Investors scramble for childcare assets with the sale of a Kids Early Learning Centre recording a year low yield of 5.5 per cent
The Courier Mail - Chris Herde - July 5, 2019

A NSW-based private investor snapped up two new childcare centres prior to auction with one property recording the sector’s tightest yield for the year. The investor paid $4 million a centre at 7 Cowper Ave, Eagleby, south of Brisbane, and $3.3 million for another at 52 South Vickers Rd...

Childcare and 'flexibility' keep parents on partner track
Australian Financial Review - Bo Seo - July 4, 2019

When corporate lawyer Lynda Tully was seeking out childcare for her newborn son, she noticed that centre owners would only speak to her, and not to her husband. Then once she got through, the response from the other end was cool and even hostile. "The reaction to possibly putting a child...

Council facing legal threat over childcare centre closure
Mosman Daily - Andrea McCullagh - July 4, 2019

Mosman Council is under threat of legal action over the impending closure of a childcare centre, a meeting heard. Parents and children packed the council chamber on Tuesday night where Mosman Occassional Childcare Centre (MOCC) was up for debate. Noisy little ones made their presence felt...

Think Childcare acquires four new childcare services
Finance News Network - Rachael Jones - July 4, 2019

Think Childcare (ASX:TNK) has now completed the acquisition of four newly constructed, purpose-built Nido childcare Services. They have also opened a greenfield Nido childcare Service in Moonee Valley in Victoria. This centre is expected to break even nine months after opening...

Jodie Harrison confirmed as NSW Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education
The Sector - Jason Roberts - July 4, 2019

Jodie Harrison, member for Charleston, has been appointed as the New South Wales Minister for Early Childhood Education in recently elected New South Wales Labor leader Jodi McKay’s new Shadow Cabinet. This will be the second stint in the role for Ms Harrison, who served as...

Tehan announces school readiness measures for First Nations children in WA
The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 4, 2019

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Western Australia will be supported to improve their health and helped to make a positive transition to school, the Federal Minister for Education Dan Tehan announced today. $2.8 million in funding is to be provided by the Australian Government...

Gold Coast development: AFL themed childcare centre planned for Metricon Stadium at Carrara
Gold Coast Bulletin - Andrew Potts - July 4, 2019

A giant AFL-themed childcare centre is planned for a site right next to Carrara’s Metricon Stadium. The Gold Coast Suns have submitted a development application for the centre, which will take the shape of a 13.5m tall Aussie rules ball. The centre, first revealed last year by the Gold Coast Bulletin, will cover...

Early days, but we’ve found a way to lift the IQ and resilience of Australia’s most vulnerable children
The Conversation - Jeff Borland & Yi-Ping Tseng - July 4, 2019

What happens in our first three years profoundly influences the rest of our lives. Children who encounter extreme adversity in those early years - including prolonged exposure to physical or sexual abuse and living in a highly stressful family environment - are likely to suffer major impairments to...

Steller co-founder Simon Pitard's rebranding exposed on Twitter
Australian Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - July 3, 2019

This week, Steller Developments and 12 related companies including Steller Projects, Steller Child Care and Steller Restaurants were placed in the hands of receivers at McGrathNicol at the behest of Asian hedge fund OCP, which provided funding to the Steller Group...

Family day care service axed by Monash Council
Herald Sun - Geordie Cowan - July 3, 2019

More than 100 families will have to find a new provider after Monash Council decided to scrap its family day care service. A declining number of both families and educators using the service, combined with a lack of Federal Government funding, led to the axing after it was unable to continue without...

Gold Coast police officer visits child care centre to share stories from on the job
Gold Coast Bulletin - Annie Perets - July 3, 2019

Kids at a Gold Coast childcare centre found themselves inside a police vehicle - but it’s not because they were in trouble with the law. Police visited the youngsters at Foxwell Magic in Coomera to give the kids a taste of what life in the force is like. Senior Constable Kirstin Hennessy, from the Surfers Paradise station...

Runaway Bay Kindyland closes for week after maintenance worker washed roof with high pressure hose
Gold Coast Bulletin - Lea Emery - July 3, 2019

A Runaway Bay childcare centre was forced to close for at least week after a maintenance worker cleaned an asbestos laden roof with a high pressure washer, a Southport court was told. Runaway Bay Kindyland was left with asbestos contaminated flakes throughout the centre after the cleaning...

Newly released flu app has applications to prevent gastro outbreaks in ECEC services
The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 3, 2019

The InFLUenza outbreak Communication, Advice and REporting app, or FluCARE, has been developed by a team from the Public Health Unit at Sydney Local Health District, with designers noting the potential for the app to be adapted to respond to other illness outbreaks “like a gastroenteritis outbreak in a childcare centre...

We need human oversight of machine decisions to stop robo-debt drama
Canberra Times - Anna Huggins - July 3, 2019

Federal MP Amanda Rishworth raised concerns over the weekend that Australia could be headed for another robo-debt ordeal after the government reportedly confirmed the Australian Taxation Office will use data matching to audit childcare rebates. Government agencies increasingly use automated tools...

NSW Government's $120 million investment in Before/After School Care
Nambucca Guardian - July 2, 2019

Parents can now have their say on the NSW Government's Before and After School Care plan, with an 'expressions of interest' page launched on Service NSW. Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said the NSW Government was ramping up Before and After School Care to...