Virus fears at day care
The West Australian - Jackson Lavell-Lee, Busselton Dunsborough Times - April 16, 2020

Childcare workers and parents in the Capes are concerned children were potentially exposed to COVID-19 because of the high risk of the spread of the virus from the children of healthcare workers. Bluebird Childcare Centres founder and owner Jane Chambers said many...

"I often cry on my way to work." Three early childhood educators on the free child care scheme
MamaMia - Billi Fitzsimons - April 16, 2020

Early Childhood Australia supported the scheme, with CEO Samantha Page saying the announcement “tackles most of the big issues that services and families have been grappling with over the past month”. However, it seems early childhood educators aren’t actually that pleased...

Families face new hurdle as battling childcare centres prioritise essential workers
The Courier Mail - Kara Sonter - April 15, 2020

CHILDCARE centres are cutting back on nappies, meals and introducing priority care systems as they fight to provide consistent care for children on limited funding. The Federal Government’s ‘free daycare’ scheme, which has seen centres absorb the fees usually paid by parents...

Coronavirus is changing how schools run in Australia. Here's what happens for term two
ABC News - Peta Fuller - April 16, 2020

So where do the states stand on returning to school? Can you send your child on a random day? And what about out-of-school care? Here's what parents need to know going into term two. Who is an 'essential' worker? First up, this is a phrase that's come up a lot, particularly from the Prime Minister...

Union seeks clarification about NSW Government commitment to 6 months of funding
The Sector - Freya Lucas - April 15, 2020

The Independent Education Union NSW/ACT Branch (IEU NSW/ACT), representing early childhood teachers in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory has sought further clarity around a recent $51 million funding package announcement by the NSW Government...

Life’s a juggle when you’re all at home
Sydney Morning Herald - Monique Butterworth - April 15, 2020

Families can access free childcare for the next few months under government moves to keep early education centres open and staff employed. Free childcare is a lifeline for parents working from home , looking for work or who seek to study online, be it a single unit of study that helps...

Coronavirus school closures: Scott Morrison issues direct plea to teachers to return to classroom
News.com.au - Samantha Maiden - April 15, 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has issued a direct plea to teachers to return to the classroom and join the “great heroes” of Australia including cleaners, supermarket workers, nurses and paramedics who are fighting COVID-19 simply by doing their jobs. Warning parents the education...

Shine Bright, Jenny's Early Learning Centre adapt to the COVID-19 restrictions for kindergartens and childcare centres
Bendigo Advertiser - Tara Cosoleto - April 15, 2020

Some central Victorian kindergarten staff have expressed concerns about returning to classes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Shine Bright chief executive Suzi Sordan said students would return to centres from Wednesday after federal and state governments deemed ...

Why the G8 Education share price is sinking lower on the ASX 200 today
The Motley Fool - James Mickleboro - April 14, 2020

The G8 Education Ltd (ASX: GEM) share price has returned from its trading halt this morning. After initially surging as much as 11% higher, the childcare centre operator’s shares are now down 4% to $1.03. Why was G8 Education in a trading halt? G8 Education requested a trading halt...

Childcare managers say fee relief package will force centres to close
The Courier Mail - Brian Bennion, South-East Advertiser - April 14, 2020

Camp Hill Childcare Centre Timber Tots has warned the Federal Government’s new fee relief package will put the industry on the verge of collapse. Timber Tots Owner and Director Jana Walker took to Facebook to say the new package immediately resulted in the centre losing...

La Creche on the Avenue temporarily closes under financial pressure from COVID-19
NT News - April 14, 2020

A Darwin child care operator who spoke out about the challenges facing the industry in the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily closed down. La Creche on the Avenue posted on social media today the centre had closed but were hoping to reopen next week. Director...

Proposal for 115-capacity childcare centre on Beaudesert Rd at Moorooka lodged with council
The Courier Mail - Alex Treacy, Quest Newspapers - April 14, 2020

A development application has been lodged with Brisbane City Council to build a childcare centre at Moorooka to cater for up to 115 children. The DA is for 105, 107, and 111 Beaudesert Rd, and 78 Durack St, Moorooka. The site currently houses two pre-1946 dwellings, one of which...

CCSA welcomes NSW free preschool announcement, pleased preschool is recognised
The Sector - Freya Lucas - April 14, 2020

Community Connections Solutions Australia (CCSA), a peak organisation representing early childhood services in rural and remote communities across New South Wales, has welcomed the announcement last week that the NSW Government will provide free preschool for...

Shares rise after Gold Coast childcare giant G8 Education raises $227M from investors
Gold Coast Bulletin - Alister Thomson - April 14, 2020

Shares in Gold Coast-based childcare giant G8 Education are trading slightly up in the first session since raising $227 million from investors to support the operation of its 475 centres. The company announced this morning it had completed the institutional placement and entitlement...

Coronavirus: Parents and providers despair amid confusion over new childcare rules
The Canberra Times - Steve Evans - April 14, 2020

Parents and childcare providers have voiced their despair at the confusion over new rules to keep the system running in the face of the coronavirus crisis...