Goodstart welcomes Grattan report, saying ECEC affordability issues could handbrake economy
The Sector - Freya Lucas - August 12, 2020

Australia’s childcare funding needs reform to make it more affordable for Australian families, Goodstart Early Learning’s Head of Advocacy John Cherry has said, adding that a failure to address affordability issues “could be acting as a handbrake on our economic recovery”...

Potential Upside For Mayfield Childcare Limited (ASX:MFD) Not Without Risk
Simply Wall St - August 12, 2020

With a price-to-earnings (or “P/E”) ratio of 6.2x Mayfield Childcare Limited (ASX:MFD) may be sending very bullish signals at the moment, given that almost half of all companies in Australia have P/E ratios greater than 16x and even P/E’s higher than 31x are not unusual. Nonetheless...

Childcare assets up as retail suffers for investors
Brisbane Times - Carolyn Cummins - August 12, 2020

Australia’s largest real estate investment trust has withstood the full ravages of the pandemic with the support of the government in helping to keep childcare centres operating for the past few months. Charter Hall Social Infrastructure REIT reported a statutory profit of $85.9 million...

Charter Hall fund aspires to higher ed earning
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - August 11, 2020

The Charter Hall Social Infrastructure REIT will be alive to any real estate opportunities that may emerge in the higher education sector as universities' balance sheets come under pressure from the decline in foreign students. While the listed landlord – Charter Hall took over its running...

New childcare centre, housing project approved by Brisbane City Council
The Courier Mail - Brayden Heslehurst, Wynnum Herald - August 11, 2020

Brisbane bayside’s reputation as a development hot spot continues to grow with two new projects. A flashy, new childcare centre in Wynnum and a 31-block housing project in Wynnum West are the latest proposals to be approved and set to start construction in the coming months...

Working women, affordable childcare key to economic recovery: report
Mirage - August 11, 2020

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell says a new report by the Grattan Institute makes a clear economic case for affordable childcare. “Cheaper childcare: a practical plan to boost female workforce participation” estimates an overhaul of ...

Child welfare groups call for permanent boost to Centrelink payments
InDaily - August 11, 2020

The 19 organisations from across Australia argue many more children are likely to be living in households reliant on government support due to the economic fallout from coronavirus. They have written to the prime minister warning financial stress can have a devastating...

Latest Victorian update confirms extra Kinder cleaning money, SRF and more
The Sector - Freya Lucas - August 11, 2020

Susan McDonald, the Acting Deputy Secretary Early Childhood Education in Victoria, has released further information via email to support early childhood education and care services to navigate Stage 3 and 4 restrictions in the state, which ... have “presented some significant...

Access to justice in Victoria limited by childcare restrictions
Mirage - August 11, 2020

Injured Victorians may not be able to have their cases heard because of rules that prevent lawyers and barristers in Victoria from accessing childcare despite being able to run trials remotely. “It does not make sense that, although the courts will continue to operate remotely, barristers ...

Charter Hall FY20 Results Presentation
Australian Financial Review - August 11, 2020

Charter Hall Social Infrastructure REIT 2020 Full Year Results.

Chart Hall FY20 Results Announcement
Australian Financial Review - August 11, 2020

Charter Hall Social Infrastructure REIT 2020 Full Year Results.

Dozens of women-led businesses demand urgent childcare reform
Women's Agenda - Georgie Dent - August 11, 2020

A group of predominately women-led businesses are spearheading an urgent campaign calling on the Government to make early childhood education and care free. The Make It Free campaign was borne from the frustration and disbelief a number of female entrepreneurs experienced...

Susie O’Brien: Childcare permit mess is kindergarten stuff
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - August 10, 2020

Hey kids, I want to read you a book. It’s called Daniel Andrews and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Childcare Policy. It’s a horror story. The chaos in childcare this week reveals the dangerous vacuum inside the state government. Premier Daniel Andrews wears his North Face jacket ...

Childcare chaos continues as staff sacked, parents thousands out of pocket
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - August 10, 2020

Parents are out of pocket thousands of dollars for unused childcare, with refunds for many weeks away. The childcare fiasco continues this week, as parents are still battling to work out whether they are permitted workers or not, while stood-down staff join Centrelink queues...

COVID-19: Quakers Hill Long Daycare Centre closed after positive test
The Daily Telegraph - Kate Lockley, Blacktown Advocate - August 10, 2020

A daycare centre in western Sydney has closed its doors over fears of a COVID-19 outbreak after a staff member tested positive to the virus. NSW Health advised on Monday that a staff member at Quakers Hill Long Daycare Centre had worked at the centre while infectious on August 3.