Think confirms jump in quality ratings and new strategic initiative in 2018 results
The Sector - Jason Roberts - February 27, 2019

Following reassessment of 24 of its early childhood education and care (ECEC) services, Think Childcare Limited has confirmed in its 2018 full year results presentation a significant improvement in overall quality ratings, with the Group now having a total of 82 per cent of their services...

Camden Community Early Learning Centre to close by end of the week, leaving staff jobless and parents without childcare
The Advertiser - Anthony Johnson - February 27, 2019

Camden Community Early Learning Centre staff were advised on Tuesday that they will no longer have a job as of Friday - with parents now left without childcare as of next week. The centre, in Carlisle St in Camden Park, will shut it doors on Friday after serving the community...

Sunshine Coast kids learning to live with canine pals
Noosa News - February 27, 2019

CHILDREN in child care from Eumundi through to Peregian Springs could soon be learning the Pet Education for Kids program, which is designed to help reduce dog bite injuries by helping them interact with dogs safely. Sunshine Coast Council is offering local child care centres its Pet...

Government to close vaccination loophole allowing indigenous kids into childcare without proof
The Daily Telegraph - Danielle Le Messurier - February 26, 2019

An "inconsistency" in the law which allows Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to attend childcare indefinitely without being vaccinated will be addressed, the NSW government has vowed. The Daily Telegraph can reveal the state’s peak body for childcare...

June quarterly childcare attendance slows according to DET report
The Sector - Jason Roberts - February 26, 2019

The number of children attending child care services grew by only 0.1 per cent in the June quarter of 2019 according to the latest released of the Department of Education’s Early Childhood and Child Care in Summary. While June typically experiences smaller growth...

G8’s nasty drop puts tilt at Affinity on the shelf
The Australian - Bridget Carter and Scott Murdoch - February 26, 2019

The falling share price of childcare group G8 Education has put to bed renewed speculation that the company was interested in buying its major rival. G8 shares had been tracking up towards the $4 mark, the high point in more than a year, which renewed talk that the firm was interested...

Labor's plan to abolish TAFE fees to address skills shortage
The Leader - Eva Kolimar - February 25, 2019

The opposition wants to make TAFE course free for more than 600,000 certificate level places in skill shortage courses across the next decade. Starting with child care, disability, aged care, construction, plumbing, and electrical trades, the plan's aim to help people people...

Funding available for ECEC services impacted by extreme weather events
The Sector - Lyndsie Clark - February 25, 2019

Early childhood education and care services whose financial viability may have been impacted by recent extreme weather events, particularly in Queensland and Tasmania, are being encouraged to apply for up to $10,000 government grant to help with community recovery...

Rowena flies the flag for regional living
The West Australian - Josh Chiat - February 25, 2019

A crippling lack of childcare that left “50 per cent of the workforce” at home was another thing, but the young marketing expert remained positive about living in the community. “I had an 18-month-old and they faced a lot of challenges that the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder do, so no childcare...

Gold Coast childcare company G8 Education reports profit dip and shares dive 11.3 per cent
Gold Coast Bulletin - Kathleen Skene - February 25, 2019

SHARES in Gold Coast listed childcare company G8 Education have plunged more than 11.3 per cent, slashing more than $104 million off its value after it reported a drop in full-year profit. G8's net profit fell 14.5 per cent to $79.5 million in calendar 2019 despite revenue increasing 7.7 per cent to $858.2 million...

What Did We Learn From The G8 Education (ASX:GEM) FY18 Report?
Rask Media - Jaz Harrison - February 25, 2019

G8 Education is the largest ASX listed childcare provider, it also has a handful of childcare centres in Singapore. At the end of 2018 G8 had more than 500 childcare centres in Australia. G8 Education has used an acquisition strategy to grow the amount of brands it operates...

Children as young as three being tutored for kindy assessment
The Daily Telegraph - Christopher Harris - February 23, 2019

Tiger parents who send children as young as three to coaching courses before kindergarten could be crippling their learning development in core school subjects. Experts say although parents think they’re helping, they could be limiting their children’s development...

More kids in child care with new system
SBS News - February 21, 2019

More children are in childcare for more hours than the government envisaged under its new subsidy system, initial data shows. Education department officials said while data is only available for the first three months after the changes started in July 2018, the early signs are encouraging...

Push to secure early learning for all 3- and 4-year-olds in NSW
Sydney Morning Herald - Jessica Irvine - February 21, 2019

Every three- and four-year-old in NSW should get access to high-quality, play-based early learning, regardless of whether they attend pre-school or long daycare, a peak industry group says. Both sides of politics in NSW are set to feel the heat from the Early Learning and Care Council...

A new beginning: let's fund two years of early learning for all kids
Sydney Morning Herald - Jessica Irvine - February 21, 2019

The aim is to help our kids develop the early foundational learning skills such as paying attention, co-operating with others and problem-solving that are so valuable at school and beyond. Studies have found 22 per cent of Australian children arrive at school lacking these skills...