HILDA findings on Australian families' experience of childcare should be a call-to-arms for government
The Conversation - Leah Ruppanner, University of Melbourne - July 30, 2019

Australian parents are disadvantaged by a lack of affordable childcare, with childcare costs rising by about 145% in real terms since 2002, the latest HILDA study reveals. Childcare costs have more than doubled since 2002. The annual survey found the majority of Australian parents...

Businessman David Burke to stand trial on charges of misleading ASIC over G8 Education takeover bid
Gold Coast Bulletin - Kathleen Skene - July 29, 2019

A businessman linked to a failed takeover by listed childcare giant G8 Education has been committed to stand trial accused of giving misleading statements to the corporate regulator. David Justin Burke, 60, was charged last April with charged with five counts of giving false...

Daycare 'no longer fit for use' to close after $400,000 quote for repairs
The Daily Telegraph - Joanna Panagopoulos, Inner West Courier - July 29, 2019

A Homebush West daycare centre will shut its doors permanently after an inspection revealed it was 'no longer fit for use', requiring hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of repairs. While the decision to close the facility on December 20 was made as the not-for-profit preschool...

Why are we building childcare centres on busy main roads?
The Age - Clare Walter, Elena Schneider-Futschik and Louis Irving - July 29, 2019

There is increasing evidence internationally and in Australia linking a higher risk of asthma and allergies with exposure to traffic-related air pollution. And children are particularly vulnerable to traffic pollution exposure because their lungs are still developing and they...

Acacia Avenue Preschool officially open following Govt funded major redevelopment works
The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 29, 2019

A $2.3 million investment by the Victorian Government has led to the official opening, on Friday, of the Acacia Avenue Preschool in the Victorian suburb of Mentone. Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino, Member for Mordialloc and Parliamentary Secretary for Schools Tim Richardson...

Catholic Education Week begins – Queensland schools celebrate their ‘many voices, one Spirit’
The Catholic Leader - July 29, 2019

THE great diversity of Queensland’s 306 Catholic schools will be the focus of this year’s Catholic Education Week, which runs from July 28 to August 3. The theme for this year’s celebrations is “Many Voices. One Spirit.” Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director...

Switchpoint to offer overnight daycare services at new facility
St George News - Mikayla Shoup - July 27, 2019

The Switchpoint Community Resource Center has plans to open Stepping Stones, a daycare center that will offer overnight and weekend services for families in need. The center will be the first of its kind in St. George, offering childcare exclusively between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m...

Lady Gowrie celebrates 80 years at educating young Tasmanians
ercury - Jessica Howard - July 27, 2019

Eighty years ago, Battery Point was chosen as the location for a new model in child care due to it being a poor area with great need. While the suburb’s circumstances have changed, the needs of young children have not, says the head of Lady Gowrie Tasmania. Named after...

BDAQ state awards for five FNQ building designers
Cairns Post - Alicia Nally - July 27, 2019

Bluewater Village Early Learning Centre at Trinity Beach by Raymond Designs was named winner in the new public buildings category. John Wall Childcare founder John Wall said Raymond Design’s Cam Raymond had a “vision in designing something special for children”...

Childcare centres behind no jab rule
The West Australian - Nicole Salmeri, South Western Times - July 26, 2019

Childcare centres across the South West are backing the State Government’s No Jab, No Play policy which came into effect on Monday. The policy means any child who is not fully vaccinated can be excluded from being enrolled in childcare services and kindergarten programs...

Staff at Ellenbrook daycare Jellybeans shaken by shocking act of chicken cruelty
The West Australian - Sarah Steger - July 26, 2019

The staff at a Perth daycare have been left shaken after finding two of their pet chickens decapitated inside their enclosure. A carer at Jellybeans Charlotte’s Vineyard Childcare centre told The West Australian she was on her way to check the chicken coop after returning to work...

Cinema, childcare centre part of $22m development pegged for Torquay
Herald Sun - Olivia Reed, Geelong Advertiser - July 26, 2019

A $22 MILLION development is set to take hold of vacant land along Geelong Rd in Torquay under a proposal before Surf Coast Shire Council. The 85 Geelong Rd development would include a cinema, childcare centre, service station, take away food restaurants and...

Kindy steps up for 38th time to stage fair
The Courier Mail - Brendan O'Malley, Westside News - July 26, 2019

It has become such an entrenched part of Red Hill’s social calendar, many people have forgotten the much-loved Red Hill Fair is run by the local kindy. This year’s fair, the 38th, will once again support the not-for-profit Red Hill Kindergarten, which would have to work even harder...

No more centres on main roads – Uni of Melbourne researchers urge attention to health
The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 26, 2019

Experts from the University of Melbourne have spoken out about their concerns for children who are being exposed to traffic pollution when early childhood education and care (ECEC) services are built on busy urban roads. In a commentary paper, published...

'They're trying to bamboozle us': Furious mum-of-three, 36, is stung by 'hidden' charges at the bottom of her childcare bill
Daily Mail Australia - Lauren Ferri - July 25, 2019

A mother has slammed her childcare provider for increasing her children's fees and 'hiding it in fine print' at the bottom of her monthly bill. Allie Baker, 36, was frustrated when she opened the letter from the education centre in Melbourne and found her fees were set to increase...