What is in store for the ECEC sector in 2019? Leading voices share their hopes
The Sector - Freya Lucas - January 11, 2019

Inspired by a similar piece in Nursery World, The Sector put out the call to a number of prominent voices in Australia’s early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector, to ask them what they were hoping 2019 would see in the ECEC community...

Can Think Childcare And Education Limited (TNK.AX) Go The Extra Mile?
Kentwood Post - Sonia Dale - January 10, 2019

The Average True Range of ATR For Shares of Think Childcare And Education Limited (TNK.AX) have trended downward over the past 10 bars, indicating bearish momentum for the equity near-term. At a recent glance the stock touched 1.41 in a recent trade...

Blunt reminder to parents for child jabs
SBS News - January 10, 2018

Parents are being reminded of Victoria's no jab, no play laws as they prepare for the new school year. All youngsters attending child care and kindergartens must have current vaccination certification. Since their introduction in 2016, the laws have seen Victoria surpass the herd immunity...

The genius childcare app that's saving parents time and money
Kidspot - Nina Young - January 10, 2019

One very clever Aussie team have come up with an app that connects parents at the same childcare centre, Swapple.me. If one parent has a day they can't use, they post it on the app, another parent who then needs an extra day can claim the spot. The best part?...

ADF families supported with One Tree Community Services official opening
The Sector - Freya Lucas - January 10, 2018

The One Tree Defence Childcare Unit has officially opened this month, supporting families currently serving with the Australian Defence Force (ADF), following the announcement in August 2018 of their appointment as the contract provider for the Defence Childcare Program...

Second time unlucky as childcare plan scuttled by community rejection
The Advertiser - Ben Cameron - January 10, 2019

PLANS for a two-storey childcare centre in Stepney for up to 100 children have been scuttled because of more than 30 local residents’ noise and traffic concerns. Accord Property applied to Norwood, Payneham & St Peters Council’s development assessment panel to build the centre...

Looking beyond children’s interests as a definition for child-centred curriculua
The Sector - Sarah Riddell - January 7, 2019

Children’s interests have long been considered a cornerstone for programming, with the early years learning framework (EYLF) recommending that educators “engage children actively in learning…identify children’s strengths and interests, choose appropriate teaching strategies...

ACA NSW puts politics in the ECEC spotlight ahead of 2019 elections
The Sector - Freya Lucas - January 7, 2019

The New South Wales branch of the Australian Childcare Alliance has put politics firmly on the early childhood education and care (ECEC) agenda for 2019, predicting the key election concerns that will face the sector ahead of the 2019 Federal election. The timing comes as a Federal...

Empty childcare centres fret over dramatic preschool expansion
Financial Review - Joanna Mather - January 6, 2019

Labor's generous preschool policies could have the unintended effect of exacerbating the childcare place glut without easing costs for families, the nation's largest provider, Goodstart Early Learning, has warned. Although strongly supportive of additional funding for early learning...

New data reveals where the jobs will be in five years
The Courier Mail - Daryl Passmore - January 6, 2019

“There is also a healthy trend increase in education, training and child care/early learning positions as growing emphasis is placed on our need to re-skill and keep up with global best practice in all levels of learning.”...

Employment sectors set to boom with Australia’s population
The Daily Telegraph - Melanie Burgess - January 5, 2019

Meanwhile, the number of registered nurses would grow by 18.4 per cent (up 51,400 jobs), child carers by 17.6 per cent (27,600 jobs), school teachers by 10.8 per cent (45,900 jobs) and construction trades workers by 6.5 per cent (25,800 jobs)...

7 things only parents working during school holidays will understand
Kidspot - Claire Haiek - January 3, 2019

Most full-time employees are awarded four weeks of annual leave each year. School holidays, however, are much more plentiful, leaving many parents short when it comes to child care. Even if you're a two-parent family and you and your partner never have annual leave...

NT businesses fear new migration agreement will continue to be bogged down in bureacracy
NT News - Natasha Emeck - January 2, 2019

BUSINESSES hoping to lure more skilled overseas workers to the NT are concerned the Territory’s latest migration agreement with the Federal Government will continue to be bogged down by the bureaucracy. NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner said he was confident...

Mother to hunger strike for 46 days for healthier food in childcare centres
SBS News - Tom Stayner - January 1, 2019

Ruby wants to draw attention to the ‘malnutrition’ of Australian children in childcare – a problem she believes is not being adequately addressed. A collaboration between Healthy Australia and the University of Newcastle found that only five per cent of Australian childcare centres...

The new laws taking effect in NSW from January 1
Sydney Morning Herald - Josh Dye - December 31, 2018

All three-year-olds will have access to two days a week of subsidised preschool education. The measure makes NSW the first state to provide access for all children to attend two years of preschool, saving families as much as $800 a year and providing a strong start to early education...