‘$2.33 an hour’: Ombudsman claims Sydney mortgage broker underpaid Filipino nanny $155,000
News.com.au - Frank Chung - July 17, 2019

A Sydney mortgage broker has been accused of underpaying a 26-year-old Filipino nanny and domestic worker an astonishing $155,178 in just 12 months. Kit Antony “Tony” Lam paid the woman the equivalent of $2.33 an hour while requiring her to work up to 106 hours a week...

Childcare centre in ‘wrong’ area, councillor says
The Courier Mail - Brendan O'Malley, Westside News - July 17, 2019

Is there such a thing as too many childcare centres? A Brisbane councillor says yes, and hopes a new project will be canned. A Sherwood childcare centre planned for a quiet, character street is in the “wrong’’ place and would have to compete with four other centres...

Redevelopment proposal for Connolly supermarket
Joondalup Times - Tyler Brown - July 17, 2019

A supermarket in Connolly is proposed to be transformed into three tenancies. The City of Joondalup has received a planning application to convert the supermarket at 1 Glenelg Place into three tenancies: childcare centre, consulting room for medical practitioners and shop...

TAFE NSW makes moving to Australia a little smoother with AMEP ELC now open
The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 17, 2019

The Padstow campus of TAFE New South Wales has recently opened an early learning centre (ELC) which is for the exclusive use of those TAFE students attending the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) at TAFE. A minor works project has transformed an existing Padstow campus...

Online early childhood education: Not remotely what’s needed
The Sector - Martha Friendly - July 17, 2019

After working on early childhood education and care for more than 40 years, I am sometimes stunned when I read about “innovations” in child care. Such was my reaction the other day to a story about a kindergarten readiness program that four year olds can access remotely— “almost entirely online”.

Reconciliation Action Plan launched at childcare centres

Children at seven childcare centres in the City of Bayswater will learn more about indigenous culture as part of a new push towards reconciliation. The Bayswater Child Care Association launched its Reconciliation Action Plan at an event on July 11. Centres including ...

1100 petition against bushland removal for proposed development
The Courier Mail - Michelle Smith - July 16, 2019

More than 1100 people have petitioned council to reject a proposed commercial and residential development at Bridgeman Downs, which they say will remove too much bushland. A development application was lodged for a child care centre and 39 townhouses on an 18,160sqm site...

Neighbours protest against new childcare centre
The Herald Sun - Rachel Clayton, Moonee Valley Leader - July 16, 2019

A childcare centre earmarked for Aberfeldie has been slammed by neighbours over fears it could cause traffic chaos and excessive noise. St Andrews Church owns the land at 27 St Kinnord St and plans to lease it as a two-storey childcare centre to fund church services...

Childcare centre for York St Epping raises traffic, heritage concerns
Childcare centre for York St Epping raises traffic, heritage concerns

The Daily Telegraph - Joanne Vella, Northern District Times - July 16, 2019 Epping residents have opposed plans for a 90-place childcare centre they say will compound traffic and encroach on the suburb’s heritage zone. Resident of 24 years, Hong Wang, has complained that Parramatta Council...

Cowra's Peter Buik is bucking the trend with career change
Cowra Guardian - July 16, 2019

Australia wide, early childhood education is an industry dominated by female workers. Not perturbed by these figures, Cowra's Peter Buik is proud to be forging a promising career as an educator at Carinya Early Childhood Centre thanks to the skills he's learning at TAFE NSW Cowra...

Will it be “third time’s a charm” for Australian Childcare Solutions bid to build in Orange?
The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 16, 2019

Australian Childcare Solutions has undertaken a redesign of a recently submitted proposal for the construction of a childcare centre in Orange, New South Wales. The company has lost two previous cases in the New South Wales Land and Environment Court, in relation to a 124-place centre in the town...

Story Dogs help unleash kids’ hidden readability
The Courier Mail - Sophie Chirgwin - July 16, 2019

Story time is the best part of the week at one Brisbane childcare centre, with pooches brought into class for kids to learn how to read in a pawsitive environment. Little Scholars Ashmore is introducing reading to dogs sessions to boost confidence for children’s early learning...

Morgan Stanley, Luminis fire up next big PE shootout
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson and Anthony MacDonald - July 15, 2019

Buyout funds are gearing up for the next $750 million-plus private equity shootout at Navis Capital's educational resources company, Modern Star. Its brands include Modern Teaching Aids, Modern Brands and Zart in Australia, as well as a bunch in Asia. Interested parties were told...

Country kindergartens and schools struggle to pay bills and support families during drought
ABC News - Caitlyn Gribbin - July 15, 2019

Parents of children enrolled in country kindergartens and schools are warning the ongoing drought in Queensland and New South Wales is putting the future of rural education in some towns at risk... as a result, local children are starting to miss out on essentials.

Tiny tots join with high school kids for Naidoc Week
The Courier Mail - Judith Kerr, Quest Newspapers - July 15, 2019

NAIDOC Week was a fun-filled affair for children at Macarthy Road Education and Child Care Centre which hosted students and teachers from Marsden State High School on Tuesday, July 9. The Macarthy Road centre showed off its renovated playground which now includes a Yarning Circle for children...