Kids need more play to excel in STEM, new study hopes to prove
Daily Telegraph - Lanai Scarr - March 19, 2019

Exclusive: If our kids want to have better jobs and be smarter in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, they need more play. That’s what a game-changing $3.2 million, five-year study by researchers at Monash University is hoping to prove...

Gastro outbreak across childcare centres prompts NSW Health warning
Blue Mountains Gazette - Eva Kolimar - March 19, 2019

NSW Health has issued an alert to parents and carers of young children about after a rise in viral gastroenteritis cases. The warning has been prompted by outbreaks at childcare centres across NSW and a high number of children aged under five seeking treatment...

Wife of former Dragon charged with $330k fraud from employer
Sydney Morning Herald - Shannon Tonkin - March 19, 2019

The wife of former St George Illawarra winger Reece Simmonds has fronted court accused of misappropriating hundred of thousands of dollars from a NSW south coast child care business. Mother-of-three Belinda Simmonds is facing 35 dishonesty charges...

Childcare centre dumped from Waverley bowlo redevelopment
The Daily Telegraph - Heath Parkes-Hupton - March 19, 2019

Easts chairman Nick Politis has confirmed Waverley Bowling Club’s proposed $83 million redevelopment will no longer include a childcare centre. In a letter penned to club members, Mr Politis said intensive community consultation had identified the centre - and its impact...

4 tips on returning to work after having a baby
Your Money - Jack Derwin - March 19, 2019

While everyone’s situation is different, the biggest factor will be what your childcare options are. “Roughly half of the parents having children being cared for are having them cared for outside formal childcare arrangements. It’s usually grandparents who take that role,” Dale explained...

Family day care swimming pool consultation open for comment
Mirage News - March 18, 2019

Public comment sought to inform potential changes to family day care regulations. The consultation period opens today for eight week. The State Government is seeking public comment on potential changes to regulations governing family day care residences that have swimming pools...

Deliver more for children and families – Everyone Benefits exerts election pressure
The Sector - Freya Lucas - March 18, 2019

Educators and leaders working in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector have been urged to get behind “an historic alliance” of early childhood experts and parents, calling on all political parties to ensure all Australian children can access at least two days...

Politicians feeling parental pressure for preschool education
The Australian - Rick Morton - March 18, 2019

Pressure on the major parties to provide funding certainty for preschool education programs and reform the childcare activity test that punishes vulnerable children the most is mounting ahead of the federal election with a new ­alliance of 27 organisations calling for change...

'Massive implications': when working families fall off the Hinch Cliff
Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker and Sarah Keoghan - March 17, 2019

Families are dropping out of daycare, women are cutting back on work and children are beginning school before they are ready as a result of high income-earning families losing access to childcare subsidies. The early childhood industry fears children are missing out...

From play to pressure; a Finnish perspective on Australian schools
Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker - March 17, 2019

In Finland, as in many European countries, early childhood education is free. Some centres are open 24 hours a day to accommodate children whose parents work shifts. Here, the family is facing a steep childcare bill for Noah. "This is something that makes us really feel bad...

New Highton childcare and health centre to offer after school care
Geelong Advertiser - Chad Van Estrop - March 16, 2019

AFTER school care will be offered next month at a recently opened $5.5 million childcare and health centre in Highton. The centre built on the site of the Bellaire Primary School has room for 110 kindergarten-aged children and will see the Highton Preschool relocate to it...

Catholic Early EdCare – a new brand to capture the spirit of early learning
The Catholic Leader - Joe Higgins - March 16, 2019

CATHOLIC Early EdCare is Catholic through and through. The new name, Catholic Early EdCare, has replaced Centacare Child Care Services and brought a fresh, faithful face to one of Brisbane archdiocese’s booming services. Catholic Early EdCare director Alana Crouch...

Australian first: Tasmania launches pilot program for three-year-old early learning
The Sector - Lyndsie Clark - March 15, 2019

The Tasmanian Government has launched a pilot program to provide two years of free early learning for three year old’s from the state’s low income and disadvantaged families, in an Australian first. Tasmanian Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff launched the pilot...

Significant funding boost to aid global health issues
The University of Newcastle - March 14, 2019

$941,274 awarded to Dr Serene Yoong and team for a first-of-its-kind trial to support childcare services with implementing continuous free-play schedules. These implementation programs ensure children are engaged in outdoor play to improve child activity...

NSW Liberal/National Party announce additional 2,300 community places for preschoolers
The Sector - Freya Lucas - March 14, 2019

An additional 2,300 places in new and existing community preschools will receive funding if the New South Wales Liberal/National party wins the state election to be held on 23 March 2019, the party has said. Current NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced...