‘Unclear’ childcare plans defers four-storey unit block development approval
The Daily Telegraph - Joanne Vella - June 26, 2019

Plans for a four-storey unit block at Merrylands have been deferred after concerns over a conflict of interest between residents living close to a childcare centre in the complex. The application before Cumberland Council proposes a shop, 14 units, a 50-place childcare centre and a two-level basement carpark...

Corrigin becomes first Wheatbelt childcare centre to join new management with country focus
Avon Advocate - Eliza Wynn - June 26, 2019

Corrigin-based childcare centre Giggle Pots has become the first Wheatbelt early childcare and education service to join the Regional Early Education and Development Inc (REED) - a not-for-profit delivering services for Wheatbelt families. REED created a new cluster model of management to provide...

Dr Louise Porter joins Goodstart as a senior early learning consultant
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 26, 2019

Child psychologist and author Dr Louise Porter has joined Goodstart Early Learning as Senior Early Learning Consultant – Practice Uplift (behaviour). She commenced her position formally in May, with the aim of “improving outcomes for children, and making work more rewarding for all educators”...

ELACCA welcomes PwC report on economic impact of ECEC
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 26, 2019

The Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA) has welcomed the recently released PwC A Smart Investment for a Smarter Australia report on the economic impact of sound and continuous investment in early childhood education and care (ECEC). As reported by The Sector...

Human Services glitch hits pockets of childcare providers
Canberra Times - Doug Dingwall - June 26, 2019

Childcare providers have been out of pocket after a Human Services Department error left them unpaid hundreds of dollars over nearly two weeks. A government subsidy for parents, sent directly to their childcare providers, failed to arrive for about 100 Canberra- and Queanbeyan-based educators for...

Canberra childcare centres' understaffing investigated by regulator, serious failures found
ABC News - Jake Evans - June 26, 2019

Two years of investigations into preschools and early childhood centres in Canberra have linked widespread understaffing to serious safety incidents, including one where a child wandered away from the centre and ran across a road unnoticed. In the worst instances exposed by the regulator's investigations...

Childcare worker to stand trial for sex offences against young girl
Sydney Morning Herald - June 25, 2019

A Wodonga childcare worker will stand trial on charges with sex offences against a young girl. Bumble Bees worker Lucas Jacob Garratt allegedly abused the girl multiple times while babysitting her in her Border home on August 28 last year. He had looked after the alleged victim through the childcare centre...

Globe Wilkins Preschool saved from closure
Inner West Courier - Heath Parkes-Hupton - June 25, 2019

A Marrickville preschool facing down a possible closure has been “saved”, NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell announced today. Following a year-long campaign from parents, Ms Mitchell visited the Globe Wilkins Preschool on McRae St to announce it would receive a new two-year lease at the site...

Former Ballarat childcare centre set for conversion as GovHub area takes shape
The Courier - Jolyon Attwooll - June 25, 2019

Two Armstrong Street properties went under the hammer last night at an in-room auction for a combined total of more than $2 million. The former Occasional Child-Care Centre at 112 Armstrong Street was sold for $1.225 million while the building currently leased by Ballarat Insurance brokers went for $985,000...

Samoan-English bi-lingual program connects children to culture
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 25, 2019

A Logan City bi-lingual kindergarten, located in South East Queensland, has been working to connect young Samoan children with their heritage, language and culture. The success of the program, which is a collaboration between Hosanna Logan City Church and Goodstart Early Learning, has attracted the attention...

Central Coast flu cases up by more than 20 per cent
The Daily Telegraph - Catherine Stubbs, Central Coast Gosford Express Advocate - June 24, 2019

Health authorities said flu cases continue to rise across the board and urged people to get their free influenza vaccine, particularly small children under 5. NSW Health Director of Communicable Disease, Dr Vicky Sheppeard, says 115 children have been admitted to Children's Hospital Westmead with flu this year...

Former Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop to head up children’s research institute
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 24, 2019

Former Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop, is set to chair the West Australian based Telethon Kids Institute come 20 August 2019. Research initiatives of note to the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector include but are not limited to work on understanding...

Free preschool in Canberra for vulnerable kids
The Canberra Times - Sherryn Groch - June 24, 2019

Four hundred vulnerable children will receive subsidised preschool places next year as part of the first phase of the ACT's $10 million plan to roll out universal kindergarten to three year olds. Every second, a toddler's brain forges more than a million new neural connections - making early education critical...

Kindergarteners at risk under current road safety legislation
The Herald Sun - Rebecca Di Nuzzo, Progress Leader - June 24, 2019

Frightened parents want a dangerous “loophole” in the state’s road laws closed after a number of near-misses outside a busy suburban kindergarten. The speed limit outside all schools in the state is restricted to 40km/h but kindergartens are not included. Rosanna Kirn said she was prompted...

Sydney doctor calls for both tiers of Government to change ECEC vaccination rules
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 24 2019

Speaking with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Sydney doctor, Bob Kass, has called for the Australian Government to change recommendations in relation to measles vaccinations for children attending early childhood education and care (ECEC) services...