Coronavirus risk at Sunshine Coast childcare centre low despite patient visit, says principal
7news.com.au - Warren Barnsley - March 10, 2020

The principal of a Sunshine Coast childcare centre says the risk of a coronavirus outbreak there is low, despite a woman who tested positive coming into contact with students. The woman has a child who attends River School and Childcare Centre in Maleny...

VegKit for Aussie kids
Mirage News - March 10, 2020

Flinders University nutrition experts have contributed to a newly launched online registry of resources that aims to help boost vegetable consumption in Aussie kids. The searchable website features projects, programs and research that can be used by health professionals...

ACA releases updated FAQ’s to support members concerned about COVID-19
The Sector - Freya Lucas - March 10, 2020

The national branch of the Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) has issued an updated list of FAQ’s on the coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, as it applies to the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector, effective 6 March 2020. The update came, ACA said...

Coronavirus: Schools close in two states as total cases near 100
9 News - Olivana Smith Lathouris, AAP - March 10, 2020

Schools in two Australian states are closed today after further cases of coronavirus among students and staff were confirmed. The closures come as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 nation-wide surged to over 90. Education Minister Dan Tehan said temporary school...

Cumberland Council reinstates nappy allowance after it was cut
The Daily Telegraph - Joanne Vella, Parramatta Advertiser - March 10, 2020

Cumberland Council has suffered a $6.4 million deficit over the past financial year but it was “mortified” an extra allowance that childcare workers receive for changing nappies was cut. The bonus will be reinstated after Mayor Steve Christou was alerted to the extra duty allowance...

Childcare centre development at Seaside Drive, Lake Cathie, gets the nod
Camden Haven Courier - Lisa Tisdell - March 9, 2020

A childcare centre, given the planning green light at Lake Cathie, will provide quite a boost to the economy, the developer says. About 40 jobs will be created as a result of the Seaside Drive childcare centre development at Rainbow Beach Estate. The developer, John Stevens...

Little Zebra Childcare Centre mini-van stolen, taken on 350km joy ride
Townsville Bulletin - Shayla Bulloch - March 9, 2020

Two teenagers have been arrested after allegedly stealing a childcare van and taking it on a dangerous 350km joy ride on a major highway. The 14-year-old boys were caught running from the burning wreck of the stolen car near Bowen on Sunday after they allegedly stole it from...

Call for more ‘father figures’ in schools and kindy
The Courier Mail - Natasha Bita - March 8, 2020

More men should work in schools and daycare centres as “father figures’’ for kids with single mothers, the National Children’s Commissioner declared yesterday. Megan Mitchell said good blokes are needed as role models for a generation of stressed-out kids. “Boys need role models...

Diving in together – babies (and parents) reap rewards of swimming
The Sydney Morning Herald - Gabriella Payne - March 8, 2020

She doesn't know it now, but baby Piya is giving herself a potential head start on literacy and numeracy by taking her first underwater plunge at just six months old. Exposure to swimming has been found to give children starting school an advantage in cognitive, as well as physical skills...

Celebrating Inspiring Women: International Women’s Day with Melita Pendergast
Riot ACT - Communities@Work - March 8, 2020

Today, on International Women’s Day, we celebrate the ACT Child Care Director of the Year, Melita Pendergast. Melita took top honours at the 2019 ACT Pedagogical Leadership Network’s Education and Care Awards. In the first of our ‘Inspiring People’ series, we speak with Melita...

Ground zero in the fight against COVID-19
Australian Financial Review - Aaron Patrick, Bo Seo and Elouise Fowler - March 7, 2020

The 17 children rushed into Dorothy Henderson Lodge like tiny, germ-carrying missiles. The visit, on February 24, from the Banksia Cottage Childcare was so routine – a treat for the elderly residents, and an adventure for the children – that the nursery's young charges were able to walk the...

Parents’ new plea as childcare costs soar above housing costs
Herald Sun - Matt Johnston and James Campbell - March 7, 2020

Parents with more than one child in paid care are pleading for fee relief, as a single mum says her childcare costs have soared to more than her rent. Inner Melbourne centres now charge as much as $154 for a day for subsidised childcare, with families saying it is a disincentive for some...

Robust ECEC debate held during NSW Legislative Assembly – first in 8 years
The Sector - Freya Lucas - March 5, 2020

A public interest debate on the topic of early childhood education and care (ECEC), concerning both outside school hours care (OSHC) and early childhood education, was held as part of the New South Wales Parliament Legislative Assembly earlier this week. The debate opened...

Childcare centre closed over fears staff contracted coronavirus
News.com.au - March 5, 2020

A childcare centre has been closed in Sydney’s northern suburbs over fears staff at the centre have been infected with coronavirus. The childcare centre in Macquarie Park was closed after multiple members of staff became unwell. The staff are now undergoing testing to determine...

These asylum seeker families are being given free childcare in Sydney
SBS - March 5, 2020

For children who are not even of school age, their education can cost more than $25,000 a year. With high fees impacting one of Australia’s most vulnerable groups, a Sydney council and charity has stepped in. After five years in Australia, Salbiah Mohd can finally take English classes...