MindChamps inks deal to buy 8 more early learning centres in Australia
The Business Times - April 7, 2019

MINDCHAMPS PreSchool Limited, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, has entered into an agreement to buy all the shares of seven companies that own and operate eight preschool centres in the suburbs of Sydney, for a total of nearly A$40.84 million (S$39.4 million)...

Bundaberg trial aimed at helping people with disabilities — with children
ABC News - Jenae Jenkins - April 7, 2019

A new program is breaking down barriers by bringing together adults with disabilities and children in day care. The trial by Carinbundi Respite Services, a non-for-profit organisation in Bundaberg, south-east Queensland, aims to ensure those with a disability are not held back...

How parents keep track of their children
The West Australian - Rhianna Mitchell - April 6, 2019

From nappy changes at daycare to canteen purchases at high school and journeys to and from home, technology has made it possible for parents to monitor their child’s every move. The market is saturated with smart watches, apps and bluetooth devices that allow parents to track their children...

She emailed 35 people. Her former employee got $237,000.
Sydney Morning Herald - Sally Rawsthorne - April 5, 2019

A 23-year-old north shore childcare student has been awarded a $237,000 defamation payout from his former employer for an email sent to 35 people. TAFE student Matthew Bowden started working at Chatswood's Hubba Bubba Childcare on Haig in July 2015...

This is serious. Campbellfield burns, Andrews must act
The Age - Noel Towell, April 5, 2019

As they say in Campbellfield, this is bullshit. Schools were closed, kinders went into lockdown, neighbourhoods evacuated, the city stank and it’ll be a fair while, no doubt, before we know what exactly was in that big black cloud that made its way south from Campbellfield on Friday morning...

Access to Early Learning program improves outcomes for vulnerable children
The Courier - Rochelle Kirkham - April 5, 2019

Mount Pleasant Kindergarten's educational leader Erin Mata has a vision every child in Ballarat could participate in 15 hours of funded kindergarten a week. It is a dream that comes from a passionate education provider who believes strongly in the power of early education to set children up to achieve at school...

Want to end expulsions from preschool? Focus on parent/educator relationships
The Sector - Freya Lucas - April 5, 2019

The way that early childhood education and care (ECEC) educators perceive their relationships with parents is a contributing factor to children being removed from services (expelled), research from the University of Illinois at Chicago has found...

Funding to support Victorian children get the most out of Kindergarten
The Sector - Freya Lucas - April 5, 2019

The De Garis Kindergarten in Mildura has received $230,000 in school readiness funding through the Victorian Government, which will be implemented alongside the construction of a new $189,400 inclusive playgroup underway. The existing playground is being upgraded...

ECA says Budget fails to deliver, represents a missed opportunity to get it right for ECEC
The Sector - Freya Lucas - April 4, 2019

The recent Budget announcement “fails to deliver for young children and early education”, Early Childhood Australia (ECA) have said, in a statement released earlier this week, highlighting the failure to address problems with the Child Care Subsidy and secure long term funding...

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...