Why we still struggle with work-home conflict in women and men
The Conversation - Kate O'Brien - March 28, 2019

Men are called to play a larger role in childcare to promote gender equality, but they are penalised more heavily than women when they take up flexible work arrangements, especially in societies where gender roles are firmly entrenched...

Mother of toddler who escaped from North Perth childcare centre ‘horrified’ by details of ordeal
The West Australian - David Johns - March 28, 2019

The mother of a two-year-old boy who escaped from a North Perth childcare centre and ran across a nearby road says she only found out the full extent of the incident after reading an article in The West Australian. Mulberry Tree Childcare and Kindy was fined...

More action is needed to address early childhood disadvantage, ECA says
The Sector - Freya Lucas - March 27, 2019

The results of the 2018 Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) show that children all over Australia are still facing unacceptably high levels of vulnerability, Early Childhood Australia (ECA) has said. The organisation said many Australians “would be shocked”...

ALP commits to Queensland early learning in Federal election lead up
The Sector - Freya Lucas - March 27, 2019

The Australian Labor Party (ALP) has been vocal in Queensland this week, committing to early learning ahead of what many speculate will be a May Federal election, speaking with parents and providers about their plans to support local community groups to expand early learning resources ...

Pelicans Child Care Centre becomes first Cairns daycare to win G8 Education Core Values Award
Cairns Post - Jack Lawrie - March 27, 2019

Pelicans Child Care has become the first Cairns daycare to win a coveted G8 Education Core Values Award for commitment to children. The centre earned the nomination and eventual win through commitment to G8’s five core values: compassion, innovation, dedication, integrity and passion...

Charter Hall fund to acquire childcare centres in $75.5m deal
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - March 26, 2019

The Charter Hall Education Trust is acquiring a portfolio of 13 early learning facilities, some still in development, in a $75.5 million deal. It is the first major transaction for the fund since its management platform was taken over by Charter Hall from Folkestone in a $205 million deal last year...

Jobs, Central West: Health and welfare sectors to see growth
Cowra Guardian - Nadine Morton - March 26, 2019

AN extra 4483 jobs in the health and welfare sector will be created in the Central West and Blue Mountains... "Over the next five years, we are going to see significant demand for workers across the country, with registered nurses, child care workers and aged care staff topping the list of occupations"...

Uralla community after school hours childcare options now available
The Armidale Express - Steve Green - March 26, 2019

Uralla's St Joseph's Primary School principal Judy Elks was able to announce the establishment of an exciting new after school care initiative for Uralla parents, thanks to two years hard work and a $30,000 State grant announced by Member for Northern Tablelands ...

OPINION Small workplaces and corporate profit are driving wage stagnation
ABC News - Josh Bornstein, March 26, 2019

As Australia endures its seventh consecutive year of wage stagnation, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has pledged that the next election will be "a referendum about wages" and will focus attention on "who the economy should work for"... As the plight of child care workers demonstrates...

Federal Government warned to promote child care, not tax cuts in Federal Budget
ABC News - Elysse Morgan - March 26, 2019

"Tax cuts I am nervous about, but I would look at things that would help the productivity of the economy. Child care, huge cost for working families. Mum and dad both working very hard, how much money [do] they pay in child care? An enormous amount. We can grow the economy if we got up to 78 per cent of female participation...

Bill Shorten outlines Labor’s plan to change ‘living wage’
News.com.au - Malcolm Farr - March 26, 2019

Labor says in the last five years out-of-pocket costs to see a GP rose 24 per cent, private health insurance premiums 30 per cent, electricity prices 15 per cent, and long-day child care costs jumped 24 per cent...

What to do when your child sticks like glue
NewsMail - March 26, 2019

DOES your child have issues being separated from you? Is their clinginess and constant need hampering your ability to get jobs done around the house or pay attention to other members of the family? From a survival point of view, separation anxiety makes complete sense...

Children at childcare the most sun smart in the country
Collie Mail - Breeanna Tirant - March 25, 2019

Children who attend childcare are the most sun smart in the state according to new results from the Cancer Council's 2018 National Early Childhood Sun Protection Survey. Research shows WA children in the 0-5 age group who attend day care have near perfect sun protection...

Jobs boom to hit Queensland regions
The Courier-Mail - Peter Hall, March 25, 2019

THE Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast have been named among the top three boom areas in Australia for health and social assistance jobs... “Over the next five years, we are going to see significant demand for workers across the country, with registered nurses, child care workers and aged care staff topping the list...

No immediate ECEC policy changes expected as Liberals secure victory in NSW election
The Sector - Jason Roberts - March 25, 2019

In a letter to Elizabeth Death, CEO of the Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA) who has spearheaded a bipartisan campaign to advocate for improved access to early learning in the two years before school, Minister for Early Childhood Education...