School pick-up the most dangerous time of day
The West Australian - Olga de Moeller - February 7, 2020

Motorists are being reminded about road safety risks as children across WA go back to school this week and new research shows pick-up time is the most dangerous on Australian roads. Constable Care Child Safety Foundation chief executive David Gribble has appealed for parents...

Bass Hill: Childcare educator found guilty after boy escaped
The Daily Telegraph - Lawrence Machado, Canterbury-Bankstown Express - February 7, 2020

A childcare educator has been fined after a 22-month-old boy who escaped from his family day care centre in Bass Hill and was found wandering on the busy Hume Highway. On Friday, the educator was convicted of three offences and fined $250 for each of them by Bankstown...

Brisbane childcare costs: Southside suburbs most expensive in state
The Courier Mail - Kristy Muir, Southern Star - February 7, 2020

Five suburbs on Brisbane’s southside have been named among the most expensive in Queensland to put children in daycare. The childcare costs at Nathan, Rocklea and Acacia Ridge have been labelled “out of control” with pre-subsidy annual prices ranging from $14,728 to $17,352...

Building begins at Maiden Gully Early Years Hub
Bendigo Advertiser - Natalie Croxon - February 7, 2020

Construction is beginning on a new childcare and education facility aiming to provide a wraparound service for young children. The Maiden Gully Early Years Hub will include a kindergarten, childcare for children aged 0 to five years old, allied health services and medical practitioners...

Council's early childhood education receives 'top rating'
Liverpool City Champion - February 7, 2020

Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said council is committed to ensuring Liverpool is a "one-stop shop for outstanding education" after all seven of council's early childhood education centres earned the top rating of 'Exceeding National Quality Standards' from the NSW Department ...

ATO seeks input from the ECEC sector about the effective life of early childhood assets
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 7, 2020

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is currently seeking input from those working in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector in relation to capital allowances and the effective life of assets in early childhood services. Every asset which is purchased for use in an ECEC setting...

How well did the ACT do in the latest national education report?
Riot ACT - Dominic Giannini - February 7, 2020

The ACT Chief Minister has reinforced the government’s commitment to education services as a new report has revealed the Territory has the highest participation in education across early childhood, tertiary, vocational and graduate training. The Report on Government Services...

Four preschools given funding to boost Aboriginal attendance
Central Western Daily - Danielle Cetinski - February 6, 2020

Childcare centres across Orange will be able to help Aboriginal children feel more included thanks to grants from the state government. Goodstart Early Learning Centre received $9947 to buy cultural resources and invest further in its native sustainability garden. Early childhood teacher...

Intergenerational care practice may offer future career pathways
Giffith University - Deborah Marshall - February 6, 2020

New career pathways in intergenerational care practice may be the way of the future according to Griffith University researchers. Following on from their ground-breaking intergenerational care research, which analysed programs combining aged care and child-care, Professor...

Bosses may force workers to take unpaid leave over coronavirus
The Australian Business Review - Adeshola Ore - February 6, 2020

Employees who test positive to carrying the potentially fatal Wuhan coronavirus could be placed on unpaid leave until they are no longer infectious. Workplace lawyers say they had been inundated with employ­er inquiries on how to manage sick-leave entitlements as the disease spreads...

AllPlay Learn program helps children transition well to school
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 6, 2020

An innovative program from Deakin University is supporting children with additional needs or developmental challenges to manage transition points in their educational journey, from early learning through to higher education. AllPlay Learn is a freely available evidenced-based resource...

ECA reviews Productivity Commission data, finding that ‘children are still missing out’
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 6, 2020

Early Childhood Australia (ECA) has reviewed the recent Productivity Commission Report on Government Services (RoGS), released 4 February, finding that “too many Australian children are missing out on early learning, especially in the crucial year before school”. Disturbingly...

Tehan issues immunisation reminder to share with parents as new academic year begins
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 6, 2020

Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan reminded families to check the immunisation status of their child/ren so as not to affect a number of Centrelink payments available to them. While there are a number of practical considerations involved in supporting children to begin the 2020...

Experts call for more male role models in early childcare
The Courier Mail - Antonia O’Flaherty - February 6, 2020

Queensland experts have called for more male teachers in early education as new research reveals men only make up 3 per cent of the sector’s workforce, with experts saying male role models in the classroom could be crucial for some children...

New laws to reduce kindy fees fail to flow to parents
The Courier Mail - Michael Wray - February 6, 2020

THOUSANDS of parents are forking out more for child care because of delays rolling out new laws designed to reduce kindergarten costs. The Morrison Government rushed through laws last December that tweaked how child care subsidies (CCS) were applied...