Developer pushes ahead with plans for Paradise Palms redevelopment
Cairns Post - Daniel Bateman - July 15, 2019

Paradise Palms’ developer hopes to get cracking on transforming the Kewarra Beach golf course into a new residential estate for Cairns’ northern beaches after the coming wet season. The project includes a 395-lot residential estate, retirement village, child care centre and school...

New Australian first app focuses on a healthy emotional future for all children
The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 15, 2019

Emerging Minds: National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health has launched a free app called Child 360, in a bid to ensure that parents and educators are able to get best practice advice and support on how to protect and develop children’s social and emotional wellbeing...

Report finds every $1 Australia spends on preschool will return $2, but this won’t just magically happen
The Conversation - Jen Jackson - July 15, 2019

A report released last week showed quality preschool would deliver a two-for-one return on investment for Australia: that is, for every dollar governments invest in preschool, two dollars will be returned to the economy. Commissioned by early childhood research organisation the Front Project...

Parents set to be hit by nasty surprise when they file tax returns
The Age - Judith Ireland - July 14, 2019

Thousands of families rushing to file their tax returns could be hit with a surprise debt instead of an expected tax offset as the federal government begins reviewing parents' incomes for the last financial year to check they received the correct amount of childcare subsidy...

Students to learn computer skills from Kindergarten to Year 12
Herald Sun - Jack Morphet, The Daily Telegraph - July 14, 2019

Students will study computing as early as Kindergarten by 2022 all the way through to Year 12 as part of a review of subjects. Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said the new subjects would help students prepare for a rapidly changing workforce. Students will be able to study computing from Kindergarten...

New childcare providers Alphabet Preschool taking over Whittington’s former First Steps Childcare
The Geelong Advertiser - Chanel Zagon - July 14 ,2019

A new childcare provider will takeover a Whittington childcare centre following its ­sudden closure, which left around 100 children and their families in the lurch last month. Alphabet Preschool is set to take control of the Regent St centre, formerly known as First Steps Childcare, in the coming months...

Northampton, WA, to lose childcare centre and families face the pressure
ABC News - Dominique Bayens - July 14, 2019

Emily and James Williams have just become parents for the second time and, with their closest relatives half a world away, they rely heavily on their local childcare centre. But with the centre facing closure, the couple could be forced to uproot their family and leave the town they love...

Playing with fire: the childcare centres exposing children to risk
The Age - Henrietta Cook - July 13, 2019

Five-year-old Remy has been lighting fires at his Fitzroy child care centre and his teachers haven't batted an eyelid. Instead of shielding children from every hazard, East West Child Care Association is among a growing number of centres that promote what is known as “risky play”...

Perth centres fail to update childcare costs
The West Australian - Rhianna Mitchell - July 13, 2019

Less than half of Perth childcare centres are meeting a requirement to publish up-to-date fee information on a Federal Government website, The Weekend West has found. The Child Care Finder site replaced the MyChild website in December and was touted as a “game changer” for Australian parents...

Australian-first study highlights benefits of early education for school children
Women's Agenda - Lydia Jupp - July 12, 2019

A study commissioned by national independent enterprise The Front Project confirms the benefits of formal early education programs for school children. Children who attend one year of early childhood education are more likely to achieve better NAPLAN results in Year 3 than those who haven’t...

ASX ends week on a down note after fed hints
The Sydney Morning Herald - William McInnes - July 12, 2019

G8 Education shares fell heavily this week after the child care provider was downgraded to 'hold' by both Moelis & Company and Canaccord Genuity. Its shares closed the week 10.7 per cent lower at $2.74.

Turner Crescent childcare centre redesigned for council consideration
Central Western Daily - Danielle Cetinski - July 12, 2019

A childcare centre on Turner Crescent could again become reality, with the developer submitting fresh designs after earlier plans were rejected in court. Australian Childcare Solutions lost two cases in the NSW Land and Environment Court to have the 124-place centre approved...

Goodstart Elizabeth Vale recognised for RAP in 2019 Narragunnawali Awards
The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 12, 2019

The team at Goodstart Early Learning Elizabeth Vale, located in South Australia, have received a commendation for their Reconciliation Action Plan in the 2019 Narragunnawali Awards. The centre was one of three early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings in the country to be recognised...

Developer of 114 place centre loses DA appeal as QLD applies new framework
The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 12, 2019

The Planning and Environment Court of Queensland have rejected an appeal made by a property developer seeking to build a 114 place early childhood education and care (ECEC) centre in Brisbane suburb, The Gap. The developer, Ashvan Investments Unit Trust, lodged the appeal...

Goodstart announces purchase of 23 services from Mission Australia
The Sector - Jason Roberts - July 11, 2019

Goodstart Early Learning has this morning confirmed that it will purchase 19 long day care (LDC) centres and four kindergartens from Mission Australia Early Learning (MAEL) in a deal that is expected to be complete by mid-September 2019. The transition of centres from Mission Australia...