Household financial confidence is in free fall
Macro Business - November 6, 2019

Household budgets are under pressure as costs of living rise, with 91% reporting higher real costs that a year ago, this is a record in our survey. Expenses rose across the board, from child care, health care, school fees and rates. Food costs were higher partly thanks to the drought...

ACECQA to become migration assessing authority for new look regional visa scheme
The Sector - Jason Roberts - November 6, 2019

Effective 16 November, the Australian Children’s Education & Care Authority, (ACECQA), will become an authority for assessing applications for the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional subclass 494 visa scheme in the child care centre manager and child care worker categories...

MindChamps solidifies Australian presence with the opening of flagship centre
The Sector - Freya Lucas - November 6, 2019

The first purpose-built MindChamps centre has been established in the New South Wales suburb of Frenchs Forest, solidifying the presence of the Singaporean-based approved provider in Australia. MindChamps has 12 centres in a variety of Sydney suburbs, with plans to have...

Sydney childcare worker accused of traumatising four-year-old boy - November 5, 2019

A childcare worker from western Sydney has been accused of traumatising a four-year-old boy in her care. Hanan Hamzy is facing an AVO taken out by police on the boy's behalf, after she allegedly forced the boy to sleep by holding his eyes closed, and held his tongue out...

Hazardous substances ‘widespread’ at WA child care centres
The West Australian - Caitlyn Rintoul - November 5, 2019

A widespread lack of training on hazardous substances at WA child care centres has sparked concerns from Work Safe, with 162 improvement notices and 27 verbal directions issued during their recent inspection program. The program canvassed 52 centres across metropolitan and regional WA.

Books for Babies project to help improve literacy and family bonds in Tasmania
The Advocate - Meg Powell - November 5, 2019

Tiny babies are not the only things parents will be bringing home from the hospital if a North-West speech pathologist has her way. Each baby born in the state from January 1 is set to be gifted a high-quality children's book, thanks to a brand-new project aimed at improving language...

Educators to head outside for Outdoor Classroom Day
Mirage News - November 6, 2019

Townsville City Council is encouraging educators to take their classes into the great outdoors this Thursday for Outdoor Classroom Day. Targeted at local kindergartens, childcare centres, schools and after hours school care centres, the day is aimed to give kids a different perspective on learning.

Goodstart Childcare lays out fresh model for corporate responsibility
The Canberra Times - Mike Steketee - November 5, 2019

When Michael Traill, investment banker turned social entrepreneur, went touting for funds to make a bid for the collapsed childcare group ABC Learning 10 years ago, more than one person told him it was a flight of fancy. Why would hard-headed investors put their money into a venture...

Rogerscorp's MONARC health and childcare hub gets three pre-leases
Australian Financial Review - Su-Lin Tan - November 4, 2019

Brisbane developer Rogerscorp has struck three pre-leases at its MONARC health and childcare hub in Everton Park, Brisbane, ahead of the start of construction. Harmony Early Learning Journey will open a 112-place childcare centre after agreeing terms on a 20-year lease...

New $7m early learning childhood centre offering chef-cooked meals opens in Frenchs Forest
The Daily Telegraph - Madelaine Wong, Manly Daily - November 4, 2019

A $7 million state-of-the-art early learning childhood centre and preschool has opened at Frenchs Forest offering chef-cooked meals and veggie gardens, spanning over three levels. MindChamps Early Learning and Preschool Centre will start operating in January 2020 with capacity...

Evolve Education nets five childcare centres
The Market Herald - Fraser Palamara - November 4, 2019

Evolve Education has spent $7.65 million as part of a new deal to add five Queensland and Victoria childcare centres to its roster. These combined centres allow for a daily capacity of 456 children per day. The centres join the company's major existing presence in Melbourne, as part of a total...

Think publishes scheme booklet for reorganisation and appoints director to TND board
The Sector - Jason Roberts - November 4, 2019

In the wake of the Australian Federal Court approving a meeting of shareholders to consider and vote on the proposed scheme of arrangement to create a new stapled structure involving Think Childcare (TNK) and a new entity Think Childcare Development (TND), Think have published the ...

Ex G8 boss on march in childcare with Evolve
Australian Financial Review - Simon Evans - November 4, 2019

The dual-listed childcare group Evolve Education now headed by Chris Scott, the former boss of Australia's biggest ASX-listed childcare firm G8 Education, has made its third acquisition in a month in Australia. Mr Scott is the biggest shareholder in Evolve and in August became managing director...

Childcare subsidy debt frustrates parents who say data was wiped from Centrelink accounts
ABC News - Allyson Horn - November 4, 2019

When Lucy Ford got a letter from Centrelink telling her she'd been overpaid for her childcare subsidy, she couldn't believe it. She went back to check her working and childcare hours logged with Centrelink, searching for the overpayment. But the information she'd entered throughout the year had disappeared...

Three-year-olds head to school for pre-kindy pilot program
Brisbane Times - Jocelyn Garcia - November 3, 2019

Three-year-old children will be able to go to school as part of a free pre-kindy pilot program in Queensland. Education Minister Grace said the $2.2 million KindyLinQ program would be trialled across 40 state schools from term one next year in an effort to ease the transition into kindergarten...