Investors snap up $125m of childcare centres and pizza outlets
The Sydney Morning Herald - Carolyn Cummins - November 2, 2019

Investors have jumped into the commercial property sector with a vengeanc. In Sydney, the biggest sale of the day was a G8 Education-leased childcare centre in the city's south-west, which sold for $3.12 million on a 4.19 per cent yield. "The childcare asset class is going from strong to stronger..."

Childcare provider charged after toddlers escaped, ran onto busy road
The Age - Simone Fox Koob - November 1, 2019

A Melbourne childcare provider has been charged and could be hit with huge fines after two toddlers escaped from one of its centres and ran onto a busy road as cars and trucks hit the brakes. Frightening dash-cam footage showed the two young children scampering across two lanes of traffic...

Car crashes into fence at Maudsland kindergarten
Herald Sun - Talisa Eley, Gold Coast Bulletin - November 1, 2019

A car crashed into a Gold Coast kindergarten this afternoon. A police spokeswoman said the vehicle smashed into the kindergarten fence and went down an embankment near the corner of Maudsland Rd and Tuxedo Junction Dr just before 1pm. It is understood there was no damage to the kindy building.

Childcare centre for up to 94 children proposed for Moorebank
The Daily Telegraph - Cindy Ngo, Liverpool Leader - November 1, 2019

Plans for a 94-place childcare centre in Moorebank have been lodged with Liverpool Council in a bid to meet growing demand for childcare services in the region. Sydney-based developer Fortis Development Group is behind the $1.25 million proposal which, if approved, would be...

136-year-old state heritage-listed tram barn at Prospect to become a childcare centre
The Advertiser - Celeste Villani, The City - November 1, 2019

One of three remaining barns from Adelaide’s first public transport network will be converted into a childcare centre. Preschoolers will share in a slice of history following a decision to convert a 136-year-old state heritage-listed Prospect property into a childcare centre. Prospect Council’s...

Former Mandurah childcare worker faces sex charges
Mandurah Mail - Carla Hildebrandt - November 1, 2019

A 22-year-old former Mandurah region childcare worker has been charged with sexually penetrating a child aged over 13 and under 16. The man has not yet entered a plea to the charge and is due to reappear in the Mandurah Magistrates Court on December 3. The man's Facebook profile said...

Think broadens executive team with appointment of new Chief Operating Officer
The Sector - Jason Roberts - November 1, 2019

Think Childcare (Think) has confirmed the appointment of Georgina Gaussen as the company’s Chief Operating Officer, a newly created position for the Group. Ms Gaussen, who is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Monash University, has previously...

Child care prices rise year on year as one off CCS savings wash through, says ABS
The Sector - Jason Roberts - November 1, 2019

Child care prices across Australia rose 7.0 per cent in the three months ended September 2019 compared to the same period last year, and 2.5 per cent compared to the three months ended June 2019 according to the latest Consumer Price Index data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics...

Cost of child care climbs again
2GB Michael McLaren - November 1, 2019

Michael is joined by Chiang Lim, CEO Australian Childcare Alliance New South Wales, to talk about the cost of childcare climbing by 7 per cent since the September quarter last year. Half of the Morrison government’s effort to cut the cost of childcare has disappeared in the first year of its $2.5 billion...

PEXA introduces generous parental-support policies
Australiasian Lawyer - Sol Dolor - November 1, 2019

Property Exchange Australia (PEXA) has introduced Australia-leading parental-support policies to maintain its edge in a competitive industry... PEXA is also giving employees up to $1,000 in childcare assistance per month per child. That’s more than the up to $10,373 provided by the government...

TAFE helps fill the childcare gap
The West Australian - Alexander Scott, North West Telegraph - November 1, 2019

Port Hedland’s overburdened childcare facilities are set for a much-needed reprieve with the local council awarding a contract to convert two sites in the town into daycare centres. Town of Port Hedland Commissioner Fred Reibeling approved the motion last Wednesday, which would create...

Report calls for mental health screening of toddlers
The Courier Mail - Natasha Bita - October 31, 2019

Toddlers should be screened for mental illness before they start preschool to stop them sliding into anxiety and depression, a government agency has warned. And taxpayers should spend $975 million a year to hire a “wellbeing leader’’ for every school, to spot students with mental health...

Vocational traineeships to be fee free from January 2020
NSW Government - Press Release - 31 October 2019

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee and Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell are calling on employers to take on more trainees following the launch of a new $54.3 million NSW Government Budget initiative to make government-subsidised traineeships fee-free...

Mental illness and suicide 'costing $500 million a day'
Sydney Morning Herald - Dana McCauley - October 31, 2019

The report recommended "consistent screening of social and emotional development" in early childhood health checks "to enable early intervention", and "proactive outreach services" in schools to support students who had "disengaged" due to mental illness...

Number of grandparents claiming childcare benefits plummets after 'tougher test'
The Guardian - Sarah Martin - October 31, 2019

The number of grandparents claiming childcare benefits has dropped dramatically since an overhaul of the system last year, raising concerns that vulnerable children may have dropped out of formal care arrangements or ended up in foster care. Figures from the...