UA National Partnership review terms of reference released as submissions kick off
The Sector - Jason Roberts - September 9, 2019

The Department of Education has released the terms of reference of its review of the National Partnership on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education and confirmed that Nous Group, the management consultancy business conducting the review, is now inviting submissions...

Labor MP for Barton Linda Burney listens to educators' priorities at Uniting Frederick Street Preschool Rockdale
St George & Sutherland Shire Leader - Eva Kolimar - September 9, 2019

The value of an early childhood education was at the fore of discussions this month at Uniting Frederick Street Preschool, Rockdale.Labor MP for Barton visited the preschool last Thursday, to hear from educators about why early learning is crucial for every child. She was there as part...

'Huge sense of urgency': Clock ticks on after-school care promise
The Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker - September 8, 2019

The government could struggle to meet its deadline for eliminating after-school care shortages in Sydney, child care industry leaders have warned, because of space shortages, a lack of staff and difficulty predicting demand. In some parts of the city, up to 140 children are on waiting lists...

Out of school hours childcare centre in need of ‘significant improvement’
The Daily Telegraph - Philip Ly and Christopher Harris, Hills Shire Times - September 6, 2019'

An independent out of school childcare centre in Baulkham Hills has been given the lowest rating in the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority’s national standards. Of the five national quality ratings, The Island OOSH Norwest was identified as requiring...

Hundreds of Victorian childcare centres not meeting national standards
Herald Sun - Rebecca David, Leader - September 6, 2019

More than 600 Victorian childcare centres and preschools are not meeting National Quality Standards, latest data has revealed. And while Early Childhood Australia says the figure should not be cause for alarm, the boom in childcare centres across the state means some ...

Geelong’s Bond Street Kindergarten celebrates 100 years with special guest Richard Marles MP
Mercury - Andrew Jefferson, Geelong Advertiser - September 6, 2019

Bond Street Kindergarten in Newtown welcomed Deputy Opposition Leader Richard Marles yesterday as part of Early Learning Matters Week. In the first week of September, early childhood services nationwide have invited their local federal politicians to visit and hear...

Children's services is experiencing one of the biggest growth areas for Port Stephens Council
Port Stephens Examiner - Charlie Elias - September 5, 2019

Children's services has experienced one of the biggest growth areas for Port Stephens Council over the past two years, with the number of children utilising Out Of School Hours (OOSH) care centres reaching an incredible 260. The service has also significantly expanded its catchment...

Port Phillip ratepayers furious over footing a councillor’s $17,500 childcare bill
3AW - Tom Elliott - September 5, 2019

City of Port Phillip ratepayers are furious after footing a bill of over $17,500 for one councillor’s childcare costs. Councillor Ogy Simic received a total of $17,582 under the council’s childcare allowance between July 2017 and June 2019. Councillor Andrew Bond, has taken aim...

NT preschool kicks off Department of Education-backed Bush School pilot
The Sector - Jason Roberts - September 5, 2019

Millner Preschool, a 33-place Department of Education run preschool in the Northern Territory, has commenced a seven-week bush kinder trial called “The Bush School” with a visit to the nearby Rapid Creek catchment area. The pilot has been designed to gauge children’s levels ...

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...