Mudgee Preschool receive exceeding mark in National Quality Standard
Mudgee Guardian - Jay-Anna Mobbs - May 13, 2019

Achieving an exceeding rating across seven areas of education is rather difficult to achieve, but Mudgee Preschool South Campus has been rated as Exceeding National Quality Standard under the National Quality Framework. The National Quality Standard (NQS) assess...

Early Learning: Everyone Benefits notes stark contrast in ECEC plans ahead of election
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 13, 2019

As Australians ready themselves to vote in the Federal election, to be held on 18 May, the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits campaign has analysed the early childhood policies proposed by the three main parties finding “some stark differences” between their proposals....

Queensland Kindergartens encouraged to apply for Indigenous Language grants
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 13, 2019

Up to $15,000 in grants are available for Queensland community organisations, including Queensland Government-approved kindergarten program providers, in support of the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the Queensland Department of Education have announced...

Hey politicians, here’s a radical idea: Make kindy free
NT News - Darren Levin - May 13, 2019

In the lead-up to the May 18 sausage sizzle, Labor has announced some additional subsidies that could mean free childcare for low income families and thousands off the childcare bill for households earning up to $174,00 a year. It builds on the Coalition’s 2018 shake up...

What do the major parties have in store for parents, kids and people on welfare?
The Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - May 12, 2019

The federal election has been billed as a referendum on the economy and climate change – and a showdown between Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten. But in among the debates ... the parties also have some major policies on the table in terms of families and welfare...

Childcare wages subsidy branded ineffective
The Australian - Rebecca Urban - May 11, 2019

A push for taxpayer-funded subsidisation of childcare workers’ wages was previously dismissed by the Productivity Commission as likely to be “ineffective” and “inefficient”, ultimately propping up already profitable providers. As unease builds around Labor’s election pledge ...

Childcare workers' initial pay rise under Labor two years away
The Sydney Morning Herald - Dana McCauley - May 11, 2019

Childcare workers would not see the pay rises promised under Labor for at least two years, according to new figures that also put the final annual cost of the plan at $2 billion. The costings, released on Friday, show the average childcare worker would get a salary boost of ...

Childcare pay rise 'affordable': Shorten
SBS News - May 11,2019

Labor says it can afford its $10 billion childcare worker pay rise while also balancing the federal budget better than the coalition. It is understood the pay top-up will be limited to qualified staff in commonwealth-funded centres, and exclude those in local and state government-backed facilities...

John X to take the reins at National Simultaneous Storytime at Hobart Library
Mercury - Chanel Kinniburgh - May 11, 2019

TASMANIAN actor and comedian John X will put his spin on Matt Cosgrove’s children’s book Alpacas with Maracas as part of National Simultaneous Storytime. Every year an Australian picture book is read simultaneously in libraries, bookshops, schools and childcare centres ...

Doctors warn shortage of measles vaccine could leave some vulnerable
The Courier Mail - Sophie Chirgwin - May 11, 2019

TOP doctors are warning a shortage of the measles vaccine could leave some Queenslanders unvaccinated and vulnerable. Doctor Richard Kidd, of Australian Medical Association Queensland, was originally concerned the shortage would leave babies vulnerable and children unvaccinated...

Parents in ‘ugly’ clash with Perth childcare operators
Hills Gazette Community - Sarah Brookes - May 10, 2019

POLICE were called to a tense standoff between parents and the operators of a community childcare centre in Perth’s east today. The Hills Gazette understands children were locked inside the Little Possums daycare centre while parents barred ‘unauthorised’ staff from accessing the Mundaring site...

Childcare 'scammers who rorted $4million from taxpayers held and livestreamed a fake GRADUATION CEREMONY so their ruse seemed more convincing'
Daily Mail Australia - Nic White - May 10, 2019

A syndicate accused of scamming $4 million in government childcare subsidies allegedly staged a fake graduation ceremony to help sell the con. Red Roses Family Day Care went to extraordinary lengths to make what police claim was an elaborate ruse appear legitimate...

Harcourt Street childcare centre should not go ahead, report finds
Bendigo Advertiser - Tom O'Callaghan - May 10, 2019

A NEW childcare centre overlooking Ewing Park would have unacceptable impacts on neighbours and sportspeople, a council report says. It recommends councillors knock back plans for a 110-children childcare centre at next Wednesday's City of Greater Bendigo council meeting...

UNSW academic calls for more thoughtful and proactive Government support for ECEC
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 10, 2019

Adjunct Professor Michael Traill AM, a renowned social investment advocate and non-executive Chair of Goodstart Early Learning, has called on the major political parties to “prioritise their policies on care of the elderly, education and housing during the run-up to the federal election.” ...

New Kinder Hub on the way for Morwell
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 10, 2019

More Kindergarten places will be created for families in Victoria’s Gippsland region, with work beginning on a “one stop shop” for kindergarten, school and family services. Ground was broken in the region yesterday by Victorian Minister for Education, James Merlino...