South Australia launches $6 million international education strategy
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 6, 2019

The South Australian Government has launched a 10-year International Education Strategy, with an initial four-year investment of $6.25 million, with the intention of delivering “a suite of education initiatives with an international focus” to public pre-schools and schools across the state...

Adelaide playgroup helping children with cancer to feel 'normal', but it needs funding to expand
ABC News - Helen Frost - June 6, 2019

Codee-Jo Phillipps was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) two years ago and her heartbreaking treatment has inspired her mother to set up a playgroup to help her feel "normal". Lion Hearts Learning is now so successful, parents are calling for the Adelaide-based service to expand...

Port Douglas child care centre sells for $2.8m
Cairns Post - Mark Murray - June 6, 2019

A Port Douglas child care centre has been snapped up for $2.8 million. The Petit Early Learning Centre on Old Port Rd has been bought by an commercial property investor through a private portfolio action. The 2663 sqm site sold for $2.8 million at a 7.05 per cent yield. The 576 sqm state-of-the-art facility has...

3 ASX dividend shares rated as buys by brokers
The Motley Fool - Tristan Harrison - June 5, 2019

G8 is one of the country’s leading childcare operators and it may have seen light at the end of the tunnel with additional childcare centre supply into the sector easing and occupancy rising at its centres. With a portfolio of hundreds of childcare centres it’s hard to grow much by acquisition...

Another childcare centre proposed for Cheltenham
Herald Sun - Emma-Jayne Schenk - June 5, 2019

The generation gap has widened in one Cheltenham street, where retirees are up in arms about a proposed childcare centre. The proposed centre on the corner of Charman Rd and Sydney St would cater for up to 85 children at the single-storey "inter-war bungalow", protected by a heritage overlay...

ACT signals Early Childhood Strategy release in 2019/20 Budget Papers
The Sector - Jason Roberts - June 5, 2019

The ACT Government has handed down its 2019/20 Budget in which it prioritised a commitment to early childhood education and signalled that the ACT Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Ms Yvette Berry, would be launching the new Early Childhood Strategy over the course of the year...

Fairy Meadow woman Mawada Mahmoud linked to alleged family daycare fraud
Illawarra Star - Madeline Crittenden - June 4, 2019

A young woman has faced Wollongong Court for the first time on Tuesday, after her Fairy Meadow home was raided as part of an elaborate family daycare fraud investigation. Mawada Gailan Mahmoud, 24, was charged with participating in a criminal group on May 8, after police raided the...

Plans to transform Warrnambool garden supply shop into childcare centre
The Standard - Rachael Houlihan - June 4, 2019

Plans for a new childcare centre are before Warrnambool City Council after the sale of the former Bell's Garden Centre. Harris and Wood Real Estate agent Danny Harris said the Verdon Street property sold for $700,000 to a development group which builds childcare centres across Australia...

Australia's childcare costs: How we compare to the rest of the world
7 News - The Morning Show - June 4, 2019

As the dust settles after a shock election result, Aussie families are putting childcare policies under the microscope. Reports have shown that families are facing childcare fee hikes above the rate of inflation - now without the extra subsidies that had been promised by Labor...

Centrelink error creates $4000 childcare debt trap for parents
The West Australian - Lanai Scarr - June 4, 2019

Parents are being crippled with childcare debts of more than $4000 because of a Centrelink error that has resulted in a miscalculation of the Child Care Subsidy dating from February. The bungle has renewed calls for an overhaul of the Federal Government’s subsidy that has been plagued...

Mooroolbark Child Care Centre worker fired for threatening violence
Herald Sun - Serena Seyfort, Lilydale & Yarra Leader - June 4, 2019

A court has dismissed a Mooroolbark childcare worker’s claim she was unfairly fired after she challenged another staff member to a fight in front of a child. Mooroolbark Child Care Centre worker Courtney Murphy went to the Fair Work Commission to fight her dismissal...

Council fined $4,500 for wandering child
Echo Net Daily - June 4, 2019

Byron Shire Council has been in court again, this time they have been fined $4500 after an incident at the Brunswick Heads Outside of Hours School Care service on December 8, 2017. On May 2, 2019 council pleaded guilty to the offence of failing to ensure that a child being educated...

Busy Bees Australia takes shape as centre openings and acquisitions bed down
The Sector - Jason Roberts - June 4, 2019

The last twelve months have been very busy for Busy Bees Australia Chief Executive Officer Rob Hughes. After having managed the transition from Foundation Early Learning to new owners, the UK headquartered Busy Bees...

Preschool benefits all children, but not all children get it. Here’s what the government can do about that
The Sector - Jen Jackson, Victoria University - June 4, 2019

Leading up to the election, Labor campaigned on an ambitious suite of early childhood policies, including 15 hours of funded preschool for every Australian three-year-old and A$4 billion to increase childcare subsidies. The Coalition said little about early childhood reform...

Buy, hold, sell: Arena REIT, GEM, Think, Baby Bunting
Financial Review - Oscar Oberg, WAM and Dave Allingham from Eley Griffiths - June 3, 2019

Think Oscar Oberg: Yeah, it's a buy. It's got a great management team and they've done well repositioning the business and investing into their new Nido brand. Ten times price-earnings multiple growing at 30%, it's a buy. David Allingham: Yeah, look I'd agree with Oscar, I think it's a buy...