Childcare centre accused of failing to provide adequate medical care after 2yo's toe partially severed
ABC News - Anna Hartley - September 25, 2019

A Queensland mother has raised concerns about the adequacy of medical care provided to her two-year-old son by a childcare centre after his toe was partially severed and required surgery. In a lengthy Facebook post that has been shared thousands of times, the mother-of-two claimed...

Muswellbrook Pre-School Kindergarten receives $9200, thanks to NSW Government's Quality Learning Environments initiative
Muswellbrook Chronicle - September 24, 2019

Youngsters at four Upper Hunter pre-schools, and not-for-profit long day care centres, will have access to state-of-the-art childhood learning facilities and specialised educational programs. Thanks to the NSW Government's Quality Learning Environments initiative, Aberdeen Pre-School...

Residents stand for heritage-listed Four Oaks
The Daily Telegraph - Kate Lockley, Blacktown Advocate - September 24, 2019

Controversial plans for a childcare centre on the site of a heritage-listed building at Kings Langley have sparked fierce opposition from residents. Up to 50 residents are fighting the proposal, which, if approved, would see a childcare centre for up to 72 children constructed...

Tracy Mackey accepts CEO role at EPA after 4 years leading ECEC at NSW Dept of Ed
The Sector - Jason Roberts - September 24, 2019

Tracy Mackey will be leaving her position as Executive Director, Early Child Education at the NSW Department of Education to join the Environmental Protection Agency New South Wales as their new Chief Executive Officer. Commenting on her time at the Department of Education...

Register of blue card status of home-based carers launched
Mirage News - September 24, 2019

A register of home-based carers who have applied for, or hold a current blue card in Queensland, has gone live – giving key State Government agencies the ability to check the status of those who may be involved in the care of a child or young person. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice...

High-rise childcare centres to face safety hurdle
The Australian - Olivia Caisley - September 24, 2019

Childcare centres in high-rise buildings may not be deemed safe under national guidelines to be introduced next year amid widespread fears about flammable cladding. The Australian Building Codes Board has taken the near-unprecedent­ed step of making an out-of-cycle amendment ...

Opinion Talking Point: Shaping Tasmania’s future from the early years
The Mercury - Jeremy Rockliff - September 24, 2019

A child's experiences and environment will shape their lifelong learning, health and development. That’s why the Hodgman majority Liberal Government has a vision of “all children thriving in strong connected communities” through a focus on quality and equity. This is highlighted in...

Revealed: Southeast Sydney childcare centres rated best and worst
The Daily Telegraph - Gary Hamilton-Irvine and Phoebe Anderson, Southern Courier - September 23, 2019

Early learning centre Tigger’s Honeypot based at the University of NSW has been rated as the best childcare service in southeast Sydney, according to the authority which rates each centre across Australia. The Southern Courier has compiled a list of the best and worst childcare services...

Reader poll: How much are grandparents helping raise the kids
News.com.au - September 23, 2019

They are the unsung heroes of the family unit who are saving Australians $2.29 billion a year in childcare costs. But are we asking too much from our grandparents? In 2017 nearly 22 per cent of families relied solely on grandparents for childcare — and nearly 10 per cent used a combination...

$160 million School Readiness Funding initiative announced in Victoria
The Sector - Freya Lucas - September 23, 2019

Nearly 30,000 children will benefit from programs and additional resources in 2020, following an announcement late last week by the Victorian Government, who committed $160 million to the School Readiness Funding initiative. The initiative, an Australian first, will be expanded to...

Qualitative data surveys set to bring Geelong out of childcare doldrums
Geelong Advertiser - Dave Cairns - September 23, 2019

A business specialising in collecting feedback from parents and staff at early learning and care centres will start identifying Geelong services most in need of support after winning the city’s first Clever and Creative Pitch-Fest. Australia’s Early Development Census shows Geelong...

Private girls' school offers kindergarten scholarships to attract boys
The Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker - September 22, 2019

An eastern suburbs private school is offering scholarships to kindergarten students and will seek permission to reserve some of them for boys in an attempt to increase male participation at its junior campus. Kincoppal-Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart will offer 30 scholarships...

Climate plan to force Melbourne's seaside kinder from its bayside home
The Age - Noel Towell - September 22, 2019

Since 2012, the lucky children of Lady Forster Kindergarten have learned and played just metres from Elwood Beach. But the kinder now faces the loss of its bayside home as state government policies preparing Melbourne’s coast for the deepening climate crisis begin to bite...

Domestic violence triggers daycare lockdowns
The Courier Mail - Natasha Bita - September 21, 2019

Warring parents are forcing childcare centres into lockdown, as kids are caught in domestic violence and custody battles. Threats from drugged or violent parents have driven some Queensland childcare centres to step up security. Domestic violence forced a kindergarten at Emerald...

Schools, kindys, churches across SA off limits for sex work
The Advertiser - Rebecca Di Girolamo, Sunday Mail (SA) - September 21, 2019

There would be 200 metre sex work exclusion zones across SA under a new proposal set to reach Parliament next week — and the Sunday Mail has mapped all 1900 areas. Attorney-General Vickie Chapman told the Sunday Mail street soliciting would be prohibited near child care centres...