2019 Excellence in Early Childhood Education Awards finalists announced
The Sector - Freya Lucas - September 13, 2019

A number of individuals and services have been selected as Finalists for the 2019 Excellence in Early Childhood Education Awards, presented by Australian Childcare Alliance New South Wales (ACA NSW). “The entries feature an extraordinary list of activities, programs and service providers ..."

Why the Child Care Subsidy is failing parents
The Courier Mail - Dr Fiona Mueller - September 12, 2019

Taxpayers will subsidise child care for over 800,000 Australian families to the tune of $8 billion per year in 2019-2020, and the costs keep climbing. Parents’ out-of-pocket costs for long day care and other formal care grew by 50% between 2011 and 2017. But despite this massive investment...

Cracking down on criminals who rort system
Mirage News - September 12, 2019

The Morrison Government continues to crack down on criminals who try to rip off the taxpayer. The Dept of Education Child Care Fraud Investigations Team continues to work with NSW Police and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission to target organised crime in the family day care sector...

Gastro warning from health authority after outbreak levels deemed 'high'
Central Western Daily - Nadine Morton - September 12, 2019

Gastro outbreaks at childcare centres and schools across region have prompted an alert to be issued by health authorities. "A high number of children aged under five seeking treatment for the highly-contagious infection," the Western NSW Public Health Unit said...

Aussie kids falling behind in preschool education, OECD report reveals
Education HQ Australia - Geordle Little - September 11, 2019

Just 67 per cent of three-year-old children in Australia were enrolled in early childhood education in 2017, 12 percentage points below the OECD average and well behind countries such as Israel, the United Kingdom and France, all of which have a three-year-old enrolment rate of 100%...

Mothers arrested in raids over allegedly fraudulent family day-care scheme
Sydney Morning Herald - Lucy Cormack - September 12, 2019

Mothers who allegedly gave their children's identities to be used in a $4 million childcare fraud syndicate were arrested in a police operation across south-west Sydney on Thursday. More than 10 women were targeted in the early morning raids for facilitating the operations of Red Roses Family Day Care...

Pushing the limit: The Sydney school that has topped 2000 students
The Sydney Morning Herald - Nick Bonyhady, Sarah Keoghan and Ben Weir

Chiang Lim from the Childcare Alliance said many centres have had to start offering new services as parents become more discerning. "You are not seeing the competition on a price level, you are seeing the competition on everything other than price, be in the location, the feel of the place and the staff,"...

Cost of living another tension for government and RBA
Australian Financial Review - Matthew Cranston - September 11, 2019

Using ABS data, EY notes that energy (gas and electricity) and childcare are sectors that have seen particularly strong price inflation over the past decade, rising between 70 and 90 per cent during the period. Ms Masters said the cost of living impression left on consumers' minds was...

Keep preschool spend pledge: Labor senator
7 News - Matt Coughlan - September 11, 2019

New Labor senator Marielle Smith has urged the opposition to stick with its election policy of funding pre-school for three year olds as the party weighs up its entire platform. Federal Labor is reviewing the policies it took to a crushing loss at the May federal election, with all taxation and spending...

Fairfield childcare centres rated: worst and best revealed
The Daily Telegraph - Tony Ibrahim, Christpher Harris, Fairfield Advance - September 11, 2019

Fairfield City’s 112 childcare centres have been graded, revealing it is home to some of the best and worst services in NSW. Data from the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority found 62 childcare centres either meet or exceed the national quality standard...

Community Kids Brinsmead to close on October 4
Cairns Post - Alicia Nally - September 11, 2019

Parents have launched a petition in a desperate bid to keep a suburban Cairns daycare centre open. Last week, mums and dads of children who attend Community Kids Brinsmead on Loridan Dr wer told the business would close on October 4. Twenty people have signed a petition posted...

Motion on Early Learning Matters Week and supporting professional pay endorsed by Senate
The Sector - Jason Roberts - September 11, 2019

A motion requesting that the first week of September was Early Learning Matters Week and that the Senate support a well resourced and accessible early childhood education system with professional pay was agreed to at yesterday’s sitting of the Senate. The motion was brought by ...

OPINION Another official Australian report has been doctored to gloss over rising inequality
UNSW - Peter Saunders - September 11, 2019

Every two years since 1993 the AIHW has produced a report that presents reliable and detailed information about the need for and provision of welfare services such as aged care, child care, education, housing and disability services. Every two years since 1993 the Australian Institute...

Nannies over day care? Parents want more flexibility for childcare subsidies
Sydney Morning Herald - Fergus Hunter - September 11, 2019

Half of the Australian families receiving childcare subsidies would prefer to spend the payments on informal alternatives like leaving children with relatives, friends or nannies. That is the key finding of a new paper published by the Centre for Independent Studies, which argues billions of dollars...

Leopold and Grovedale childcare centres to test the booming sector at portfolio auction
News.com.au - Peter Farago - September 11, 2019

A GEELONG building boom in the childcare sector has created a cash cow for developers cashing in on population growth. A pair of childcare centres with outstanding investment credentials become the latest to add fuel of the booming Geelong childcare market. The centres...