Local families to suffer if Wingecarribee Shire presses ahead with plan to shut child care services
Mirage News - November 20, 2019

Local families across the Wingecarribee Shire face an uncertain future following a secretive management review that recommended the closure of the children’s services that have been operated by the council for more than three decades. At a closed-door meeting...

Better access to childcare needed
Port Lincoln Times - November 20, 2019

The Tumby Bay Rural Care cannot keep up with the demand for services and director Ginny McTaggart says the council needs to do more to assist with family/home day care services. "We have a two-worker program five days a week with 14 children in long day care,"...

Role of maternal age at birth in child development among Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian children in their first school year: a population-based cohort study
The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health - Mark Hanly, PhD; Kathleen Falster, PhD; Prof Emily Banks, PhD; Prof John Lynch, PhD; Georgina M Chambers, PhD; Prof Marni Brownell, PhD et al. - November 19, 2019

Indigenous Australian children are twice as likely to score poorly on developmental outcomes at age 5 years than their non-Indigenous peers. Indigenous children are also more likely to be born to younger mothers. We aimed to quantify the relationship between maternal age at childbirth...

Violent kindy kids: find out which schools areas have the highest rates
The Daily Telegraph - Christopher Harris - November 19, 2019

The number of kindergarten students suspended across the state has jumped by 50 per cent in the last five years. The total number of suspended kindergarten students in NSW public schools leapt to 626 students last year from 398 five years ago. There were 107 excluded from school...

Keysborough South Community Hub site announced by council
Herald Sun - Suzan Delibasic, Greater Dandenong Leader

It took 15 years but Keysborough South will soon have a kindergarten, childcare centre and maternal and child health unit in one place. Tatterson Park, on Chapel and Villiers roads, was selected for the site due its central location and accessibility. Councillor Matthew Kirwan said the community...

Residents fear a childcare centre will be built on local ‘race track’
The Daily Telegraph - Philip LY, Northern District Times

Beecroft residents fear a $1.7 million development application which would see a double storey 60 place childcare centre on a road they describe as the local “race track” could cause a fatality. More than 200 residents living near the 36 Orchard Rd address have submitted their concerns...

Does Mayfield Childcare Limited (ASX:MFD) Create Value For Shareholders?
Yahoo Finance - Simply Wall Street - November 19, 2019

While some investors are already well versed in financial metrics (hat tip), this article is for those who would like to learn about Return On Equity (ROE) and why it is important. We'll use ROE to examine Mayfield Childcare Limited (ASX:MFD), by way of a worked example. Our data shows ...

Tax deductible childcare is on the cards
Kidspot - Faye James - November 19, 2019

Childcare rebates continue to frustrate families, with the current situation leaving parents feeling they are no better off, despite the $2million spent. The changes introduced in July 2018, meant that the government subsidised fees based on how much parents earned. But according to the...

Children learn through play – it shouldn’t stop at preschool
The Conversation - Kate Noble - November 18, 2019

The transition from preschool to school is a big deal for many children and parents. Over the next few weeks, many preschoolers will take part in a transition program, designed by their teachers, to prepare them for school. They’ll meet their foundation teachers, spend some time in a classroom...

How museums can hook children for a lifetime of learning
Macquarie University The Lighthouse - Fran Molloy - November 18, 2019

Macquarie University researchers attached GoPros to young children and watched them play in different museums – what they found will help shape a new way of designing family-friendly exhibits at two of Sydney's most popular venues. New research from early childhood academics...

Helping Services To Roll Out Three-Year-Old Kindergarten
Mirage News - November 18, 2019

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting community-based and local government organisations that manage early childhood services to deliver funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten, thanks to $3.41 million in additional funding. The funding will help these organisations with...

Lotterywest grant for Kulunga Kindergarten
Mirage News - November 18, 2019

The City of Fremantle has welcomed a grant from Lotterywest to restore the former Kulunga Aboriginal Kindergarten in Hilton. The funding will allow the Meerilinga Young Children’s Foundation to create a community hub for family and community services such as early learning programs...

Yirrkala Preschool gains recognition as Australia’s first very remote Excellent service
The Sector - Freya Lucas - November 18, 2019

Yirrkala Preschool, part of the broader Yirrkala School (also referred to as Yirrkala CEC), in North East Arnhem land, has received an Excellent Rating from the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority – one of only 45 Excellent services in Australia, and the first very remote service...

Goodstart: Some childcare landlords seek massive hikes
Financial Review - Liam Walsh - November 18, 2019

Childcare's biggest operator, Goodstart, says some centre landlords have tried jacking up rents more than 20 per cent, even as an industry-wide glut of facilities remains. "We at Goodstart are not afraid to walk away," the operator's chief executive Julia Davison said of negotiations with such landlords...

The real cost Aussie families pay for having children
Yahoo Finance - Bianca Hartge-Hazelman, Financy - November 18, 2019

It's official: there really isn't much financial benefit to the average Australian family having multiple children today. But there is hope that things might soon change for the better. Australian families are growing wealthier, partly thanks to rising property prices, more women participating in the paid workforce...