'Massive implications': when working families fall off the Hinch Cliff
Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker and Sarah Keoghan - March 17, 2019

Families are dropping out of daycare, women are cutting back on work and children are beginning school before they are ready as a result of high income-earning families losing access to childcare subsidies. The early childhood industry fears children are missing out...

From play to pressure; a Finnish perspective on Australian schools
Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker - March 17, 2019

In Finland, as in many European countries, early childhood education is free. Some centres are open 24 hours a day to accommodate children whose parents work shifts. Here, the family is facing a steep childcare bill for Noah. "This is something that makes us really feel bad...

New Highton childcare and health centre to offer after school care
Geelong Advertiser - Chad Van Estrop - March 16, 2019

AFTER school care will be offered next month at a recently opened $5.5 million childcare and health centre in Highton. The centre built on the site of the Bellaire Primary School has room for 110 kindergarten-aged children and will see the Highton Preschool relocate to it...

Catholic Early EdCare – a new brand to capture the spirit of early learning
The Catholic Leader - Joe Higgins - March 16, 2019

CATHOLIC Early EdCare is Catholic through and through. The new name, Catholic Early EdCare, has replaced Centacare Child Care Services and brought a fresh, faithful face to one of Brisbane archdiocese’s booming services. Catholic Early EdCare director Alana Crouch...

Australian first: Tasmania launches pilot program for three-year-old early learning
The Sector - Lyndsie Clark - March 15, 2019

The Tasmanian Government has launched a pilot program to provide two years of free early learning for three year old’s from the state’s low income and disadvantaged families, in an Australian first. Tasmanian Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff launched the pilot...

Significant funding boost to aid global health issues
The University of Newcastle - March 14, 2019

$941,274 awarded to Dr Serene Yoong and team for a first-of-its-kind trial to support childcare services with implementing continuous free-play schedules. These implementation programs ensure children are engaged in outdoor play to improve child activity...

NSW Liberal/National Party announce additional 2,300 community places for preschoolers
The Sector - Freya Lucas - March 14, 2019

An additional 2,300 places in new and existing community preschools will receive funding if the New South Wales Liberal/National party wins the state election to be held on 23 March 2019, the party has said. Current NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced...

Greens call for a “radical rethink” with early learning to be built in schools
The Sector - Freya Lucas - March 14, 2019

The Australian Greens Party has called for a “radical rethink” of New South Wales preschool and early learning services, ahead of the state election, in a policy announcement that would bring three and four-year-old preschool into the state’s public education system...

A strong mining sector means a strong NSW, giving $2 billion a year in royalty taxes
The Daily Telegraph - Stephen Galilee - March 14, 2019

Premier Gladys Berejiklian launched her campaign with a range of big promises on schools, hospitals and childcare, including $1.3 billion for a new hospital at Bankstown and an extra $917 million to build eight new schools and upgrade another 31. Across town, Labor Leader...

Consider gender factor when choosing a super fund
Sydney Morning Herald - Georgina Dent - March 14, 2019

The ability for women to work for money after the arrival of a child is hampered by the absence, in the majority of cases, of generous and equitable parental leave policies, as well as the unavailability and unaffordability of childcare. In countries where parents...

Think Childcare Limited (ASX:TNK): 4 Days To Buy Before The Ex-Dividend Date
Simply Wall Street - March 14, 2019

Important news for shareholders and potential investors in Think Childcare Limited (ASX:TNK): The dividend payment of AU$0.065 per share will be distributed to shareholders on 28 March 2019, and the stock will begin trading ex-dividend at an earlier date, 18 March 2019...

Read this before buying G8 Education Ltd for its dividend
The Motley Fool - Regan Pearson - March 13, 2019

The G8 Education Ltd (ASX: GEM) share price has bounced back significantly since its lows of late 2018, but if you’ve been thinking of buying shares in early education acquirer for its divided there are a few things you need to know today. The first is that shares will go ex-dividend tomorrow...

Footage emerges of kids playing in traffic after escaping childcare
The Age - Melissa Cunningham and Simone Fox Koob - March 12, 2019

Frightening dash-cam footage has emerged of two young children running towards oncoming traffic on a busy road in the city's west after they managed to escape a nearby childcare centre. The video footage shows two little children running across two lanes...

Three WA childcare centres fined after kids able to leave unnoticed
The West Australian - David Johns - March 12, 2019

Three WA childcare centres have been slapped with thousands of dollars in fines after young children were able to leave unnoticed, with one toddler walking in front of cars on a busy road. In the most concerning case, a two-year-old boy with additional needs was able to slip through...

Law changes could be needed to ensure lowest-paid workers earn ‘living wage’, says Bill Shorten
Perth Now - Gareth Hutchens - March 12, 2019

Bill Shorten says the law may have to change to ensure the minimum wage is calculated in a way that gives the lowest-paid workers a “living wage”. He has also challenged Australia’s bosses to explain why they’re happy to accept bigger profits yearly while arguing...