Australia identified as one of the world’s most expensive places for childcare
The Sector - Lyndsie Clark - April 23, 2019

Australia has been named in a list of the top five countries with the most expensive childcare, at the same time that local newspapers have highlighted that Australian working primary carers typically loses 90 per cent of their wage for every extra day they use early childhood education and care (ECEC) services...

New jobs migration plan could come to the Pilbara
The West Australian - Alicia Perera - April 23, 2019

A new jobs migration plan could soon be on the table for the Pilbara, with the State Government proposing to bring skilled migrants already in WA into the region to fill skilled job shortages in occupations outside the resources sector, including in hospitality, childcare and administration...

Communities@Work CEO Lee Maiden on why she’s ‘always smiling at work’
Riot ACT - Lisa Herbert - April 23, 2019

Communities@Work’s board chair Alan Greenslade recently announced the appointment of Lee Maiden to the position of Chief Executive Officer. “Lee is an outstanding appointment known for her collaborative leadership style,” he said of the new CEO. “She brings a wealth of experience...

Proposed Heathmont childcare centre gets 161 objections
Herald Sun - Kiel Egging, Maroondah Leader - April 23, 2019

Objectors to a proposed childcare centre in Heathmont — which already has a childcare centre, kinder and school within 250m — fear it could lead to “madness” and gridlock a suburban street. Plans have been submitted to replace it with a single-storey childcare centre for up to 88 children...

Booming Murrumbateman to grow retail heart
About Regional - John Thistleton - April 22, 2019

The fast-growing rural village of Murrumbateman is about to become a country town, complete with a pedestrian-friendly retail heart. The Fairley residential subdivision, a YWCA-operated 115-place childcare centre, medical centre, the new Abode Hotel and many other retail businesses...

Searching for the school readiness sweet spot
The Sydney Morning Herald - Madeleine Heffernan - April 21, 2019

The wide range in starting ages can create tough choices for parents - as well as interesting trends and research. The number of older children starting prep in Victorian state schools has been rising for a decade, new Victorian Department of Education and Training figures show...

Kids make you happier - as long as you can pay for them
The Sydney Morning Herald - Matt Wade - April 21, 2019

Raising children is a source of happiness, right? Well, it turns out the data tells a more complicated story... kids increase the happiness of parents as long as the extra costs involved with having children doesn’t make it hard to make ends meet...

Inside plans for Perth’s ‘self-contained city’ in Beckenham
The West Australian - Josh Zimmerman - April 21, 2019

Approvals are in place for a 2380-apartment “self-contained city” in Perth’s south-east. Residents would have access to a supermarket, bars, restaurants, a childcare centre and office space while two 12-level aged-care facilities are also flagged...

'It's not viable for me to work': Ninety per cent tax for a day's work
The Age - Eryk Bagshaw - April 20, 2019

A woman typically loses 90 per cent of her wage for every extra day she uses childcare and in many cases actually pays to work, new figures show. Competing tax plans at the heart of the federal election will fail to prevent new mothers from taking a massive hit for returning to work...

The age groups most likely to be unvaccinated for measles in Australia
9 News - Emily McPherson - April 20, 2019

Pockets of under-vaccinated adolescents and young adults could be putting the community at risk of contracting measles as outbreaks continue, an expert has warned. "They are not captured within the 'No Jab, No Pay' policy, for example."...

Berejiklian promises to provide before and after school care for all public primary schools
The Daily Telegraph - Lawrence Machado - April 18, 2019

ALL public primary schools in NSW will have before and after school care by 2021, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has confirmed while promising to cut the cost of before and after school care for each child by upto $225 annually. Speaking during her visit to Picnic Point Public School this week...

Inner-Melbourne childcare centre sale tops $10 million
Property Observer - April 18, 2019

A local private investor has sold a South Melbourne childcare centre for $10.25 million. The deal represents a sales rate of $85,415 per child and is the only offering of this kind to have sold within 1.5 kilometres of the Melbourne CBD in the past five years...

Springwood childcare centre application withdrawn
Blue Mountains Gazette - Ilsa Cunningham - April 18. 2019

A controversial development application for a 40-place childcare centre in a Springwood residential street has been withdrawn. Developer Peter Dollin, on behalf of Childsplay Day Care, said they had withdrawn the application as council had indicated they wouldn't support it...

Gold Coast childcare giant G8 Education looks to cut down on its 23 brands to deliver clear message to parents
Gold Coast Bulletin - Alister Thomson - April 18, 2019

Childcare giant G8 Education will look to slash the vast number of brands it uses in an effort to deliver a clear message to families about what it stands for in the highly-competitive industry. Yesterday shareholders at the annual meeting at Mantra on View in Surfers Paradise heard about...

Baby boy's death at overcrowded family day care house ruled as SIDS
ABC News - Kate McKenna - April 17, 2019

Police investigating the death of a baby at an over-capacity Brisbane family day care facility found children hiding in the house, including a girl crouched in a cupboard and "visibly shaking", the Queensland Coroners Court has heard. Lucas Tran was only five months old when he was found unconscious...