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...

Weight gain in early childhood affects teenage heart health, Australian study finds
The Sector - Lyndsie Clark - February 12, 2019

Excessive weight gain in children under two years can lead to cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors in teenage years, including increased cholesterol, being overweight, and having fat around the middle, new research from the University of Sydney has found. The new research...

Why getting early education right is so critical for children & our future
Women's Agenda - February 12, 2019

The future of Australia is predicated on quality early education standards. Women’s Agenda sits down with the CEO of KU Children’s Services, Christine Legg to get a better sense of how we ultimately achieve this...

Spot rezoning need to be independently assessed: Chris Johnson
Property Observer - Chris Johnson - February 12, 2019

Many councils were against new child care centres that competed against their own centres or did not support affordable housing in their area. In these circumstances where councils were stopping social responsible development or where their planning documents...

Squeezed voters yearn for loosening of the budget belt
The Australian - David Uren - February 12, 2019

Even among Coalition voters, a minority believes that higher spending on services such as health, education, childcare and aged care should be the government’s top priority, ahead of tax cuts and debt repayment. The big budget cuts promised in the first Abbott government...

Cutting teacher numbers? Never a good idea for kids
Women's Agenda - Lisa Bryant - February 11, 2019

Would you send your child to a school that did not have a teacher for every class? What if it was decided that employing teachers was too expensive and instead they should be replaced by educators without university degrees? This is the scenario being suggested for early education...

Goodstart Early Learning opens larger new centre in Plympton
The Advertiser - February 11, 2019

Childhood education provider Goodstart Early Learning has nearly tripled its available places in Plympton with the opening this month of its new childcare centre. The premises at 247-251 Anzac Highway – replacing the former building at 337 Anzac Highway...