ECEC educators set to benefit from Skilling South Australia projects
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 17, 2019

45 early childhood education and care (ECEC) educators in South Australia will benefit from funded training to further develop their skills, and meet the workforce needs of the growing sector, SA Minister for Innovation and Skills, David Pisoni has announced...

Childcare costs more than elite schools
The Daily Telegraph - Alana Mazzoni - June 15, 2019

Parents are forking out more for childcare than the cost of the some of the country's most exclusive private schools, with some centres now charging over $200 a day. In the most extreme cases, daycare costs are setting Sydney families back $50,000 a year for care five days a week...

In-home childcare for FMG families announced
The West Australian - Alexander Scott, North West Telegraph - June 14, 2019

Child care in the mining mecca of Port Hedland has been given a major boost by a resources giant in the wake of ongoing issues in the town. Fortescue Metals Group launched its In Home Childcare program for its Port Hedland staff recently, providing families with access to early childhood educators ...

Thousands of dollars for drought-stricken pre-schools
Northern Daily Leader - Jamieson Murphy - June 14, 2019

Preschools and early childhood centres across the region will get a financial boost from the state government, as it looks to ease the burden on drought-stricken towns and families. It's the third time the government has rolled out funding to help families afford the essential services...

Doctors submit major plans for urgent care clinic
The Courier Mail - Luke Simmonds, Bribie Weekly - June 14, 2019

A family of doctors north of Brisbane has made a private proposal for a medical centre capable of treating more than 100 patients... Level 4 is proposed to be a childcare centre capable of accommodating 100 children and includes outdoor play areas, a garden, a water play area...

Inclusive Kindergartens on the cards for Victoria with new funding round now open
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 14, 2019

Kindergarten programs across Victoria are set to benefit from $6 million in funding under the Inclusive Kindergarten Facilities Program, designed to support more kindergartens to  upgrade their playgrounds and buildings and buy new equipment to support children with additional needs...

Early Childhood Language Program to build early cognitive skills
Geelong Advertiser - Andrew Jefferson - June 14, 2019

More than 5000 Victorian children, including some in Geelong, will have an opportunity to learn another language while attending kindergarten this year. Michiko Weinmann, a senior education lecturer at Deakin University, said studies showed there were many advantages to children being exposed to multiple languages...

BlackWall Property Trust secures childcare centre for its Varsity Lakes building on Gold Coast
Gold Coast Bulletin - Alister Thomson - June 14, 2019

The latest tenant is SGB Childcare, which has signed a 15-year lease for 560sq m on the ground floor at $474sq m, or $265,600 net annual rent. Leasing agent William Nielson, of Savills Gold Coast, said BlackWall had targeted childcare operators for the space, believing that the amenity offered, together with...

Proposal to replace 80 year old Allan Border Oval pavilion revealed
Mosman Daily - Joanna Panagopoulos - June 13, 2019

The Mosman Occasional Care Centre (MOCC) is currently based on the ground floor of the existing pavilion. When council approved the upgrade in 2018, the MOCC was to be transferred to Balmoral Park. However, the DA for this 38-place long day and occasional care centre for two to five-year-olds fell-through...

Florence Collins Child Care Centre temporarily closed, services relocated
The Standard - Monique Patterson - June 13, 2019

Warrnambool's Florence Collins Children's Services Complex has temporarily closed its doors. A Warrnambool City Council spokesman said the centre was closed on May 17 after it was discovered a slow water leak was causing damage to parts of the building. He said the floor, along with some structural...

Not the public’s burden: Darwin aldermen dismiss call for in-house childcare service
NT News - Will Zwar - June 13, 2019

Darwin council has shut down a proposal which would have seen babysitters provided for aldermen' and staffers' children during meetings. Alderman Simon Niblock raised the possibility of occasional childcare at Tuesday night’s council meeting. “It’s become clear I think there is a need for occasional childcare for...

Mount Penang Parklands will not become commercial precinct after Central Coast Council decision
Central Coast Express Advocate - Jessica Clement - June 13, 2019

In August 2017, a concept plan was submitted to the council on behalf of an entity known as Parklands Kariong Development Pty Ltd. The plan sought to gain concept approval for the establishment of a supermarket, medical centre, gym, childcare centre, service station, nursing home, car wash and...

Parents upset as Hornsby childcare centre shuts to make way for carpark
The Daily Telegraph - Gary Hamilton-Irvine - June 12, 2019

A Hornsby childcare centre which caters for children with special needs is closing its doors after 25 years of operation to make way for a carpark, leaving parents devastated. The Hornsby TAFE Children’s Centre on Jersey St shut this week after Transport for NSW reached an agreement with TAFE NSW last year...

QLD 19/20 Budget ups Universal Access funds, ECEC regulation and shrinks payroll tax
The Sector - Jason Roberts - June 12, 2019

The Queensland State Government has handed down their 2019/20 Budget, increasing their commitment to funding Universal Access to early learning for children in the year before school and to further develop and enhance regulation of the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector...

In-home care initiative seeks to lessen childcare stress in Port Hedland
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 12, 2019

An in-home childcare program has been launched in the remote Port Hedland community of Western Australia, seeking to help families employed in the region to balance the responsibilities of family and work. Port Hedland, established in 1896, is found on the Pilbara coast, 1765 km northwest of Perth...