How Australia's maternity leave entitlements compare with the rest of the world
7 News - May 15, 2019

The Duchess of Sussex is reportedly taking three months of maternity leave - but she'll most likely return to public life in six weeks for the Queen's official birthday. Back on our shores, Aussie mums are entitled to 18 weeks' leave from the government, paid at minimum wage. But with some studies...

City of Stirling invites feedback on childcare proposals
Stirling Times - Laura Pond - May 15, 2019

A childcare centre catering for more than 70 children is proposed for Balcatta. Stirling’s Vinci Constructions and Developments is seeking to build the centre at the corner of Amelia and Cedric streets. It will replace a vacant corner lot and neighbouring existing house on Amelia Street...

Labor says childcare costs have gone up 28 per cent under the Coalition. Is that correct?
ABC News - RMIT ABC Fact Check - May 15, 2019

The claim: In announcing its plan to overhaul childcare with a $4 billion funding boost, Labor has sought to blame the government for an increase in childcare fees over the past five years. The Opposition Spokesperson for Early Childhood Education and Development, Amanda Rishworth...

Beyond the dollars: what are the major parties really promising on education?
The Conversation – Kate Noble – May 15, 2019

But education remains a key issue, as evidenced by a flurry of education-related announcements in the final stretch of the campaign. Here’s what you need to know about the major parties’ education commitments, and what the millions and billions here and there really mean...

Mosman childcare services scrapped
Mosman Daily – Steven Deare – May 15, 2019

Childcare options on the lower north shore have taken a hit after Mosman Council abandoned plans for a centre at Balmoral Park and said it will close its occasional care service at the end of the year. The council lodged a development application for a 38-place centre at Balmoral Park...

Why Labor's childcare boost is the biggest reform of this campaign
Australian Financial Review – John Daley & Brendan Coates – May 14, 2019

At a time when governments are struggling to boost economic growth, Labor’s plan to reduce childcare costs for working families could have a big impact. In fact, it’s likely to produce a bigger bang for each dollar spent than the tax cuts proposed by either of the major parties...

Tamworth Regional Council approves new childcare centre
The Northern Daily Leader – Jacob McArthur – May 14, 2019

Tamworth Regional Council gave approval to a new childcare centre of the edge of the CBD, at its meeting on Tuesday evening. It was the third childcare centre the council has green lit in recent times, but this development came with a somewhat shocking sub-plot...

Launch into Learning scorecard released ahead of Federal election
The Sector – Freya Lucas – May 14, 2019

Advocacy group Launch into Learning has issued a scorecard summarising the policies and perspectives of the main political parties contesting the upcoming Federal election. The Launch into Learning campaign is run by Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA)...

Labor unveils plans to reduce Far North Queensland childcare costs
Cairns Post - Peter Carruthers - May 14, 2019

LABOR has unveiled how they will provide relief for Far Northern families struggling under the burden of hefty childcare payments. Labor Candidate for Leichhardt, Elida Faith on Monday at the Goodstart Early Learning Centre announced, if elected, her government would cut $2,100 per child ...

Childcare debate ignores isolated families
Queensland Country Life - Gillian Fennell - May 13, 2019

The federal election campaign and its focus on the need for affordable childcare demonstrated how important this issue is to the people of Australia. However, many families across rural and regional areas were again left bitterly disappointed by the complete and utter disregard...

Federal election 2019: Labor's childcare wages pledge risks being 'a handout to big business'
ABC News - Madeleine Morris - May 13, 2019

Labor's election promise to boost childcare workers' wages using taxpayer funds risks being a "handout to big business", according to a respected tax economist, as small childcare operators complain the policy will push them into paying payroll tax for the first time ...

Childcare crisis forcing families to leave Port Lincoln: Centre Alliance
Mirage News - May 13, 2019

A critical shortage in childcare places is forcing young families to leave Port Lincoln so that both parents can continue to work, Centre Alliance Candidate for Grey, Andrea Broadfoot, revealed today. Andrea labelled the situation “completely and utterly unacceptable” and has committed to ...

Mudgee Preschool receive exceeding mark in National Quality Standard
Mudgee Guardian - Jay-Anna Mobbs - May 13, 2019

Achieving an exceeding rating across seven areas of education is rather difficult to achieve, but Mudgee Preschool South Campus has been rated as Exceeding National Quality Standard under the National Quality Framework. The National Quality Standard (NQS) assess...

Early Learning: Everyone Benefits notes stark contrast in ECEC plans ahead of election
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 13, 2019

As Australians ready themselves to vote in the Federal election, to be held on 18 May, the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits campaign has analysed the early childhood policies proposed by the three main parties finding “some stark differences” between their proposals....

Queensland Kindergartens encouraged to apply for Indigenous Language grants
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 13, 2019

Up to $15,000 in grants are available for Queensland community organisations, including Queensland Government-approved kindergarten program providers, in support of the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the Queensland Department of Education have announced...