'Why does no one care?': the tragic flaws in the childcare system
The Sydney Morning Herald - Julia Baird - October 31, 2020

It’s an anxious enough experience, dropping little ones off to childcare for the first few times. Who hasn’t untangled tiny limbs from their necks, and briskly walked away after saying goodbye, trying to conceal tears, worrying how their kid will cope without them, wondering if the carers ...

Adaptable childcare hub designed for 100-year cycle
The Sydney Morning Herald - Stephen Crafti - October 31, 2020

Referred to as the Sunflower, the Bayswater Early Years Hub also tracks the sun as it moves from east to west. Like the flower's petals, this award-winning building by K20 Architecture is orientated to the north to maximise sunlight and frame two impressive gum trees...

Vikki Campion: ‘Modern mums need properly-funded childcare’
The Daily Telegraph - Vikki Campion, The Sunday Telegraph - October 31, 2020

In Victorian times, many women trying to work turned to laudanum, an opiate advertised as “the poor child’s nurse” to control their children. Now, we have iPads and Paw Patrol on demand. Universal access to early learning is seen by the “don’t breed them if you can’t feed them” ...

Developer reveals how Armstrong Creek town centre will be a one-stop shop
Geelong Advertiser - Chad Van Estrop - October 31, 2020

As Armstrong Creek’s population rockets up by 4,000 people annually and growth in the area is expected until 2050, it’s $1 billion town centre, promising to be a one-stop shop for work, rest and play, is taking shape. But now, a decade in the making, among 2500ha of developable land ...

Bundaberg's first Catholic Kindergarten officially opened
Bundaberg Now - Megan Dean - October 31, 2020

Bundaberg’s first Catholic Kindergarten opened in January this year with spots for the St Joseph’s facility filling quickly, providing a seamless transition to primary school. The Bishop of Rockhampton, Michael McCarthy, officially blessed and opened the facility this week...

Panel approves $2m childcare centre
Perth Now - Lucy Jarvis, Wanneroo Times - October 30, 2020

A $2 million childcare centre in Alkimos will include a nautical-themed play area with a lighthouse and boat. The Metro Outer Development Assessment Panel approved plans for the Nido centre opposite Alkimos Beach Primary School on October 29. The centre will include two outdoor play areas ...

Have ASX childcare stocks weathered the COVID-19 storm?
Stockhead - Nick Sundich - October 30, 2020

ASX childcare stocks are gradually recovering from COVID-19 but they did take a hit. Childcare stocks fell with their peers during the COVID-19 crash in March – the month COVID-19 first hit Australia and began to spread around the world. Investors feared parents, particularly those economically...

Childcare centre plan for ‘crazy dangerous’ westside road
The Courier Mail - Brendan O’Malley, Westside News - October 30, 2020

Almost 100 public submissions have poured in to Council after a developer lodged plans to build a childcare centre on a congested Bardon road near three primary schools. The project, at 56-60 Chiswick Rd, would provide for up to 106 places and is diagonally opposite Cecil Rd...

Family Tax Benefit recipients to wait months for Centrelink payments
IN Daily (Adelaide) - Jessica Bassano - October 29, 2020

Some Family Tax Benefit recipients won’t receive their lump sum or be able to dispute debts until at least February 2021 – seven months after they lodged payment claims with Centrelink – due to a staged lifting of a debt freeze imposed due to the pandemic. The Family Tax Benefit...

Let the children play, say long-closed centres with no reopening date
The Age - Clay Lucas - October 29, 2020

Linda Lin runs two businesses but the pandemic hasn't been kind to one of them: her Crocs play centre in Ringwood that caters for up to 300 kids. When open, "it's crazy with kids, you have to shout to be heard," she said. Since March, the centre has been silent, closed for 203 out of 220 days...

Young child who attended a Bundoora early learning centre among Victoria's new coronavirus cases
9news.com.au - Chanel Zagon - October 29, 2020

One of Victoria's three new coronavirus cases is a child who attended an early learning centre in Melbourne's north. The young girl last attended Good Start Early Learning Centre on Plenty Road in Bundoora on October 22. The child was already in self-isolation after her mother was ...

Gold Coast gastro outbreak hits schools, childcare centres
Gold Coast Bulletin - Emily Halloran, Kirstin Payne - October 29, 2020

A new wave of gastroenteritis on the Gold Coast has authorities concerned with more than 20 outbreaks at facilities including childcare centres and aged care homes around the city. The Public Health Unit today said the recent outbreaks of the bug could be the “tip of the iceberg” with ...

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell visits Tamworth's St Peter's preschool to launch education resources
The Northern Daily Leader - Jacinta Dickins - October 29, 2020

Kids about to make their debut into schooling life now have a friend to show them how it's done. Education Minister Sarah Mitchell paid a visit to St Edwards early Thursday morning to launch a new book alongside education resources to ease the transition of kids into schooling life...

Women locked out of the workforce because of childcare expense is 'terrible'
skynews.com.au - October 29, 2020

Shadow Education Minister Tanya Plibersek says the Labor Party never want anyone to say no to an extra hour of work simply because “they can’t afford childcare”. Labor wants to increase the subsidy per dollar that families spend on childcare from 85 cent to 90 cents. This subsidy ...

Early childhood learning centre powers through COVID-19 to open in Balcatta
Perth Now - Nadia Budihardjo, Stirling Times - October 29, 2020

A childcare centre will be opening its first dedicated early learning facility in Balcatta next week. Discovery Kids Early Learning Centre will open on Main Street on Monday. Owner Josephine Rodi-Germano said despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the staff was ready to provide...