Grampians kinder provider shares concerns about staff shortages ahead of 2020 roll-out
The Sector - Freya Lucas - November 27, 2019

Wimmera and Grampians kindergartens could be facing staff shortages and a lack of facilities to accommodate three-year-old kinder children expected to participate in early learning next year as a result of the Victorian Government investment of almost $5 billion over 10 years...

The rise of 'satellite babies' sent overseas as Sydney's cost of living bites
ABC News - Lydia Feng - November 26, 2019

When Sophie Ding and Ben Meng had their second child, something had to give. Paying their mortgage and childcare, coupled with Sydney's sky-high cost of living, was taking its toll. After their daughter Valerie's first birthday, they sent her in September to their native China to be cared for...

Play Australia's plan to open 1,000 streets around Australia for play aims to get kids more active
ABC News - Emma Wynne - November 26, 2019

While many generations have fond childhood memories of racing billy carts, climbing trees, and playing cricket in the street, these days few children play outside. But national advocacy group Play Australia is on a mission to bring back outdoor play, with a plan to create 1,000 play streets...

Federal Government to invest in early years training as part of suicide prevention plan
The Sector - Freya Lucas - November 26, 2019

The Australian Government will invest $10,000 in training early childhood educators who work with Indigenous families to help them to support at risk children, as part of a broader $503 million Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan. In an announcement made last week, Federal Minister...

New star ratings for childcare centres will never shine
The Sydney Morning Herald - Opinion: Lisa Bryant - November 26, 2019

Tragically, two children died in childcare services in NSW over the past financial year. These services are regulated by the NSW government that ultimately bears the responsibility to ensure centres are safe and high quality. So what has the government done? It’s decided that from next year...

Santos child care subsidy sets a high bar
The Advertiser - Valerina Changarathil - November 26, 2019

South Australia’s largest company Santos will share the burden of child care costs for some of its employees from next year as part of an expanded parental leave policy that sets a high bar on staff benefits. The national oil and gas company, which employs more than 2000 staff is rolling out new measures...

Comprehensive summary of key ECEC sector trends detailed in latest “State of early learning in Australia” report
The Sector - Jason Roberts - November 26, 2019

The Early Learning: Everyone Benefits campaign has released the 3rd edition of its State of early learning in Australia 2019 report in which a high-level snapshot of quality, participation and affordability in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector across Australia...

Bellmere child care facility sold for $4.7 million
Property Observer - November 25, 2019

A childcare centre in Bellmere, just north of Brisbane has been sold for $4.68 million transaction. The purpose-built property is occupied on a 15-year lease with option by the UK-based childcare group, Busy Bees, a global childcare organisation backed by a Canadian pension fund with...

Failing to meet the standards: the worst-performing childcare centres
The Sydney Morning Herald - Pallavi Singhal - November 25, 2019

Nearly 40 per cent of private for-profit childcare services are failing to reach the national quality standard, compared to about 15 per cent of government run services. In total, about 74 per cent of early childhood education services are meeting or exceeding the national standard...

Quality is the star in education and care rating
NSW Department of Education - November 25, 2019

A family friendly ratings guide for children’s education and care services was announced this week, giving NSW parents access to more information about how their service rates under the National Quality Framework. Dorothy the Dinosaur danced her way through the media launch...

Teaching for Tomorrow – G8 Education’s quality push for early childhood teachers
The Sector - Freya Lucas - November 25, 2019

Australia’s ongoing challenges with meeting the requirements for early childhood teachers (ECTs) in a variety of program types are well documented. Recently The Sector spoke with Julie Madgwick, G8’s Head of Early Learning and Education, and Jane Dunstan, G8 Practice Development Manager...

‘Clearer and simpler’ star system to show A&R results causes controversy in NSW
The Sector - Freya Lucas - November 25, 2019

The New South Wales Government has announced what they termed “a clearer and simpler rating system” for early childhood education and care (ECEC) services over the weekend. The intention of the new four star rating system is to make the National Quality Framework ratings easier...

Affinity extends a helping hand to RFS as bushfires threaten NSW communities
The Sector - Freya Lucas - November 25, 2019

With much of New South Wales and Queensland under threat from bushfires last week, educators and leaders from a variety of Affinity Education Group were quick to respond, stepping up their community spirit and arranging for donations to support those most in need...

Australia fails on early childhood education
Financial Review - Tom McIlroy - November 25, 2019

The percentage of Australian families with two parents in the workforce is increasing, as new data shows the number of couples with both adults employed full time doubling. Data from the latest snapshot of early learning in Australia shows in 2013 the number of couple families in which...

An economic argument for extending preschool to two years
Financial Review - Robert Bolton - November 25, 2019

The Morrison government could save $15.2 billion off the budget bottom line if it was prepared to outlay more on early childhood including an extra year of pre-school, according to a group of organisations and companies which includes Woodside Energy and Andrew Forrest's Minderoo Foundation...