'A big step up': the meteoric rise of NSW's new Education Minister
Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker - April 3, 2019

When Sarah Mitchell waved her daughter off on her first day of kindergarten, she had no idea that two months later she would be responsible not only for Annabelle's education, but also that of 1.2 million other NSW school students. Ms Mitchell, a National Party MP, was...

Review of preschool funding ‘a concern’
The Australian - Rebecca Urban - April 3, 2019

The Coalition government has resisted mounting pressure to make a long-term commitment to preschool education, announcing a one-year funding extension and flagging a review of the future of the program. The allocation of $453.1 million to guarantee...

Benefits of early learning ‘must be open to all’
The Australian - Rebecca Urban - April 3, 2019

Queensland mother of two Karra Johnstone has enjoyed watching her boys thrive as a result of ­attending preschool. Angus, 6, who is now at primary school, benefited from the social interaction with children his own age and four-year-old Blake has learned a range of skills...

Change petition skyrockets calling for overhaul to controversial ParentsNext policy
Women's Agenda - Tarla Lambert - April 2, 2019

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has tabled a change.org. petition this afternoon, calling for the ParentsNext policy to be made voluntary and to remove punitive measures that serve to hurt women. The petition, started by former Greens’ advisor Ella Buckland, has so far...

Federal budget 2019: Pre-school funding extended but few other education gains
Australian Financial Review - Robert Bolton - April 2, 2019

Parents have been given nearly half a billion dollars to encourage them to send their children to pre-school. The Treasurer said the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education will be extended for another year with $453 million...

Bid to meet day-care demand
The West Australian - Zoe Keenan - April 2, 2019

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry is looking for expressions of interest for a program helping start-up home day-care businesses to combat the region’s childcare shortage. A report at the end of 2017 revealed a chronic shortage of full-time childcare...

Research highlights troubles for women juggling family, STEM career
The Sydney Morning Herald - Stuart Layt - April 2, 2019

Despite moves towards inclusivity, universities and other institutions need to do more to accommodate women who take time off from their STEM careers to take care of children, a research paper argues. The research, from QUT’s School of Public Health and Social Work...

Kids House Cheltenham set to house more than 100 children
Herald Sun - Emma-Jayne Schenk - April 2, 2019

A new three-storey childcare centre will cater for more than 100 children when it opens in Cheltenham next month, just weeks after a nearby kinder closed down. Opening at Bay Rd’s Assembly urban industrial estate, Kids House Cheltenham Early Learning Centre will focus on...

Beaumaris Three Year Old Kindergarten closes after 27 years
Herald Sun - Emma-Jayne Schenk - April 2, 2019

Another much-loved and longstanding Bayside kindergarten will shut down this week, due to council changes, dwindling numbers and a lack of cash. Parent-led Beaumaris Three Year Old Kindergarten has been running for 27 years and provided a “community-feel” learning experience...

Nudgee College refurbishment includes early learning centre
The Courier Mail - Michelle Smith - April 2, 2019

A PRIVATE Brisbane boys school is planning to open its doors to children under five. St Joseph’s Nudgee College at Boondall currently caters to students from Years 5-12 but is proposing to establish an early learning centre on campus...

The day the PM came to Carlisle
Southern Gazette - Matt Zls - April 1, 2019

WHEN parents dropped their children at Cuddles Early Learning and Childcare Centre in Carlisle on Thursday morning, they had no idea their little ones were in for a visit from Australia’s leader. Prime Minister Scott Morrison ... stopped by the childcare centre’s play area to say hi to the children...

Illawarra gastro outbreaks mainly in childcare centres
Illawarra Mercury - Lisa Wachsmuth - April 1, 2019

The region's public health unit is warning residents to take precautions with an unusually high number of gastroenteritis outbreaks this year. So far this year, there have been 25 outbreaks of gastroenteritis reported to the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) - 22 of these were in childcare centres...

Childcare centres among auction highlights
Commercial Real Estate - Jack Needham - April 1, 2019

Among the 16 properties set to go under the hammer at the portfolio auction are two Sydney childcare centres in Sylvania and Five Dock. Leased to HoneyBears ELC until 2033, with options to 2053, the purpose-built Sylvania Waters property features 39 places and an annual net income ...

Sarah Mitchell reappointed as Early Childhood Education Minister for NSW
The Sector - Jason Roberts - April 1, 2019

Sarah Mitchell, currently the New South Wales Minister for Early Childhood Education and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs has retained the Early Childhood Education portfolio and also been appointed Minister for Education in the new Coalition led Government...

Is the Long Day Care Centre Sector Ready for a Comeback?
The Bull - Bob Kohut - April 1, 2019

Less than a decade ago Aussie parents looking for long day care centres (LDC) for their young children to allow both parents to enter the job market scrambled to find spots. In November of 2016 some parents were reporting an 18 month to 2 year wait for a place for their child...