CCS paid surges 26.2% and LDC growth continues in Q2 according to latest DET report
The Sector - Jason Roberts - October 28, 2019

The total amount of Child Care Subsidy (CCS) paid to families in the three months ended June 2019 surged by 26.2 per cent compared to the same period last year according to the Federal Department of Education’s latest Child Care in Australia report. The report, which is issued quarterly...

Childcare subsidy audit leaves 90,000 families facing debts
The Courier Mail - Michael Wray - October 28, 2019

More than 90,000 families have been stung with debts under the Morrison Government’s new childcare subsidy scheme with projections that tens of thousands more could owe money. An audit of nearly 600,000 families receiving the means-tested subsidy detected about 16% owed money ...

Expanding GST would 'boost economy', says Liberal MP
Australian Financial Review - John Kehoe and Aaron Patrick - October 28, 2019

A Liberal senator has called on the Morrison government to expand the goods and services tax, a politically bold step that could raise more than $18 billion a year by imposing a sales tax on fresh food, health, childcare and private school and university fees for the first time...

Townsville daycare turns pink for breast cancer awareness
Tonwsville Bulletin - Kate Branville - October 28, 2019

A Townsville childcare centre has turned pink in a bid to fundraise for breast cancer. Dressed in specially made tie-dyed shirts, staff and families of Milestones Early Learning in Cranbrook put on a community day to raise funds and awareness for the disease that kills eight Australian women every day...

SA childcare operators warn of higher charges on parents and possible closures if controversial land tax plan goes ahead
The Advertiser (SA) - Daniel Wills - October 27, 2019

Childcare centre operators have warned of higher costs to parents and possible site closures due to the State Government’s controversial plans to overhaul land tax. In a letter to Premier Steven Marshall, obtained by The Advertiser, the Australian Childcare Alliance’s SA branch warns that...

Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle confirms it plans to replace Out of School Hours providers with St Nicholas OOSH
Newcastle Herald - Phoebe Moloney - October 27, 2019

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has confirmed it plans to expand its St Nicholas Out of School Hours service to all its schools requiring care, and to replace all third-party OOSH providers currently serving its schools. "Over time, the Diocese plans to replace all existing OOSH..."

A $1.35 million renovation of Girrabanya Children's Centre is now complete
The Courier - Michelle Smith - October 26, 2019

The youngsters at Girrabanya Children's Centre now have extra room for fun with construction completed on a $1.35 million renovation of the complex. The expansion includes an occasional care service to replace Ballarat Council's occasional care service moving to the site following...

Catholic preschools open doors to asylum seeker children
The Catholic Weekly - Marilyn Rodrigues - October 25, 2019

Sydney Catholic Early Childhood Services will open its doors from early next year to children of asylum seekers as part of a grassroots movement giving hope to some of the city’s most vulnerable people. SCECS will allocate one space per day in its Auburn and Sadlier-Miller preschool and...

Brookton Childcare Centre joins Wheatbelt Regional Early Education and Development
The Avon Valley Advocate - October 25, 2019

Brookton's Milly Molly Mandy's has become the latest early childhood education and care (ECEC) centre to join the Regional Early Education and Development Inc (REED). This addition follows on from Childcare Centres in Corrigin and Merredin, which joined the not-for-profit service...

Australia celebrates World Teachers’ Day
The Sector - Freya Lucas - October 25, 2019

Most countries around the world celebrate World Teachers’ Day on October 5, when much of Australia is enjoying the school holiday period. Because of this, in Australia, World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on the last Friday of October instead. World Teachers’ Day was established in 1994 by ...

Positive report card for first year of Child Care Package
Mirage News - October 25, 2019

The Morrison Government’s Child Care Subsidy has made child care more affordable for low income and working families. Data released today covering the first 12 months of the Child Care Subsidy show...

Maths to be compulsory for all students
The Australian - Rebecca Urban - October 25, 2019

Mathematics will be compulsory for NSW students to the end of Year 12 as part of a bold bid by the Berejiklian government to ensure all students graduate with adequate numeracy skills. Premier Gladys Berejiklian say the government will work to make maths compulsory from kindergarten...

Muswellbrook Pre-School Kindergarten rated as Exceeding National Quality Standard for the first time
Muswellbrook Chronicle - Rod Thompson - October 24, 2019

Staff members, teachers and parents at Muswellbrook Pre-School Kindergarten are "exceedingly" happy this week. The Sowerby Street educational facility has been rated as Exceeding National Quality Standard. The National Quality Standard (NQS) sets a benchmark for the quality...

Digitally distracted parenting: A modern day hang-up
The Age - Melissa Cunningham - October 24, 2019

Most parents have felt the twang of guilt that comes with scrolling a mobile phone in the presence of their children and now there is a term for it - digitally distracted parenting. The perennial conversation about how much screen time is too much shifted sharply this week to parents...

Victoria announces 2020 School Readiness Funding allocations to kindergartens
The Sector - Freya Lucas - October 24, 2019

Approximately 800 Victorian kindergartens receiving School Readiness Funding in 2020 have been advised of their allocated amounts to support children to improve their language development and social and emotional wellbeing. Kindergarten services in 32 local government areas will receive...