Robust ECEC debate held during NSW Legislative Assembly – first in 8 years
The Sector - Freya Lucas - March 5, 2020

A public interest debate on the topic of early childhood education and care (ECEC), concerning both outside school hours care (OSHC) and early childhood education, was held as part of the New South Wales Parliament Legislative Assembly earlier this week. The debate opened...

Childcare centre closed over fears staff contracted coronavirus
News.com.au - March 5, 2020

A childcare centre has been closed in Sydney’s northern suburbs over fears staff at the centre have been infected with coronavirus. The childcare centre in Macquarie Park was closed after multiple members of staff became unwell. The staff are now undergoing testing to determine...

These asylum seeker families are being given free childcare in Sydney
SBS - March 5, 2020

For children who are not even of school age, their education can cost more than $25,000 a year. With high fees impacting one of Australia’s most vulnerable groups, a Sydney council and charity has stepped in. After five years in Australia, Salbiah Mohd can finally take English classes...

Early Doors
Financial Review - Rebecca Holland - March 4, 2020

A childcare landlord has bought a childcare centre yet to be built in Wanneroo, near Perth, on a fund-through basis for $3,875,000. National childcare operator Green Leaves has a 20-year lease plus options on the property at 813-815 Wanneroo Road and 4 Santa Rosa Road...

Childcare fee hikes hit Logan families
The Courier Mail - Judith Kerr - March 4, 2020

Yesterday’s interest rate cut will bring some relief to families in Logan, where child care fees have been on the rise since 2013. Statistics released from the Federal Department of Education last month showed the national average hourly fee for Centre Based Day Care in the September...

Sydney childcare centre fined $14,000 after toddler went missing
9News.com.au - Kelly Fedor - March 4, 2020

One of the nation's biggest childcare operators has been fined $14,000 after a child was found wandering alone and in distress next to a major western Sydney road. The two-and-a-half-year-old was missing for up to 10 minutes...

Two Medical Experts Explain the Right Way to Talk About Coronavirus With Your Kids
Pop Sugar - Tarah Chieffi - March 4, 2020

With confirmed cases of coronavirus spreading in the U.S., it's likely that your kids have been hearing about it on the news, from friends at school, or (as has definitely happened in my house) in conversations you have with other grown ups. They may be feeling scared or confused...

Childcare limits stop professional women returning to work: report
Mirage News - Australian Institute of Project Management - March 4, 2020

A report prepared by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), to coincide with International Women’s Day, identifies eight imperatives for improving gender equity in senior industry levels. It found that reforming federal government childcare policy would encourage...

Court scraps $238,000 payout to childcare worker over defamatory email
The Sydney Morning Herald - Michaela Whitbourn - March 3, 2020

The state's highest court has overturned a District Court decision awarding a childcare worker almost $238,000 for a defamatory email sent to 35 people and pointed to a potential need to clarify the law to rein in payouts in future cases. In a judgment on Tuesday, the Court of Appeal...

Marsden Park childcare centre: $19m development plans
The Daily Telegraph - Kate Lockley, Blacktown Advocate - March 3, 2020

Families in the booming suburb of Marsden Park could soon have another childcare centre to choose from with multimillion-dollar plans being lodged with Blacktown Council. Bathla Group has submitted plans for a multistorey apartment block with a childcare centre for up to ...

Investors Who Bought Mayfield Childcare (ASX:MFD) Shares Three Years Ago Are Now Down 17%
Simply Wall St - March 3, 2020

In order to justify the effort of selecting individual stocks, it’s worth striving to beat the returns from a market index fund. But in any portfolio, there are likely to be some stocks that fall short of that benchmark. We regret to report that long term Mayfield Childcare Limited (ASX:MFD)...

Education first
Star Weekly - Alesha Capone - March 3, 2020

Educators at a Wyndham Vale childcare centre are the first in the nation to participate in a professional development program, which aims to boost children’s readiness for school and increase their talking interactions. The centre, Adventurers, is using technology developed by...

NSW issues updated information about COVID-19 as global cases spike
The Sector - Freya Lucas - March 3, 2020

The New South Wales Department of Education has released an update in relation to the COVID-19 (previously referred to as Coronavirus). In particular, this advice adds requirements for children or staff who have recently been in Iran. While only a small number of COVID-19 cases...

Integrated early learning centre to support Wycheproof families
The Sector - Freya Lucas - March 3, 2020

A new integrated early learning centre, offering three and four-year-old kindergarten programs, long day care, Maternal and Child Health Services and a supported playgroup will be constructed in the Victorian town of Wycheproof, Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino...

Handwriting fluency in kindergarten linked to better reading abilities
The Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker - March 2, 2020

Children who handwrite fluently in their first year of school are likely to be better readers a year later, prompting researchers to urge caution about relying too heavily on technology in the classroom. The Australian study of 154 students followed children from kindergarten to year 1...