Uralla community after school hours childcare options now available
The Armidale Express - Steve Green - March 26, 2019

Uralla's St Joseph's Primary School principal Judy Elks was able to announce the establishment of an exciting new after school care initiative for Uralla parents, thanks to two years hard work and a $30,000 State grant announced by Member for Northern Tablelands ...

OPINION Small workplaces and corporate profit are driving wage stagnation
ABC News - Josh Bornstein, March 26, 2019

As Australia endures its seventh consecutive year of wage stagnation, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has pledged that the next election will be "a referendum about wages" and will focus attention on "who the economy should work for"... As the plight of child care workers demonstrates...

Federal Government warned to promote child care, not tax cuts in Federal Budget
ABC News - Elysse Morgan - March 26, 2019

"Tax cuts I am nervous about, but I would look at things that would help the productivity of the economy. Child care, huge cost for working families. Mum and dad both working very hard, how much money [do] they pay in child care? An enormous amount. We can grow the economy if we got up to 78 per cent of female participation...

Bill Shorten outlines Labor’s plan to change ‘living wage’
News.com.au - Malcolm Farr - March 26, 2019

Labor says in the last five years out-of-pocket costs to see a GP rose 24 per cent, private health insurance premiums 30 per cent, electricity prices 15 per cent, and long-day child care costs jumped 24 per cent...

What to do when your child sticks like glue
NewsMail - March 26, 2019

DOES your child have issues being separated from you? Is their clinginess and constant need hampering your ability to get jobs done around the house or pay attention to other members of the family? From a survival point of view, separation anxiety makes complete sense...

Children at childcare the most sun smart in the country
Collie Mail - Breeanna Tirant - March 25, 2019

Children who attend childcare are the most sun smart in the state according to new results from the Cancer Council's 2018 National Early Childhood Sun Protection Survey. Research shows WA children in the 0-5 age group who attend day care have near perfect sun protection...

Jobs boom to hit Queensland regions
The Courier-Mail - Peter Hall, March 25, 2019

THE Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast have been named among the top three boom areas in Australia for health and social assistance jobs... “Over the next five years, we are going to see significant demand for workers across the country, with registered nurses, child care workers and aged care staff topping the list...

No immediate ECEC policy changes expected as Liberals secure victory in NSW election
The Sector - Jason Roberts - March 25, 2019

In a letter to Elizabeth Death, CEO of the Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA) who has spearheaded a bipartisan campaign to advocate for improved access to early learning in the two years before school, Minister for Early Childhood Education...

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...