UOW College cuts child care course after audit problems
Illawarra Mercury - Ben Langford - December 13, 2018

The University of Wollongong had to suspend a vocational diploma course in child care after the national regulator found problems with its “quality assurance” around assessments. The course, a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, is one of 12 dropped...

ACA NSW launch a campaign to gather evidence of inequity in assessment and rating
The Sector - Freya Lucas - December 13, 2018

A monthly competition with the aim of collecting example assessment and rating (A and R) reports received by service providers, which highlight examples of “unfair” or “outrageous” reporting, has been launched by the New South Wales branch of the Australian Childcare...

Ingham mum accuses childcare centre of failing to care for kids, hides voice recorder in backpack
Townsville Bulletin - Cameron Bates - December 13, 2018

A PUBLIC stoush has erupted between parents and one of only two Ingham childcare centres, with claims toddlers are not being adequately cared for. Ingham woman Amber Henderson posted allegations levelled against the Ingham Early Learning Centre in a Facebook...

Child Care Finder website 'a game-changer' for parents
Herald Sun - Lanai Scarr - December 13, 2018

The government will today launch the "TripAdvisor" of childcare which will make it easier for parents to work out which facility is best for their children. Touted as a game-changer for the sector, the new website Child Care Finder will enable parents to...

Peter Dutton says he is certain of his eligibility
The Australian - Rosie Lewis - December 12, 2018

Peter Dutton insists he does not need to change the arrangements of his family trust ahead of the next election that have landed him at the centre of the section 44 furore, but acknowledges “games” to attempt to refer him to the High Court will continue...

Few countries offer free early childhood education, study finds
The Sector - Freya Lucas - December 12, 2018

A new study by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health’s WORLD Policy Analysis Center (WORLD) suggests that few governments make pre-primary education available on a tuition-free basis for two or more years, in spite of research showing that early childhood education (ECE) especially benefits children from low-income families...

Vulnerable kids put at risk due to dodgy qualifications, court told
The Courier Mail - Vanda Carson - December 12, 2018

HUNDREDS of teacher’s aides and childcare workers could be jeopardising the safety of vulnerable kids by working with dodgy qualifications from a Brisbane college, a court has heard. The Australian College of Teacher Aides and Childcare, based in Nundah...

Dumped daycare operators move into NDIS and aged care
The Australian - Rick Morton & Tessa Akerman - December 11, 2018

Almost two-thirds of all family daycare operators who had their taxpayer subsidies cancelled for fraud and improper dealing in the past six months have come from the troubled vocational training sector and are now moving into the NDIS and aged-care sectors. Company...

Labor president Wayne Swan calls time on the era of trickle-down economics
Financial Review - Tom McIlroy - December 12, 2018

The party is poised to re-embrace industry-wide bargaining for low-paid industries such as childcare and cleaning. Workplace relations spokesman Brendan O'Connor will address the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday. Mr Shorten has previously advocated...

Buy, hold, sell: Service Stream, Mayne Pharma, G8 Education, Arena REIT
Financial Review - Matthew Kidman, Tobias Yao and Arden Jennings - December 11, 2018

Matthew Kidman talks with Tobias Yao from Wilson Asset and Arden Jennings from Ausbil about stocks for stormy markets...

Blitz on dodgy daycare operators saves $3bn
The Australian - Rick Morton - December 10, 2018

The federal government has stopped almost $3 billion in taxpayer money going to fraudulent and dodgy family daycare operators since 2014, with new figures showing hundreds of millions more have been saved since June. Education Minister Dan Tehan...

New project will fast track “best spends” on child mental health
The Sector - Freya Lucas - December 10, 2018

The research will identify the services most likely to have contact and offer support to families and children aged zero to twelve, allowing Emerging Minds to offer workplace support to professionals most likely to see children at risk, or showing early signs of mental health difficulties – including early childhood education and care (ECEC) professionals...

In home care changes too little, too late: AHCA
The Sector - Freya Lucas - December 10, 2018

Changes to the child care subsidy (CCS), designed to facilitate easier access to in home care (IHC) were announced late last week by Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan, and have been met with a response of “too little, too late” by the Australian In Home Care Association...

Parents demand principals open more rooms, halls as waiting lists grow
The Sunday Telegraph - Jack Morphet - December 9, 2018

Families are demanding school principals open up more classrooms and school halls to slash the enormous waiting list for after-school care. Some schools have as many as 100 families waiting for after-school care because the federal government has stringent rules...

How No Jab campaigns have saved the lives of Aussie kids
The Sunday Telegraph - Jane Hansen - December 9, 2018

Australia has surpassed the gold standard of a 95 per cent vaccination rate, known as “herd immunity” according to the National Centre for Immunisation and Research and Surveillance. Australian children at age five are at their highest level of protection...