A Tale of Four Cities – a comparative AEDC analysis
The Sector - Megan O'Connell - April 17, 2019

By age five, around 300,000 children are starting school, but more than one in five children are not as prepared as their peers, says Megan O’Connell, Honorary Senior Fellow, Melbourne Graduate School of Education and Director of Megan O’Connell Consulting in presenting her analysis on...

Paid Parental Leave: How the two major parties compare
ABC - Stephanie Borys - April 17, 2019

The ABC takes a look at paid parental leave, and how the policies differ between the Government and Labor Party. Both have offered changes to the current system of 18 weeks paid leave for the primary carer. However women's groups, some unions and childcare experts say that both...

G8 investors hopeful of resurgence in childcare sector
The Australian - Bridget Carter - April 17, 2019

After a brief hiatus, merger and acquisition activity could once again be ramping up in the childcare space due to positive industry sentiment. And investors in G8 Education will no doubt be hoping they are offered further evidence of such at the company’s annual general meeting...

Childcare centre fetches $4.7m in off-market deal
The Sydney Morning Herald - Simon Johanson - April 17, 2019

A new Ballarat childcare centre, leased to Beginnings Early Learners, has sold for $4.7 million, seven days after being listed. Savills Australia’s Mark Stafford and MingXuan Li brokered the off-market deal for 2 Mia Street, following a failed expressions-of-interest campaign...

Rishworth calls out Liberals for unfair CCS changes leaving children “out in the cold”
The Sector - Freya Lucas - April 16, 2019

Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development Amanda Rishworth has accused the current Federal Government of “trying to hide the impact their unfair child care changes are having on vulnerable Australian children”. Ms Rishworth said the decline in...

Perth childcare centre fined for too many kids, sacking whistleblower
Community News - Grelg Johnston - April 16, 2019

A PERTH childcare centre has been ordered to pay $18,100 after it was found to have exceeded its maximum number of children on multiple occasions, and sacked the woman who brought it to the attention of authorities. Narula Holdings operate the Little Peoples Place Early Learning Centre in Byford...

Before and after school care coming soon to a school near you
Mirage News - April 16, 2019

Before and after school care for all children at public primary schools is on track for 2021, with consultation to begin with principals and school communities next month. Parents will also be able to register their interest in a before or after school care service where they might not have one...

Learning centre for children with additional needs to open at SOMA Wellness health hub
The Sector - Freya Lucas - April 16, 2019

Learning Links, a not-for-profit charitable organisation dedicated to preventing learning difficulties from causing disadvantage, has announced that they will open a new learning centre at SOMA Wellness health hub, located in Gledswood Hills, a suburb in the Macarthur region of Sydney...

Why isn't the government doing more to help millennials afford kids?
The Sydney Morning Herald - Jamila Rizvi - April 16, 2019

Why Australians are having less children is part of a complex social story. The primary consideration, however, is financial. Up-to-date Australian data is limited but in the US young couples cite financial considerations ... they’d like to have more kids if it weren’t for the high costs of child care...

Public housing block to make way for 400 units, childcare centre and medical facility
The Canberra Times - Dan Jervis-Bardy - April 16, 2019

The former Stuart Flats public housing complex would be redeveloped with more than 400 apartments, a childcare centre and medical facility under a proposed $300 million transformation of the prime inner-south site...

Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education, Kate Washington, joins calls to save Eungai Preschool
Guardian News - April 15, 2019

Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education, Kate Washington, has joined calls from parents on the Mid North Coast to save their local preschool. "The preschool is in a funding standoff with the Department of Education," Ms Washington said...

Only 10 per cent of Australians think kids need the flu vaccine
SBS News - Abby Dinham - April 15, 2019

Despite a high rate of flu cases already this year, new research shows the majority of Australians aren’t planning to get a flu shot and only 10 per cent think children should get the jab... prompting experts to call for more kids across the country to get vaccinated...

Stella's skill and passion rewarded
The West Australian - Jakeb Waddell, Broome Advertiser - April 15, 2019

Local childcare worker Stella Hunter never believed in using her disabilities as an excuse for not achieving her goals but she never dreamt her passion would be rewarded in front of the entire State. The 19-year-old was the recent recipient of a Traineeship Achiever Award...

Palaszczuk Government delivers $375,000 boost for multicultural projects
Mirage News - Robert Alfeldi - April 15, 2019

Twelve community organisations across the State will receive a share of more than $375,000 ... Projects to receive funding include Creche and Kindergarten Association’s ‘Building Community Leaders in Biloela’, aimed at improving employment opportunities in the child care sector...

'Really worried': big drop in vulnerable families using childcare
The Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker - April 15, 2019

Childcare workers are worried about a huge drop in the number of vulnerable families claiming subsidies for the cost of care, fearing red tape and tougher eligibility criteria are forcing them to withdraw their kids. The childcare subsidy system changed in July last year...