Cost of childcare 8 per cent lower than last year according to latest ABS release
The Sector - Jason Roberts - April 26, 2019

The cost of childcare across the state and territory capital cities of Australia has fallen by 8 per cent in the first three months of 2019 compared to the same period last year. The data released as part of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) quarterly inflation series seeks to measure...

Greens Launch Plan to Make Childcare Free
Mirage News - April 26, 2019

Australian Greens Education Spokesperson and Senator for NSW, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, has launched the Greens’ ambitious plan to make childcare fee-free for most families, abolish the activity test and guarantee all three and four year olds access to 24 hours of early childhood education a week...

Early investing key for outcomes
NT News - Satria Dyer-Darmawan - April 25, 2019

As part of Labor’s commitment to early childhood education in Lingiari, Tanya Plibersek and Warren Snowdon visited Gillen Primary to announce $50,000 worth of funding to upgrade smart boards at the school. Warren Snowdon, Member for Lingiari said there is a large importance of keeping up with technology...

NIEER calls for US ECEC field to “catch up” and supply licenced ECTs to lead preschool
The Sector - Freya Lucas - April 24, 2019

The report will be of interest to the Australian early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector, not only for highlighting the issues noted above, but also for drawing attention to the differences of those teachers paid under the public system versus those working in profit driven provider situations...

Over the river and through the woods, to STEM learning we will go: encountering Conceptual PlayWorlds to support children’s learning
The Sector - Freya Lucas - April 24, 2019

The profession is engineering, the “E” in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and one woman is on a mission to change the way that STEM is introduced and intentionally taught to children in the years before school – Monash University Faculty of Education Professor Marilyn Fleer...

Ballarat sale shows childcare centres remain asset of choice for investors across Victoria
Property Observer - April 24, 2019

A new Ballarat child care centre, leased to Beginnings Early Learners, has sold for $4.7million, seven days after being listed with Savills Australia. CBD & Metropolitan sales agent, Mark Stafford, brokered the off-market deal for 2 Mia Street, Alfredton, following a failed expressions-of-interest campaign...

Epping childcare centre for 60 children rejected at Norfolk St
The Daily Telegraph - Joanne Vella - April 24, 2019

Epping Civic Trust has welcomed a decision to reject plans for a 60-place childcare centre in a residental street. In October, applicants listed as YXA Guo submitted plans with Parramatta Council for the centre with 15 car spaces to replace two houses at 21-23 Norfolk Rd...

Newtown daycare centre sells for top price amid strong growth in the sector
News.com.au - Peter Farago - April 24, 2019

A new childcare centre in Newtown has threatened the region’s record price for the commercial property class after securing a buyer for $6.025 million recently. The Federation Children centre at 215 Aberdeen St, Newtown, comes with a near 15-year lease to the childcare provider...

Australia identified as one of the world’s most expensive places for childcare
The Sector - Lyndsie Clark - April 23, 2019

Australia has been named in a list of the top five countries with the most expensive childcare, at the same time that local newspapers have highlighted that Australian working primary carers typically loses 90 per cent of their wage for every extra day they use early childhood education and care (ECEC) services...

New jobs migration plan could come to the Pilbara
The West Australian - Alicia Perera - April 23, 2019

A new jobs migration plan could soon be on the table for the Pilbara, with the State Government proposing to bring skilled migrants already in WA into the region to fill skilled job shortages in occupations outside the resources sector, including in hospitality, childcare and administration...

Communities@Work CEO Lee Maiden on why she’s ‘always smiling at work’
Riot ACT - Lisa Herbert - April 23, 2019

Communities@Work’s board chair Alan Greenslade recently announced the appointment of Lee Maiden to the position of Chief Executive Officer. “Lee is an outstanding appointment known for her collaborative leadership style,” he said of the new CEO. “She brings a wealth of experience...

Proposed Heathmont childcare centre gets 161 objections
Herald Sun - Kiel Egging, Maroondah Leader - April 23, 2019

Objectors to a proposed childcare centre in Heathmont — which already has a childcare centre, kinder and school within 250m — fear it could lead to “madness” and gridlock a suburban street. Plans have been submitted to replace it with a single-storey childcare centre for up to 88 children...

Booming Murrumbateman to grow retail heart
About Regional - John Thistleton - April 22, 2019

The fast-growing rural village of Murrumbateman is about to become a country town, complete with a pedestrian-friendly retail heart. The Fairley residential subdivision, a YWCA-operated 115-place childcare centre, medical centre, the new Abode Hotel and many other retail businesses...

Searching for the school readiness sweet spot
The Sydney Morning Herald - Madeleine Heffernan - April 21, 2019

The wide range in starting ages can create tough choices for parents - as well as interesting trends and research. The number of older children starting prep in Victorian state schools has been rising for a decade, new Victorian Department of Education and Training figures show...

Kids make you happier - as long as you can pay for them
The Sydney Morning Herald - Matt Wade - April 21, 2019

Raising children is a source of happiness, right? Well, it turns out the data tells a more complicated story... kids increase the happiness of parents as long as the extra costs involved with having children doesn’t make it hard to make ends meet...