Logan parents hit with 6% hike in childcare costs
The Courier Mail - Judith Kerr, Quest Newspapers - November 9, 2020

Some of the state’s poorest families have been hit with rising childcare costs of up to 6.9% compared to a year ago, federal data released today reveals. And, Logan parents are forking out more for childcare compared to the national average, figures from the federal Department of Education...

Ballarat kinders share in more than $1.1 million in school readiness funding
The Courier - Michelle Smith - November 9, 2020

Almost 50 Ballarat kindergarten programs will share more than $1.15 million in new funding to help kinder students be better prepared to start school. According to Eureka Community Kindergarten Association chief Jo Guerts, more pre-schoolers than ever are needing extra help...

NSW public schools forced to build demountables for overcrowding
The Daily Telegraph - Christopher Harris - November 9, 2020

Demountable classrooms are being placed in schools that have only recently been built as demand for places in Sydney’s fastest growing suburbs outstrips the original plans. More than a hundred public schools in the state have more than 10 demountables each to deal with the surging...

Wamberal childcare Centre plan: High Valley Cl proposal before local planning panel
The Daily Telegraph - Fiona Killman, Central Coast Express Advocate - November 9, 2020

A proposed $3.2m childcare centre in Wamberal is set to come before the Central Coast Local Planning Panel on Thursday. The DA is coming before the panel due to the number of objections received for the application at 2 High Valley Cl. The applicant, High Valley Holdings Pty Limited...

NSW school and childcare facility closed for virus cleaning
Education HQ - News Team - November 9, 2020

NSW recorded four new locally-acquired cases of COVID-19 in the state's Southern Highlands with a school and childcare centre closed for cleaning. The locally-acquired cases were uncovered in Moss Vale, with Moss Vale Public School and Southern Highlands Early Childhood Centre...

Students dress up to celebrate book week
Coast Community News - November 9, 2020

Woy Woy Public School was filled with fairy-tale characters and storybook creatures as students and teachers celebrated Book Week on October 22. Book Week is an annual celebration for young children dedicated to spreading joy, appreciation, and the importance of reading...

NSW boy with disabilities discriminated against by preschool manager
Kidspot.com.au - Madeline Cox - November 9, 2020

*Sienna distinctly remembers the look of disgust that shot across the preschool manager’s face when she expressed interest in enrolling *Robbie. The NSW mum’s two older kids had already attended the same centre, so she hadn’t imagined there would be any kind of issue when her ...

Australia's economy 'held back' by lack of female workforce participation
Skynews.com.au - November 9, 2020

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese says the nation’s economy would benefit from adopting Labor’s childcare policy as it would allow women, in particular, to participate more fully in the workforce. Under Labor’s plan, the childcare subsidy would be raised to 90%, with the cap also lifted...

Deregulating childcare in Australia won't make it better. Education will
The Guardian Wendy McCarthy - November 9, 2020

Opinion Childcare Australia: The public conversation around Australia’s need to pursue universal access to high-quality early learning and care has grown exponentially in 2020. It’s been a rare bright spot in a terribly bleak year. The federal government’s decision in early April to make ...

Is learning more important than well-being? Teachers told us how COVID highlighted ethical dilemmas at school
The Conversation - Daniella J Forster, University of Newcastle - November 9, 2020

As an educational ethicist, I research teachers’ ethical obligations. These can include their personal ethics such as protecting students from harm, respect for justice and truth, and professional norms like social conformity, collegial loyalty and personal well-being. Moral tensions...

Free preschool for young families under $120m Budget measure
The Daily Telegraph - Linda Silmalis - November 8, 2020

Families with young children will have access to free preschool next year under a $120 million State Budget sweetener to ease the financial burden on parents. Estimated to directly benefit more than 44,000 three- to five-year-olds across NSW, the state government views the initiative as a ...

Mayfield Childcare Limited’s (ASX:MFD) Stock Is Going Strong: Is the Market Following Fundamentals?
Simply Wall St - November 8, 2020

Mayfield Childcare’s (ASX:MFD) stock is up by a considerable 24% over the past three months. Since the market usually pay for a company’s long-term fundamentals, we decided to study the company’s key performance indicators to see if they could be influencing the market. In this article...

$8 million proposal will create Wright community hub
RiotACT - Ian Bushnell - November 7, 2020

Child care operator Little Penguins plans to develop an $8.2 million community services precinct in Wright, including a child care centre, community centre and a four-storey medical centre. The development application will be welcomed by the growing Molonglo community which has ...

Fiona Finucane wins childcare award after 34 years of service
Townsville Bulletin - Matt Taylor - November 7, 2020

A Townsville early child­hood educator who has dedicated more than three decades to her work has been recognised as one of Queensland’s best. Fiona Finucane is a regional winner for North Queensland in the excellence in family day care awards, and is now vying to win a national ...

Four new local cases of coronavirus in NSW Southern Highlands, one under investigation
ABC News - November 7, 2020

A school and a childcare centre in the NSW Southern Highlands have been closed after four locally acquired coronavirus infections were confirmed. NSW Health said one of today's new cases went to Moss Vale Public School, while another went to Southern Highlands Early Childhood Centre.