Preschool funding to support about 400 new places
Northern Daily - September 20, 2018

NEW, bigger, mobile or renovated preschools could be funded through a $6 million infrastructure investment into about 400 new preschool places across the state. The Start Strong Capital Works Grants program aims to increase the number of places available in areas of high need and demand...

Childcare and unit development proposal at Enogerra threatens to make a mockery of Brisbane's City Plan, says resident
The Courier Mail - Andrea Macleod - September 20, 2018

Residents fighting a development in a suburban street say it threatens to make a mockery of Brisbane City Council's City Plan. Enoggera resident Paul Aldred said if the council approved the development application for 19 units and a child care centre at 18-22 Dalmarnock St it would give developers...

Project hopes children could prove key in creating change in aged care
Aged Care Guide - September 20, 2018

The two models used in the project include the Shared Campus model - where aged day care and child day care centres offer their programs on the same site with shared infrastructure and facilities, with the intergenerational care program then provided in a multi-function room common to both...

How market forces have failed the nation
Sydney Morning Herald - Ross Gittins - September 19, 2018

Then came the expansion of childcare to for-profit providers, the move by successive federal and state governments to make technical and further education "contestable" by private providers, and the decision to open the provision of aged care to for-profit providers...

Inclusive childcare helps Kate thrive
The West Australian - Shannon Beattie - September 19, 2018

A local childcare centre is being praised by the the WA Inclusion Agency for the innovative work they've undertaken to make the facility more accessible. One Tree Millars Well has instigated initiatives to accommodate four-year-old Kate Hill, who has one of the rarest conditions in the world...

Climate: The looming threat to Queensland's health
Sydney Morning Herald - Fahim Tonmoy, David Rissik & Fiona Armstrong - September 18, 2018

The report consulted widely. Major health organisations, hospitals and health services, aged care services, early childhood education and childcare services and social sector organisations who work with vulnerable community members all contributed to its development. While most stakeholders...

Deadline looms to join child care system
SBS - September 18, 2018

Eligible families have five days left to apply for the federal government's new child care subsidy and receive backdated payments. Parents have until Saturday to complete an online assessment through their Centrelink account to apply for payments to be backdated from July 2...

Boom in Adelaide child care vacancies
9News.com.au - Jessica Stanley - September 18, 2018

Finding a child care vacancy can be a struggle for Adelaide parents, but a multi-million dollar investment could help reduce waiting lists and open up more vacancies. Goodstart Early Learning is opening up six new child care centres over the next 18 months, starting with Cheltenham...

Wages rising faster than living costs, professor says
The Australian - David Uren - September 18, 2018

Professor Wooden said people noticed the rise in the price of electricity or petrol, but not the offsetting fall in the cost of ­groceries. Over the past year, there have been big rises in petrol, up 16.3 per cent, and electricity, up 10.4 per cent, while childcare costs have gone up 6.0 per cent...

Maribyrnong councillor Sarah Carter spends $100 a week on phone bill
Herald Sun - Chanel Zagon - September 18, 2018

COUNCILLORS in Melbourne's west are racking up close to $1000 a week in expense claims on phones, child care and training. Figures show from May to July Maribyrnong's seven councillors claimed a whopping $12,577 on out of pocket expenses - more than double that of neighbouring...

Shorts pile into G8 Education as debt deals near
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson & Anthony Macdonald - September 17, 2018

The bets against listed child care operator G8 Education are starting to stack up as attention turns to whether the company's two debt deals due to be closed in the coming month. G8 Education is in the market for $400 million in fresh debt to refinance its Singapore-listed bonds...

PM should ensure Peter Dutton's case is heard in High Court
The Australian - George Williams - September 17, 2018

While Scott Morrison has sought to deflect Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton's eligibility issues by saying they are nothing more than a "lawyers' picnic", the fact is serious questions remain about whether Dutton is entitled to sit in parliament. There are real and unresolved issues...

Handouts not answer to robot threat, says leading philanthropist
Sydney Morning Herald - Jennifer Duke - September 16, 2018

Philanthropist Michael Milken has urged governments not to consider a universal basic income as a solution to the automation of the workforce, but to focus on subsidised housing, education, healthcare and childcare. Mr Milken, chairman of the Milken Institute, said he was...

Good news and bad news for the women of Australia
Sydney Morning Herald - Ittima Cherastidtham - September 16, 2018

It's a vicious cycle. The lower pay reduces the incentive to return to work, especially given the high cost of childcare. And this in turn means women with children accumulate less experience and gain fewer promotions. This phenomenon is by no means unique to Australia...

An economic narrative for re-election
Sydney Morning Herald - Simon Cowan - September 15, 2018

The second area is childcare, where the campaign for even greater subsidies is just winding up. The cost of childcare directly impacts the decisions of parents to work. As recent CIS research has highlighted, government regulation has been a key factor in driving up those costs...