Credit Suisse subsidises childcare as weapon in war for talent
Financial Review - Elouise Fowler - March 7, 2019

Credit Suisse has sweetened the deal for new mothers to stay on with the firm, offering a $7500 daycare subsidy for children under school age. The policy addresses what the company says is an industry-wide problem in the financial sector of getting women back into the workforce...

Local Governments welcome NSW Labor pledge
The Sector - Freya Lucas - March 7, 2019

The New South Wales Labor Party’s recent announcement of a $500 million package for early childhood education in NSW if elected, will “significantly boost the quality and availability of early childhood education for families”, according to NSW councils who own and operate more than...

Park to be named in honour of preschool pioneer
The Sector - Freya Lucas - March 7, 2019

A new park in the inner city Sydney suburb Darlinghurst is set to “spark children’s imaginations” through stepping stones, distorting mirrors, a rain wheel and timber animals, and will be named in honour of Frances Newton. Ms Newton was a pioneer in bringing accessible early learning...

What if we’ve had gender the wrong way around? What if, for workplace parity, we focused on men?
Women's Agenda - Rachael Bolton - March 7, 2019

What if, instead of asking, “how can we reduce women’s time out of the workforce to reduce the pay gap?” we asked, “how can we improve male participation in domestic settings and childcare?” Australian women undertake the lion’s share of unpaid domestic chores and 70% of unpaid childcare...

Navis Capital to study buyer interest in $700m-plus education company
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson and Anthony Macdonald - March 7, 2019

Pan-Asian buyout firm Navis Capital is readying its Australian education resources business Modern Star for sale. Street Talk understands Navis Capital's local team has started talking to investment banks and boutique advisory firms, seeking their ideas on how to pitch...

One year on, has the game been lifted?: In conversation with Deborah Brennan
The Sector - Freya Lucas - March 7, 2019

Senior officials from Australian states and territories asked for evidence of the value of early learning and the difference it makes to the educational trajectory of children’s lives. The resulting report, Lifting our Game; Report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian...

No class war but business will still pay
Financial Review - Jennifer Hewett - March 6, 2019

But none of that will dissuade most households from feeling they are going backwards when the cost of services, including childcare and power bills, is increasing faster than inflation. "On one hand, you have rising living costs tightening family budgets and on the other hand...

New research shows quality early childhood education reduces need for later special ed
The Conversation - David Philpott - March 5, 2019

If a formula existed for giving children something that reduced the need for, or intensity of, later special education that can be both emotionally and financially costly, wouldn’t it be excellent? Such a formula does exist. It’s called quality early childhood education...

Bill Shorten to make the election a 'referendum on wages
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey - March 5, 2019

Labor has already promised to restore weekend penalty rates, crack down on sham contracting and labour hire, and reintroduce pattern bargaining in low-paid sectors such as cleaning and childcare. Mr Morrison said pattern bargaining would "take us back to the dark ages...

Design and implementation of the Child Care Package
Australian National Audit Office

The objective of the ANAO audit is to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Education and Training's design and implementation of the Child Care Package...

Goodstart appoints Chief Experience Officer
The Sector - Lyndsie Clark - March 5, 2019

Tracey McFarland has been appointed to Goodstart Early Learning as Chief Experience Officer and will help shape the organisation's future direction by leading the organisation’s corporate affairs, marketing, communications and customer experience teams...

ATO issues business benchmarks to support ECEC services to "swim between the flags"
The Sector - Freya Lucas - March 5, 2019

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has released updated benchmark data to support small businesses, including early childhood education and care (ECEC) services, to compare their financial performance with that of their competitors, and "swim between the flags"...

Childcare in Heathmont could boom with two potential centres on the horizon
Herald Sun - Kiel Egging, - March 5, 2019

Heathmont could be set for a childcare boom with an abandoned car wash and vacant church possibly making way for new centres. Maroondah Council has received an application for a double-storey childcare centre at the old Clean Zone car wash site at 208-210 Canterbury Rd...

Labor promises $500 million to fund early learning for all 3-year-olds
Sydney Morning Herald - Esther Han - March 4, 2019

NSW Labor has promised to extend early childhood education funding to every three-year-old as part of its "historic" $500 million funding package if it wins the state election. Opposition leader Michael Daley on Monday said Labor, together with their federal counterparts...

Community effort to remove barriers and promote the importance of early education
The Sector - Freya Lucas - March 4, 2019

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) providers and local service organisations have banded together in Moree, a large regional town in Northern New South Wales, to promote the value of early childhood education, and to address some of the barriers experienced by parents...