Online tool launched to help parents prevent food allergies
Brisbane Times - Rachel Clun - June 24, 2019

Jenny Ayoub’s son Oscar was just nine-months-old when she discovered just how serious his dairy allergy was. After he was accidentally exposed to baby food containing a small amount of cheese, Oscar developed anaphylaxis - a severe allergic reaction that can be deadly. A national health campaign ...

Hundreds of childcare centres charging above government's top subsidy rate
The Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - June 23, 2019

Hundreds of childcare centres are charging more than the government's hourly subsidy cap for daycare fees, with childcare operators saying families in Sydney and Melbourne are wearing the highest out-of-pocket costs. The Department of Education says about 10 per cent of Australia's 7765 centre...

Private developer targets Stockland’s Elara town centre
Financial Review - Ingrid Fuary-Wagner - June 23, 2019

Listed developer Stockland is close to offloading the yet-to-be-built town centre at the heart of its Elara masterplanned residential development in Sydney's Marsden Park. The 2.5 hectare site will be anchored by a Coles supermarket and is to also have a fitness, childcare and medical centre...

Back to nature: Children reap benefits of braving the cold
The Age - Henrietta Cook - June 23, 2019

It’s eight degrees and children at Diamond Creek Memorial Kindergarten are stomping in puddles, making mud soup and running through the morning drizzle. They are rugged up in rain jackets, gumboots and matching waterproof overalls. It's a scene that didn't exist four years ago. Back then...

Scurvy. Diphtheria. Measles. The diseases of the past are coming back to haunt South Australia
The Advertiser - Brad Crouch, SA Weekend - June 21, 2019

Victorian-era diseases are leaping out of the pages of Charles Dickens and into the emergency departments of Adelaide hospitals. Scurvy, which most school kids learned was beaten by seafarers such as Captain James Cook giving their sailors a good diet, is back in growing numbers...

Exclusive: Sydney childcare worker appears to sit on boy during storytime
9 News - Emily McPherson - June 21, 2019

A Sydney childcare educator has been photographed appearing to sit on a four-year-old boy after he was being “disruptive” during storytime. Mother Joanne Tourni told nine.com.au she was shocked to see the photos of her son pinned into the corner of a couch by one of his carers...

ECEC sector responds favourably to PwC report confirming the value of the early years
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 21, 2019

The early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector has responded favourably to the issuance of a new report from PwC yesterday, which highlighted the economic and societal benefits gained from sound and continuing investment in the early years. The Australian first study...

Calls for babies travelling overseas to get measles vaccine as case numbers rise
ABC News - Claire Campbell - June 21, 2019

Doctors are warning Australian babies travelling overseas should be vaccinated against measles earlier than the Federal Government's immunisation scheme recommends amid international outbreaks and a rising number of cases in Australia. As of this week, there had been 128 cases of measles reported...

Cancer Council Queensland calls for tougher smoking bans near childcare centres
The Courier Mail - Andrea Macleod - June 20, 2019

Cancer Council Queensland is calling for enforceable smoking buffer zones between private property and childcare centres after concerns were raised about second-hand smoke drift. Cancer Council Queensland (CEO) Chris McMillan said the charity was contacted by parents of children attending...

New Child Care Subsidy rate confirmed, and due to commence 1 July 1 2019
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 20, 2019

The Federal Department of Education has confirmed the revised Child Care Subsidy (CCS) rates which will take effect from 1 July 2019. The percentage of CCS to which a family is entitled will continue to be based on combined annual income, and has been adjusted in accordance with the Consumer Price Index (CPI)...

ACECQA extends ECT transitional measure as workforce challenges persist
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 20, 2019

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) has extended an existing transitional measure that recognises those holding registered/accredited primary school teaching qualifications as early childhood teachers (ECTs) in the instance where those primary teachers have...

Early education delivered $4.74b payday
Australian Financial Review - Bo Seo - June 20, 2019

One year of investment in early childhood education yielded $4.74 billion in benefits associated with wages growth, productivity, and social health, according to a PwC report. The figure, which takes 2017 as its reference year, represents a twofold return on the $2.34 billion incurred in costs by the government...

Combining child care and aged care benefits both ends of the age spectrum
Great Lakes Advocate - Jeanene Duncan - June 20, 2019

It's smiles from walking frames to chairs when a group of youngsters from Kindilan Childcare Services weekly walk through the doors of Estia Health Tuncurry. Part of the childcare agency's Beyond the Gate program, up to 10 littlies, accompanied by two educators,walk around the corner to the aged care facility to...

Legal loophole allows workers to smoke near Queensland childcare centre play area
ABC News - Melinda Howells - June 20, 2019

A mother who discovered workers are allowed to smoke near the sandpit of her daughter's childcare centre is calling for a loophole in Queensland's anti-smoking laws to be closed. Clarissa Brown saw employees from neighbouring businesses take their smoking breaks on the other side of the fence where children...

First Steps Childcare centre Whittington closure leaves Geelong families scrambling
Geelong Advertiser - Chanel Zagon - June 19, 2019

The sudden closure of a Geelong childcare centre has left around 100 children and their families in the lurch as well as the staff who work there. The Geelong Advertiser understands several families were in a frantic scramble to arrange last-minute carers for their children after they found Whittington’s First Steps Childcare...