Quality childcare has become a necessity for Australian families, it’s time the government paid up
SBS Insight - Jen Jackson - February 17, 2020

Quality preschool can deliver $2 for every $1 from government. But families are paying more for it than if they sent their child to private primary school. Some forego quality for affordability. An Australian family on the average wage typically spends close to A$6,000 on...

Here’s What We Like About Mayfield Childcare Limited (ASX:MFD)’s Upcoming Dividend
Simply Wall Street - February 17, 2020

Readers hoping to buy Mayfield Childcare Limited (ASX:MFD) for its dividend will need to make their move shortly, as the stock is about to trade ex-dividend. This means that investors who purchase shares on or after the 21st of February will not receive the dividend...

Four-storey childcare centre proposed for new high-rise zone on Taren Point Road
The Leader - Murray Trembath - February 17, 2020

A proposal for a four-storey childcare centre takes development in Sutherland Shire to a new level. The long day care centre, catering for up to 107 children from 0 to six, is proposed for the new high-rise residential area on Taren Point Road, next to Caringbah High School...

Average family spend more on childcare than they would on private schooling
The Sydney Morning Herald - Natassia Chrysanthos - February 16, 2020

Average income parents are spending more on early childhood care and education than they would sending their child to private primary schools, despite increased government funding for the sector. A family of two adults working full-time on an average combined income of ...

Childcare costs now higher than private school fees, as experts call for new funding model
ABC News - Conor Duffy and Rahni Sadler - February 16, 2020

As a senior corporate leader at one of Australia's big banks, Lina Gyle knows a thing or two about managing money. But she has not been able to find a way around the budget-busting costs of childcare for her son, Eddy. "The childcare cost is bigger than my mortgage repayments," ...

Quality childcare has become a necessity for Australian families, and for society. It’s time the government paid up
The Conversation - Jen Jackson - February 16, 2020

An Australian family on the average wage typically spends close to A$6,000 out of pocket per year on child care, a new analysis from the Mitchell Institute shows. This is more than the average cost of sending a child to a private primary school. Unlike the school sector, families don’t ...

Au Pair’s the fix for time-poor parents
The Courier-Mail - Elise Williams - February 16, 2020

Time poor parents who once splashed the cash for part-time child care services or nannies are ditching the outdated and overpriced care options, instead opting for live in, full time support for a fraction of the cost. The popularity of live-in help has risen enormously over the last decade...

The face behind the early childhood conference coming to the Illawarra in March
Illawarra Mercury - Tareyn Varley - February 16, 2020

Stella Stead has attended and keynoted enough conferences in her 24-year career to know what will send an audience straight to sleep. So when the early childhood consultant decided to turn her educator nights into an all-day conference, she set herself the challenge of...

GPs fed up with schools, clubs sending kids for 'no coronavirus' certificates
The Sydney Morning Herald - Dana McCauley - February 16, 2020

GPs are calling on schools, daycare centres and sporting clubs to stop sending children to their practices to ask for certificates declaring them coronavirus-free, saying it is not possible to categorically rule out infection - even with a swab test. "I can't write a letter to say you don't...

Parents juggle kindergarten as they wait for the promise of a childcare centre at every new school
ABC News - Rebecca Turner - February 15, 2020

Three-year-old Quinn Boladeras is old enough to go to the kindy run by his local public primary school, but he is staying at day care instead. If he went to the local kindergarten, Quinn's schedule would be different each week, with the local kindy roster of two days one week...

Spring Square: Massive $250m development underway in heart of Bankstown
The Daily Telegraph - Tony Ibrahim, Canterbury-Bankstown Express - February 14, 2020

The old site of Bankstown RSL has been knocked down to make way for one of the largest developments the area has seen yet. Spring Square will offer 516 apartments, eleven retail shops, a “health services facility” and a childcare centre. Bankstown is readying to undergo big changes...

Stress in small children separated from their parents may alter genes
Mirage News February 14, 2020

Experts in the emotional needs of small children say increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol in babies and small children who are separated from their parents, especially their mothers, could have a long-term genetic impact on future generations. In a commentary published by ...

SNAICC welcomes Federal Gov announcement of Indigenous early childhood strategy
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 14, 2020

SNAICC – National Voice for our Children welcomed the announcement earlier this week that the Federal Government will be developing an Indigenous early childhood strategy in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The announcement came in the wake of...

Learning with the learners – new training centre will merge VET and ECEC
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 14, 2020

Over the coming months Wodonga TAFE will work with Premier Building and Construction to carry out renovations to combine their early childhood education and care (ECEC) service, Kids on Campus, with training spaces catering for students studying Certificate III and Diploma...

Medical centre fit for childcare landlord Arena
Australian Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - February 13, 2020

Arena REIT, the landlord of 223 childcare centres around the country, is steadily diversifying its portfolio with healthcare real estate, with its latest acquisition being a Perth medical facility. News of the acquisition came as Arena posted a 17 per cent lift in its net operating profit ...