An amazing array of alpaca appreciation for ALIA storytime event
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 16, 2019

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) will again host National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) in 2019. On 22 May, more than 1 million children will be read aloud the same book, Matt Cosgrove’s Alpacas with Maracas. Each year for NSS a picture book, written and illustrated by...

New attack claims $14bn 'black hole' in childcare wages vow
The Australian - Greg Brown - May 16, 2019

The Morrison government has launched an 11th-hour attack on Bill Shorten’s plan to increase wages of childcare workers, claiming the policy could have a $14 billion black hole. A Labor spokesman labelled the Liberal Party analysis as “dishonest and dumb stuff” as campaign spokesman...

Find out how much childcare costs in your suburb
Brisbane Times - Lydia Lynch - May 15, 2019

"We were spending my whole income on daycare" and "the cost of childcare makes it pointless to work" are comments one often finds circulating in online parents' groups. The cost of childcare continues to be a major barrier for women returning to work - in Brisbane parents with two children...

Childcare centres back in vogue among investors
Australian Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - May 15, 2019

Investors spent almost $8 million on two childcare centres in regional Queensland at an auction on Wednesday, in a sign of renewed confidence in the specialist sector after warnings last year of a glut of new supply. In Buderim on the Sunshine Coast, a Sanctuary Early Learning centre sold for $4.11 million...

Labor says childcare plan will save 7000 Territorians $2100 a year
NT News - Jason Walls - May 15, 2019

The Labor Party says 7000 Territorians will save up to $2100 per child, per year under a Shorten Government. An ALP spokesman said the childcare package the party is taking to Saturday’s election would mean families earning $150,000 a year with two children in care four days a week would be...

ECEC will be on the minds of more than half of Saturday’s voting parents, ELACCA finds
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 15, 2019

More than half of all people of voting age living in families with young children say that early learning education and care (ECEC) will be “a key factor” in determining their vote in Saturday’s Federal election, according to new polling from the Early Learning and Care Council of Australia...

How Australia's maternity leave entitlements compare with the rest of the world
7 News - May 15, 2019

The Duchess of Sussex is reportedly taking three months of maternity leave - but she'll most likely return to public life in six weeks for the Queen's official birthday. Back on our shores, Aussie mums are entitled to 18 weeks' leave from the government, paid at minimum wage. But with some studies...

City of Stirling invites feedback on childcare proposals
Stirling Times - Laura Pond - May 15, 2019

A childcare centre catering for more than 70 children is proposed for Balcatta. Stirling’s Vinci Constructions and Developments is seeking to build the centre at the corner of Amelia and Cedric streets. It will replace a vacant corner lot and neighbouring existing house on Amelia Street...

Labor says childcare costs have gone up 28 per cent under the Coalition. Is that correct?
ABC News - RMIT ABC Fact Check - May 15, 2019

The claim: In announcing its plan to overhaul childcare with a $4 billion funding boost, Labor has sought to blame the government for an increase in childcare fees over the past five years. The Opposition Spokesperson for Early Childhood Education and Development, Amanda Rishworth...

Beyond the dollars: what are the major parties really promising on education?
The Conversation – Kate Noble – May 15, 2019

But education remains a key issue, as evidenced by a flurry of education-related announcements in the final stretch of the campaign. Here’s what you need to know about the major parties’ education commitments, and what the millions and billions here and there really mean...

Mosman childcare services scrapped
Mosman Daily – Steven Deare – May 15, 2019

Childcare options on the lower north shore have taken a hit after Mosman Council abandoned plans for a centre at Balmoral Park and said it will close its occasional care service at the end of the year. The council lodged a development application for a 38-place centre at Balmoral Park...

Why Labor's childcare boost is the biggest reform of this campaign
Australian Financial Review – John Daley & Brendan Coates – May 14, 2019

At a time when governments are struggling to boost economic growth, Labor’s plan to reduce childcare costs for working families could have a big impact. In fact, it’s likely to produce a bigger bang for each dollar spent than the tax cuts proposed by either of the major parties...

Tamworth Regional Council approves new childcare centre
The Northern Daily Leader – Jacob McArthur – May 14, 2019

Tamworth Regional Council gave approval to a new childcare centre of the edge of the CBD, at its meeting on Tuesday evening. It was the third childcare centre the council has green lit in recent times, but this development came with a somewhat shocking sub-plot...

Launch into Learning scorecard released ahead of Federal election
The Sector – Freya Lucas – May 14, 2019

Advocacy group Launch into Learning has issued a scorecard summarising the policies and perspectives of the main political parties contesting the upcoming Federal election. The Launch into Learning campaign is run by Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA)...

Labor unveils plans to reduce Far North Queensland childcare costs
Cairns Post - Peter Carruthers - May 14, 2019

LABOR has unveiled how they will provide relief for Far Northern families struggling under the burden of hefty childcare payments. Labor Candidate for Leichhardt, Elida Faith on Monday at the Goodstart Early Learning Centre announced, if elected, her government would cut $2,100 per child ...