Plans to build $1.2m child care centre in Glendenning submitted to council
The Daily Telegraph - Kate Lockley, Blacktown Advocate - March 25, 2019

Plans to build a $1.29 million child care centre in Glendenning have been submitted to Blacktown Council. The plans, tendered by Zhinar Architects, would involve the construction of a single-storey centre on Richmond Rd, which would cater for more than 100 children…

Labor's $1.75b childcare plan adds up for deal-making ASX groups
Australian Financial Review - Simon Evans - March 25, 2019

ASX-listed Mayfield Childcare will spurn national expansion and stick to its home state of Victoria for acquisitions in a market where improving occupancy rates are likely to be bolstered further if the Labor Party wins the federal election...

Legislative loophole exposed by alleged child sex abuse at Mosman pool
The Sydney Morning Herald - Sally Rawsthorne - March 25, 2019

Unlike child care workers and teachers, swimming teachers are not mandatory reporters of concerns for the safety or welfare of children - meaning that swim school management are not required to report suspicions of child abuse or neglect. The NSW Ombudsman Act requires “public authorities”...

Think Childcare to raise for WA purchases, warchest
Australian Financial Review - Sarah Thomson and Anthyony Macdonald - March 24, 2019

Think Childcare is seeking to cash in on improved investor sentiment towards childcare roll-ups. Street Talk can reveal the company will tap investors for $18 million in fresh funds on Monday in an equity raising handled by stockbrokers Canaccord Genuity and Wilsons...

National week to celebrate importance of Playgroup Australia
The Examiner - Kasey Wilkins - March 24, 2019

The importance of playgroups will be highlighted this week as parents and guardians find out what they're all about. National Playgroup Week will run from March 24 to 30. Current playgroup members are encouraged to bring a friend to community events or their playgroup ...

Aussie families splurge after welfare windfall
Daily Telegraph - Lania Scarr - March 22, 2019

AN EXOTIC bird, an LCD TV and a stint at the pokies are among some of the purchases low-income families have been making as a result of a glitch in government child care subsidies. The glitch is seeing sums of up to $10,000 of backpaid taxpayer-funded Additional Child Care Subsidies paid ...

Sylvanvale launches new playgroup to help children with developmental milestones
The Leader - Eva Kolimar - March 22, 2019

Children who have a disability or those who have not met their developmental milestones will benefit from a new playgroup launched in Sutherland Shire. Sylvanvale has established a supportive group for children up to three years of age. It has been designed to give families...

Beloved Sunshine Coast service closing after 30 years
Sunshine Coast Daily - Eden Boyd - March 22, 2019

A MUCH-LOVED childcare service is closing its doors after 30 years of making memories. The Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre is ending its occasional day care due to dwindling enrolments. Although a flexible and cheaper service offering walk-ins for as little as $45 a day, a lack of government funding ...

Support needed from the ECEC community sector: Complete TICCS survey ASAP!
The Sector - Freya Lucas - March 22, 2019

With a pending federal election, and another review of the National Quality Framework (NQF) on the agenda, ‘there has never been a more crucial time for community services to share their experiences under the NQF. ’The Trends in Community Children's Services (TICCS) survey ...

Labor points to risks of not banning non-immunised children from child care under No Jab No Play plan
The Advertiser - Brad Crouch - March 22, 2019

Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas has warned the Government’s No Jab, No Play plan will leave children at risk and has called for non-immunised children to be excluded from early childhood services such as child care and kindy. The is despite the Royal Australasian...

The 'grandmother hypothesis' is playing out in my living room
Sydney Morning Herald - Jamila Rizvi - March 22, 2019

Both parents work in two thirds of Australian families with children aged under 15. Child care is hugely expensive, even after government subsidies, with 40 per cent of families spending more on child care than the weekly grocery shop. Reliance on grandparent support...

Plea for new NSW Government to fix “chronic childcare supply issues”: ACA NSW
The Sector - Lyndsie Clark - March 21, 2019

The New South Wales Government needs to intervene to fix “chronic” oversupply issues relating to the state’s early childhood education and care (ECEC) services, the Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) NSW branch has said. “We have a triple whammy situation at the moment...

Launch into Learning releases ECEC report card ahead of NSW election this weekend
The Sector - Freya Lucas - March 21, 2019

New South Wales voters who are passionate about early childhood education and care (ECEC) can take advantage of a report card, prepared by the Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA), to support them in understanding commitments...

Election 2019: It’s Game On for the Women’s Vote
Women's Agenda - Kristine Ziwica - March 21, 2019

Also last week, the Economist released its’ latest glass ceiling index, which indicated that overall progress towards gender equality in Australia had stalled, and the report placed the blame for that squarely at the feet of this country’s paid maternity and paternity leave...

Sexual assault rates against children hit 10-year high in Victoria
Sydney Morning Herald - Craig Butt and Tammy Mills - March 21, 2019

That same year, Victoria made it mandatory for teachers, psychologists and childcare workers to report suspicions of child sex abuse, as well as sexting or inappropriate...