Researchers work on ‘unplugged’ coding activities for preschoolers recognised
The Sector - Freya Lucas - April 24, 2020

Dr Joohi Lee, a professor in the College of Education at the University of Texas, Arlington, has been recognised for her work on coding activities for children that do not involve computers or computer programming in early childhood settings, with her research recently being published...

Classroom confusion as teachers defy advice on school safety
The Australian - Stephen Lunn and David Penberthy - April 23, 2020

Teachers’ unions are defying ­explicit advice from the nation’s most senior health officials that ­attending school is safe as they ­resist students returning to classrooms, sparking confusion among parents. With more than a million prim­ary and secondary students beginning...

A Rising Share Price Has Us Looking Closely At Think Childcare Limited’s (ASX:TNK) P/E Ratio
Simply Wall St - April 23, 2020

Those holding Think Childcare (ASX:TNK) shares must be pleased that the share price has rebounded 33% in the last thirty days. But unfortunately, the stock is still down by 36% over a quarter. But shareholders may not all be feeling jubilant, since the share price is still down...

South Australian parents encouraged by Education Department to return children to school amid coronavirus pandemic
ABC News - Kathryn Bermingham - April 23, 2020

South Australian parents will be urged to send their children to school next week after the state's Education Department revised its stance on the coronavirus threat. In a letter sent to principals and pre-school directors on Wednesday, Education Department chief Rick Persse said...

'I will continue to open to keep some normality in the lives of the children'
Nine.com.au - Jo Abi - April 23, 2020

Renata Stipanovic has been running Renata's Family Day Care in Sydney's Sylvania for 23 years — a successful, award-winning small business that has allowed her to provide for her family and fulfil her passion for early childhood care and education. Until now, the impact of coronavirus...

School and preschool maintenance package to deliver local economic stimulus
Mirage News - April 23, 2020

Almost 500 schools and preschools in South Australia will receive grants to undertake priority maintenance work, as part of a $32 million State Government economic stimulus package to be rolled out this year. The investment will see school and preschool sites across...

New ATO rules see ECEC services eligible for JobKeeper, regardless of revenue
The Sector - Jason Roberts - April 23, 2020

The Australian Tax Office has confirmed a new ruling that will enable nearly all early childhood education and care services that received the ECEC Relief Package to now be automatically eligible for the JobKeeper package. This breakthrough will be particularly important to ...

NSW sets out COVID-19 free preschool funding rules: community and mobile preschools
The Sector - Freya Lucas - April 23, 2020

Following an announcement earlier in April, the New South Wales Government has released detailed information about the objectives, process, funding conditions and spending rules for the COVID-19 Free Preschool Funding program for community and mobile preschools...

Ex-premier urges states to take over childcare system in 'crisis'
The Sydney Morning Herald - Adam Carey - April 22, 2020

Former South Australian premier Jay Weatherill has called for the states to take over control of early learning from the Commonwealth, arguing Australia’s under-fives are being failed by a fractured childcare system dominated by private interests. Preschools should be run like schools...

From the moment they enter preschool, young South Australians will be connected to high-speed internet
The Advertiser - Miles Kemp - April 22, 2020

Government preschool and children’s centres will have high-speed broadband by mid next year. The project for 380 campuses means internet speeds 1000 per cent faster than currently available, with Telstra chosen as the business partner. The scheme mirrors that for ...

Tehan announces new helpline to support essential workers find local care
The Sector - Freya Lucas - April 22, 2020

Families seeking early childhood education and care (ECEC) services in their local area during the COVID-19 pandemic will be supported to do so through the introduction of a new helpline, announced yesterday by Federal Minister for Education Dan Tehan. The helpline, which will...

Parents wanting to return to work locked out of ‘free’ childcare
Herald Sun - James Campbell and Matt Johnston - April 22, 2020

Families desperate for childcare say they have been locked out of the sector despite a change to government funding designed to safeguard places for parents returning to work. Coronavirus chaos at childcare centres led to plunging enrolments, with the Morrison Government forced...

COVID-19 isolation: Keeping schools closed is state and union push back against Scott Morrison
The Courier Mail - Renee Viellaris - April 21, 2020

Childcare workers – those who have to deal with younger children who share germs more than they share their toys – are desperate for an income. So the question is: Why can every single enrolled kid in daycare turn up, but not every student enrolled in a school? If there are no health implications...

G8 asks childcare centres for half rent
Financial Review - Liam Walsh - April 21, 2020

Childcare giant G8 Education has hit up landlords for a 50 per cent rent reduction, far higher than flagged to the market and greater than the hit to top-brass pay. Such a rent reduction – if successful – would mean G8 would potentially move from breaking even to being cash-flow positive...

COVID-19 has laid bare how much we value women’s work, and how little we pay for it
The Conversation - Lyn Craig - April 21, 2020

All of a sudden, child care is an ‘essential service’. After years of it being treated as a commodity, formal childcare is for the moment free. Until this crisis measure, Australian childcare was among the most expensive in the world – more expensive than private schooling. In a strictly financial sense...