, 2019

Staff and children from the Scallywags family will soon move back to their old premises after it underwent a complete transformation. The upgrade has enabled all of Bathurst Regional Council's childcare services to come together and they will now be known as...

Book debut by psychologist Danielle Sellick teaches children self care
Herald Sun - Courtney Beaumont, Heidelberg Leader - August 12, 2019

Heidelberg clinical psychologist Danielle Sellick has poured 20 years of knowledge into a debut children’s book, Kind to Me. The picture book tells the story of seven year old Zac, who is learning to be kind to himself in body, heart and mind. Sellick said self-compassion...

New LDC centre openings rebound in Q2 according to latest ACECQA Snapshot
The Sector - Jason Roberts - August 12, 2019

A net total of 75 new long day care service approvals were issued in the second quarter of 2019 according to the latest release of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Authority’s (ACECQA) snapshot, representing an increase of 3.9 per cent year on year...

Opinion: Supporting the cost of childcare is not 'middle-class welfare'
The Age - Kasey Edwards - August 12, 2019

Despite the fact that we know that early learning and pre-school childcare are the most important years in terms of life-long development, and that high-quality early childhood education is an investment that pays off both for the child and community, many still pretend that it’s a luxury...

FNQ childcare centre owner horrified at businesses being ‘named and shamed’
Cairns Post - Daniel Bateman - August 12, 2019

The Far Northern owner of two childcare centres that have been named as failing national standards, has revealed major flaws with the early education assessment. News Corp reported on Saturday the almost 450 childcare centres across the state are failing to meet ...

'Strong rebound': Childcare costs on the rise again
The Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - August 11, 2019

Childcare costs are bouncing back around the country, despite the federal government pledging billions of extra dollars to try to improve out-of-pocket costs for families with young children. An analysis of new economic data shows that even though there was a sharp dip in the ...

Queensland’s 10 best childcare centres revealed
The Courier Mail - Antionia O'Flaherty, The Courier-Mail, August 10, 2019

Ten of Queensland’s childcare services are not only meeting national standards for quality but have achieved an “excellent” rating, making them the best in the state. The Wynnum Family Day Care & Education service is one of those centres, recently earning the “excellent” rating...

The Queensland childcare centres not making the grade in National Quality Standards
The Courier Mail - Jessica Marszalek - August 10, 2019

Almost 450 Queensland childcare centres are failing to meet national standards for quality care seven years after the ratings were introduced. And parents are choosing childcare centres based on ratings that may not be accurate, with assessors failing to revisit some centres...

Editor’s view: Parents must have trust in childcare providers
The Courier Mail - The Editor - August 10, 2019

After shocking statistics revealed the massive amount of Queensland childcare centres failing key national standards, it is both clear the assessment system needs a significant overhaul and that dodgy providers must be stripped of their licence. When parents drop their children off...

Minister hits back at report Queensland childcare centres are failing
Brisbane Times - Jocelyn Garcia - August 10, 2019

Education Minister Grace has lashed out against a report stating that Queensland childcare centres were failing children. On Saturday, Ms Grace also called on the federal government to re-inject funds to help regulate childcare centres through the Australian's Children's...

Australia's childhood educators are being trained to spot mental health issues in young children
SBS - Phillippa Carisbrooke - August 10, 2019

It is morning drop-off time at Tyabb Village Children's Centre in Victoria, and four-year-old Quinn is struggling. Overwhelmed, he cries “can we go home now mum?". "He is just having a bit of separation anxiety lately," his mother Jodie tells SBS News. Staff at the centre are helping the children...

Council moves to ban childcare use in special residential areas
Wanneroo Times - Lucy Jarvis - August 9, 2019

Controversy over a farm-style childcare centre in Banksia Grove has prompted a move to ban childcare uses from special residential zones. In May, Wanneroo Council approved Atlantis Group’s revised plans for a childcare centre on Harbour Elbow despite opposition...