Hundreds of Victorian childcare centres not meeting national standards
Herald Sun - Rebecca David, Leader - September 6, 2019

More than 600 Victorian childcare centres and preschools are not meeting National Quality Standards, latest data has revealed. And while Early Childhood Australia says the figure should not be cause for alarm, the boom in childcare centres across the state means some ...

Geelong’s Bond Street Kindergarten celebrates 100 years with special guest Richard Marles MP
Mercury - Andrew Jefferson, Geelong Advertiser - September 6, 2019

Bond Street Kindergarten in Newtown welcomed Deputy Opposition Leader Richard Marles yesterday as part of Early Learning Matters Week. In the first week of September, early childhood services nationwide have invited their local federal politicians to visit and hear...

Children's services is experiencing one of the biggest growth areas for Port Stephens Council
Port Stephens Examiner - Charlie Elias - September 5, 2019

Children's services has experienced one of the biggest growth areas for Port Stephens Council over the past two years, with the number of children utilising Out Of School Hours (OOSH) care centres reaching an incredible 260. The service has also significantly expanded its catchment...

Port Phillip ratepayers furious over footing a councillor’s $17,500 childcare bill
3AW - Tom Elliott - September 5, 2019

City of Port Phillip ratepayers are furious after footing a bill of over $17,500 for one councillor’s childcare costs. Councillor Ogy Simic received a total of $17,582 under the council’s childcare allowance between July 2017 and June 2019. Councillor Andrew Bond, has taken aim...

NT preschool kicks off Department of Education-backed Bush School pilot
The Sector - Jason Roberts - September 5, 2019

Millner Preschool, a 33-place Department of Education run preschool in the Northern Territory, has commenced a seven-week bush kinder trial called “The Bush School” with a visit to the nearby Rapid Creek catchment area. The pilot has been designed to gauge children’s levels ...

G8 Education announces State winners in 2019 Standout Educator Awards
The Sector - Jason Roberts - September 5, 2019

G8 Education has confirmed the names of the six educators that have been selected as State Winners in the 2019 Standout Educator Award from the 25 regional winners confirmed by the company last Friday 30 August. The winners were announced as part of G8’s Early Childhood...

Plans lodged for $2 million Drysdale childcare centre
Geelong Advertiser - Harrison Tippet - September 5, 2019

A $2 million childcare centre could soon open in Drysdale, with plans submitted to the City of Greater Geelong for approval. The new centre would be built on 4005sq m of land at 118-120 High St and is proposed to operate with 126 children between 7am-7pm Monday to Friday,”...

Meriton Suites Hotel chain goes west to Liverpool
The Australian Business Review - Mackenzie Scott - September 5, 2019

Property tsar Harry Triguboff will further expand his Meriton Suites Hotel chain into western Sydney with the purchase of a $15.25m site at Liverpool. The 1539sq m site has the potential to host a 28-level tower with 165 hotel suites plus shops, offices and a childcare centre...

Supporting drought and flood affected families
Mirage News - September 5, 2019

Around 105,000 drought and flood affected families will be exempted from the new child care system’s activity test for 2018-19. Minister for Education Dan Tehan said removing activity debt from the Child Care Subsidy balancing process would help families affected by the recent floods or drought.

Shopping centres thinking outside the box to keep you browsing longer
Australian Financial Review - Ingrid Fuary-Wagner - September 4, 2019

It's no secret. Shopping centres are designed to keep you inside, hopefully spending money, for as long as possible. Bondi Junction Westfield has announced, as a new initiative, extending the hours of its Goodstart Early Learning centre on Thursdays nights and Saturdays...

Cheaper childcare at St John’s Catholic Preschool
The Daily Telegraph - Joanne Vella, Parramatta Advertiser - September 4, 2019

Cheaper childcare is a godsend for parents and they can find it at an Auburn school, which is one of the first from the Catholic Church to roll out discounted fees to help families. Sydney Catholic Early Childhood Services (SCECS) is running the non-profit St John’s Catholic Preschool...

New childcare centre gets council nod in east Warrnambool
The Standard - Rachael Houlihan - September 4, 2019

A new childcare centre in Warrnambool's east has been approved by the city council, despite concerns about the number of car parks it has. The proposal had eight objections, with people concerned about landscaping, traffic and car parking issues, design aesthetics and neighbourhood character...

Gastro in Tamworth at schools and workplaces prompts health warning
Northern Daily Leader - Jamieson Murphy - September 4, 2019

A severe bout of gastro is making its way through several Tamworth schools and workplaces, and health experts are urging people with symptoms to avoid aged and childcare facilities. Hunter New England Health public health physician David Durrheim said the outbreak...

Muswellbrook Pre-School Kindergarten officially opens upgraded state-of-the-art playground during annual Book Week celebrations
Muswellbrook Chronicle - September 4, 2019

The adventures are set to begin after the Muswellbrook Pre-School Kindergarten officially opened its upgraded playground on Wednesday. The eagerly-anticipated ceremony complemented the educational provider's annual Book Week parade - meaning the kids, staff and parents...

Finalists announced for 2019 Northern Territory Education and Care Awards
Mirage News - September 4, 2019

The Department of Education congratulates the outstanding early childhood educators, services and programs who have today been announced finalists for the 2019 Northern Territory Education and Care Awards. Acting Chief Executive, Leanne Nixon, said the awards are...