Sunshine Coast Child Care Action Plan Released
My Coast Now - Kyle Christensen - February 18, 2020

Significant research has been conducted into child care on the Sunshine Coast and the situation has been referred to as a “child care crisis.” One in five Sunshine Coast families are able to secure licensed child care, one in nine families are able to find child care for kids...

Three-year-old boy found dead by driver on childcare centre bus in Cairns
News.com.au - Sarah McPhee and Rohan Smith - February 19, 2020

The head of the Queensland early learning centre where a three-year-old boy died yesterday says she is “absolutely devastated”. Mystery still surrounds the death of the young boy found dead on a minibus parked outside a school in Cairns. The devastating find was made on a...

Seven Hills child care plans progress at rundown shops site
The Daily Telegraph - Kate Lockley, Blacktown Advocate - February 18, 2020

A rundown shopping strip in Seven Hills left idle for decades will get a new lease on life. The site at 32-38 Himalaya Cres was demolished this month to make way for a child care centre. Blacktown Council has approved plans from developer Sevens Developments to...

Australian investment in ECEC examined in latest Mitchell Institute paper
The Sector - Jason Roberts - February 17, 2020

The Mitchell Institute has released a paper examining investment in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) in Australia as an advance chapter of an upcoming series on financial investment in the education sector. The report explores the amounts of government funding...

Mother Nature: reshaping modern play spaces for children’s health
Mirage News - February 17, 2020

A world first review of the importance of nature play could transform children’s play spaces, supporting investment in city and urban parks, while also delivering important opportunities for children’s physical, social and emotional development. Conducted by the University...

Maranatha House inter-generational centre to host workshop
Wellington Times - February 17, 2020

The construction of an Australian-first inter-generational centre at Wellington is currently underway with the facility ready to welcome leading experts this week for a workshop. The $3 million Maranatha Gunyah Inter-generational Learning Centre will host representatives of Griffith ...

New grants to upskill early childhood workforce
Mirage News - February 17, 2020

More than $2.4 million in new grants for the early childhood sector have been made available, in an effort by the Palaszczuk Government to further upskill workers in the industry. Education Minister Grace said eligible services could apply for grants of up to $30,000 to meet...

Early Childhood Free TAFE Courses Get Underway
Mirage News - February 17, 2020

More learners across Victoria will gain a rewarding career in early childhood education and care, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney today visited Holmesglen Institute’s Glen Waverley campus to officially...

Mayor’s plea not enough to stop Perth childcare centre
Western Suburbs Weekly - Laura Pond - February 17, 2020

A multi-million dollar childcare centre is going ahead in Floreat despite claims noise from children playing would be “annoying” to neighbours. The application is to build a centre known as The Little School, catering to 107 children from babies to five-year-olds and 25 staff...

Preschool closure shuts door on mum's plan to get work off-farm amid drought
ABC News - Laura Collins - February 17, 2020

A vital service has ended, preventing mother-of-four, Nerissa Forster, from entering the workforce in 2020 as her community enters its third year in drought. However the South Australian Government has closed the local Geranium Preschool this year, derailing their plan...

My first 100 days
Pro Bono News - Lea Corbett and Amanda Cornwall - February 17, 2020

Carolyn Morris had recently completed her first three months in the role of CEO of YMCA Victoria when we caught up with her. The Y’s previous CEO had been in the role for 17 years prior to Morris’ appointment so we were particularly keen to find out how she intended to put her own...

Bushfire-impacted preschools to receive $10k grants for fee relief
Bega District News - February 17, 2020

Preschools in bushfire-impacted areas will receive a one-off payment to provide fee relief and help with the recovery from this season's devastating fires. Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell announced the $10,000 grants last Thursday for more than 200 ...

Tehan announces fee relief for bushfire affected families and firefighters
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 17, 2020

A new measure, allowing families impacted by the bushfires to receive third-party contributions towards their childcare fees without it affecting their Child Care Subsidy (CCS) entitlement, has been announced by the Federal Government, aimed at “making it easier for the...

Quality childcare has become a necessity for Australian families, it’s time the government paid up
SBS Insight - Jen Jackson - February 17, 2020

Quality preschool can deliver $2 for every $1 from government. But families are paying more for it than if they sent their child to private primary school. Some forego quality for affordability. An Australian family on the average wage typically spends close to A$6,000 on...

Here’s What We Like About Mayfield Childcare Limited (ASX:MFD)’s Upcoming Dividend
Simply Wall Street - February 17, 2020

Readers hoping to buy Mayfield Childcare Limited (ASX:MFD) for its dividend will need to make their move shortly, as the stock is about to trade ex-dividend. This means that investors who purchase shares on or after the 21st of February will not receive the dividend...