Labor 'very worried' about excluded teachers, childcare workers
SkyNews - April 8, 2020

The shadow education minister told Sky News Labor would move amendments to the legislation today, but conceded they will not stand in the way of the bill passing. "You've seen with teachers, with universities, with tafe, with childcare, with hospitality, there's a broad range of the...

Childcare centres across Sydney set to close because of federal package
The Sydney Morning Herald - Angus Thompson - April 7, 2020

Sydney councils are shutting their childcare centres because of a federal promise to make the crucial service free for families within days of the new measure coming into force. In a letter to parents on Monday, Cumberland City Council general manager Hamish McNulty said the council had...

From May 1 only children, parents and staff who’ve had flu vaccine can enter early childhood care centres
Gold Coast Bulletin - Emily Toxward - April 7, 2020

Flu vaccines will be compulsory for children attending early childhood and learning centres from May 1. The new rule will also apply to parents and staff. But it’s unlikely parents and educators will be able meet the deadline as there’s a known national shortage of the influenza vaccine...

Free childcare scheme brings both gain and pain
St George & Sutherland Shire Leader - Murray Trembath - April 7, 2020

The operator of childcare centres at Kirrawee and Bexley says the federal government's move to make the service free will "save the industry" even though some private operators will be financially disadvantaged. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the COVID-19 relief package...

Childcare centre closed after worker tests positive to COVID-19
The Age - Aisha Dow - April 7, 2020

The health department is working to identify people who came into contact with a Melbourne childcare worker who tested positive to COVID-19 this week. Families whose children attend the Guardian centre in Brighton East were told that an educator developed flu-like symptoms...

Central Coast coronavirus: Childcare case confirmed as 3-year-old
The Daily Telegraph - Fiona Killman, Central Coast Express Advocate - April 7, 2020

A three-year-old child has been revealed as the confirmed COVID-19 case from Woodport Early Learning Centre in Erina – and the coast’s youngest case. However, the centre is likely to avoid the virus spreading, with the child not attending the Woodport Cl centre since March 16...

Family day care could be forced to close despite reforms, Bendigo provider warns
Bendigo Advertiser - Tom O'Callaghan - April 7, 2020

Family day care services favoured by 70,000 Australian families are at risk unless the government rethinks parts of its free childcare package, a network of educators has warned. Ignite Minds' network of educators working out of their own homes across Bendigo and central Victoria ...

'Don't forget us': Glen Dhu Children's Services viability in doubt
The Examiner - Frances Vinall - April 7, 2020

Glen Dhu Children's Services owner Mel Reid fears for the future of her business, after it was rejected for a state government Covid-19 support loan. The federal government will cover 50% of an early childhood education centre's costs as well as staff costs through the $1500 fortnightly Jobkeeper ...

Clarification delivered about ECEC Relief Package for FDC and IHC services
The Sector - Freya Lucas - April 7, 2020

Family day care (FDC) and In-home care (IHC) services have received clarification about the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Relief Package following the 2 April announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan regarding the ...

ECA explains role in ECEC Relief Package responding to sector speculation
The Sector - Freya Lucas - April 7, 2020

Early Childhood Australia (ECA) released a statement yesterday outlining its role within the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector, and influence on governmental decision making. The peak advocacy body told readers that ECA had received “a lot of comments” since the announcement...

Child care business operators, educators says government’s plan for free childcare for essential workers is ‘heart-breaking’
The Townsville Bulletin - Cameron Bates, The Herbert River Express - April 6, 2020

A north Queensland educator who runs her own family daycare business has lambasted the Federal Government’s new plan for free childcare for essential workers, labelling it “absolutely heartbreaking”. Kirstin Tamburin said that under the plan her income would drop by 50%...

Free child care during coronavirus pandemic leaves family day care providers concerned
ABC News - Stephanie Zillman - April 7, 2020

Family day care (FDC) operators say they are concerned the Federal Government's plan to offer free child care during the COVID-19 crisis will see them lose 50% of their income. FDC represents about 16% of the childcare sector and typically involves accredited operators providing child care...

Focusing on telling parents childcare will be free has ‘led to distortions’
News.com.au - April 6, 2020

Labor frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon says Prime Minister Scott Morrison modelled the government’s free childcare package in an attempt “to allow him to claim parents will pay nothing”. There are questions surrounding the government’s childcare package and whether family day care will be...

Georges River Council closes two childcare centres and future of others in doubt
St George and Sutherland Shire Leader - Murray Trembath - April 6, 2020

Georges River Council has closed two of its childcare centres and the future of others is in doubt.Mayor Kevin Greene said the decision had been made in response to two federal government decisions during the coronavirus pandemic. Cr Greene said, firstly, access to the government's $1500...

Childcares struggle to make ends meet with new free care scheme
The Courier Mail - Kara Sonter, Redlands Community News - April 6, 2020

Daycare centres have been left struggling to pay their staff as they prepare to slash their revenue by half as the government imposes free day care measures in the face of COVID-19. The Australian Government announced the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package...