Spring Square: Massive $250m development underway in heart of Bankstown
The Daily Telegraph - Tony Ibrahim, Canterbury-Bankstown Express - February 14, 2020

The old site of Bankstown RSL has been knocked down to make way for one of the largest developments the area has seen yet. Spring Square will offer 516 apartments, eleven retail shops, a “health services facility” and a childcare centre. Bankstown is readying to undergo big changes...

Stress in small children separated from their parents may alter genes
Mirage News February 14, 2020

Experts in the emotional needs of small children say increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol in babies and small children who are separated from their parents, especially their mothers, could have a long-term genetic impact on future generations. In a commentary published by ...

SNAICC welcomes Federal Gov announcement of Indigenous early childhood strategy
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 14, 2020

SNAICC – National Voice for our Children welcomed the announcement earlier this week that the Federal Government will be developing an Indigenous early childhood strategy in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The announcement came in the wake of...

Learning with the learners – new training centre will merge VET and ECEC
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 14, 2020

Over the coming months Wodonga TAFE will work with Premier Building and Construction to carry out renovations to combine their early childhood education and care (ECEC) service, Kids on Campus, with training spaces catering for students studying Certificate III and Diploma...

Medical centre fit for childcare landlord Arena
Australian Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - February 13, 2020

Arena REIT, the landlord of 223 childcare centres around the country, is steadily diversifying its portfolio with healthcare real estate, with its latest acquisition being a Perth medical facility. News of the acquisition came as Arena posted a 17 per cent lift in its net operating profit ...

Health and developmental needs at outset of schooling predict poorer NAPLAN results in Grade 3
Mirage News - February 13, 2020

One in five children starts school with emerging health and developmental needs identified by their teachers, and on average goes onto having poorer NAPLAN results in Grade 3, a new study has found. For these kids this is equivalent of being nine months behind in schooling...

‘Grossly unfair’: How Australia’s super system penalises mothers
Yahoo Finance - Lucy Dean - February 13, 2020

Australian workers get paid superannuation payments during paid sick leave, paid long service leave and paid annual leave. But it’s not a legal requirement that Australians receive superannuation when they take paid parental leave, a policy setting Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas ...

The biggest lie new parents are led to believe
Yahoo Lifestyle - Bianca Soldani - February 13, 2020

At a time where cost of living means more of us are chained to the workforce for longer, the network of family and friends who would’ve once made up the traditional ‘village’ of yesteryear now have very little time to spare for childcare. Unfortunately, bringing home a new baby ...

Finland is giving mums and dads the same parental leave, and Australia is trailing behind
7News.com.au - Sarah Carson and Jenny Ky - February 13, 2020

This week, Finland announced new rules around maternity and paternity leave. In a progressive move, dads will have the same entitlements as mums - getting nearly seven months’ paid leave and a chance to spend more time with their newly born babies. On our shores, Aussie mums...

Skilling South Australia rolls out two initiatives to combat ECEC workforce shortages
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 13, 2020

Skilling South Australia, an initiative of the South Australian Government, designed to increase apprenticeships and traineeships leading to lasting careers, and to grow the State’s skilled workforce in preparation for growth sectors and industries, such as early childhood education ...

South West TAFE will include free ECEC courses for the first time in Hamilton
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 13, 2020

Those wishing to work in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector have received a boost in their qualification pathway options, with a recent announcement by South West TAFE that they will be offering free ECEC courses for the first time at both their Hamilton and ...

Oversupply concerns hit childcare sector again
Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - February 13, 2020

Oversupply concerns have resurfaced in the childcare sector with the country's largest listed landlord, the $1.3 billion Charter Hall Social Infrastructure Fund, "monitoring conditions" in pockets of the market. While the fund (CQE) reaffirmed its full-year earnings guidance...

Charter Hall fund rises on childcare demand
The Australian - Gerard Cockburn - February 13, 2020

The listed Charter Hall Social Infrastructure REIT has posted a significant rises in first half profit as it benefits from demand for childcare places. The childcare centre owner turned in a 16.1 per cent rise in net profit to $49m, driven by 45 new leasing transactions ranging from...

Only one bushfire-hit business given loan
News.com.au - Daniel McCulloch - February 12, 2020

Meanwhile, families affected by the bushfire season are being offered childcare payments. Volunteer firefighters and families affected by the disaster will be able to put public donations towards childcare fees for the next 12 months without risking their subsidies...

Outbreak at Parliament House
The Australian - Alice Workman - February 12, 2020

Forget the coronavirus (or COVID-19, as the World Health Organisation officially has named the deadly disease). Parliament House’s childcare centre is battling an outbreak of the highly contagious hand, foot and mouth disease. Not that anyone knows. The Department...