Goodstart Early Learning Advocacy Manager John Cherry talks ECEC state of play ahead of election
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 13, 2019

As we approach two key elections, one federal and the other state, early childhood education and care (ECEC) is being thrust into the news as all sides of politics seek to communicate their policy positions to the electorate. The Sector sat recently with John Cherry, Advocacy Manager...

Aged care and student accommodation providers take on developers for site sales
Financial Review - Ingrid Fuary-Wagner - February 13, 2019

JLL director of sales and investments in NSW, Dylan McEvoy, has witnessed a surge in competition from student accommodation, co-living, boarding house and aged care providers in the market. "I've sat down with a few clients where they've had a boutique developmen...

Young men want flexibility, a good sign for workplace gender equality
Sydney Morning Herald - Wendy Tuohy - February 13, 2019

Millennial men's interest in having a fuller life out of work than their predecessors may accelerate gender equality, but only if they are also interested in caring for children, according to the visiting Dean of Harvard Kennedy School. Professor Iris Bohnet, in Australia for a VicHealth workforce...

Early learning must be a priority for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 12, 2019

More than 40 leading child welfare, education and research organisations have endorsed a new call by Early Childhood Australia (ECA) and SNAICC – National Voice for our Children to ensure all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children receive quality early learning...

Weight gain in early childhood affects teenage heart health, Australian study finds
The Sector - Lyndsie Clark - February 12, 2019

Excessive weight gain in children under two years can lead to cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors in teenage years, including increased cholesterol, being overweight, and having fat around the middle, new research from the University of Sydney has found. The new research...

Why getting early education right is so critical for children & our future
Women's Agenda - February 12, 2019

The future of Australia is predicated on quality early education standards. Women’s Agenda sits down with the CEO of KU Children’s Services, Christine Legg to get a better sense of how we ultimately achieve this...

Spot rezoning need to be independently assessed: Chris Johnson
Property Observer - Chris Johnson - February 12, 2019

Many councils were against new child care centres that competed against their own centres or did not support affordable housing in their area. In these circumstances where councils were stopping social responsible development or where their planning documents...

Squeezed voters yearn for loosening of the budget belt
The Australian - David Uren - February 12, 2019

Even among Coalition voters, a minority believes that higher spending on services such as health, education, childcare and aged care should be the government’s top priority, ahead of tax cuts and debt repayment. The big budget cuts promised in the first Abbott government...

Cutting teacher numbers? Never a good idea for kids
Women's Agenda - Lisa Bryant - February 11, 2019

Would you send your child to a school that did not have a teacher for every class? What if it was decided that employing teachers was too expensive and instead they should be replaced by educators without university degrees? This is the scenario being suggested for early education...

Goodstart Early Learning opens larger new centre in Plympton
The Advertiser - February 11, 2019

Childhood education provider Goodstart Early Learning has nearly tripled its available places in Plympton with the opening this month of its new childcare centre. The premises at 247-251 Anzac Highway – replacing the former building at 337 Anzac Highway...

Labor promises free TAFE courses for 600,000 in skills shortage areas such as childcare, plumbing, electrical
The Daily Telegraph - Edward Boyd - February 10, 2019

NSW Labor leader Michael Daley says if elected in 40 days’ time he will make TAFE free for courses in skill shortage areas like childcare, plumbing and electrical trades. The policy will offer more than 600,000 fee-free TAFE courses over the next decade, starting in 2020...

Calls for childcare centres to make kids more aware of Indigenous cultures
SBS News - February 10, 2019

Aboriginal culture is embedded in the programs at Yappera Children's Service - from music and dance, puzzles and storytelling, through to craft and bush activities. Over the last couple of years the Aboriginal childcare centre in Melbourne has been contacted by a growing number...

Plans for 212-space child care centre at former Wahroonga Adventist Primary School
The Daily Telegraph - Jake McCallum - February 9, 2019

The parent company behind the Sydney Adventist Hospital and School at Wahroonga have plans to redevelop the former Wahroonga Adventist Primary School into a massive childcare centre. The development application, which was submitted by the Australasian Conference...

Labor to give toy libraries, playgroups $6.1m if elected
The Daily Telegraph - Lanai Scarr - February 8, 2019

Exclusive: Labor is setting aside $6 million for a toy cash splash as it pursues the parent vote. The funding for toy libraries and playgroups involves grants of between $5000 and $15,000 open to individual operators and $50,000 grants for overarching organisations...

Gold Coast inter-generational care facility to be developed by former Affinity CEO
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 8, 2019

A company connected with Justin Laboo, former CEO of Affinity Education Group (AEG), has purchased a 7,732 sqm site in Robina on the Gold Coast that is to be developed into a 148 room inter-generational care facility adjacent to a new 95 place early education centre...