Perth centres fail to update childcare costs
The West Australian - Rhianna Mitchell - July 13, 2019

Less than half of Perth childcare centres are meeting a requirement to publish up-to-date fee information on a Federal Government website, The Weekend West has found. The Child Care Finder site replaced the MyChild website in December and was touted as a “game changer” for Australian parents...

Australian-first study highlights benefits of early education for school children
Women's Agenda - Lydia Jupp - July 12, 2019

A study commissioned by national independent enterprise The Front Project confirms the benefits of formal early education programs for school children. Children who attend one year of early childhood education are more likely to achieve better NAPLAN results in Year 3 than those who haven’t...

ASX ends week on a down note after fed hints
The Sydney Morning Herald - William McInnes - July 12, 2019

G8 Education shares fell heavily this week after the child care provider was downgraded to 'hold' by both Moelis & Company and Canaccord Genuity. Its shares closed the week 10.7 per cent lower at $2.74.

Turner Crescent childcare centre redesigned for council consideration
Central Western Daily - Danielle Cetinski - July 12, 2019

A childcare centre on Turner Crescent could again become reality, with the developer submitting fresh designs after earlier plans were rejected in court. Australian Childcare Solutions lost two cases in the NSW Land and Environment Court to have the 124-place centre approved...

Goodstart Elizabeth Vale recognised for RAP in 2019 Narragunnawali Awards
The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 12, 2019

The team at Goodstart Early Learning Elizabeth Vale, located in South Australia, have received a commendation for their Reconciliation Action Plan in the 2019 Narragunnawali Awards. The centre was one of three early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings in the country to be recognised...

Developer of 114 place centre loses DA appeal as QLD applies new framework
The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 12, 2019

The Planning and Environment Court of Queensland have rejected an appeal made by a property developer seeking to build a 114 place early childhood education and care (ECEC) centre in Brisbane suburb, The Gap. The developer, Ashvan Investments Unit Trust, lodged the appeal...

Goodstart announces purchase of 23 services from Mission Australia
The Sector - Jason Roberts - July 11, 2019

Goodstart Early Learning has this morning confirmed that it will purchase 19 long day care (LDC) centres and four kindergartens from Mission Australia Early Learning (MAEL) in a deal that is expected to be complete by mid-September 2019. The transition of centres from Mission Australia...

Construction to start next year on Brisbane Airport’s Skygate Home & Life retail centre
The Courier Mail - Chris Herde - July 11, 2019

Other buildings on the site include the Skygate Centre, Skygate Dining, Brisbane Airport’s first hotel, the Novotel; a golf driving range, a childcare centre and a number of commercial offices. Skygate Home & Life has been designed by the Buchan Group. Mr Crocetti said while the retail sector...

Federal Government push to make childcare centres justify fee hikes
The West Australian - Lanai Scarr - July 11, 2019

Parents could see lower childcare fee increases as a result of a plan by the Federal Government to force operators to justify in detail their fee hikes and what each dollar would help to fund. Education Minister Dan Tehan told The West Australian he had tasked his department to provide...

Childcare worker jailed for welfare scam
North West Star - Caroline Schelle - July 10, 2019

A Melbourne childcare worker scammed more than $91,000 in welfare benefits but it's a mystery how she spent the taxpayer funds. Single mother-of-two Ikraam Mohamud admitted taking cash from Centrelink while working at multiple childcare centres, without declaring her income...

Brookvale childcare centre’s learning focus is full STEAM ahead
Manly Daily - July 10, 2019

Brookvale’s iSTEAM Ahead Childcare Centre is leading a change in the approach for preschool education. Centre founder Moira Battikha explained what it is they are doing differently. My experience as a primary school teacher and parent led me to some research that has shown...

Training young people to help with childcare
NT News - Leonie Padam - July 10, 2019

The Abecedarian Approach Australia (3A) training took place at Centralian Senior College for the first time in Alice Springs. 3A Practitioner training is the Abecedarian Approach Australia, which is an adaptation of the American Abecedarian program. The NT’s approach caters more towards...

QLD announces first review of ECEC funding and delivery arrangements in 10 years
The Sector - Jason Roberts - July 10, 2019

The Queensland Government has announced that it has commissioned its first comprehensive review of early childhood education funding and delivery arrangements in 10 years. The review is designed, according to the announcement, to ensure that the State is well-positioned for...

FROEBEL Australia leadership journeys - action research to drive organisational change
The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 10, 2019

Play and activity were essential tenets of the kindergarten created in 1837 by Friedrich Fröbel. In creating the kindergarten, Fröbel had an intentional goal - teaching children to learn, observe, reason, express and create through play. The focus was not about instructional learning...

Unis gain benefit from investment in preschool education
The Australian - Tim Dodd - July 10, 2019

Australia’s multi-billion-dollar annual investment in early childhood education yields a positive economic return, with benefits that cascade through the education system up to university level, according to a new study. The study, carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers for social enterprise group...