Finland is giving mums and dads the same parental leave, and Australia is trailing behind
7News.com.au - Sarah Carson and Jenny Ky - February 13, 2020

This week, Finland announced new rules around maternity and paternity leave. In a progressive move, dads will have the same entitlements as mums - getting nearly seven months’ paid leave and a chance to spend more time with their newly born babies. On our shores, Aussie mums...

Skilling South Australia rolls out two initiatives to combat ECEC workforce shortages
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 13, 2020

Skilling South Australia, an initiative of the South Australian Government, designed to increase apprenticeships and traineeships leading to lasting careers, and to grow the State’s skilled workforce in preparation for growth sectors and industries, such as early childhood education ...

South West TAFE will include free ECEC courses for the first time in Hamilton
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 13, 2020

Those wishing to work in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector have received a boost in their qualification pathway options, with a recent announcement by South West TAFE that they will be offering free ECEC courses for the first time at both their Hamilton and ...

Oversupply concerns hit childcare sector again
Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - February 13, 2020

Oversupply concerns have resurfaced in the childcare sector with the country's largest listed landlord, the $1.3 billion Charter Hall Social Infrastructure Fund, "monitoring conditions" in pockets of the market. While the fund (CQE) reaffirmed its full-year earnings guidance...

Charter Hall fund rises on childcare demand
The Australian - Gerard Cockburn - February 13, 2020

The listed Charter Hall Social Infrastructure REIT has posted a significant rises in first half profit as it benefits from demand for childcare places. The childcare centre owner turned in a 16.1 per cent rise in net profit to $49m, driven by 45 new leasing transactions ranging from...

Only one bushfire-hit business given loan
News.com.au - Daniel McCulloch - February 12, 2020

Meanwhile, families affected by the bushfire season are being offered childcare payments. Volunteer firefighters and families affected by the disaster will be able to put public donations towards childcare fees for the next 12 months without risking their subsidies...

Outbreak at Parliament House
The Australian - Alice Workman - February 12, 2020

Forget the coronavirus (or COVID-19, as the World Health Organisation officially has named the deadly disease). Parliament House’s childcare centre is battling an outbreak of the highly contagious hand, foot and mouth disease. Not that anyone knows. The Department...

Super fund offers aged care staff discounted housing
Australian Ageing Agenda - Sandy Cheu - February 12, 2020

Industry superannuation fund First State Super has expanded an affordable housing initiative to Victoria to help people working in health, aged care and other community service roles live closer to where they work. The initiative aims to address housing stress in Melbourne among key workers including nurses, aged, disability and child care workers...

Close gender gap says Little Scholars founder, calling on men to step up for children
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 12, 2020

Men who shy away from early childhood education and care (ECEC) are missing out on the opportunity to not only make a significant difference in the life of a child, but also to participate in a rewarding career, Little Scholars Founder Jae Fraser said recently. With 97 per cent...

Do Insiders Own Shares In Think Childcare Limited (ASX:TNK)?
Simply Wall St - February 11, 2020

The big shareholder groups in Think Childcare Limited (ASX:TNK) have power over the company. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. Warren Buffett said that he likes ‘a business...

Keeping Australians safe online
Mirage News - February 11, 2020

A new guide for parents of under 5s from the Morrison Government’s eSafety Commissioner will help keep children safe online as more than 1,000 schools and groups around Australia mark Safer Internet Day. According to research from the eSafety Commissioner, Australian children...

Green light for childcare centre
Star Weekly Melton & Moorabool - Ewen Mcrae - February 11, 2020

Melton council has approved plans for a new childcare centre in Brookfield, despite a number of objections from residents and councillors. The council last week considered the application for a new centre on Clarkes Road, Brookfield, which would have space for 90 children...

Acquisition of Xplor by TSG completes after regulatory approvals received
The Sector - Jason Roberts - February 11, 2020

The sale of Xplor to New Zealand based global payment solutions provider Transaction Services Group has now completed after the company received the green light from both the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Foreign Investment Review Board...

Childcare fees hit hip pocket
Star Weekly - Jessica Micallef - February 11, 2020

Hourly fees for childcare in the Macedon Ranges are above the national average, new data shows. Families in the Macedon Ranges were paying $10.12 per hour on average for centre-based day care in September last year, the federal government’s Department of Education...

Funding Boost For Community Language Schools
Mirage News - February 10, 2020

Hundreds of preschool children will soon get extra help to learn their mother tongue, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government as part of a $7.5 million funding boost for community language schools. Community language schools provide out-of-school-hours programs to help...