Former Ballarat childcare centre set for conversion as GovHub area takes shape
The Courier - Jolyon Attwooll - June 25, 2019

Two Armstrong Street properties went under the hammer last night at an in-room auction for a combined total of more than $2 million. The former Occasional Child-Care Centre at 112 Armstrong Street was sold for $1.225 million while the building currently leased by Ballarat Insurance brokers went for $985,000...

Samoan-English bi-lingual program connects children to culture
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 25, 2019

A Logan City bi-lingual kindergarten, located in South East Queensland, has been working to connect young Samoan children with their heritage, language and culture. The success of the program, which is a collaboration between Hosanna Logan City Church and Goodstart Early Learning, has attracted the attention...

Central Coast flu cases up by more than 20 per cent
The Daily Telegraph - Catherine Stubbs, Central Coast Gosford Express Advocate - June 24, 2019

Health authorities said flu cases continue to rise across the board and urged people to get their free influenza vaccine, particularly small children under 5. NSW Health Director of Communicable Disease, Dr Vicky Sheppeard, says 115 children have been admitted to Children's Hospital Westmead with flu this year...

Former Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop to head up children’s research institute
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 24, 2019

Former Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop, is set to chair the West Australian based Telethon Kids Institute come 20 August 2019. Research initiatives of note to the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector include but are not limited to work on understanding...

Free preschool in Canberra for vulnerable kids
The Canberra Times - Sherryn Groch - June 24, 2019

Four hundred vulnerable children will receive subsidised preschool places next year as part of the first phase of the ACT's $10 million plan to roll out universal kindergarten to three year olds. Every second, a toddler's brain forges more than a million new neural connections - making early education critical...

Kindergarteners at risk under current road safety legislation
The Herald Sun - Rebecca Di Nuzzo, Progress Leader - June 24, 2019

Frightened parents want a dangerous “loophole” in the state’s road laws closed after a number of near-misses outside a busy suburban kindergarten. The speed limit outside all schools in the state is restricted to 40km/h but kindergartens are not included. Rosanna Kirn said she was prompted...

Sydney doctor calls for both tiers of Government to change ECEC vaccination rules
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 24 2019

Speaking with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Sydney doctor, Bob Kass, has called for the Australian Government to change recommendations in relation to measles vaccinations for children attending early childhood education and care (ECEC) services...

Online tool launched to help parents prevent food allergies
Brisbane Times - Rachel Clun - June 24, 2019

Jenny Ayoub’s son Oscar was just nine-months-old when she discovered just how serious his dairy allergy was. After he was accidentally exposed to baby food containing a small amount of cheese, Oscar developed anaphylaxis - a severe allergic reaction that can be deadly. A national health campaign ...

Hundreds of childcare centres charging above government's top subsidy rate
The Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - June 23, 2019

Hundreds of childcare centres are charging more than the government's hourly subsidy cap for daycare fees, with childcare operators saying families in Sydney and Melbourne are wearing the highest out-of-pocket costs. The Department of Education says about 10 per cent of Australia's 7765 centre...

Private developer targets Stockland’s Elara town centre
Financial Review - Ingrid Fuary-Wagner - June 23, 2019

Listed developer Stockland is close to offloading the yet-to-be-built town centre at the heart of its Elara masterplanned residential development in Sydney's Marsden Park. The 2.5 hectare site will be anchored by a Coles supermarket and is to also have a fitness, childcare and medical centre...

Back to nature: Children reap benefits of braving the cold
The Age - Henrietta Cook - June 23, 2019

It’s eight degrees and children at Diamond Creek Memorial Kindergarten are stomping in puddles, making mud soup and running through the morning drizzle. They are rugged up in rain jackets, gumboots and matching waterproof overalls. It's a scene that didn't exist four years ago. Back then...

Scurvy. Diphtheria. Measles. The diseases of the past are coming back to haunt South Australia
The Advertiser - Brad Crouch, SA Weekend - June 21, 2019

Victorian-era diseases are leaping out of the pages of Charles Dickens and into the emergency departments of Adelaide hospitals. Scurvy, which most school kids learned was beaten by seafarers such as Captain James Cook giving their sailors a good diet, is back in growing numbers...

Exclusive: Sydney childcare worker appears to sit on boy during storytime
9 News - Emily McPherson - June 21, 2019

A Sydney childcare educator has been photographed appearing to sit on a four-year-old boy after he was being “disruptive” during storytime. Mother Joanne Tourni told nine.com.au she was shocked to see the photos of her son pinned into the corner of a couch by one of his carers...

ECEC sector responds favourably to PwC report confirming the value of the early years
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 21, 2019

The early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector has responded favourably to the issuance of a new report from PwC yesterday, which highlighted the economic and societal benefits gained from sound and continuing investment in the early years. The Australian first study...

Calls for babies travelling overseas to get measles vaccine as case numbers rise
ABC News - Claire Campbell - June 21, 2019

Doctors are warning Australian babies travelling overseas should be vaccinated against measles earlier than the Federal Government's immunisation scheme recommends amid international outbreaks and a rising number of cases in Australia. As of this week, there had been 128 cases of measles reported...