Outstanding educator nominations called for in 2019 HESTA ECEC Awards
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 7, 2019

Outstanding early childhood education and care (ECEC) professionals are being sought as nominations open for the 2019 HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards. Nominations are sought to recognise educators working with children from birth to eight years of age in a variety of settings...

Federal election 2019: Here's where the major parties stand on education
ABC News - Jade Macmillan and Shalailah Medhora - May 7, 2019

Education is always a major election issue, and after years of school funding wars it will once again be at the forefront of many voters' minds. A traditional strength area for Labor, both major parties are pitching themselves as having the best strategy for improving declining student results...

Labor pledges to keep tax burden below Howard government's
The Sydney Morning Herald - David Crowe - May 6, 2019

Labor is vowing to keep the federal tax burden at or below the level achieved by the Howard government ... But Mr Bowen is being challenged over Labor's childcare policy after he suggested on Monday that "not everyone" who worked in the sector might qualify for a $9.9 billion pay supplement...

Labor offer cheap child care
Whyalla News - Louis Mayfield - May 6, 2019

Labor candidate for Grey Karin Bolton says her party's $4 billion plan to increase the childcare subsidy for families with household incomes under $175,000 a year would deliver massive cost of living relief for families in the electorate. Ms Bolton said the policy would put more money ...

Family Day Care stars set to shine during seventh annual National Family Day Care
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 6, 2019

Tens of thousands of children across Australia will have their “unique star qualities” celebrated at picnics and events to be held this week during National Family Day Care (FDC) Week. The annual celebration, which runs from 6 May to 12 May, will feature nation-wide events ...

Have Insiders Been Buying Mayfield Childcare Limited (ASX:MFD) Shares This Year?
Yahoo Finance - Simply Wall Street - May 6, 2019

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. The flip side of that is that there are examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Mayfield Childcare Limited (ASX:MFD)...

Chevron to build $800m, 29-storey HQ at Perth's Elizabeth Quay
9 News - Elizabeth Creasy - May 6, 2019

Perth's skyline is set for another transformation, with energy giant Chevron signing a deal to build its headquarters at Elizabeth Quay. The plans for the 29-storey tower have been five years in the making. The $800 million build will begin next year. The lower levels will include shops, cafes, a childcare centre and a gym...

Simultaneous Storytime for young readers on the Mid Coast
Manning River Times - May 6, 2019

'Alpacas with Maracas' is the book chosen for National Simultaneous Storytime, coming to MidCoast Council libraries on Wednesday, May 22. Each year as part of Library and Information Week a picture book written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read ...

Why Labor’s childcare policy is the biggest economic news of the election campaign
The Conversation - John Daley, Brendan Coates and Carmela Chivers - May 6, 2019

In an election campaign full of giveaways but short on serious economic reform, Labor’s proposed change to childcare support is the most important economic news. Female participation in the labour force is lower in Australia than in similar countries. Childcare is the highest hurdle...

Time has come for national school starting age
The Sydney Morning Herald - Paul Mondo - May 5, 2019

One of the more challenging choices a parent faces is trying to determine when their child is ready for school. Under the current regime, there is a lack of uniformity in child education policy across the country because the states and territories set their own...

Federal election 2019: Labor's childcare proposal 'a really big deal for typical families', says Grattan Institute
ABC News - Emma Alberici - May 5, 2019

New independent modelling claims Labor's $4 billion childcare policy would "substantially" boost Australia's economic growth. According to the Grattan Institute, Labor's plan provides an incentive for second earners in a family to work more days. Grattan chief executive John Daley claims ...

Beyond the pale: children's books present monoculture
The Age - Anna Prytz - May 5, 2019

A recent study of more than 2300 books used in four childcare centres found less than 5 per cent contained authentic cultural diversity. The research by Edith Cowan University academic Helen Adam also showed teachers are looking for solutions to the problem but often struggling to find them...

Childcare workers could earn $122,000 a year under Labor
The Sydney Morning Herald - Dana McCauley and Eryk Bagshaw - May 4, 2019

Childcare workers with university degrees could be paid more than school teachers under Bill Shorten's plan to use a taxpayer funds to boost wages, with Labor refusing to rule out applying its subsidy on top of any Fair Work Commission increase. Such a two-stepped increase would push...

Hidden catch in Labor’s $4 billion childcare plan
News.com.au - Alexandra Carlton - May 3, 2019

Labor’s pledge to spend $4bn on childcare subsidies sounds glorious but it could be a massive headache for many families and childcare providers. Day care centres around Australia were unable to pass on rebates to parents or even pay their staff last week because a computer glitch...

Vaccination status of educators a concern as measles outbreaks occur worldwide
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 3, 2019

New Zealand parents and medical experts have raised the issue of the vaccination status of educators as New Zealand, alongside Australia. Measles is a viral infection which can cause serious health complications, up to and including death, in small children...