Walcha Council looks at the needs of our local child carers
Walcha News - Vanessa Arundale - February 28, 2020

Walcha Council recently conducted a child care survey following feedback received at the annual community meetings held late last year. "Our community raised concerns regarding potential gaps in Walcha's current child care services at the regional meetings held in November 2019,"...

Childcare to be built as the cornerstone of new community in Ipswich
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 28, 2020

Construction of a new 136 place childcare centre will begin shortly, as part of the first stage of development for a new ‘village hub’ in housing development Waterlea at Walloon, west of the Queensland city of Ipswich. The hub will be located at the entrance to the master planned...

Mallacoota receives $2.5 million for new preschool
The Age - Adam Carey - February 27, 2020

Fire-damaged Mallacoota will get a new preschool after the old one was badly damaged in a recent storm, forcing the town's young children to attend a makeshift kindergarten with no toilets or running water. Victorian Education Minister James Merlino pledged on Thursday that...

Think results confirm strong portfolio growth in 2019 with more to come going forward
The Sector - Jason Roberts - February 27, 2020

Think Childcare has reaffirmed its commitment to portfolio growth in its 2019 Full Year Results by confirming the addition of a new 17 new centres to the Company, taking the overall portfolio size up to 72 services. The increase was driven by the purchase of 15 operating Nido ...

Australia's coronavirus pandemic plan: mass vaccinations and stadium quarantine
The Guardian - Ben Doherty - February 27, 2020

A pandemic could last up to 10 months with 40% of the workforce sidelined by illness or caring for family in worst-case scenario. “The social distancing measures that may be required will have wide-ranging effects, with closure of schools and childcare services, and...

Parents Of Toddlers Left On Child Care Buses Say ‘Something Needs To Change’
10Daily - Eden Gillespie - February 27, 2020

One year before a child was found dead on a child care bus in Cairns, another little boy was being rushed to hospital with severe dehydration after he was forgotten inside a different bus on a hot summer day in NSW. That two-year-old boy needed to be hospitalised...

Home Consortium to spin off 'substantial' health and wellness REIT
Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - February 26, 2020

Under the plans, which will be "explored" over the next six months HomeCo will look to create a specialist REIT holding assets like government services, medical centres pharmacies, gyms and childcare centres. We've already got this exposure and believe its highly valuable...

Childcare benchmark
Financial Review - Rebecca Holland - February 26, 2020

A new childcare centre in the southern Perth suburb of North Coogee has sold to a syndicate arranged by Perdaman for $7.1 million. Savills Australia's Barney Dear negotiated the off-market sale of 53 Orsino Boulevard, achieving a yield of 6.25 per cent...

States' pandemic playbooks reveal plan to combat COVID-19
Sydney Morning Herald - Kate Aubusson and Melissa Cunningham - February 26, 2020

The plans outline a range of "social distancing actions" including home isolation and excluding potentially infected people from work, universities, religious services, sporting activities, childcare or schools. Stadiums could be used for mass quarantine and isolation...

“Coding Critters” wins top honours in preschool category at “Oscars” of the toy industry
The Sector - Jason Roberts - February 25, 2020

A new range of educational resources that introduce preschool children to coding has been awarded the Toy of the Year (TOTY) Award in the preschool category at this year’s US Toy Association industry awards. The resource known as “Coding Critters” consists of a set of interactive...

'Staff are at their wits’ end': After the fires, heavy rain claims Mallacoota's preschool
The Age - Adam Carey - February 25, 2020

Three and four-year old children have been forced to spend their first weeks of kindergarten in a makeshift room with no running water or toilets. The nearest toilet is almost 100 metres away and some children have been wetting themselves in class. The town’s ageing kindergarten...

Red tape cut for foster kids in child care
9 News - By AAP - February 26, 2020

It will be easier for foster children to attend child care under a Morrison government bid to cut red tape. Education Minister Dan Tehan introduced the underpinning legislation to parliament on Wednesday. "This will reduce unnecessary red tape for providers, families and state and...

Daycare workers on manslaughter charges leave watch-house
Cairns Post - Staff Reporters - February 25, 2020

The allegedly “fraudulent” use of a daycare sign-in system and staff negligence has been blamed for why a three-year-old boy was left to die on a minibus. The traumatic triple-0 telephone call made by Goodstart Early Learning Edmonton centre director Michael Glenn Lewis, 45...

Latest Child Care Enforcement Action Register released – 9 cases in Q3 2019
The Sector - Jason Roberts - February 25, 2020

A total of nine early childhood education and care services were sanctioned and/or had their licenses to operate immediately suspended in the three months ended September 2019 with family day care services making up the majority of the list. The details were revealed in...

Evidence for Learning launches much anticipated Early Childhood Education Toolkit
The Sector - Jason Roberts - February 25, 2020

Evidence for Learning, an organisation that helps educators increase learning by improving the evidence of what works and why, has launched their early childhood education toolkit which will help support educators to make the best decisions about which approaches will have the...