Fate of proposed seven skyscrapers in hands of planning panel
The Daily Telegraph - Jake McCallum - June 18, 2019

The Rydges Norwest site proposed 32,788sqm of residential space - allowing for 311 apartments - 44,129sqm of office floor space, 16,828sqm of hotel accommodation for 300 rooms, 4,775sqm of retail floor space; and a 789sqm childcare centre. While the Brookhollow Ave proposal suggested 40,576sqm of...

Good things in store for Gumnut Grove Child Care Centre
The Young Witness - June 18, 2019

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke visited Gumnut Grove Child Care Centre on Friday and found out how a $30,954 grant is making life easier for staff and children, as well as boosting the local economy. A new installation of cupboards and lockers was provided by a Stronger Communities Fund grant...

Researchers find Gen Z falling behind Gen X in childhood physical skills
The West Australian - Rhianna Mitchell - June 18, 2019

A major study of more than 4000 Perth children has found basic physical skills such as balance, running, jumping, throwing and catching have declined in comparison with the previous generation. The University of WA, which carried out the study, said the “worrying” findings...

NSW education budget to jump by $1.2b
9 News - June 17, 2019

Education will receive an extra $1.2 billion in the upcoming NSW budget, with the state government boasting of a record investment. The budget will also include $120 million to expand before and after school care and $20 million for pre-schools to build, renovate or extend ...

Lawyer who lied to ASIC avoids conviction
Financial Review - Liam Walsh - June 17, 2019

An experienced corporate lawyer who fed fake information about a massive childcare takeover to investigators walked from court on Monday after later helping the probe. ASIC had been probing an attempted $160 million takeover by sector giant G8 Education...

Schools receive funding to keep essential disability programs
The Courier Mail - Elyse Heyn, Redlands Community News - June 17, 2019

Capalaba State College, Redland District Special School and Wynnum State School will continue their Early Childhood Development Programs as the State Government announced it would put $63.6 million towards supporting young children with disabilities...

Flu cases still rising in Newcastle and Hunter New England as hospital EDs cope with influx of patients with respiratory infections and fevers
Newcastle Herald - Anita Beaumont - June 17, 2019

There have been almost five times more cases of flu in the Hunter New England region than the same time last year, and hospital emergency departments are bearing the brunt. There have been 1204 confirmed cases of influenza in Hunter New England so far this year...

Childcare worker's career change pays off with major training award
The Central Western Daily - David Fitzsimons - June 17, 2019

After 13 years in the public service it took the birth of her third son, Connor, for Jennifer Boney to take the plunge and change careers. Last Friday her switch from a call centre to childcare work paid off when she was named the Vocational Student of the Year...

New program for children starting from age 2 aims to nip body image blues in the bud
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 17, 2019

An initiative designed by La Trobe University is aiming to reduce instances of negative body image and unhealthy behaviours in children through working with child health nurses (CHN) and families of children aged between two and six years of age...

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...