Kids or jobs: WA’s country childcare crisis
The West Australian - Shannon Verhagen, Daneka Hill and Tom Zaunmayr - February 20, 2019

Child care in mining towns is at crisis point as bulging wait lists and struggling service providers leave mums and dads with the prospect of losing their jobs or being forced to move. Families in Kalgoorlie and Port Hedland are being told to register their children before they are even born...

Demountable buildings help childcare centre grow
The West Australian - Shannon Verhagen - February 20, 2019

Buildings for a childcare service expansion that will help ease pressure on Kalgoorlie-Boulder families were placed on site yesterday. Trucks arrived at the Goldfields Child Care Centre yesterday morning with demountable buildings for the neighbouring block, which will be the site...

Bambi Kindergarten faces closure after council ‘retracted’ verbal deal
Daily Telegraph - Daniel Zautsen - February 20, 2019

Bardia’s Bambi Kindergarten, a community preschool established in 1952, will close on April 29 after its lease with Campbelltown Council expires. The preschool claims a verbal agreement with the council – that the preschool would have a 21-year lease on a minimal fee – wasn’t upheld...

Girl, 4, allegedly forgotten in hot child care bus for two hours
NT News - Will Zwar - February 20, 2019

he life of a four-year-old girl was “put at risk” after she was allegedly left in a child care centre’s bus in the Darwin heat for two hours. The girl, allegedly forgotten by staff at the Dripstone Children’s Centre, was discovered by her parents, hot, tired, stressed and on the verge of passing out...

Arena takes a hit as chief executive quits
Financial Review - Nick Leneghan - February 20, 2019

Strong earnings and a healthy increase in distributions at childcare landlord Arena REIT were not enough to assuage investors' dismay over the surprise exit of long-serving managing director Bryce Mitchelson. The stock fell 3.6 per cent during the day to close 10¢ lower at $2.65...

Early student drop-offs prompt more WA schools to ban sport and play before the bell
ABC News - Rebecca Carmody - February 20, 2019

According to the WA Primary Principals' Association (WAPPA), more students are turning up early, with some working parents dropping their children off between 7:00am and 7:30am, up to an hour and a half before the bell. WAPPA president Ian Anderson said it was a growing problem...

Choosing a career? These jobs won't go out of style
Illawarra Mercury - Lisa Denny - February 20, 2019

New jobs are projected to be created across a range of occupations. Aged and disabled care, registered nursing, child care, software and applications programming, and waiting are the top five areas of growth. But employment in five broad occupation groups is also projected to decline...

Queensland university 'breaks new ground' in paid DV leave
Brisbane Times - Felicity Caldwell - February 19, 2019

The leave will also be available to an employee supporting someone affected by domestic violence. "An employee acting as a support person might be accompanying someone to counselling or medical appointments, legal proceedings, or helping with safety and child care,"...

Arena REIT announces new CEO and Half Year results
The Sector - Jason Roberts - February 19, 2019

ASX 300-listed real estate investment trust Arena REIT has appointed Mr Rob de Vos as the new Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, in addition to reporting its half year 2019 results. Mr de Vos, who was previously Head of Property, is to assume his leadership...

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...