How have Indigenous Australians fared in the Coalition’s 2019-20 Federal Budget?
National Indigenous Times - Hannah Cross - April 4, 2019

While the government made an effort to better fund Indigenous education, the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) is unhappy with the amount allocated for early childhood education. A statement from SNAICC said the “lacklustre” budget is unlikely to deliver...

If you think childcare costs are high, why not… look at these childcare stocks?
Stockhead - Nick Sundich - April 4, 2019

The cost of raising a child is getting higher. A 2016 Suncorp report found the average cost is $297,600 from birth to 17 – which as Mamamia noted is the cost of a brand new Ferrari. Ouch. Among the biggest expenses of raising children are childcare and education. Childcare costs have risen...

Adelaide baby in serious condition with meningococcal
The Advertiser - Dixie Sulda - April 4, 2019

The baby had come into contact with numerous people, and 41 of them have been directed to receive clearance antibiotics, SA Health says. SA Health is also working closely with Greenwith Childcare Centre, where the girl attended, to ensure staff and children receive the appropriate advice...

'I thought it was a hoax': When Centrelink tells you your son doesn't exist
Sydney Morning Herald - Paul Sakkal - April 4, 2019

Kim was shocked to receive a letter from Centrelink accusing her of illegally claiming almost $7000 in childcare rebates. Centrelink accused her of rorting the system and would refer her to debt collectors because, they said, her son did not exist...

Ageless play program lifting spirits among aged care residents and children alike
ABC - Malcolm Sutton - April 4, 2019

Playgroup SA has established 14 so-called intergenerational playgroups across the state and this week launched its first partnership with Eldercare to bring together pre-schoolers and aged care residents. Since January, young children and their parents have been...

No easing of fiscal pressure on families with young children
Canberra Times - Peter Brewer - April 4, 2019

No change to child support or preschool funding coming out of the federal budget means the financial squeeze on young Canberra families like the Kiddeys will continue. Jonathan and Rebecca Kiddey of Macgregor have their youngest daughter, Matilda, in child care three days...

Budget 2019 has little new for schools and even less for early childhood: education experts respond
The Sector - Peter Goss, Steven Lewis and Susan Irvine - April 3, 2019

In his first budget speech, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said education was the “first defence of the nation […] it is critical to our prosperity, harmony and advancement as a country.” Frydenberg said funding for government, independent and Catholic schools was at...

Federal Budget 2019 outcome underwhelming for ECEC sector
The Sector - Jason Roberts - April 3, 2019

In a highly anticipated 2019 Federal Budget the key takeaway for the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector is an extension of the National Partnership on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education for a further 12 months for children attending a preschool program...

ACA and The Parenthood say Budget has failed to provide certainty on Universal Access
The Sector - Freya Lucas - April 3, 2019

The lack of certainty around ongoing funding for the Universal Access program, designed to give every four year old access to a quality preschool education for 600 hours in the year before school, is disappointing, both the Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) and The Parenthood have said...

Victorian children to learn new language in Kindergarten through new funding package
The Sector - Freya Lucas - April 3, 2019

Children in Victoria will be offered the opportunity to learn a language other than English while attending kindergarten in 2019, through a ‘significant investment by the Victorian Government’, Victorian Minister for Education, James Merlino has said...

Scholarships promised as free three-year-old kinder rolls out
Herald Sun - Ashley Argoon - April 3, 2019

Cash and scholarships are on offer for aspiring preschool teachers as free three-year-old kinder rolls out across the state. A total 300 scholarships are being offered for early childhood education qualifications, along with $9000 payment incentives for teachers who move to...

'A big step up': the meteoric rise of NSW's new Education Minister
Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker - April 3, 2019

When Sarah Mitchell waved her daughter off on her first day of kindergarten, she had no idea that two months later she would be responsible not only for Annabelle's education, but also that of 1.2 million other NSW school students. Ms Mitchell, a National Party MP, was...

Review of preschool funding ‘a concern’
The Australian - Rebecca Urban - April 3, 2019

The Coalition government has resisted mounting pressure to make a long-term commitment to preschool education, announcing a one-year funding extension and flagging a review of the future of the program. The allocation of $453.1 million to guarantee...

Benefits of early learning ‘must be open to all’
The Australian - Rebecca Urban - April 3, 2019

Queensland mother of two Karra Johnstone has enjoyed watching her boys thrive as a result of ­attending preschool. Angus, 6, who is now at primary school, benefited from the social interaction with children his own age and four-year-old Blake has learned a range of skills...

Change petition skyrockets calling for overhaul to controversial ParentsNext policy
Women's Agenda - Tarla Lambert - April 2, 2019

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has tabled a change.org. petition this afternoon, calling for the ParentsNext policy to be made voluntary and to remove punitive measures that serve to hurt women. The petition, started by former Greens’ advisor Ella Buckland, has so far...