Glen Waverley: Bambou Early Learning Centre evacuated due to fire
Herald Sun - Serena Seyfort, Monash Leader - May 31, 2019

Children and staff were forced to take cover at a Glen Waverley childcare centre this morning after a neighbouring house went up in flames. Bambou Early Learning Centre supervisor Jackie Collier said she could see “really large flames” behind the centre as she was arriving at work...

TasWeekend: Au pairs in Tasmania giving the cheap solution to help improve work-life balance
Mercury - Linda Smith - May 31, 2019

Hobart working mum Kylie Leard had never considered hiring a live-in babysitter until her boss suggested the idea. Until that moment, Leard, from Geilston Bay, had thought nannies and au pairs were for the rich and famous, a luxury that everyday Tasmanian families couldn’t afford...

Discussion paper on whether to enforce No Jab, No Play rule to keep non-vaccinated children out of early childcare services
The Advertiser - Brad Crouch - May 31, 2019

A discussion paper on the No Jab, No Play approach to protecting children against vaccine-preventable diseases is being released for public consultation today. It proposes that children need to be appropriately immunised, on an immunisation catch-up program or be exempt for medical reasons...

What if mums actually want to stay home with their babies?
The Daily Telegraph - Dr Jane Fynes-Clinton - May 30, 2019

When men become fathers, not much changes. When women become mums, the shift is seismic. A new study on parental leave is being held up as the ultimate proof that Australia is still a land divided along gender lines. Commentators see this as simply shameful, sad and sexist...

NSW QLE grants extended to include NFP long day care centres
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 30, 2019

The Quality Learning Environments (QLE) grants program, which aims to support eligible early childhood education and care (ECEC) services to improve their learning environments to positively impact experiences and outcomes for preschool-aged children, has been extended to include not-for-profit...

Greater early learning access made possible through Goodstart and Uniting partnership
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 30, 2019

Following on from “months of preparation”, a partnership between Goodstart Early Learning and Uniting (NSW/ACT) will see an increasing number of Goodstart centres offering support to children and families who are struggling to afford quality early learning. Utilising funds from the Giving@Goodstart program...

$35m community hub, supermarket poised for Elara estate in Marsden Park
Blacktown Advocate - Kate Lockley - May 30, 2019

A new community hub, featuring a supermarket, medical centre and childcare facilities could become a reality at Elara Marsden Park, pending approval from Blacktown Council. The $35.5 million proposal lodged with the council would involve the construction of a neighbourhood centre with...

Five people appear in court over $3.8m child care fraud
The Daily Telegraph - Sarah Crawford - May 29, 2019

Alee Farmann, 49, of Georges Hall did not enter a plea when he appeared at Bankstown Local Court today charged with knowingly direct activities of a criminal group between July 2 last year and May 8. Police will allege 150 parents signed up to the fake business Red Roses Family Day Care with each...

Plans unveiled for Ryde Civic Centre redevelopment
The Daily Telegraph - Matt Taylor - May 29, 2019

A new plaza, childcare facilities and cultural hub for concerts are among the key features of plans unveiled today for a massive makeover of the Ryde Civic Centre site. Dubbed “The New Heart of Ryde”, the Times can exclusively reveal the redevelopment will see a fourfold increase in community space...

CCC commends Victorian Government for early learning funding commitment
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 29, 2019

Daniel Andrews’ Victorian Government is “leading the country in early childhood” with their commitment to enact two years of funded early learning for Victorian children, and address workforce shortages through the provision of free TAFE courses in early childhood, the Community Child Care Association...

National Family Day Care week a big success
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 29, 2019

Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) has described the recent National Family Day Care Week celebrations as an event which “continues to go from strength to strength”. From 6-12 May 2019, family day care (FDC) educators, services, families and children from all around Australia came together...

Evolve Education draws a line under FY2019 with release of Final Report
The Sector – Jason Roberts – May 29, 2019

Evolve Education Group, the New Zealand based early education provider, has released its Preliminary Final Report for the year ending March 2019 in which it reports a significant reduction in underlying profit and a material impairment of goodwill on the balance sheet...

The childcare centre where kids make the decisions
The Age - Henrietta Cook - May 29, 2019

For the past two years, boys and girls at Guardian Blyth Street Early Learning Centre in Brunswick have voted delegates onto a children’s council by weighing up these spiels and placing wooden pegs in jars. It’s part of an experiment to teach our youngest citizens about democracy and decision-making...

55-57 Ingham Road site ripe for development hits market
Gold Coast Bulletin - Keagan Elder - May 29, 2019

Colliers International commercial senior executive James Pascoe said the site at 55-57 Ingham Rd in West End, which was previously lived in, suited a range of potential businesses. Options included a childcare centre, food outlet, healthcare service, indoor sport centre, offices, service station...

3 ASX small caps on brokers’ buy list
The Motley Fool - Brendon Lau - May 28, 2019

The third small cap to watch is Think Childcare Ltd (ASX: TNK). Management reaffirmed 2019 guidance, and according to Canaccord Genuity, the TNK share price is attractively valued at around a 13 times price-earnings for calendar 2019. “TNK’s first four months of the year saw revenue increase...