Kids under five urged to get flu shot
Mirage News - May 24, 2019

Parentsand carers are once again urged to take advantage of plentiful supplies of freeflu vaccines to protect their children, after a rise in the number of influenza cases. Children are particularly susceptible so parents and carers are being urged to take up the offer of the free flu vaccine...

Have your say on Ivanhoe Estate development
Mirage News - May 24, 2019

The Department of Planning and Environment is calling for community feedback on plans to redevelop the Ivanhoe Estate in Macquarie Park. “This first stage of the project would comprise 740 total dwellings, including 259 social homes, and a childcare centre...

Junior Landcare And Biodiversity Grants Now Open
Mirage News - May 24, 2019

The Andrews Labor Government is empowering young people to care for and protect the environment with the latest round of the Junior Landcare and Biodiversity grants now open with a total of $410,000 available for grassroots programs. Victorian schools, kindergartens, childcare centres...

To give kids a head start, early childhood educators need one too
The Sector - Leslie Loble - May 24, 2019

We all know that skilled, knowledgeable and caring early childhood educators are the backbone of great preschool programs, but all too often the importance of ongoing professional development is overlooked in discussions about improving service quality...

Newcastle's newest child care centre offers some parents a lift to work and plans to offer takeaway dinners at pickup
The Herald - Penelope Green - May 24, 2019

Newcastle's latest childcare centre on the block is offering some parents a drop-to-work shuttle bus service and has flagged selling pre-packaged dinners for parents collecting their children. East End Early Education and Preschool opened on May 13 on the ground floor of 50 Bolton Street...

Experts' picks: General Motors 'way too cheap' and Myer set to hit $1
Australian Financial Review - May 23, 2019

Martin Hickson at Wilson Asset Management said he had just bought 4 per cent of Think Childcare, adding "we think it's one of the best micro-caps in the market". "The Australian childcare industry is at an inflection point" and is about to enter a period of reducing supply and increasing demand...

Wyndham Council wants crackdown on misleading marketing for new estates
Wyndham Leader - Rebecca David - May 23, 2019

Wyndham MAV delegate Josh Gilligan said the council received dozens of complaints and concerns about new home or land purchases, regarding estates that did not live up to marketing materials provided before the sale. “Some of the most concerning of these changes are the removal of child care facilities...

Short-term assistance available for state-funded kindergartens in Victoria
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 23, 2019

Early childhood teachers (ECTs) working within state-funded Victorian kindergarten programs may be able to access additional short-term support to assist children with a diagnosed disability or developmental delay through a program offered by Uniting, in partnership with the...

Daycare kids vaccinated after measles outbreak
The Australian - Remy Varga - May 23, 2019

Twenty-seven toddlers and babies at a Victorian daycare centre have been immunised after an ­infant who attends the facility contracted measles. Health authorities confirmed yesterday that six people, including the infant, had contracted the infectious disease after coming in contact with...

'Exuberance' has abated, childcare centre transaction volumes fall
Australian Financial Review - Tim Boyd - May 22, 2019

The volume of childcare centre transactions fell over 2018, as the market matured after three years of "exuberance", according to a new white paper. Peritus Childcare Sales' research showed freehold childcare centre transaction volumes slipped 12 per cent in 2018, down to $355.4 million in sales...

Childcare centre fined after child was left behind at excursion
North Coast Times - Grelg Johnston - May 22, 2019

A Perth childcare centre has been fined $9000 after a five-and-a-half year old child was left behind at an excursion. Quinns Baptist Community Care at 8 Salerno Drive in Mindarie was also ordered to pay $1000 in legal costs. The matter was referred to the State Administrative Tribunal in March...

HoneyBears and neighbouring Sylvania property sell for $5.8M
The Leader - May 22, 2019

The HoneyBears early learning centre in Sylvania has sold for $3.2 million amid growing interest in Sutherland Shire investment opportunities. The substantial childcare, and its neighbouring property, have been secured by an astute investor keen to invest in the future growth of the shire...

Arena REIT expands asset base
Sydney Morning Herald - Caroly Cummins - May 22, 2019

Arena REIT has expanded its asset base with the purchase of additional social infrastructure properties with a total investment of $62 million. The acquisitions will be funded through a $50 million institutional placement and comprise three specialist disability accommodation properties in...

Families face higher childcare and preschool costs after election
The Daily Telegraph - Sue Dunlevy - May 21, 2019

Families with young children face uncertain funding for preschool while those with older kids are already receiving a boost in school funding under the Morrison government. An analysis of policy in the wake of the shock election result reveals a mixed bag of offerings for families...

Canberra's inner north might need a new school, four extra child care centres to cope with growth
Canberra Times - Dan Jervis-Bardy - May 21, 2019

Canberra's inner north could need another public primary school, four new child care centres and around 200 aged-care places in the next decade to accommodate the district's growing population, new analysis has shown. Two new GP clinics and more recreation spaces for young people might also...