Labor goes big with little kids
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - April 28, 2019

Bill Shorten's plan to spend $4 billion reducing the soaring cost of childcare came as a surprise even to some in the industry who expected the sector would eventually become a key election battleground. They thought Labor's early childhood policies would be limited to a $9.9 billion increase...

Residents win marathon battle against childcare centre
The Courier Mail - Brendan O’Malley - April 28, 2019

Brisbane residents who waged war on a developer for more than a year to stop an unpopular childcare centre have had a victory. The Planning & Environment Court this morning (April 26) dismissed developer Ashvan Investments’ appeal involving their proposed C&K-operated childcare centre...

Childcare centre places falling - and subsidy glitches are to blame, say critics
Herald Sun - Lanai Scarr - April 27, 2019

More parents are pulling their kids out of childcare and centres are considering laying off staff, as the sector suffers financial headwinds. The number of children in early childhood services fell 24,280 or 2.7 per cent in the September quarter on the previous year. Sector advocates say ...

Preschool funding is a hot federal election issue
The Daily Telegraph - Lanai Scarr - April 27, 2019

Preschool funding is shaping as a major election battleground, with warnings Australia risks falling behind the rest of the developed world without significant investment. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg committed $453 million in funding in the budget to extend the universal access program for preschools...

Adelaide's plan to boost childcare centres in the CBD
9News.com.au - April 26, 2019

Adelaide’s new Lord Mayor has a plan to help parents and boost the number of childcare centres in the city centre. Sandy Verschoor wants all new buildings in the CBD to have space for a childcare centre, and plans to put this to the City Council on Tuesday...

Cost of childcare 8 per cent lower than last year according to latest ABS release
The Sector - Jason Roberts - April 26, 2019

The cost of childcare across the state and territory capital cities of Australia has fallen by 8 per cent in the first three months of 2019 compared to the same period last year. The data released as part of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) quarterly inflation series seeks to measure...

Greens Launch Plan to Make Childcare Free
Mirage News - April 26, 2019

Australian Greens Education Spokesperson and Senator for NSW, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, has launched the Greens’ ambitious plan to make childcare fee-free for most families, abolish the activity test and guarantee all three and four year olds access to 24 hours of early childhood education a week...

Early investing key for outcomes
NT News - Satria Dyer-Darmawan - April 25, 2019

As part of Labor’s commitment to early childhood education in Lingiari, Tanya Plibersek and Warren Snowdon visited Gillen Primary to announce $50,000 worth of funding to upgrade smart boards at the school. Warren Snowdon, Member for Lingiari said there is a large importance of keeping up with technology...

NIEER calls for US ECEC field to “catch up” and supply licenced ECTs to lead preschool
The Sector - Freya Lucas - April 24, 2019

The report will be of interest to the Australian early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector, not only for highlighting the issues noted above, but also for drawing attention to the differences of those teachers paid under the public system versus those working in profit driven provider situations...

Over the river and through the woods, to STEM learning we will go: encountering Conceptual PlayWorlds to support children’s learning
The Sector - Freya Lucas - April 24, 2019

The profession is engineering, the “E” in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and one woman is on a mission to change the way that STEM is introduced and intentionally taught to children in the years before school – Monash University Faculty of Education Professor Marilyn Fleer...

Ballarat sale shows childcare centres remain asset of choice for investors across Victoria
Property Observer - April 24, 2019

A new Ballarat child care centre, leased to Beginnings Early Learners, has sold for $4.7million, seven days after being listed with Savills Australia. CBD & Metropolitan sales agent, Mark Stafford, brokered the off-market deal for 2 Mia Street, Alfredton, following a failed expressions-of-interest campaign...

Epping childcare centre for 60 children rejected at Norfolk St
The Daily Telegraph - Joanne Vella - April 24, 2019

Epping Civic Trust has welcomed a decision to reject plans for a 60-place childcare centre in a residental street. In October, applicants listed as YXA Guo submitted plans with Parramatta Council for the centre with 15 car spaces to replace two houses at 21-23 Norfolk Rd...

Newtown daycare centre sells for top price amid strong growth in the sector
News.com.au - Peter Farago - April 24, 2019

A new childcare centre in Newtown has threatened the region’s record price for the commercial property class after securing a buyer for $6.025 million recently. The Federation Children centre at 215 Aberdeen St, Newtown, comes with a near 15-year lease to the childcare provider...

Australia identified as one of the world’s most expensive places for childcare
The Sector - Lyndsie Clark - April 23, 2019

Australia has been named in a list of the top five countries with the most expensive childcare, at the same time that local newspapers have highlighted that Australian working primary carers typically loses 90 per cent of their wage for every extra day they use early childhood education and care (ECEC) services...

New jobs migration plan could come to the Pilbara
The West Australian - Alicia Perera - April 23, 2019

A new jobs migration plan could soon be on the table for the Pilbara, with the State Government proposing to bring skilled migrants already in WA into the region to fill skilled job shortages in occupations outside the resources sector, including in hospitality, childcare and administration...