Shops to close for planned $9.2m pool, childcare centre in Northbridge
The Daily Telegraph - David Barwell, North Shore Times - January 3, 2020

A Sydney childcare operator is planning a major expansion on the north shore with plans for a three storey early education centre and swimming pool in the Northbridge town centre. Senses ELC has released a $9.1 million proposal to build a 124-place childcare centre...

New childcare centre set to include full-time general practitioners, nurses onsite
The Courier Mail - Antonia O'Flaherty - January 2, 2020

Parents are expecting more bang for their buck when it comes to childcare centres as educators move to provide a full service beyond just childminding. Nundah-based Habitat Early Learning, opening on Monday will be the first to have a full-time general practitioner on-site...

Schofields: $4.7m plans for new childcare centre
The Daily Telegraph - Kate Lockley, Rouse Hill Times - January 2 2020

A childcare centre catering for more than 120 children has been proposed for the booming suburb of Schofields. A development for the new $4.7 million centre at 158 Railway Tce has been submitted to Blacktown Council. If approved, the two-storey childcare centre...

New laws that affect Australians from January 1, 2020
The Daily Telegraph - Shoba Rao, News Corp Australia Network - January 1, 2020

Providers of long day care services and preschools/kindergartens must have a second early childhood teacher or a ‘suitably qualified person’ when 60 or more children preschool age or under are being educated and in care. Services located in NSW are unaffected by these changes...

The only generation to be born in 21st century offers exciting future
The Courier Mail - Jackie Sinnerton, The Sunday Mail - December 30, 2019

Generation Alpha is the first generation to be wholly born in the 21st century, and in just five years, when the last is born, it will be the biggest generation ever. Veteran Queensland early learning educator Lucy Cook, who is owner of many child care centres in the state, says this emerging generation...

Car smashes into Newcomb childcare centre
Geelong Advertiser - Olivia Shying - December 27, 2019

A car smashed into the wall of a Newcomb childcare centre after colliding with another vehicle near a busy intersection. The centre, which was filled with children, was not damaged and no children were injured...

Holbrook Early Learning Centre closed before Christmas
The Border Mail - Vivienne Jones - December 27, 2019

Holbrook parents have been left scrambling for child care after the early learning centre management pulled the plug on services two days before Christmas...

Antibiotics offered to Lockbridge early learning centre staff, children after meningococcal diagnosis
ABC News – December 26, 2019

Children and staff at an early learning centre in Perth's east are being offered "clearance antibiotics" after a child was diagnosed with meningococcal disease. Clearance antibiotics are not a treatment...

A new agency to extend pastoral outreach
CatholicOutlook: News from the Diocese of Parramatta – December 26, 2019

In August this year, Bishop Vincent announced the creation of a new Diocesan agency, Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Services Limited. This new, not-for-profit company now has responsibility for...

Is MindChamps PreSchool (SGX:CNE) Using Too Much Debt?
Simply Wall St – December 24, 2019

Some say volatility, rather than debt, is the best way to think about risk as an investor, but Warren Buffett famously said that ‘Volatility is far from synonymous with risk’. So it might be obvious that you need to...

Why kids who have trouble behaving in preschool fall behind
The Sector - Janelle J Montroy - December 24, 2019

The landscape of early schooling is drastically changing. More and more children are attending school at an earlier age. At the same time, early childhood and kindergarten programs are increasing focused...

Centrelink childcare subsidy continues to cause chaos
Herald Sun - James Campbell and Matt Johnson, Sunday Herald Sun - December 22, 2019

Parents have been forced to repay $60 million in just three months as the chaos from the change in childcare subsidy hits. But those who were underpaid are being told they may have to wait until the end of June to get the money they’re owed by Centrelink. Since 1 July nearly 250 parents...

The priceless contributions of grandparents to childcare in Australia
ABC News - Jason Fang and Sally Brooks - December 22, 2019

Grandparent childcare worth $4.4b a year: Grandparents like Mrs Wang play an invaluable role caring for grandchildren in families across Australia. That childcare can be even more helpful as the school holidays start. In 2017, nearly 865,000 children were cared for by a grandparent for an average...

The UN urges Australia to rein in ‘overuse’ of ADHD drugs on kids
Herald Sun - Sue Dunlevy, News Corp Australia Network - December 22, 2019

Schools and childcare centres are demanding parents put their children on ADHD medication to control their behaviour, but the UN wants our use of it reviewed. Australia has one of the highest rates of children diagnosed with ADHD in the world and the United Nations has called for an urgent...

How early childhood charities benefited from Run For A Cause
The Courier - Rochelle Kirkham - December 22, 2019

Ballarat charities that are helping children experience the best start to life are using community fundraising to improve and expand their support for local families. Charity fun run event Run For A Cause raised more than $40,000 for seven charities that support early childhood in November...