Central Victorian childcare centres, kindergartens remain open amid coronavirus outbreak
Bendigo Advertiser - Tara Cosoleto - March 24, 2020

Bendigo early educators are continuing to teach young children after the Victorian government chose to keep childcare and kindergarten services open. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on Monday confirmed all primary and secondary schools would start term one holidays early...

Mandurah records first positive coronavirus case
Mandurah Mail - Claire Sadler - March 24, 2020

A childcare centre in Mandurah has confirmed a staff member has tested positive to COVID-19. WAtoday reported today that a team member at Great Beginnings Halls Head recently returned from overseas travel and has been in mandatory isolation since their arrival. "While in isolation...

AEU calls for support, consistency and clarity for those working in preschools
The Sector - Freya Lucas - March 24, 2020

The announcement on Sunday night by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, that preschools and schools should remain open, has caused “major confusion for principals, teachers, education support staff and parents,” the Australian Education Union (AEU) has said. This confusion...

Rishworth welcomes COVID measures, but wants to see protection for ECEC
The Sector - Freya Lucas - March 24, 2020

Recent measures announced by the Federal Government to further support families and early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings during the COVID-19 crisis are welcomed, but may not go far enough to ensure the long-term viability of the sector, Shadow Minister for...

ECEC peak bodies respond to Dan Tehan’s COVID-19 sector support proposals
The Sector - Jason Roberts - March 24, 2020

A range of early childhood education and care (ECEC) peak bodies have responded to Federal Minister for Education Dan Tehan’s new proposals to amend CCS legislation to support services and families impacted by COVID-19. The new proposals, which were released yesterday...

Coronavirus Australia: NSW Education Department advises to keep kids home 'where practical'
News.com.au - Sarah McPhee - March 24, 2020

The NSW Department of Education has advised parents to keep their children home “where practical” amid the coronavirus pandemic. A Department of Education spokesperson said “health advice for both schools and early childhood education and care services is that they should remain open.”

Fund managers build cash pool
The Australian Business Review - Bridget Carter - March 24, 2020

There are certain to be many equity raisings to participate in during the corona crisis, with some suspecting that childcare provider G8 Education could be a candidate, as could aged care providers Japara Healthcare or Regis...

Early childhood learning centres to remain open in NSW amid confusion
The Sydney Morning Herald - Natassia Chrysanthos - March 23, 2020

Early childhood services will stay open and the federal government is advising parents to send their children to early learning centres amid debate about whether NSW schools should close due to the coronavirus pandemic. Kay Turner, chief executive of not-for-profit SDN Children's Services...

Coronavirus: What is and isn’t open during statewide shutdowns
The Australian - Adeshola Ore and Lachlan Moffet Gray - March 23, 2020

The Education Minister said he would introduce legislation today to ensure they remain open and economically viable. Dan Tehan flagged that the government would help families with the cost of childcare and help centres pay their staff during the COVID-19 outbreak...

Tehan confirms support measures to help operator viability during COVID-19 shock
The Sector - Freya Lucas - March 23, 2020

Dan Tehan, Federal Minister of Education has confirmed new measures designed to support early childhood education and care (ECEC) services to remain viable and pay staff during enforced COVID-19 closures, should they occur, and help families with the cost of care going forward...

Impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) Pandemic - Mayfield Childcare Ltd
Australian Financial Review - March 23, 2020

To date, Mayfield has not experienced any significant financial impact as a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The management team responded quickly, ahead of Government advice, to implement stringent health & hygiene procedures, including centre access restrictions...

Childcare rules to be relaxed to help families
The Sydney Morning Herald - Angus Livingston - March 23, 2020

Families won’t be penalised if their children miss childcare days and businesses in the sector that close because of the coronavirus will still get federal subsidies to ensure they can reopen. Education Minister Dan Tehan says it's up to state authorities to decide if childcare centres will remain open...

Scott Morrison throws out a $66bn lifeline and says there’s more help to come
The Australian - Patrick Commins and Richard Ferguson - March 23, 2020

Education Minister Dan Tehan said the reforms would help about 1.3 million families who have children in childcare. “We are making changes to ensure Australian families will continue to receive financial support through the childcare subsidy if their children can’t attend childcare because of COVID-19,” ...

Victorian schools will close and childcare centres have rigid rules eased
Herald Sun - Ashley Argoon - March 23, 2020

Victoria’s schools will shut en masse for the first time since World War II in a bid to fight the coronavirus pandemic. At this stage, childcare and kindergarten services will continue but that may be subject to change. Families and workers that rely on childcare will be given relief under a ...

New South Wales reaches more than 500 cases of COVID-19 with 97 new infections
ABC News - Sarah Thomas - March 23, 2020

New South Wales has now recorded in excess of 500 cases of COVID-19, with 97 new cases confirmed in the 24 hours to 8:00pm on Saturday. A childcare worker is also among the latest confirmed cases. The employee worked at Smeaton Grange Young Academics Child Care Centre...