Keeping schools safe from coronavirus
psnews.com.au - Independent News and Information for the Australian Public Service - February 4, 2020

Parents are being asked to keep children home from school if they have travelled to China or been in contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus. NSW Chief Health Officer, Kerry Chant said any child who had been in contact with a person confirmed to have novel coronavirus...

Private school funding per student growing three times as fast as public school funding under Morrison Govt
Mirage February 4, 2020

The Productivity Commission’s annual Report into Government Services (ROGS) into childcare, education and training has shown that per-student total government recurrent funding to private schools has grown at 3.3 times the rate of public school funding over the last decade...

Flexible work arrangements improving parents’ mental health
The New Daily - Killian Plastow - February 4, 2020

Working full-time while raising a child can take an immense toll on parents’ mental health, but making workplaces more flexible could solve the problem. Poor mental health costs Australia roughly $180 billion a year, according to Productivity Commission research, with fatigued...

Child care costs continue to climb in Bendigo, regional cities: Productivity Commission report
Bendigo Advertiser - Tara Cosoleto - February 4, 2020

People in regional cities like Bendigo are paying more for child care services than other parts of the country, a government report shows. The Productivity Commission released its annual report into Early Childhood Education and Care. It found that on average, 50 hours of centre-based...

2020 ROGS report sees funding and LDC enrolment up but preschool steady
The Sector - Jason Roberts - February 4, 2020

The Productivity Commission has released the early childhood education and care (ECEC) component of their Report on Government Services (ROGS) series in which a complete snapshot of the sectors performance in key areas such as participation, funding, costs and compliance...

OWNA becomes latest platform to receive Approved CCS Software Provider designation
The Sector - Jason Roberts - February 4, 2020

OWNA, the digital childcare management platform that includes educator, parent and director apps, has confirmed that they have received notification from the Federal Department of Education that their application to become an Approved CCS Software Provider has been successful...

Incidents at childcare centres on the rise
The Standard - Rebecca Gredley - February 4, 2020

The number of serious incidents at childcare centres has increased along with the financial cost to parents. Data released by the Productivity Commission on Tuesday shows 16,185 serious incidents at childcare facilities across the country in the 2018/19 financial year, up from 15,435 ...

Canberra's childcare costs highest in Australia - again
The Canberra Times - Dan Jervis-Bardy - February 4, 2020

Canberrans continue to be slugged the highest childcare costs in the nation, new data has shown. The latest Productivity Commission report, to be published on Tuesday, puts the growing financial burden of childcare on Canberra families into sharp focus. The rising costs of childcare...

Coronavirus threat prompts health emergency laws to be rushed through Queensland Parliament
ABC News - Lexy Hamilton-Smith - February 4, 2020

New laws allowing authorities to have more time to find and potentially detain suspected coronavirus victims are being rushed through the Queensland Parliament. However, Mr Miles said, so far, no-one had refused an order to self-isolate or stay away from schools, child care...

News Corp targets preschooler literacy with its 2020 Raise a Reader campaign
Mumbrella - February 4, 2020

News Corp Australia has partnered with Good Start Early Learning Centres and the Australian Library and Information Service for its 2020 Raise a Reader campaign addressing preschooler literacy. Preschoolers will be the focus of News Corp Australia’s annual Raise a Reader campaign...

Drug-using childcare worker allowed to care for kids
The Courier Mail - Natasha Bita - February 4, 2020

A junkie was allowed to care for kids in a Queensland daycare centre, despite an official sanction for placing children at risk. Queensland’s Education Department yesterday refused to identify the childcare worker, who was required to take random drug tests for six months while looking after...

Bamaga Enterprises sponsors new playground for community childcare centre
The Cairns Post - Jack Lawrie - February 4, 2020

Children from a small Cape York community will be able to play in safety thanks to a $50,000 funding boost to upgrade the playground at a Bamaga childcare centre. Bamaga Enterprises Ltd has contributed the $50,000 funding to improve the safety of the community childcare...

Childcare costs increase again, says Productivity Commission
The Australian - Yoni Bashan - February 3, 2020

The cost of childcare has risen across the country again, while subsidised care services have drastically fallen, according to the latest Productivity Commission report into the sector. The report found that 50 hours of childcare amounted to a ­median weekly cost of $500 across all...

Childcare economics better in Victoria says Mayfield boss
Australian Financial Review - Simon Evans - February 3, 2020

ASX-listed childcare group Mayfield Childcare Limited says the supply and demand economics in the sector are better in Victoria than in other states and predicts more rationalisation across the industry. Mayfield chief executive Dean Clarke said on Monday that higher...

New Harcourt early learning centre on the way thanks to government grant
Bendigo Advertiser - Tara Cosoleto - February 3, 2020

A new early learning facility will be built in Harcourt after the YMCA received a $550,000 government grant. The new facility will ensure families can access kindergarten programs and family services in the same space. The Harcourt Uniting Church had been providing a space for...