How many childcare centres does Brisbane really need?
The Courier Mail - Brendan O’Malley - November 13, 2019

The peak body representing childcare operators came out more than a year ago to warn about a looming glut of new centres which threatened to undermine the sector. Industry giants G8 and Goodstart Early Learning earlier this year also had to issue warnings...

Aussie company offers $1k subsidy to help parents cover childcare costs
Kidspot - Madeline Cox - November 13, 2019

Although Fiona was thrilled to hear about the expanded paid parental leave and school holiday programs – there was one part of the policy that drew her attention immediately. It was the child care assistance program, which offers families a subsidy of up to $1,000 each month per child...

'I'll miss the children a lot': Peggy has worked at the same childcare centre since 1974
Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker - November 13, 2019

Peggy Lane remembers when Marrickville was known for its poverty, and her days working at the local childcare centre were spent bathing children, washing their dirty clothes, and combing their hair for lice. She remembers when the hot lunch she served was all her tiny charges...

Further 11 people arrested over family day care fraud syndicate
Mirage News - November 13, 2019

Detectives investigating family day care fraud have arrested a further 11 people over their alleged role in the criminal syndicate. In July 2018, detectives from the Financial Crimes Squad and Organised Crime Squad established Strike Force Mercury to investigate the coordinated fraudulent...

Holsworthy Preschool celebrates 25th anniversary
The Daily Telegraph - Cindy Ngo, Liverpool Leader - November 12, 2019

Past and current students, educators and families will come together next month to celebrate Holsworthy Preschool’s 25th anniversary. Originally a preschool for defence families, the centre on Lighthorse Parade was acquired by a private company 15 years ago, opening to more families...

Pyramid Hill community centres, preschool burgled, police investigate
Bendigo Advertiser - November 12, 2019

Detectives are investigating a series of burglaries at community centres and preschools in Pyramid Hill. The Central Goldfields Crime Investigating Unit is investigating the burglaries at a community centre on McKay Street, and two community centres and a preschool on Kelly Street...

Gloucester Pre-school successful in NSW Government grant bid
Gloucester Advocate - Anne Keen - November 12, 2019

Building new infrastructure in town sure gets a lot easier when the State Government agrees to kick in a bit of dough. Gloucester Preschool was lucky enough to be on the list of successful grant recipients under the NSW Government's Quality Learning Environments program...

List of schools closed due to bushfires risk on Wednesday in NSW and Queensland
News.com.au - November 12, 2019

More than 200 schools will remain closed on Wednesday as dozens of fires continue to burn across Queensland and New South Wales. The decision to keep hundreds of schools closed across NSW follows the closure of 600 schools on Tuesday after the education department...

Goodstart reports strong performance across key strategic goals in 2019 Annual Report
The Sector - Jason Roberts - November 12, 2019

Goodstart Early Learning, Australia’s largest provider of early learning and care services and a not for profit enterprise, has published its 2019 Annual Report in which it details strong performance across it’s key strategic goals of financial sustainability, high quality, great people, influence...

Federation wraps up childcare REIT raising, eyes ASX listing
Australian Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald and Tim Boyd - November 12, 2019

The real estate arm of the Cameron Brownjohn helmed Federation Asset Management is finalising a capital raise for its childcare investment fund. It's understood Federation has had stockbroker Morgans helping pitch its Federation Education REIT to clients...

$300 million Constitution Place announces childcare centre and gym among first retailers
Canberra Times - Lucy Bladen - November 12, 2019

The first retailers for the $300 million Constitution Place development have been revealed. Developer, Capital Property Group have announced a Club Lime gym, a Montessori Academy childcare centre, and dining franchises Meat & Wine Co and Hero Sushi will open at the precinct...

'Better to be cautious': At least 500 schools to close in Sydney and NSW due to fire danger
The Sydney Morning Herald - Natassia Chrysanthos - November 11, 2019

More than 500 schools across the state and in suburban Sydney are expected to close on Tuesday as the New South Wales coast braces for "catastrophic" fire conditions. Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said the number of closed schools would "rise considerably" on Tuesday as the Department...

Lockyer childcare exceeds quality standards in assessments
Gatton, Lockyer & Brisbane Valley Star - November 11, 2019

The Gatton Child Care Centre is reaping the rewards of its hard work after being recognised for the significant impact they are making to the region’s children. Results for the 2019 Assessment and Rating under the National Quality Standard highlighted Gatton Child Care Centre ...

Tehan announces help to access ECEC for those impacted by drought
The Sector - Freya Lucas - November 11, 2019

Families affected by drought will be supported to continue accessing education, Federal Minister for Education Dan Tehan has vowed, with the Australian Government providing an additional $15 million to schools and early childhood education and care (ECEC) centres attended by children...

ECEC recipients win share of $1.7 million in grants from ACT Gov to encourage health
The Sector - Freya Lucas - November 11, 2019

The latest round of Healthy Canberra Grants have included two early childhood education and care programs, which are offering programs to create a positive food and healthy eating culture within early childhood settings and to encourage physical activity and healthy eating...