Former Maitland teacher Kylie Humphreys founds Head and Heart Mindfulness for preschool and primary
Maitland Mercury - Sage Swinton - February 5, 2019

To some, the thought of preschoolers doing yoga and meditation might sound far-fetched. But for Maitland’s Kylie Humphreys it’s not only possible, it’s vital to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Ms Humphreys has founded Head and Heart Mindfulness – a program for kids...

We need an overhaul of early childhood education
Newcastle Herald - Phillip O'Neill - February 4, 2019

Yet Australian studies show, consistently, that, while Australian parents are working as long and hard at parenting as anywhere else in the world, Australian governments lack commitment to the provision of education services in the early childhood years. Embarrassingly, Australia is fifth...

Chifley Oration: Bowen, Labor says Coalition government ‘not working for working people’
News.com.au - Malcolm Farr - February 4, 2019

Chris Bowen will claim the real danger was lower standards of living under a returned Coalition government and growing debt as households had to dip into savings. He will point to rising expenses since the Coalition was elected in 2013: electricity prices up 15 per cent, the cost of long-day childcare up 24 per cent...

Land squeeze puts pressure on QEII after-hours school care centre
Perth Now - Regina Titelus - February 4, 2019

An after-hours school care centre is at risk of shutting its doors and forcing 150 families to vie for alternative childcare services that are already stretched. The facility at the QEII Medical Centre site, which caters specifically for healthcare workers in the precinct, has lost its playground space...

Liquidator lawsuits for Queensland Maintenance Services settle after multimillion-dollar claims
The Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - February 4, 2019

A KEY contractor for fallen childcare operator ABC Learning has settled multimillion-dollar lawsuits from liquidators, and is now pursuing his former lawyer and friend for allegedly flawed elements of his defence. Frank Zullo ran Queensland Maintenance Services (QMS)...

Brokers name 3 ASX shares to buy next week
Motley Fool - James Mickleboro - February 3, 2019

G8 Education Ltd (ASX: GEM) - Analysts at Morgan Stanley have retained their overweight rating and lifted the price target on this childcare centre operator’s shares to $4.00. According to the note, the broker believes that long-term demand for childcare services will be supported...

'A bad idea': the perils of starting school too early then repeating
Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker & Sarah Keoghan - February 3, 2019

"I know of parents who have sent their children to kindergarten early because it's cheaper than long day care or preschool with the view of repeating them," he wrote in the book. "This is a bad idea and should be avoided." Research suggests that students who repeated a year...

The care of our young, elderly and disabled is increasingly reliant on overseas-born workers
Sydney Morning Herald - Matt Wade & Ben Weir - February 3, 2019

The care of Australia’s young, elderly and disabled is increasingly reliant on migrant workers. New research has revealed overseas-born employees are providing a growing share of frontline services in childcare, aged and disability care and personal home-based assistance...

EXCLUSIVE: Education Department spends tens of millions of taxpayer dollars on advertising
9News.com.au - Fiona Willan - February 2, 2019

Another blogger, Fat Mum Slim, wrote "News alert guys, school is back...Under this new package, child care is going to be more affaordable for more families"...in a post "brought to you by the Department of Education and Training". They were among a handful of social media influencers...

Canberrans are paying the highest childcare rates in the country
Canberra Times - Cassandra Morgan - February 1, 2019

Canberrans are paying the highest rates in the country to send their children to childcare, despite also having what appear to be the riskiest services in the country, according to new data. A report by the Productivity Commission released on Friday found that ACT residents...

Childcare fees outpace cost of living
SBS News - February 1, 2019

Childcare fee increases continue to outpace the cost of living, with poorer families spending a higher proportion of their pay compared with those better off, new government data shows. And the proportion of people not working because child care is too expensive...

Disaster declared in Townsville, landslip from heavy rain threatens properties
ABC News - Melanie Vujkovic, Sally Rafferty and staff - February 1, 2019

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has ordered all schools and childcare centres in Townsville to close on Friday as the emergency continues, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting the monsoonal weather will stretch into the weekend. The Queensland Disaster Management...

Turning Around G8 Education
Share Cafe - Steven Everett - January 30, 2019

G8 Education ((GEM)) operates a portfolio of just over 500 childcare centres across Australia and Singapore. An investor day was held on 15 November 2018 to report management’s new strategy for the company. Presentations included a tour of one of G8’s centres in Nerang...

Everything parents need to know about back to school government rebates
Kidspot - Madeline Cox - January 30, 2019

If you are registered for either the Family Tax Benefit (FTB) or Child Care Subsidy, the Department of Human Services wants parents to check “income estimates” to “avoid having to repay any money later in the year”. “Families can do all of these updates themselves online...

All new primary schools to have daycare services under Labor government
The Daily Telegraph - Danielle Le Messurier - January 29, 2019

All new public primary schools in NSW will have either a preschool or day care service on site under a Daley Labor government, saving parents from dropping children off at separate locations. The so-called “multipurpose education precincts”, which will be built if Labor wins...