‘We can’t ignore impact of childhood costs on NSW families’: Australian Childcare Alliance NSW calls for inquiry
Women's Agenda - February 8, 2019

The peak industry body for early childhood education in NSW has called for an inquiry into the increasing cost of childcare in the state. The Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) NSW wants a review into the systematic, structural issues like supply, red tape, regulation and planning...

G8 Education-tenanted childcentre on Isle of Capri on Gold Coast sells for record yield to local investor
Gold Coast Bulletin - Alister Thomson - February 8, 2019

A GOLD Coast investor has shrugged off fears of an oversupply in the childcare industry to purchase a Surfers Paradise centre for $2.1 million at a record yield of 5.1 per cent. The purpose-built Kool Kids Early Learning Centre at 1-3 Bimbi Court on Isle of Capri, which is operated...

We can't sit by and watch yet another election devoid of issues that matter to women
ABC News - Vanessa Whittaker, Maria O'Brien and Sera Mirzabegian - February 8, 2019

In our working lives, we have seen no serious political engagement with the fact that it is legal to tax deduct your conference in Whistler, but not the cost of child care while you're at work. Women speak about these issues all the time. Politicians rarely do. Like almost all of the women we know...

Catalyst Health planning new aged-care and childcare centres for Robina after buying site for $10M off Robina Group
Gold Coast Bulletin - Alister Thomson, - February 8, 2019

A ROBINA site is set to become home to new aged and childcare centres after it was snapped up for $9.9 million by a Sunsuper-linked real estate investment trust. The vacant 578 Christine Ave property has been purchased by Catalyst Robina SPV Pty Ltd, which is linked to Justin Laboo...

Bullying in the early years leads to depression later in life, study finds
The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 7, 2019

Authors speculated that students in early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings, which did not receive public funding, or which had a lower quality rating, may be more prone to bullying and being bullied, and therefore at higher risk of depression. Professor of child psychology...

High-rise childcare evacuation dangers first flagged six months ago
The Daily Telegraph - Danielle Le Messurier - February 7, 2019

EXCLUSIVE: An urgent briefing on the ­safety of children in high-rise childcare centres was first ­requested six months ago. The Australian Building Codes Board, responsible for the development of the Nat­ional Construction Code, was tasked with looking into fire safety issues...

Landlords urged to fill vacant shops with gyms, child care centres
Inside Retail - Dean Blake - February 7, 2019

The rise of online shopping and closure of major incumbent retailers will continue to impact Australia’s retail industry in 2019, according to a new report from CBRE. The real estate firm noted in its Australia Real Estate Market Outlook report that that 22 major retailers have left the market...

Childcare costs surge forcing Sydney parents to pay up to $200 a day
The Daily Telegraph - Danielle Le Messurier - February 7, 2019

Red-tape, soaring lease costs and staff-child ratios have pushed childcare prices through the roof in Sydney where some families are paying as much as a staggering $200 a day. The latest figures showing Sydney parents are paying the highest costs in Australia has prompted NSW’s...

Parents pressured by soaring childcare costs
9News.com.au - February 7, 2019

9News reporter Gabrielle Boyle is in Sydney, where parents are paying up to $200 a day to put through kids through early childcare...

Oversupply of childcare centres may be subsiding
Sydney Morning Herald - Simon Johanson - February 6, 2019

A national oversupply of childcare centres that dogged the industry last year – sparked by dramatic growth and uncertainty over changes to government subsidies – may be subsiding, analysts say. Childcare operators and industry groups, such as the country's second biggest operator...

Calls to review planning and approval process of childcare centres in high-rise buildings
The Daily Telegraph - Danielle Le Messurier - February 5, 2019

Childcare centres - some with hundreds of children and babies - located in high-rise buildings have been described as a “ticking time bomb” amid concerns over “hazardous” evacuation plans. The Daily Telegraph can reveal there are urgent calls for the NSW government to review...

Why these 3 ASX 200 stocks just hit 52-week highs
Motley Fool - Cale Kalinowski - February 5, 2019

G8 Education shares hit a 52-week high today of $3.44. As Australia’s largest listed child care centre operator, G8 owns and operates more than 470 early learning education centres around Australia. After a terrible period for investors in late 2017 and most of 2018, G8 has managed...

Former Maitland teacher Kylie Humphreys founds Head and Heart Mindfulness for preschool and primary
Maitland Mercury - Sage Swinton - February 5, 2019

To some, the thought of preschoolers doing yoga and meditation might sound far-fetched. But for Maitland’s Kylie Humphreys it’s not only possible, it’s vital to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Ms Humphreys has founded Head and Heart Mindfulness – a program for kids...

We need an overhaul of early childhood education
Newcastle Herald - Phillip O'Neill - February 4, 2019

Yet Australian studies show, consistently, that, while Australian parents are working as long and hard at parenting as anywhere else in the world, Australian governments lack commitment to the provision of education services in the early childhood years. Embarrassingly, Australia is fifth...

Chifley Oration: Bowen, Labor says Coalition government ‘not working for working people’
News.com.au - Malcolm Farr - February 4, 2019

Chris Bowen will claim the real danger was lower standards of living under a returned Coalition government and growing debt as households had to dip into savings. He will point to rising expenses since the Coalition was elected in 2013: electricity prices up 15 per cent, the cost of long-day childcare up 24 per cent...