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...

Vendors cut expectations as childcare returns to more balanced market: Charter Hall
Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - February 13, 2019

Conditions in the childcare real estate sector have started to improve with oversupply concerns easing and a new federal government subsidy program likely to boost demand for childcare places, according to manager of the $800 million Charter Hall Education Trust (CQE)...

‘Affinity’ for change: Childcare operator across Australia seeks greater insights
CIO - Jennifer O'Brien - February 13, 2019

Affinity Education Group has set its sights on analytics and data visualisation in a bid to gain customised insights into its 170 childcare centres across Australia for better decision-making and planning. It may even have a three-year head start on its competitors...

Goodstart Early Learning Advocacy Manager John Cherry talks ECEC state of play ahead of election
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 13, 2019

As we approach two key elections, one federal and the other state, early childhood education and care (ECEC) is being thrust into the news as all sides of politics seek to communicate their policy positions to the electorate. The Sector sat recently with John Cherry, Advocacy Manager...

Aged care and student accommodation providers take on developers for site sales
Financial Review - Ingrid Fuary-Wagner - February 13, 2019

JLL director of sales and investments in NSW, Dylan McEvoy, has witnessed a surge in competition from student accommodation, co-living, boarding house and aged care providers in the market. "I've sat down with a few clients where they've had a boutique developmen...

Young men want flexibility, a good sign for workplace gender equality
Sydney Morning Herald - Wendy Tuohy - February 13, 2019

Millennial men's interest in having a fuller life out of work than their predecessors may accelerate gender equality, but only if they are also interested in caring for children, according to the visiting Dean of Harvard Kennedy School. Professor Iris Bohnet, in Australia for a VicHealth workforce...

Early learning must be a priority for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 12, 2019

More than 40 leading child welfare, education and research organisations have endorsed a new call by Early Childhood Australia (ECA) and SNAICC – National Voice for our Children to ensure all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children receive quality early learning...