Education promises ahead of NSW election
Yahoo 7 - Australian Associated Press - January 29, 2019

Opposition Leader Michael Daley on Tuesday said a Labor government would build "multi-purpose education precincts" increasing child care services and saving parents from doing two drop-offs. He said all new school facilities would include either a preschool, long day care...

How healthy is the food the grandparents are giving your children while you're at work?
SBS - Yasmin Noone - January 29, 2019

This food-fuelled love between grandchild and grandparent has remained a constant throughout the eras. But as social patterns of maternal employment and childcare are changing, grandparents are now doing more hours of childcare and are increasingly responsible for the diets...

First time in Australia: Canterbury Bankstown pioneers free child care for asylum seekers
The Daily Telegraph - Lawrence Machado - January 29, 2019

In what is an Australian first, asylum seekers in Canterbury Bankstown can use access council child care centres free of charge, opening up educational paths previously not available to them. The 12-month pilot project has already attracted nine children with the Canterbury...

ECEC community recognised in 2019 Australia Day Honours List
The Sector - Jason Roberts - January 28, 2019

The Australian early childhood education and care (ECEC) community has been recognised in the 2019 Order of Australia Honours Australia Day list, with three members of the sector being awarded honours for their contribution to ECEC. Dr Joy Goodfellow, Dr Jane Page...

Mental health and wellness experts share how to manage back-to-school anxiety
The Cairns Post - Jack Lawrie - January 26, 2019

THE start of a new school year can be a scary time for children, and many parents are often left wondering what to do to support them. Mind Matters Cairns psychologist Nia Barnes said children were particularly prone to feeling anxious when faced with new situations...

BREAKING: Melbourne Greens commit to $200m “Reducing waiting list grant” in response to new survey
The Sector - Jason Roerts - January 25, 2019

A plan to address high waitlists at community and not for profit centres via a new $200 million “Reducing waiting list grant” fund has been proposed by Adam Bandt, Greens Member for the Federal Electorate of Melbourne. Information obtained by The Sector from Mr Bandt...

Working parents need more than "day" care, as economy moves away from standard 9-5
The Sector - Freya Lucas - January 25, 2019

The report is of relevance to the Australian early childhood education and care (ECEC) context, with Australian research demonstrating similar challenges for families working NSH in Australia. The paper, titled "It's About Time! Parents Who Work Nonstandard Hours Face Child Care Challenges"...

Growing reliance on air conditioning could be hindering our quest to beat the heat, study finds
ABC News - Bridget Judd - January 25, 2019

"One group of participants told us how their children in child care are not allowed to play outdoors after mid-morning due to the lack of shade," said Dr Louise Crabtree from Western Sydney University's Institute for Culture and Society...

Childcare centre places scarce in inner-Melbourne, Greens survey reveals
Herald Sun - Tom Minear - January 24, 2019

Half of Melbourne's inner-city childcare centres have no space to look after more infants, as frustrated parents delay going back to work until they climb to the top of lengthy waiting lists. A damning survey has found families are waiting an average of eight months to find childcare...

Super fund seeks licensing bans
The Australian - Anthony Klan - January 24, 2019

Data from industry analyst ­SuperRatings shows that over the three years to March 2018, the 10 worst performing default My­Super options all were retail funds, with the four worst performers ­operated by Westpac’s BT. Among that bottom 10 was the MySuper option of Child Care Super...

Canberians call “cool it” on proposed childcare development
The Sector - Freya Lucas - January 23, 2019

While not commenting on this specific development, Communities at Work acting chief executive Lee Maiden told The Riot ACT that “Canberra is over-supplied with childcare places”, adding that “many new services have opened across the territory, but occupancy remains low at many of them...

Surgeons in Kew, childcare staff in Tarneit: Suburbs and their career clusters
Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Prytz & Craig Butt - January 23, 2019

The educator at Child's Play in the booming western suburb says there’s a special sense of community within both her profession and her neighbourhood, which is home to the most childcare workers in the country (647 of the 139,595 nationwide). "My co-workers are all in this area...

Feed Australia launches online ECEC menu planning tool
The Sector - Freya Lucas - January 21, 2019

Australian Government initiative, feedAustralia, has recently launched a freely available online menu planning tool for early childhood education and care (ECEC) services, designed to support services to play their part in significantly reducing the obesity epidemic...

Female MPs need an 'extraordinarily' supportive partner to thrive
Financial Review - Edmund Tadros and Elouise Fowler - January 21, 2019

"[Many companies] realised early on that this was an economic issue. It's very costly to have too many women leave," she said. "So now they have different support mechanisms in place, like generous maternity leave provisions and childcare on site...

PM wants action on ‘women problem’, but not now
The New Daily - Samantha Maiden - January 20, 2019

Labor leader Bill Shorten said the while MPs did face pressures with work and family, it was no different to millions of other families. “The real problem for millions of Australian families, millions of Australian women, is they’re not paid the same as the blokes, childcare...