G8 Education announces State winners in 2019 Standout Educator Awards
The Sector - Jason Roberts - September 5, 2019

G8 Education has confirmed the names of the six educators that have been selected as State Winners in the 2019 Standout Educator Award from the 25 regional winners confirmed by the company last Friday 30 August. The winners were announced as part of G8’s Early Childhood...

Plans lodged for $2 million Drysdale childcare centre
Geelong Advertiser - Harrison Tippet - September 5, 2019

A $2 million childcare centre could soon open in Drysdale, with plans submitted to the City of Greater Geelong for approval. The new centre would be built on 4005sq m of land at 118-120 High St and is proposed to operate with 126 children between 7am-7pm Monday to Friday,”...

Meriton Suites Hotel chain goes west to Liverpool
The Australian Business Review - Mackenzie Scott - September 5, 2019

Property tsar Harry Triguboff will further expand his Meriton Suites Hotel chain into western Sydney with the purchase of a $15.25m site at Liverpool. The 1539sq m site has the potential to host a 28-level tower with 165 hotel suites plus shops, offices and a childcare centre...

Supporting drought and flood affected families
Mirage News - September 5, 2019

Around 105,000 drought and flood affected families will be exempted from the new child care system’s activity test for 2018-19. Minister for Education Dan Tehan said removing activity debt from the Child Care Subsidy balancing process would help families affected by the recent floods or drought.

Shopping centres thinking outside the box to keep you browsing longer
Australian Financial Review - Ingrid Fuary-Wagner - September 4, 2019

It's no secret. Shopping centres are designed to keep you inside, hopefully spending money, for as long as possible. Bondi Junction Westfield has announced, as a new initiative, extending the hours of its Goodstart Early Learning centre on Thursdays nights and Saturdays...

Cheaper childcare at St John’s Catholic Preschool
The Daily Telegraph - Joanne Vella, Parramatta Advertiser - September 4, 2019

Cheaper childcare is a godsend for parents and they can find it at an Auburn school, which is one of the first from the Catholic Church to roll out discounted fees to help families. Sydney Catholic Early Childhood Services (SCECS) is running the non-profit St John’s Catholic Preschool...

New childcare centre gets council nod in east Warrnambool
The Standard - Rachael Houlihan - September 4, 2019

A new childcare centre in Warrnambool's east has been approved by the city council, despite concerns about the number of car parks it has. The proposal had eight objections, with people concerned about landscaping, traffic and car parking issues, design aesthetics and neighbourhood character...

Gastro in Tamworth at schools and workplaces prompts health warning
Northern Daily Leader - Jamieson Murphy - September 4, 2019

A severe bout of gastro is making its way through several Tamworth schools and workplaces, and health experts are urging people with symptoms to avoid aged and childcare facilities. Hunter New England Health public health physician David Durrheim said the outbreak...

Muswellbrook Pre-School Kindergarten officially opens upgraded state-of-the-art playground during annual Book Week celebrations
Muswellbrook Chronicle - September 4, 2019

The adventures are set to begin after the Muswellbrook Pre-School Kindergarten officially opened its upgraded playground on Wednesday. The eagerly-anticipated ceremony complemented the educational provider's annual Book Week parade - meaning the kids, staff and parents...

Finalists announced for 2019 Northern Territory Education and Care Awards
Mirage News - September 4, 2019

The Department of Education congratulates the outstanding early childhood educators, services and programs who have today been announced finalists for the 2019 Northern Territory Education and Care Awards. Acting Chief Executive, Leanne Nixon, said the awards are...

Affinity celebrates Early Childhood Educator Day with thanks, gifts and story sharing
The Sector - Jason Roberts - September 4, 2019

Affinity Education has joined many other organisations across the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector and beyond with expressing thanks and gratitude to its over 3,000 educators as part of today’s Early Childhood Educators Day activities. Early Childhood Educators Day...

Safety fears from ongoing erosion, shuts the doors of childcare centre at Stockton
The Daily Telegraph - Amy Ziniak, The Newcastle News - September 4, 2019

Concerns for the safety of staff and families at a childcare centre at Stockton has seen it close its doors for good. Mission Australia Early Learning Centre will permanently shut and be demolished, affected by the permanent damage from the ongoing impacts of erosion...

Sector Property sells strata childcare centre for $7.1m
The Age - Simon Johanson - September 4, 2019

Mitcham: Investor interest in the childcare sector remains strong. Sector Property Group has sold a strata titled childcare centre off-the-plan for $7.1 million to a Chinese investor. Construction is under way for 14-16 Simla Street with completion expected in mid-2020...

NSW school support staff set for pay rise
Yahoo News - Angelo Risso, AAP - September 3, 2019

Support staff in NSW pre-schools and public schools are in for a major wage increase after securing a minimum 19 per cent pay rise over three years in negotiations with the NSW government. The Public Service Association on Tuesday announced the agreement with the government...

Multimillion-dollar seniors hub planned for Spring Farm
The Daily Telegraph - Daniel McGookin, Macurthur Chronicle - September 3, 2019

A multimillion-dollar seniors hub has been proposed for the heart of Spring Farm. The precinct would ultimately feature an aged care home, seniors apartments, townhouses and a childcare centre. Mr Moran said the Spring Farm facility would mirror innovative programs taking place...