'I don't sleep': Women entrepreneurs doing heavy lifting on childcare
Sydney Morning Herald - Emma Koehn - May 8, 2019

Australian women entrepreneurs are no strangers to lost sleep and the numbers show they're miles ahead of their male co-founders when it comes to caring for kids. "I don't sleep - I live on coffee," says entrepreneur Julie Peadon. The Sydneysider, a single mum of three kids under 10...

Developer speaks about controversial Salisbury project
Courier Mail - Kristy Muir - May 8, 2019

The landowners of a controversial development site say they did not “intend to upset anyone” by proposing to build a community hub and childcare centre in Brisbane’s south. Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation of The Republic of China believe there may be some “misunderstanding”...

Bill Shorten’s election promises top $60 billion
Herald Sun - Rob Harris - May 7, 2019

Mr Shorten said that helping early childhood educators get “properly paid” was a recognition of the economic contribution of their work. “So the beauty of Labor’s notion is, when you have cost-of-living measures, when you have working and middle-class people getting a fair go...

Battle for Bonner a hard-slog ground campaign
Courier Mail - Thomas Morgan & Matthew Killoran - May 7, 2019

Child care was a surprise flashpoint between candidates during Tuesday’s Courier-Mail live-streamed candidates’ debate, held at Wynnum RSL in the marginal bayside electorate of Bonner. The LNP’s Ross Vasta holds the seat by a margin of just 3.4 per cent, and is seeking to fend off a challenge from...

20,000 km to access preschool: calls for fairer transport for rural families
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 7, 2019

How far is too far to ensure a child can attend an early childhood education and care (ECEC) service? The Land, a rural publication based in New South Wales, has reported one family travelling 20,000 km this year to ensure their child can access ECEC – a figure well above the national average motor vehicle use...

Outstanding educator nominations called for in 2019 HESTA ECEC Awards
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 7, 2019

Outstanding early childhood education and care (ECEC) professionals are being sought as nominations open for the 2019 HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards. Nominations are sought to recognise educators working with children from birth to eight years of age in a variety of settings...

Federal election 2019: Here's where the major parties stand on education
ABC News - Jade Macmillan and Shalailah Medhora - May 7, 2019

Education is always a major election issue, and after years of school funding wars it will once again be at the forefront of many voters' minds. A traditional strength area for Labor, both major parties are pitching themselves as having the best strategy for improving declining student results...

Labor pledges to keep tax burden below Howard government's
The Sydney Morning Herald - David Crowe - May 6, 2019

Labor is vowing to keep the federal tax burden at or below the level achieved by the Howard government ... But Mr Bowen is being challenged over Labor's childcare policy after he suggested on Monday that "not everyone" who worked in the sector might qualify for a $9.9 billion pay supplement...

Labor offer cheap child care
Whyalla News - Louis Mayfield - May 6, 2019

Labor candidate for Grey Karin Bolton says her party's $4 billion plan to increase the childcare subsidy for families with household incomes under $175,000 a year would deliver massive cost of living relief for families in the electorate. Ms Bolton said the policy would put more money ...

Family Day Care stars set to shine during seventh annual National Family Day Care
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 6, 2019

Tens of thousands of children across Australia will have their “unique star qualities” celebrated at picnics and events to be held this week during National Family Day Care (FDC) Week. The annual celebration, which runs from 6 May to 12 May, will feature nation-wide events ...

Have Insiders Been Buying Mayfield Childcare Limited (ASX:MFD) Shares This Year?
Yahoo Finance - Simply Wall Street - May 6, 2019

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. The flip side of that is that there are examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Mayfield Childcare Limited (ASX:MFD)...

Chevron to build $800m, 29-storey HQ at Perth's Elizabeth Quay
9 News - Elizabeth Creasy - May 6, 2019

Perth's skyline is set for another transformation, with energy giant Chevron signing a deal to build its headquarters at Elizabeth Quay. The plans for the 29-storey tower have been five years in the making. The $800 million build will begin next year. The lower levels will include shops, cafes, a childcare centre and a gym...

Simultaneous Storytime for young readers on the Mid Coast
Manning River Times - May 6, 2019

'Alpacas with Maracas' is the book chosen for National Simultaneous Storytime, coming to MidCoast Council libraries on Wednesday, May 22. Each year as part of Library and Information Week a picture book written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read ...

Why Labor’s childcare policy is the biggest economic news of the election campaign
The Conversation - John Daley, Brendan Coates and Carmela Chivers - May 6, 2019

In an election campaign full of giveaways but short on serious economic reform, Labor’s proposed change to childcare support is the most important economic news. Female participation in the labour force is lower in Australia than in similar countries. Childcare is the highest hurdle...

Time has come for national school starting age
The Sydney Morning Herald - Paul Mondo - May 5, 2019

One of the more challenging choices a parent faces is trying to determine when their child is ready for school. Under the current regime, there is a lack of uniformity in child education policy across the country because the states and territories set their own...