Gumnut childcare donates food and hygiene products to local firies
Lithgow Mercury - December 17, 2019

Gumnut childcare have been collecting food and hygienic products for the local RFS volunteers who have been spending their time fighting fires. The educators and children of Gumnut were pleased to be able to handover a large quantity of products to the Wallerawang/Lidsdale RFS...

The ten biggest ECEC news stories of 2019 – The year in review
The Sector - Jason Roberts - December 17, 2019

As we approach the end of the year, it has become a tradition at The Sector to conduct a year in review, and reminisce about the biggest early childhood education and care (ECEC) news stories of the year. When thinking back on the year that was, we arrived with a shortlist of 20, which has been...

2020 – Time for a pedagogical reboot?
The Sector - Karen Hope - December 2019

The early childhood care and education (ECEC) workforce often places the welfare and needs of others above their own. Unique in its position as a profession where relationship building and firing up children’s neurons is a daily key performance indicator, the ECEC sector is a high pressure...

Moree preschools and daycare centres to receive drought support
Moree Champion - December 16, 2019

Moree preschools and daycare centres will share in tens of thousands of dollars, as part of one-off drought relief funding from the state government. Aussie Kids of Moree, Goodstart Early Learning Moree and Gwydir Day Care and Preschool will each receive $21,000; Grace Lutheran Pre-School...

School, residents rally against childcare centre expansion
The Daily Telegraph - David Barwell, North Shore Times - December 16, 2019

The principal and parents of a north shore primary school have taken aim at expansion plans by a nearby childcare centre amid concerns over safety and traffic impacts on students. Beaumont Road Public School principal Malcolm McDonald has raised a string of objections to a proposal...

Juice Technologies seeks clearance to acquire APT Childcare
Mirage News - December 16, 2019

The Commerce Commission has received a clearance application from Juice Technologies Pty Limited to acquire APT Business Solutions Limited, trading as APT Childcare. Juice Technologies operates in New Zealand through its wholly owned subsidiary, Infocare Systems Limited...

KU opens AMEP centre in NSW Hunter Region to support migrant and refugee families
The Sector - Freya Lucas - December 16, 2019

KU Children’s Services have opened a new childcare centre in the New South Wales Hunter region, designed to support migrant and refugee families who are learning English. The KU Mayfield AMEP Child Care Centre is located in Mayfield, Newcastle, and provides childcare to families...

Childcare subsidy payment blunder leaves families in financial limbo
Herald Sun - Matt Johnston and James Campbell - December 15, 2019

Mums and dads have been wrongly ordered to pay back up to $5000 in childcare subsidy payments while thousands remain in financial limbo as a new rebate system causes chaos. Outraged families have slammed Centrelink after they were told they had been overpaid the federal government subsidy...

Early childhood services ‘just babysitters’ with many failing standards in NSW
The Daily Telegraph - Clare Masters, News Corp Australia Network - December 15, 2019

Exclusive: Early childhood education is such a lottery that one in five services are not meeting quality standards and one expert says many childcare centres are just “babysitting” children. Former chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Advisory Authority (ACARA) Professor...

Is Mayfield Childcare Limited's (ASX:MFD) CEO Pay Fair?
Yahoo Finance - Simply Wall Street - December 15, 2019

Dean Clarke has been the CEO of Mayfield Childcare Limited (ASX:MFD) since 2016. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. After that, we will consider the growth in the business. And finally we will reflect on how common stockholders...

Mia knew 'something had to give' on work-life balance, she's not alone
The Sydney Morning Herald - Wendy Tuohy - December 15, 2019

It was mid-afternoon on a Friday when full-time worker and mother of two, Mia Greves, realised "something probably had to give". She took off from work to retrieve her little girl, Georgia, now five, from childcare and take her to dance class before returning Georgia to childcare and...

Forest schools a growing alternative for parents wanting less screen time for kids
ABC News - Melanie Arnost - December 14, 2019

Parents fed up with screen time and indoor activities are turning to the Danish concept of forest schools to get their children playing outside. In Denmark, forest schools allow children to take risks like climbing on trees and rocks and roaming through nature freely. Bush Knowing is a Brisbane ...

Rosie Attard overcomes life-changing accident to work with children and share her story
ABC News - Emma Soissian and Cameron Marshall - December 14, 2019

Rosie Attard was 17 years old and driving to her final Year 12 assembly, when she swerved to avoid an animal on the road. When Ms Attard's car crashed, she suffered a spinal cord injury and lost the use of her legs. Now, eight years after her accident, Ms Attard is an early childhood educator...

Making Kinder Buildings And Playgrounds More Inclusive
Mirage News - December 13, 2019

The Andrews Labor Government is upgrading buildings and playgrounds across Victorian kindergartens to create more inclusive environments for children of all abilities. Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education Sonya Kilkenny today visited Miners Rest Kindergarten...

ECEC sector welcomes ‘ambitious’ Mparntwe Education Declaration
The Sector - Freya Lucas - December 13, 2019

A range of State Governments and peak bodies have welcomed the announcement of the Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration and the decisions made by education ministers Australia wide to endorse its principles, with Early Childhood Australia (ECA) describing...