NT announces $10,000 operator grants to support ECEC providers navigate COVID-19
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 7, 2020

The Northern Territory Government has offered one-off grants of up to $10,000 to NT early childhood education and care (ECEC) operators to support them through the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. The top-up grants are designed to help support the sector offset the costs of...

Early childhood education is the silent victim of COVID-19 schools debate
The Daily Telegraph - Clare Masters - May 6, 2020

But there is a key point that has been missing from the conversation: the education of our youngest Australians. Even more so than the schooling system, early childhood education in Australia is unwieldy and mammoth, there is no real clear ‘ownership’ and communication lines are messy...

Coronavirus: Can 4-day week be ‘the new full time’?
The Australian - Helen Trinca - May 6, 2020

“We think COVID-19 … has opened up some of these areas for further discussion,” Ms Morphet said. “It’s a moment in time that we need to grab. We have always felt child care is a major hurdle for women to achieve their professional opportunities. “All sides of government have felt that assistance...

Supporting Territory’s Childcare Workers through COVID-19
Mirage News - May 6, 2020

The Territory Labor Government is offering one-off grants of up to $10,000 to NT childcare operators to support them through the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. The top-up grants are to help support the early childhood care sector offset the costs of supplies, cleaning and maintenance...

Plans for a second childcare centre on Canyon Road, Baulkham Hills rejected
Hills Shire Times - Carla Mascarenhas - May 6, 2020

A plan to build a second childcare centre on a busy Baulkham Hills street have been knocked back by Hills Shire Council, which cited environmental concerns. The proposal, put forward by Nero Pty Ltd, would have demolished a single-storey home to make way for a 90-place childcare centre...

PenPalPlatform launches at Guardian Childcare & Education Phillip Street
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 5, 2020

Children from Guardian Childcare & Education Phillip Street have been working with their educators to connect with the wider Guardian community during COVID-19. As a result, Centre Manager Harriet Wilshaw McAllister has set up a national pen pal program. Dubbed PenPalPlatform...

'I can only repeat what I have been saying for months': PM says schools are open
Nine.com.au - Freya Noble - May 5, 2020

Scott Morrison has reiterated that all schools in Australia can be open, after it was revealed their closure – along with childcare centres – are costing the economy $30 million. Speaking in Canberra after today's National Cabinet meeting, Mr Morrison addressed the differing approaches...

Childcare sector warns some centres will fail unless Government returns subsidies
ABC News - Annie Guest - May 5, 2020

Childcare providers are urging the Federal Government to inject more support, warning some centres can't last much longer. When the Government announced free childcare as part of the pandemic response, it also reduced some subsidies paid to centres. Plus, they're not able to get...

Coronavirus: Women executives eye quick childcare fix
The Australian - Helen Trinca - May 5, 2020

Australia’s top women executives have called on the federal government to fix a childcare system that continues to force women into part-time work. The president of advocacy body Chief Executive Women, Sue Morphet, said if women could access four days of childcare they could ...

Council-run child care centres receive support package
The Murray Valley Standard - May 5, 2020

Regional childcare centres run by local councils across South Australia have been given $700,000 in funding by the State Government to continue providing care during the pandemic. Centres supported by the Karoonda East Murray, Whyalla, Port Augusta, Robe, Southern Mallee...

More than just a bear in there – ABC Kids launches special resources for educators
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 5, 2020

The work of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is no stranger to those who work in early childhood, with a number of children’s favourite programs being shown on the network. What some early childhood education and care (ECEC) professionals may not know is the range...

Government's coronavirus childcare plan creating unexpected problems
ABC News - Michael Atkin and Myles Wearring - May 5, 2020

Karen Stern's son Zachary, 2, has a learning difficulty and receives extra support at his Sydney childcare centre. But Zachary's attendance has been cut back by up to two days per week since the new childcare relief package introduced by the Federal Government came into effect...

Childcare scheme is crippling centres and frustrating parents
Sydney Morning Herald - Sophie Al-Bassam - May 5, 2020

When the government announced childcare would be free in April, under a scheme put in place to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, it sounded like a dream. But if you’re about to return to work after having a baby, you might find that instead of free childcare, you now won’t have any at all...

Charter Hall sells 26 New Zealand ECEC centres amidst push to optimise portfolio
The Sector - Jason Roberts - May 5, 2020

Charter Hall Social Infrastructure REIT (CQE) has confirmed the sale and settlement of 26 early childhood education and care (ECEC) centres located in New Zealand in a push to optimise the portfolio to best insulate performance in the current challenging operating environment...

Charter Hall's childcare trust taps investors as rental income drops
Australian Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - May 4, 2020

Australia's biggest childcare centre landlord joined the rush of A-REITs seeking to bolster their balance sheets after tapping investors on Monday for $115 million in fresh equity. Charter Hall Social Infrastructure REIT's equity raising came as the owner of more than 400 childcare centres...