Marc Besen growing his eclectic collection of investments
Australian Business Review - John Stensholt - September 16, 2019

His shareholdings include the small childcare centre owner Mayfield Childcare, which has market capitalisation of about $31 million. Shares in Mayfield are up about 13 per cent since January 1. Mayfield has a portfolio of 21 childcare centres around Victoria and made a pre-tax profit...

Penrith childcare centres meeting the standard
The Daily Telegraph - Daniel Stringer, Penrith Press - September 16, 2019

Almost a third of childcare centres in the Penrith and Blue Mountains areas have fallen short of the national standards. A recent report from the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority shows 37 childcare service providers in the Penrith and Blue Mountains...

Insider Buying: Think Childcare Ltd (ASX:TNK) Insider Acquires 47,952 Shares of Stock
Mayfield Recorder - Clark Linder - September 15, 2019

Think Childcare Ltd (ASX:TNK) insider Mathew Edwards purchased 47,952 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 21st. The stock was acquired at an average cost of A$1.16 ($0.82) per share, with a total value of A$55,384.56 ($39,279.83).

'Software never has a day off sick': fears teachers could be replaced by robots
The Sydney Morning Herald - Pallavi Singhal - September 15, 2019

In 10 years, teachers could become child-minders rather than skilled educators as technology takes over personalised teaching, task-setting and marking in the classroom. "We'll always need schools for reasons of childcare ... the worry is not that teachers are going to be replaced but..."

Perth’s Marjorie Mann Lawley Daycare Centre exceeding standards after 50 years
The West Australian - Rhianna Mitchell - September 14, 2019

When Marjorie Mann opened up her home in 1969, her centre was the first in Perth to care for kids under two. It allowed single mums to return to the workforce and she was inundated with families. The childcare industry has changed dramatically in 50 years but the Centre remains...

Pay, societal views factors preventing men from working in teaching and aged care roles
ABC News - Alina Eacott - September 14, 2019

When Brett Gent began working as a primary school teacher, he was an extremely rare commodity. And when he moved into the kindergarten sector it was not any better. "The school that I worked at when I first graduated as a Year Two teacher, I was the first male to be in the building for ..."

100 Sydney childcare centres are scamming $750 million
Yahoo Finance - Tony Yoo - September 13, 2019

NSW Police, as it arrested a group of Sydney mothers on Thursday for an alleged childcare fraud ring, warned the problem is widespread. While this particular syndicate is alleged to have claimed $3.9 million fraudulently, acting assistant commissioner Stuart Smith said the same scam is also...

Canterbury Bankstown childcare centres rated best and worst
The Daily Telegraph - Lawrence Machado, Canterbury-Bankstown Express - September 13, 2019

Bankstown’s Uniting Dove Cottage Early Learning says their focus on putting children first is the main reason they have been highly rated by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority. Director Mele Lutui said they are delighted with the high rating which she put down to...

Melbourne school stings late parents with fines for after-school pick-ups
Herald Sun - Claire Heaney - September 13, 2019

A Melbourne school is threatening to fine families $10 per child for every 15 minutes children are left unsupervised after the final bell. Al Siraat College, in Epping ,said if parents did not want to register for after school care they would face fines and be billed if children weren’t collected...

The ripple effect of toxic leadership in education settings: New analysis from USyd
The Sector - Freya Lucas - September 13, 2019

New analysis conducted by leading Australian education experts, including those from the University of Sydney (USyd) has explored the dark side of leadership in school based systems. With many early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings being associated with school systems...

2019 Excellence in Early Childhood Education Awards finalists announced
The Sector - Freya Lucas - September 13, 2019

A number of individuals and services have been selected as Finalists for the 2019 Excellence in Early Childhood Education Awards, presented by Australian Childcare Alliance New South Wales (ACA NSW). “The entries feature an extraordinary list of activities, programs and service providers ..."

Why the Child Care Subsidy is failing parents
The Courier Mail - Dr Fiona Mueller - September 12, 2019

Taxpayers will subsidise child care for over 800,000 Australian families to the tune of $8 billion per year in 2019-2020, and the costs keep climbing. Parents’ out-of-pocket costs for long day care and other formal care grew by 50% between 2011 and 2017. But despite this massive investment...

Cracking down on criminals who rort system
Mirage News - September 12, 2019

The Morrison Government continues to crack down on criminals who try to rip off the taxpayer. The Dept of Education Child Care Fraud Investigations Team continues to work with NSW Police and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission to target organised crime in the family day care sector...

Gastro warning from health authority after outbreak levels deemed 'high'
Central Western Daily - Nadine Morton - September 12, 2019

Gastro outbreaks at childcare centres and schools across region have prompted an alert to be issued by health authorities. "A high number of children aged under five seeking treatment for the highly-contagious infection," the Western NSW Public Health Unit said...

Aussie kids falling behind in preschool education, OECD report reveals
Education HQ Australia - Geordle Little - September 11, 2019

Just 67 per cent of three-year-old children in Australia were enrolled in early childhood education in 2017, 12 percentage points below the OECD average and well behind countries such as Israel, the United Kingdom and France, all of which have a three-year-old enrolment rate of 100%...