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...

'Given up': Financial loss forces childcare centre to close
South Burnett Times - Claudia Williams - February 8, 2019

MAKING a financial loss for 10 years has forced South Burnett CTC to close its childcare services in Nanango. Parents and staff were informed this morning that services in Nanango will stop on March 29. CEO Nina Temperton said the decision was a very painful one to make...

‘We can’t ignore impact of childhood costs on NSW families’: Australian Childcare Alliance NSW calls for inquiry
Women's Agenda - February 8, 2019

The peak industry body for early childhood education in NSW has called for an inquiry into the increasing cost of childcare in the state. The Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) NSW wants a review into the systematic, structural issues like supply, red tape, regulation and planning...

G8 Education-tenanted childcentre on Isle of Capri on Gold Coast sells for record yield to local investor
Gold Coast Bulletin - Alister Thomson - February 8, 2019

A GOLD Coast investor has shrugged off fears of an oversupply in the childcare industry to purchase a Surfers Paradise centre for $2.1 million at a record yield of 5.1 per cent. The purpose-built Kool Kids Early Learning Centre at 1-3 Bimbi Court on Isle of Capri, which is operated...

We can't sit by and watch yet another election devoid of issues that matter to women
ABC News - Vanessa Whittaker, Maria O'Brien and Sera Mirzabegian - February 8, 2019

In our working lives, we have seen no serious political engagement with the fact that it is legal to tax deduct your conference in Whistler, but not the cost of child care while you're at work. Women speak about these issues all the time. Politicians rarely do. Like almost all of the women we know...

Catalyst Health planning new aged-care and childcare centres for Robina after buying site for $10M off Robina Group
Gold Coast Bulletin - Alister Thomson, - February 8, 2019

A ROBINA site is set to become home to new aged and childcare centres after it was snapped up for $9.9 million by a Sunsuper-linked real estate investment trust. The vacant 578 Christine Ave property has been purchased by Catalyst Robina SPV Pty Ltd, which is linked to Justin Laboo...

Bullying in the early years leads to depression later in life, study finds
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 7, 2019

Authors speculated that students in early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings, which did not receive public funding, or which had a lower quality rating, may be more prone to bullying and being bullied, and therefore at higher risk of depression. Professor of child psychology...

High-rise childcare evacuation dangers first flagged six months ago
The Daily Telegraph - Danielle Le Messurier - February 7, 2019

EXCLUSIVE: An urgent briefing on the ­safety of children in high-rise childcare centres was first ­requested six months ago. The Australian Building Codes Board, responsible for the development of the Nat­ional Construction Code, was tasked with looking into fire safety issues...