Gold Coast childcare giant releases $239m half-year loss, says it cannot release guidance due to ongoing market uncertainty
Gold Coast Bulletin - Alister Thomson - August 24, 2020

Gold Coast-based childcare giant G8 Education has unveiled a $239 million first-half loss and flagged that it will exit its Singapore operations. The Gary Caroll-led company, which operates child care centres under brands including Sandcastles and Jellybeans, this morning released...

GEM - G8 EDUCATION LIMITED: CY20 Half Year Media Release
Financial Review - August 24, 2020

G8 Education Limited (the “Group” or “G8“, ASX: GEM) today announced its results for the half-year ended 30 June 2020...

JobKeeper plea for childcare workers locked out of work in lockdown
The Age - Adam Carey and Jordyn Beazley - August 23, 2020

Carly McDiarmid is an essential worker who can't get paid. A casual educator who has worked part-time in a Greensborough early learning centre for the past 10 years, Ms McDiarmid has been stood down without pay for the six-week duration of Melbourne’s stage four restrictions...

'Australia needs universal childcare so families can return to work'
Skynews.com.au - August 23, 2020

Former Labor Candidate Sam Crosby says the Australian government needs to implement universal childcare to encourage rather than penalise families from returning to the workforce. Mr Crosby said the current industrial system was one originally designed for male breadwinners...

PM’s backflip highlights next virus battle
The Queensland Times - Charis Chang - August 23, 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison's back-pedalling over a "mandatory" coronavirus vaccine has highlighted the next battle in the pandemic: convincing everyone to get the jab... asked during a press conference earlier in the day about how he could make a vaccine mandatory, Mr Morrison...

Desperate bosses say they can't fill vacant positions because JobSeeker and JobKeeper make it too easy for Australians to bludge instead of finding work
Daily Mail Australia - Louise Ayling - August 22, 2020

Employers in WA's hospitality and childcare sectors are desperate for staff... Even childcare centres say the welfare package is affecting staff turnover. The Australian Childcare Alliance says the casualisation of the workforce means staff are unwilling to pick up shifts because it will ...

NSW free preschool extension until 2021 the right move: Charlestown MP Jodie Harrison
Newcastle Herald - Helen Gregory - August 21, 2020

Labour has welcomed the state government's decision to extend free preschool across NSW until the end of 2020, but has called on it to take up the fight to the federal government to make long day care free too. Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Learning and Charlestown MP...

Childcare and kinder fees hike for most Melbourne councils
Herald Sun - Ashley Argoon - August 21, 2020

Families will face a childcare lottery come September, with two thirds of Melbourne councils hiking fees and the rest freezing them. At least 11 of the councils in Melbourne that run a childcare or kinder service are raising fees and charging parents up to $8.50 more a day...

Coronavirus vaccine could be tied to government payments, Health Minister Greg Hunt says
ABC News - Nour Haydar - August 20, 2020

Australians who reject coronavirus vaccination could lose access to some welfare payments, Health Minister Greg Hunt has said, after the Prime Minister conceded vaccination would not be mandatory. Health Minister Greg Hunt said if a vaccine was discovered, the Government would...

Major international differences in preschools’ handling of coronavirus pandemic
Mirage News - August 20, 2020

A new study describes how preschools and preschool teachers in Sweden, Norway and the United States acted when the coronavirus pandemic struck in the spring. While preschools were kept open, with certain restrictions, in Sweden, they were completely shut down ...

Spring Gully Kindergarten students brighten up the days of Bendigo Retirement Village residents
Bendigo Advertiser - Tara Cosoleto - August 20, 2020

A group of Bendigo kindergarten students have brightened the days of some retirees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Children at the Shine Bright Spring Gully Kindergarten created artwork and letters for residents at the Bendigo Retirement Village. One of the teachers at the centre...

How can childcare organisations handle abuse disclosures and problem sexual behaviours?
Probono Australia - August 20, 2020

It is difficult to know where to start with becoming child wise, but with courage, transparency and commitment to change, any childcare organisation can handle disclosures and problem sexual behaviours effectively. Is your childcare organisation a child safe organisation?...

Woolworths' $552m stake in PFD panned by independents
Financial Review - Sue Mitchell - August 19, 2020

PFD will continue to operate as a standalone business, and retain its senior leadership team led by Ms Smith. Woolies at Work, the B2B business, will continue to focus on childcare centres, aged-care centres, and disability services. The joint venture model is not unlike Woolworths'...

NSW government extends COVID-19 funding relief, preschool to stay free
New.com.au - Anthony Piovesan - August 19, 2020

Preschool education across New South Wales will remain a free service until the end of this year. It comes after the state government today announced an extension of the COVID-19 relief funding for community and mobile preschools to the end of term four. Minister for Education...

Coronavirus vaccine to be 'as mandatory as possible': PM
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey - August 19, 2020

Mr Morrison said the government could not actually mandate that people be vaccinated but harked back to his days as social services minister when he cut off welfare payments and childcare rebates to those who refused to vaccinate their kids. "This is like any vaccine and, as you know...