Childcare turnaround underpins Arena outlook
Sydney Morning Herald - Simon Johanson - February 19, 2019

Tentative signs of a slowdown in the supply of new childcare centres and an uptick in occupancy at existing centres looks set to buoy childcare landlord Arena REIT, as it reaffirmed its full-year guidance and a 5.5 per cent lift in distributions. The $760 million property trust...

Increasing costs to raise a child until the age of four
Kidspot - Madeline Cox - February 18, 2019

It won’t come as a surprise to many that child care is the biggest drain on parents' bank accounts. But it isn’t exactly comforting to learn that Aussie child care services earn around $7.3 billion from parents of children under the age of 4 each year. And with nearly 45 per cent of young kids...

Businesses call on Government to make UTAS pay rates
The Mercury - Emily Baker - February 17, 2019

However, it pays rates on portions of its campuses and properties not covered by the exemptions outlined in the Local Government Act, such as cafes and childcare facilities. Speaking after UTAS was revealed to have bought the former Forestry Tasmania building for $15 million...

Budget childcare food fuelling obesity crisis
The Daily Telegraph - Clarissa Bye - February 16, 2019

Childcare centres are spending as little as 33 cents per meal to feed kids highly processed foods - a move concerned experts say is adding to the nation’s obesity crisis. A National Obesity Summit held in Canberra yesterday heard there had been an alarming increase in young adults aged...

Lawyer Mary-Anne Greaves pleads guilty to misleading statements to ASIC over failed G8 Education bid to take over Affinity Education
Gold Coast Bulletin - Kathleen Skene - February 16, 2019

A LAWYER involved with a failed hostile takeover bid by listed Gold Coast childcare giant G8 Education faces up to a year in jail after pleading guilty to giving false and misleading information to investigators. Mary-Anne Greaves, 53, was examined as part of the Australian Securities...

Child care numbers continue to rise
Mirage News - February 15, 2019

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said today the Morrison Government’s child care reforms were driving down out-of-pocket costs for parents. The Government’s Child Care Subsidy was introduced on 2 July 2018. According to data released today from final quarter...

Charter Hall Education Trust upbeat about ECEC prospects in half year report
The Sector - Jason Roberts - February 15, 2019

Charter Hall Education Trust (CQE), the ASX listed real estate investment trust specialising in early education centres formerly known as Folkestone Education Trust, has released its half year report in which it sounds an upbeat note on sector fundamentals despite reporting a dip in statutory profits...

New wage theft laws could land dodgy bosses in jail
The Courier Mail - Sarah Vogler - February 14, 2019

The wage theft inquiry, called by the Palaszczuk Government last year, found one in four Queensland workers in industries as diverse as hospitality, security, trades, child care and fruit and vegetable picking were missing out on penalty rates, being paid less than the correct...

Taking a stand on childcare health standards ahead of National Obesity Summit
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 14, 2019

Ahead of the National Obesity Summit, scheduled to take place tomorrow, children’s health advocate and Healthy Australia CEO Ruby O’Rourke is calling for greater attention to be paid to nutrition provision in early childhood education and care (ECEC) services. Ms O’Rourke says...

SA preschool directors to receive wellbeing support
The Sector - Lyndsie Clarke - February 14, 2019

A wellbeing program to support South Australian preschool directors in managing the significant emotional demands of their roles has begun this week, thanks to the South Australian Department of Education. The program, which is part of a broader package of measures to support...

Kids at early childhood centres named the most sun smart in WA
Easter Reporter - Kristle Lim - February 14, 2019

KIDS from more than 400 early childhood centres in WA have been named as the most sun smart age group in the state. Cancer Council WA found that its SunSmart early childhood centres from suburbs across the state including Morley, Mirrabooka, Helena Valley and Bassendean...

Four lessons from 11 years of Closing the Gap reports
The Conversation - Nicholas Biddle - February 14, 2019

This is on top of more specific targets such as having 95% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander four-years-olds enrolled in early childhood education by 2025 – which this year is on track. Looking back on the past 11 years, there are several things we’ve learned. This includes those targets...

I am a stay at home mother, please don't ask, 'Do you have a job?'
Sydney Morning Hearld - Polly Dunning - February 14, 2019

Expecting a stay-at-home parent, whose full-time role is childcare, to also run the entire household, is a clear indication that we simply don’t recognise the work that childcare takes. It views traditionally feminised work as not really work at all. And it is a large part of why childcare...

Long commute for childcare takes a toll on parents and providers in the regions
ABC News - Leonie Thorne - February 14, 2019

In a working family it might be part of the daily routine to pick up and drop off the kids at childcare, but depending on where you live in regional Australia, the journey can take hours out of a parent's day. In the region of Padthaway, in south-east South Australia, the closest out-of-school...

NCC requirements for fall prevention and the protection of openable windows
Architecture and Design - February 14, 2019

The National Construction Code (NCC) specifies various requirements for the prevention of falls from openable windows. The aim is to limit the risk of a young child or any other person falling through an openable window, and applies to all windows where the potential fall...