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The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 10, 2019

Play and activity were essential tenets of the kindergarten created in 1837 by Friedrich Fröbel. In creating the kindergarten, Fröbel had an intentional goal - teaching children to learn, observe, reason, express and create through play. The focus was not about instructional learning...

Unis gain benefit from investment in preschool education
The Australian - Tim Dodd - July 10, 2019

Australia’s multi-billion-dollar annual investment in early childhood education yields a positive economic return, with benefits that cascade through the education system up to university level, according to a new study. The study, carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers for social enterprise group...

Careforkids.com.au boosts lead generation capabilities with adoption of spatial mapping technology
The Sector - Jason Roberts - July 9, 2019

CareforKids.com.au, the popular online early education and care search platform used by families to help in their search for a service in which to enrol their child or children, has announced a series of enhancements to their Child Care Vacancy Alert lead generation system that will improve...

ACECQA register review suggests LDC supply levels tracking below last year but still elevated
The Sector - Jason Roberts - July 9, 2019

A review of the ACECQA National Registers as at the end of the first half of 2019 suggests that the number of new long day care centres receiving a license to operate continues to track at levels comparable to last year, albeit slightly lower. Overall, in the first half of 2019 a total of 206 new licences...

Last chance for NSW Educators to complete workforce survey closing tomorrow
The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 9, 2019

The New South Wales Department of Education is seeking feedback from the early childhood workforce, in a survey which closes tomorrow. All NSW-based early childhood education services should have received an email from Deloitte Access Economics, with a link to the...

No outdoor play space, no worries, developers say
NT News - Steve Vivian - July 9, 2019

An indoor-only child care centre seeking an exemption from children’s play space regulations proposed for the CBD won’t harm kids and is normal practice in other states, developers say. The NT News on Monday revealed plans had been lodged for the new child care centre which, if built...

Marsden Park accident sparks call for road changes: car hits tree, childcare centre fence at The Grange
The Daily Telegraph - Jake McCallum - July 9, 2019

Desperate parents are calling for changes to be made to an intersection in Marsden Park, after car snapped a tree and ploughed through the fence of a childcare centre last month. Parents and neighbours to the centre, including Harmony Ave resident Lara Rupac fear a child could be...

Shares plunge close to 10pc for Gold Coast child care giant G8 Education
Gold Coast Bulletin - Alister Thomson - July 8, 2019

Shares in Gold Coast-based childcare giant G8 Education have been hammered in early trade. The share price was down 29.5¢, or 9.60 per cent, to $2.775 by 1pm, wiping $138 million off the Varsity Lakes-based company’s market capitalisation. The Gary Carroll-led G8 has struggled recently...

CCS balancing is coming – is your service ready to support families?
The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 8, 2019

The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) balancing period will occur at the end of July. Whilst the balancing process - in which actual adjusted taxable income and the amount of benefit received are reconciled - is not new, for some families this will be the first time their actual adjusted taxable income has...

The significance of NAIDOC week; a reflection on meaningful and respectful engagement
The Sector - Freya Lucas & Ruth Harper - July 8, 2019

At this time of year, some portions of the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector will begin to ask a question, seeking to respond to the requirement to demonstrate that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives are valued in the program...

Is the 'Canberra Tax' the reason those in the national capital pay more for petrol, child care and car rego?
ABC News - Kate Midena - July 8, 2019

While the childcare industry is subject to a range of government subsidies, the out-of-pocket costs to send a child to day care in Canberra are higher than the national average. Ongoing reporting by the Productivity Commission consistently places Canberra as the most expensive city for...

No Jab, No Play plays part in record high vaccination rates
The Daily Telegraph - Jane Hansen - July 7, 2019

The number of Australian children who are fully immunised has hit another record high with 94.78 per cent of five-year-olds fully vaccinated, the highest in Australia’s vaccination history. Since the introduction of No Jab No Play/Pay initiatives championed by The Sunday and Daily Telegraph...

Before and after school care available to children at all public primary schools by 2021
Daily Liberal - July 6, 2019

The government will spend $120 million to make before and after school care available to children at all public primary schools by 2021. Applications have opened at beforeandafterschoolcare.smartygrants.com.au/round1 for funding for facilities and equipment for new or expanding services...

Boy walks from Canning Vale day care
Perth Now - Catherine Healey - July 5, 2019

A child care business owner who was “too embarrassed” to tell a parent she had lost the woman’s two-year-old child has been fined $2000. Soo Jeom Cho had three children, all under the age of four, in her care at Happy Kids Family Day Care in Canning Vale when the incident occurred...

Diploma and Cert III qualifications form part of massive Horsham training boost
The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 5, 2019

Those in the Wimmera and the Grampions regions of Victoria wishing to study early childhood education and care (ECEC) are set to benefit from a new suite of projects funded by the Victorian Government, providing better training opportunities to gain skills for “in demand” jobs across the region...