New Harcourt early learning centre on the way thanks to government grant
Bendigo Advertiser - Tara Cosoleto - February 3, 2020

A new early learning facility will be built in Harcourt after the YMCA received a $550,000 government grant. The new facility will ensure families can access kindergarten programs and family services in the same space. The Harcourt Uniting Church had been providing a space for...

Caringbah Presbyterian Church and residents object to Catholic Church childcare centre plans on traffic grounds
St George & Sutherland Shire Leader - Murray Trembath - February 3, 2020

A proposal for a new childcare centre in the grounds of the Catholic Church and schools at Caringbah has drawn objections from the adjoining Presbyterian Church and nearby residents. Their concerns are about traffic congestion, which is already at a high level during school...

2019-nCoV is a Public Health Emergency – what does that mean for ECEC?
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 3, 2020

The unfolding international novel coronavirus situation, the correct term for which is 2019-nCoV, has caused some concern within the early childhood education and care community, with a number of educators and providers seeking guidance as to the best ways to ensure the safety...

Kidz Galore seeks Attorney General intervention to stay on site as park pressure grows
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 3, 2020

The City of Vincent is seeking intervention from West Australia Attorney General John Quigley to support a resolution that would delay the removal of early childhood education and care service Kidz Galore Pty Ltd from its North Perth home to make way for parkland at Haynes Street Reserve...

Daylesford Community Child Care gets inclusivity makeover via Government funding
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 3, 2020

Children living in the Victorian town of Daylesford are set to “get the best out of their time at Kinder” thanks to upgrades being undertaken at Daylesford Community Child Care Centre, Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas recently announced. Daylesford Community was one of ...

More proof Australia needs a radical new approach to childcare
Women's Agenda - Georgina Dent - February 3, 2020

In 2018 the federal government introduced a $2.5 billion childcare package to ease the cost of early childhood education and care for Australian families. On Sunday the Sydney Morning Herald reported that the expected cost savings to parents have virtually been eradicated...

Our classroom tech obsession puts young minds at risk
Riot ACT - Ian Bushnell - February 3, 2020

As ACT families prepared to head back to school last week, education reporters were busy working up clicks about how the modern child could not get by without technology. Without tablets, laptops, mobiles, USBs and the internet, the argument went, a child’s future is compromised...

Geelong council review of child care fees finds families not overcharged
The Daily Telegraph - Harrison Tippet, Geelong Advertiser - February 3, 2020

An investigation into “accounting issues” at a council-run child care centre has resulted in a full investigation and a review of fees and rebates at all of the city’s child care centres. The City of Greater Geelong confirmed it had discovered the accounting issues that arose from amendments...

Childcare package all but gone 18 months after introduction
The Sydney Morning Herald - Shane Wright and Judith Ireland - February 2, 2020

The federal government's $2.5 billion childcare package has dried up for some parents just 18 months after its introduction as operators drive up prices more than three times faster than the rate of inflation. So concerned is the government over how its signature childcare policy is being eroded...

Rise of digital storytelling alarms experts
The Courier Mail - Clare Masters - February 2, 2020

Storytelling should not be left to electronic babysitters with experts warning against the rise of digital stories on websites where celebrities read children’s books out loud. While technology has improved our lives in many ways, literacy specialists warn that nothing beats the lifelong...

Work-life balance: everyone wins when parents get it right
The Age - Editorial - February 1, 2020

Almost three million Australian families have spent this week trying to juggle the demands of home and dependent children with the demands of work. To go back to work and make a meaningful contribution while maintaining their sanity, parents need affordable quality childcare and...

Do NOT go to school: Schoolchildren who have been in China are banned from attending classes
The Daily Mail Australia - Zoe Zaczek - February 1, 2020

Students and teachers who recently travelled to China have been advised to skip school until they've been back on home soil for 14 days amid coronavirus fears. The Queensland Government on Friday acquired a list of Queenslanders under the age of 18 years old who recently...

High staff turnover and general chaos: The red flags to look for when touring a childcare centre.
MamaMia - Charity Makris - February 1, 2020

If you are in the process of enrolling your child into childcare you will probably be offered a tour of the centre. If not, ask for one – they are extremely helpful in making an informed decision. Choosing a childcare centre is much like buying a house… Some you will know from the minute...

Psychologist promotes importance of self-care for children in new book
Sky News - February 1, 2020

Psychologist Alexandra Giufre has made it her mission to make sure children and families are taking time to look after their mental health. From bushfires to climate change, Australian kids can be exposed to a lot of anxiety-inducing imagery. Ms Giufre said "children are little sponges...

Little kids seek crisis counselling for ‘alarming’ NAPLAN stress
The Courier Mail - Kylie Lang - February 1, 2020

Children as young as five are cutting class for on-the-spot counselling as anxiety grips a generation of Australian kids. Clinical psychologist Alexandra Giufre, who has spent three years working in a Catholic primary school, said the problems troubling “beautiful little heads” were alarming...