Owners take $22 million in a year from Geelong children centre sales
News.com.au - Peter Farago - July 2, 2019

Owners have raked in more than $22 million from childcare asset sales in the Geelong region in the past year. The figure emerged after a Curlewis centre leased to ASX-listed industry giant G8 Education sold for $4.815 million, representing at 6.38 per cent yield...

Gwelup childcare centre gets green light
Stirling Times - Tyler Brown - July 2, 2019

Revised plans for a two-storey childcare centre in Gwelup have been approved. The Metro North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel first considered the $3.3 million proposal for 50 and 52 Porter Street – opposite Lake Gwelup pre-primary and primary schools – in May but deferred making...

Second round of 2019 ELSA STEM workshops held in Cairns
The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 2, 2019

Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA) is a play-based digital learning program for preschool aged children, designed to support them to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts. Educators from around Australia involved in its pilot trial recently gathered in Cairns for...

50% of families have limited awareness of service ratings, new Kindy Now survey shows
The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 2, 2019

A recent survey conducted with 648 parents by KindyNow found that nearly 50 per cent of those surveyed had little to no awareness of the service ratings under the National Quality Framework. The findings will be of interest to those working in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector...

Minister promises to resolve early intervention NDIS delays
The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 2, 2019

The Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Stuart Robert has outlined a plan to resolve delays and backlogs for children living with disability in accessing Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) supports through the NDIS. The role of early intervention in the life of a child living with disability is...

Childcare centre duo snap up Melbourne offices on 4.4 pc yield
Australian Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - July 2, 2019

The Doncaster Hill office building at 90-96 Tram Road - opposite Westfield Doncaster - was bought by Shan Kuo and her husband Mike Wu, the owners of Avenues Early Learning which operates 15 childcare centres in Brisbane. Last year the couple struck gold when they sold nine Avenues...

The system seems to punish those who seek vocational training
The Courier Mail - Jessica Marszalek - July 2, 2019

Queensland is crying out for more mechanics, electrical engineers, child care workers, onshore gas drillers, plumbers, bakers and furniture makers. But perversely, it’s more affordable to study a Bachelor of Arts in Ancient Greek and Latin than skill up for the state’s most needed jobs...

Latest Education Council meeting elects to again extend ECT workforce provisions
The Sector - Jason Roberts - July 2, 2109

The COAG Education Council has released a communique detailing conclusions reached at its most recent meeting of Education Ministers held on 29 June 2019 in which it has confirmed that a set of transitional workforce provisions, originally included in the original National Quality Framework...

Fears childcare subsidy could leave families in the red
The Canberra Times - Sally Whyte - July 1, 2019

The childcare sector is sounding the alarm that parents could end up owing debts to Centrelink if the same system used to calculate "robodebts" is used to match income declared for childcare subsidies. The government has hosed down the concerns though, saying the upcoming "balancing" ...

Bega Preschool children learn about the joy of healthy food
Bega District News - July 1, 2019

Last week, children from the Bega Preschool enjoyed a visit to Bega Woolworths to learn more about fresh produce and see the behind the scenes running of the supermarket. The Woolworths Fresh Food Discovery Tour was an extension to the preschool's daily Munch and Move program...

Penshurst Long Day Care in the NSW's top 30 per cent
St George & Sutherland Leader - July 1, 2019

Penshurst Long Day Care has recently been rated as 'Exceeding Industry Standards' in Georges River Council's first early childhood assessment and rating for this year. The Penshurst service caters for 40 children a day, servicing 62 families, and was measured against the new National Quality Standards...

Plans for $4.8m ECE centre submitted by Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 1, 2019

Plans for a $4.8 million early childhood education (ECE) centre at Gillieston Heights, New South Wales, have been submitted to Maitland City Council for consideration. If approved, the centre would cater for 144 children, and would initially be led by 27 staff, with provision for additional staffing...

Byron Bay 'wellness' couple offering $200 for an au pair to work 40 hours a week caring for their two children and tending to their organic veggie patch are branded 'stingy' - but not everyone agrees
Daily Mail Australia - Cindy Tran - July 1, 2019

A 'wellness' couple has sparked debate for offering just $200 a week to an au pair in exchange for 40 hours of household duties and gardening. The Byron Bay couple, who run a wellness business, posted an ad on social media asking for a nanny or an au pair to care for their two children...

SA teachers strike over inadequate pay offer as they deal with ‘complexity in classrooms
The Advertiser - Tim Williams - June 30, 2019

A “woefully inadequate” funding offer to help schools cope with students needing special support is the equivalent of one extra teacher for every four schools, the Australian Education Union says. Thousands of teachers will strike from 11am, forcing the closure of 258 public schools and preschools...

'Missed opportunity' as 10 per cent miss out on visit for newborns
The Canberra Times - Blake FodenBlake Foden - June 30, 2019

About 10 per cent of newborns and their families in Canberra missed out on a free home visit from the ACT government's maternal and child health service last year, in what the auditor-general says was a missed opportunity to engage with potentially vulnerable families...