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...

Budget 2019: What working families are hoping for this year
SBS News - Michelle Rimmer - April 1, 2019

An hour west of Sydney's CBD, the traditionally working-class city of Penrith is a hub for an array of culturally diverse communities. It's also home to many young parents... Kerima told SBS News childcare costs leave her with little money left over to pay the bills...

Moonee Valley Council’s bold plan for Flemington
Herald Sun - Rachel Clayton, Moonee Valley Leader - April 1, 2019

Cuts to childcare, aged care, and an increase in service costs may be on the cards for Moonee Valley ratepayers so the council can afford its ambitious upgrade of Debneys Park. The upgrade of the Flemington precinct, including a community hub and sports facilities, will cost the council at least $65 million...

China's Greentown strikes deal with Australia's Montessori Academy
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson and Anthony Macdonald - March 31, 2019

The childcare deals are starting to roll thick and fast. Hot on the heels of Think Childcare's acquisitions and equity raising, one of the long-mooted transactions in the sector has taken place. Montessori Academy, which was founded in 2008 by Charles and Colette Assaf and grown to 23 centres, has won the backing ...

The institutions bringing aged care residents together with toddlers in early learning centres
ABC News - Briana Shepherd - March 31. 2019

About five years ago one of WA's main providers of community services came up with what seemed an all too simple idea — bringing together its aged care residents with the toddlers in its early learning centres... MercyCare, a Catholic-run provider of aged care, family, health and community services...

Childcare backer appeals Council bid to block project
Courier Mail - Brendan O'Malley, Westside News - March 31. 2019

The developers behind a new childcare centre in Bardon are appealing a council decision earlier this year to refuse the project. Bardon Rainworth Community Group (BRCG) member Kate Watson said residents were disappointed but very pleased council, which opposed the development application...

Aged Care in SA: How leading providers are caring for South Australia’s elderly
Adelaide Now - Rebecca DiGirolamo, Sunday Mail (SA) - March 30, 2019

Walking frames parked neatly beside baby prams at an Adelaide childcare centre ... A peak inside the baby room at Goodstart Early Childhood Learning Centre in Somerton Park reveals all — residents from a nearby nursing home carefully cradling little ones...

New pledge of $1.2m for playgroups that help autistic kids
Herald Sun - Lanai Scarr - March 30, 2019

Playgroups for autistic children will get a $1.2 million funding boost as part of an announcement by the federal government. Ahead of next week’s federal budget, Families Minister Paul Fletcher will today unveil the funding which will help support the PlayConnect playgroups program for a further 12-months...

Gunnedah PCYC OOSH room renovations officially unveiled
amoi Valley Independent - Jessica Worboys - March 29. 2019

More local families can now benefit from out-of-school-hours (OOSH) childcare with the expansion of PCYC Gunnedah's OOSH room. The newly renovated room was purpose-built for the OOSH program and officially opened on Friday...

Parramatta childcare centre evacuated, home destroyed after house catches fire
The Daily Telegraph - Maryanne Taouk, Parramatta Advertiser - March 29, 2019

A fire has torn through a small home in western Sydney threatening a neighbouring childcare centre. The fire started at the house on Pemberton Lane, Parramatta at 1.30pm on Friday, with smoke carrying across the block and over the St Marina Early learning Centre next door, leading to a mass evacuation...

Residents in Dee Why fight to stop childcare centre being built on reserve
The Daily Telegraph - Julie Cross, Manly Daily - March 29, 2019

Concerned residents and kids from a Scout group are fighting to stop a child care centre being built on a small piece of green land next to a dangerous road. Minna Monaghan, of Arthur St, Dee Why, said Dee Why Children’s Centre is looking for a new home...

Cairns teacher Erica Prosser recognised as one of the country’s best
The Cairns Post - Andrea Falvo - March 29, 2019

A CAIRNS teacher with 20-years experience in alternative education has been recognised as one of the country’s best. Erica Prosser, the founding principal of Holy Spirit College, is one of 12 inspiring teachers nationwide to have today been awarded a fellowship...