The after school care centres around Australia that don’t meet quality standards
The Daily Telegraph - Sue Dunlevy, News Corp Australia Network - November 10, 2019

Exclusive: Australia is in the grip of an after school care crisis. Tens of thousands of children are enrolled in services that have been ruled substandard, while others are on waiting lists unable to access care because schools can’t make space available. A News Corp investigation has found...

Katherine South Preschool celebrates 60 year milestone
Katherine Times - Roxanne Fitzgerald - November 10, 2019

Around 1959 two women, Ingrid Phillips and Maureen Dunham, decided the small town of Katherine was in fact big enough for a preschool. The Northern Territory Administrator of the time agreed, but said the ladies would have to raise 500 pounds, source a piano and ensure...

Sebastopol's Sesame Kids is offering Saturday childcare to help parents juggle work and life
The Courier - Michelle Smith - November 9, 2019

A Ballarat centre is offering Saturday childcare for busy families. Sesame Kids childcare centre owner Mageda Charrouf said demand from families already using the Sebastopol centre prompted her to introduce the Saturday care offering. "While working closely with parents...

Statement – Child Care Subsidy balancing outcomes
Mirage News - November 8, 2019

If a family disagrees with their Child Care Subsidy balancing outcome, or has information to provide that may impact their entitlement, we encourage them to call us on 136 150. If someone does experience any issues, we work with them closely to resolve them. A range of information...

Children evacuated as emergency crews tackle structure fire at a child care centre at Chermside West
The Courier Mail - Glenn Roberts, Quest Newspapers, November 8, 2019

Four fire crews have responded to a report of a fire at a child care centre at Chermside West this afternoon. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services received a call at 1.10pm and firefighters found a small structure fire on arrival at the centre at the corner of Rode Rd and Maundrell Tce...

Mooroopna’s new early learning centre unveiled
Shepparton News - Ashlea Witoslawski - November 8, 2019

Designs for a new early learning centre in Mooroopna were unveiled by Victorian Education Minister James Merlino during his visit to Shepparton yesterday. The Mooroopna Integrated Early Learning Centre is part of the Shepparton Education Plan, which was first announced in...

MercyCare boosts Perth presence with two additional early learning centres
The Sector - Freya Lucas - November 8, 2019

Two additional early learning centres have been opened in Perth’s northern corridor by approved not for profit provider MercyCare. One centre in Merriwa is already operational, with a second, located in Banksia Grove, due to open come 11 November. The Merriwa site was formerly...

Two ECEC qualifications added to Victoria’s Free TAFE course list for 2020
The Sector - Freya Lucas - November 8, 2019

The Victorian Government have issued a callout, hoping to see an increase of people choosing to study early childhood education and care (ECEC) in 2020. To support the initiative, two early childhood qualifications will be added to the Free TAFE course list in 2020. The announcement...

Drought support for students
Mirage News - November 7, 2019

Families affected by drought will be supported to continue accessing education. The Morrison Government will provide an additional $15 million to schools and child care centres attended by children from drought-affected areas. Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the Government would...

Perth childcare centre closes unexpectedly, leaving hundreds stranded
Nine News - Michael Genovese - November 7, 2019

The WA Department of Communities has launched an inquiry into the mysterious last-minute shutdown of a popular Perth childcare centre that left hundreds of parents stranded this morning. Unicare Childhood Education in Crawley is "closed until further notice", according to a sign on the door...

Childcare services replace indoor play centre in Clarkson
Wanneroo Times - Lucy Jarvis - November 7, 2019

A childcare centre has replaced an indoor play centre in Clarkson to meet demand for early learning services. The Atlantis Group has renovated its Ocean Keys Boulevard play centre, which opened in 2015, and converted it into the Atlantis Education Centre. Managing director Rory Hindle said...

Early Childhood Courses Added To Free TAFE List
Mirage News - November 7, 2019

The Andrews Labor Government is calling on Victorians to consider a career in early childhood education as two early childhood qualifications will be added to the Free TAFE course list in 2020 to support the rollout of universal three-year-old Kinder. 'Minister for Training...

ACT authorities set timeline for releasing test results for potential cancer-causing PFAS chemicals
The Daily Telegraph - Craig Dunlop - November 6, 2019

PARENTS who send their kids to a Canberra childcare centre at a former suburban fire station will learn early next year precisely how contaminated the site is with potentially cancer-causing firefighting chemicals. Chief Fire Officer Mark Brown told an ACT Legislative Assembly...

Household financial confidence is in free fall
Macro Business - November 6, 2019

Household budgets are under pressure as costs of living rise, with 91% reporting higher real costs that a year ago, this is a record in our survey. Expenses rose across the board, from child care, health care, school fees and rates. Food costs were higher partly thanks to the drought...

ACECQA to become migration assessing authority for new look regional visa scheme
The Sector - Jason Roberts - November 6, 2019

Effective 16 November, the Australian Children’s Education & Care Authority, (ACECQA), will become an authority for assessing applications for the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional subclass 494 visa scheme in the child care centre manager and child care worker categories...