Woollahra council 'needs to step in' as eastern suburbs daycare woes worsen
The Daily Telegraph - Emily Macdonald - October 3, 2018

WOOLLAHRA council is taking further steps towards running a long daycare facility following the closure of three centres in the area. Paddington Church of Christ Kindergarten with 28 places and the 25 spot Bo Peep Kindergarten Rose Bay have already shut with the Benevolent Society...

Snakes and ladders: Why women's superannuation is complex
ABC News The Conversation - Kathleen Riach - October 3, 2018

But inflexible work structures, hard to get child care, expensive child care, and enduring social norms make it hard to exercise choice. Taken too far, the idea that women are free to make choices can lead to unhelpful suggestions that they should bear the financial consequences...

City of Greater Geelong analysing nine childcare centre planning permits amid soaring baby boom
Geelong Advertiser - Tamara McDonald - October 2, 2018

THE region is experiencing a childcare boom, with nine planning permit applications for childcare centres ­before the City of Greater Geelong. Seven planning permit appli­cations for childcare centres have been approved this year, the acting director of planning and development...

The NDIS is delivering 'reasonable and necessary' supports for some, but others are missing out
The Conversation - Carmel Laragy - October 1, 2018

The highest satisfaction scores came from the families of children with a developmental or congenital disability. They received Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) support for children under six years to develop skills needed for daily activities. The NDIS insurance approach...

Regional areas must insist on high quality care | Opinion
Newcastle Herald - Phillip O'Neill - October 1, 2018

I read with dismay last week an opinion piece on these pages headed 'Childcare policy failing regional Australia'. It was written by Eugenie Joseph from the Centre for Independent Studies. The article attacked the regulation of child care in regional areas. Ms Joseph argued...

Hands-on fathers 'less likely to break up with partners'
The Guardian - Mark Rice-Oxley - September 30, 2018

Surveys and studies show that during the crunch early years of their children's lives, many men still felt financially, professionally and culturally unable to take time off or downshift. Men said it was hard to persuade employers to take their request for leave seriously...

Literacy and numeracy bound ahead in preschool thanks to cutting-edge approach
The Daily Telegraph - Lisa Mayoh - September 29, 2018

A WORLD-first NSW childcare program emphasising science and maths while encouraging preschoolers to get more involved in class discussion and problem-solving has doubled literacy skills and delivered massive jumps in numeracy in seven months. And educators were left...

After-school care: Kids could be stranded with new staff ratio rule
ABC News - Ursual Malone - September 28, 2018

Hundreds of families who rely on minibuses to transport their children to after-school care could be left in the lurch due to new government regulations. From Monday, after-school care providers will be required to employ an extra staff member on the bus as well as the driver. Some operators...

Tamworth preschools get drought relief package
Northern Daily Leader - Jamieson Murphy - September 27, 2018

AS THE economic impacts seep further in to every day life, the NSW government has announced a relief package for 17 of region's preschools. Early childhood educators will split more than $255,000, to help them and the families they serve through the dry time and...

Investor snaps up western Sydney childcare centre
News.com.au - Marissa Georgopoulos - September 27, 2018

A BUSY childcare centre set in a suburban hot spot has been snapped up by an investor. The 80-place facility at 20 and 22 Ostend St, South Granville, went under the hammer earlier this month with five registered bidders and sold for $3.18 million. Bringing in a net annual income of $185,000...

Banning giveaways won't stop early learning centres putting business first
ABC News - Liam McNicholas - September 26, 2018

Free iPads. Cut-price holidays. Mortgage payment contributions. Free petrol. These are some of the "giveaways" that childcare centres are using to spruik their services: you could be forgiven for thinking enrolment drives have little to do with children's learning and a lot to do with luring...

Building better preschools through NSW government grants
The Leader - Eva Kolimar- September 25, 2018

Hundreds of new preschool places will be delivered across NSW thanks to a $6 million grant to improve preschool infrastructure. Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell announced the funding on September 21...

Enoggera residents' joy as Brisbane City Council rejects childcare and unit development
The Courier Mail - Andrea Macleod - September 25, 2018

ENOGGERA residents' fight to get city hall to stop a unit and childcare development in a quiet suburban street has paid off. A Brisbane City Council spokesman confirmed this afternoon it had rejected a proposal to combine five vacant blocks for an apartment building...

Developers withdraw controversial childcare proposal
The Courier Mail - Brian Bennion - September 25, 2018

DEVELOPERS have withdrawn plans for a controversial multi-storey childcare centre at the old TAB site at Bulimba.The site straddles busy Hawthorne and Ridings roads at the Oxford St roundabout next to Bulimba State School. Edge Early Learning withdrew its application last week...

Attendance at pre-school key to literacy, numeracy
The Australian - Amos Aikman - September 25, 2018

A study of more than 60,000 children born in the Northern Territory since 1994 has found that boosting remote preschool attendance could increase their chances of meeting Year 3 minimum standards for writing and numeracy by up to 70 per cent. The study...