Victorian childcare centres to get fee help after lockdown decision
The Age - Fergus Hunter - July 7, 2020

Parents locked down in Melbourne will have their gap fees waived if their children don't attend childcare, while centres will be able to claim subsidies for children who aren't there. The urgent measures were announced on Tuesday night after the Victorian government announced...

Victoria's bitter $12b hit from return to lockdown
Financial Review - Andrew Tillett and Matthew Cranston - July 7, 2020

However, Education Minister Dan Tehan will allow centres to waive the gap fee paid by parents if they withdraw their child for COVID-19 reasons, saving families money while retaining their place. The government will continue to pay the childcare subsidy to the centre...

Darlington Public School: New classrooms, library, childcare centre
The Daily Telegraph - Joanna Panagopoulos, Central Sydney - July 7, 2020

The Department of Education is planning for more than 200 extra enrolments at Darlington Public School over the next 15 years with a $20 million plus redevelopment project. A new two and three-storey L-shape building along Golden Grove and Abercrombie St would replace ...

Trafalgar Primary Early Learning Centre ready to go
Mirage News - July 7, 2020

Local families can look forward to a more straightforward school drop-off with the new Trafalgar Primary Early Learning Centre ready to open for term three. Co-located at the Trafalgar Primary School, the new centre will provide up to 132 places for three and four-year-old...

WHO’s early years childcare guidelines have changed - Here’s everything you need to know
World Economic Forum - Annabelle Timsit, Reporter, Early Childhood Development, Quartz - July 6, 2020

The World Health Organization has issued new guidelines on boosting the development and well-being of children aged 0-to-3. They move the emphasis towards the science that proves children need warm, loving care. This is how it's taken 70 years to move from 'survive' to 'thrive'...

Revelop’s Newton Village shopping centre to undergo multimillion dollar upgrade
The Advertiser - Giuseppe Tauriello - July 6, 2020

Western Sydney developer Revelop has hit the ground running following its acquisition of Newton Village shopping centre. Revelop plans to invest more than $10 million in a centre upgrade including a proposal to build a childcare centre on the rooftop car park...

Three-year-old Kinder on the way for children living in Hepburn Shire
The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 6, 2020

Children in Hepburn Shire Council will be able to access funded three-year-old kindergarten from the first time in 2021 at sites such as Daylesford Community Child Care, Daylesford Preschool, Hepburn Kindergarten and Trentham Kindergarten. Bringing three-year-old kindergarten to Victoria ...

Healthy Australia program aims to reduce childhood obesity by half before 2025
The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 6, 2020

Healthy eating program feedAustralia is aiming for an ambitious target of halving the rate of children aged five to 14 years of age who are overweight or obese by 2025. The partnership between the Australian Government and Healthy Australia has successfully created the feedAustralia...

Workers and parents fear childcare centres in hotspots could fail
The Age - Anna Prytz - July 6, 2020

Workers and parents are worried some childcare services could collapse with the looming end of fee-free care and JobKeeper payments, as a spate of positive COVID-19 cases forces multiple centres in and around Melbourne's lockdown postcodes to close. Eight Melbourne childcare...

SA to take hard line on no jab, no play for early learning services next month despite concerns of education department officials
The Advertiser - Daniel Wills - July 5, 2020

A hard-line policy that excludes unvaccinated children from South Australian early learning services will go ahead, despite the Education Department raising concerns that it’s not ready for the change. The Advertiser understands that the department officially raised a possible delay ...

Childcare watchdog admits standards slip across suburbs
The Daily Telegraph - Clare Masters, News Corp Australia Network - July 4, 2020

Children born into privileged postcodes receive a better education and are safer in their centres compared to their poorer peers, according to a report the nation’s childcare watchdog has quietly released. The damning report from ACECQA found there is a stark inequity across...

New beginnings: YMCA Ballarat takes over management of 36 Melbourne kindergartens
The Courier - Michelle Smith - July 3, 2020

YMCA Ballarat will become one of the biggest kindergarten providers in the state after it takes over management of 36 Melbourne Kindergartens at the start of next year...

Victoria coronavirus cases rise, with child at The Hive Early Learning Centre in Fairfield testing positive
7news.com.au - Emily Olle - July 3, 2020

A Melbourne childcare centre has been forced to shut down following a positive coronavirus case. Contact tracing is underway at The Hive Early Learning Centre in Fairfield after a child, who had attended the facility, tested positive. The centre’s positive case comes as all staff and students...

Childcare post-COVID
Blue Mountains Gazette - Jennie Curtin - July 3, 2020

Free child care for many parents ends on July 13, after four months' of federal government support. Instead, the child care subsidy will be restored. It's been a struggle for Leura Child Care Centre owner, Lisa Rickard, particularly in the very early days of the pandemic. "A lot of centres were emptying out...

Panel approves $4m development in Clarkson
Perth Now - Lucy Jarvis, Wanneroo Times - July 3, 2020

Corner shops and a childcare facility have received development approval for a neighbourhood centre site in Clarkson. The Metro Outer Development Assessment Panel approved revised plans for a $4 million commercial development. The childcare centre will include outdoor play areas and ...