Working Together helping transition to Kindergarten
Mirage News - Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training (Tas) - July 31, 2020

A recent evaluation by the Tasmanian Council of Social Service (TasCOSS) has found families who participated in the nation-leading Working Together – supporting early learning pilot felt their children had gained skills which significantly contributed to a successful transition to Kindergarten.

There are 3 new Closing the Gap education targets: here’s what they miss
The Conversation - Amy Graham, Georgina Nutton, Vincent Yaofeng He - July 31, 2020

The federal government this week unveiled the National Agreement on Closing the Gap. Under the strategy, all Australian governments committed to 16 targets, three of which are directly related to early childhood and school education. They are: to increase the proportion of Aboriginal and...

Eddie Obeid sells 'Passy' mansion as buyer eyes childcare conversion
Sydney Morning Herald - Kate McClymont - July 31, 2020

Corrupt former Labor minister Eddie Obeid has used a break in his current criminal trial to quietly offload his Hunters Hill mansion “Passy” for a rumoured $11 million. The heritage-listed sandstone mansion appears set to become an early childcare centre. A caveat registered on the title ...

Some consumer price rises matter more to the RBA
Australian Financial Review - Matthew Cranston - July 30, 2020

Big price changes in childcare and cleaning products during the June quarter might have been important to households experiencing deflation for the first time in 22 years but they didn't matter to the Reserve Bank. That's because the central bank's preferred measure of inflation ...

Nino Early Learning Adventures in Bundoora linked to 20 Victorian COVID-19 cases - Emily Olle - July 30, 2020

A childcare centre in Melbourne’s north has been linked to 20 coronavirus cases as the state grapples with a record-breaking surge. Nino Early Learning Adventures was forced to close its Bundoora facility after a worker tested positive earlier this month. On Thursday, the Department...

Sydney news: At least three Sydney schools, preschool, close today amid coronavirus fears
ABC News - July 30, 2020

Several Sydney government and Catholic schools and a preschool will be closed today because of confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases. Fort Street High School in Sydney's inner-west, and EverLearn preschool in the south-west, will close for the day because of a possible case of COVID-19.

Dundas Valley, Simpson St: Units, childcare centre planned
The Daily Telegraph - Joanne Vella, Parramatta Advertiser - July 30, 2020

Dundas Valley residents objecting to a six-storey unit complex on Simpson St. Citilink has lodged a development application with Parramatta Council for 1-7 Simpson St, where 62 apartments and a ground floor 90-place childcare centre over a two-level basement carpark...

The role of mentoring in leading a new team through COVID-19 – one manager’s story
The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 30, 2020

Moving into a new leadership role can be a challenging time in the life of a manager. Moving to a new role while also starting a new life interstate even more so. Imagine moving to a new leadership role, in a new state, and starting just a week and a half before Australia implemented ...

Are Insiders Buying Think Childcare Group (ASX:TNK) Stock?
Yahoo Finance - Simply Wall St - July 30, 2020

The Independent Non-Executive Chairman Mark Kerr made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for AU$500k worth of shares at a price of AU$1.33 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of AU$0.74.

Childcare help for virus-struck Victoria
Yahoo News - July 30, 2020

Victorian providers of out-of-school hours child care will get a helping hand from the federal government to ensure they can support parents during the state's coronavirus crisis. But only eligible services in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, both of which have been declared COVID-19...

Record deflation in consumer prices driven by free childcare, while lockdown essentials jump
ABC News - Michael Janda and Phillip Lasker - July 30, 2020

Australia has recorded its biggest-ever quarterly fall in consumer prices, which dropped 1.9 per cent in the June quarter amid the coronavirus pandemic. But it was mainly working parents with young children who received the biggest benefits, with a 95 per cent reduction in childcare...

Innovative Dapto preschool St Luke's to have Labradoodle pup Harvey trained as a mental health therapy dog for staff and children
Illawarra Mercury - Greg Ellis - July 29, 2020

Harvey is being trained as a mental health therapy dog after St Luke's submitted an innovative idea to the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) when it launched a Recovery Boost initiative as part its Recover at Work program to inspire solutions to improving mental...

Hated Brisbane childcare project to go ahead after two-year fight
The Courier Mail - Brendan O’Malley - July 29, 2020

A controversial unit and childcare project on busy Richmond Rd in Morningside will go ahead after an agreement was struck between Council and the developer. The proposal was rejected by Brisbane City Council in October, 2018, leading Cr Kara Cook to hail the decision...

Deflation arrives for first time in 22 years
Financial Review - Matthew Cranston - July 29, 2020

Prices on childcare, rents and lower fuel costs all contributed to a 1.9 per cent fall in the June quarter headline inflation - the biggest quarterly fall since the Australian Bureau of Statistics started keeping records in 1948. Child care costs plunged 95 per cent in the quarter...

Small business ombudsman calls for new and simpler award for employee pay and conditions
The Guardian - Paul Karp - July 29, 2020

The pay and conditions of small business employees should be set by a new and simpler award with a “permaflexi” classification for casual staff to receive benefits such as sick pay, according to the small and family business ombudsman. Kate Carnell will make the proposal...