The real cost Aussie families pay for having children
Yahoo Finance - Bianca Hartge-Hazelman, Financy - November 18, 2019

It's official: there really isn't much financial benefit to the average Australian family having multiple children today. But there is hope that things might soon change for the better. Australian families are growing wealthier, partly thanks to rising property prices, more women participating in the paid workforce...

More pain tipped for G8 Education amid nationwide daycare centre glut
The Sydney Morning Herald - Patrick Hatch - November 17, 2019

There will be no relief for investors in G8 Education in the short term, investment analysts have warned, as Australia's largest childcare operator continues to struggle with a nationwide glut of daycare centres. The ASX-listed group's shares tumbled 23 per cent last week after it...

Doing it for the kids
The Courier - November 17, 2019

Ballarat's biggest community event of the year Run For a Cause kicks off tomorrow and thousands will be hitting the pavement for health and charity. But what exactly is the cause? The cause is all about the kids. It is about early childhood development and ensuring all kids have the skills...

'It would be a terrible outcome': Preschool sector fears looming funding cut
The Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - November 16, 2019

Early childhood advocates fear the Morrison government is preparing to scale back federal funding for preschools, with a consultancy firm engaged to look at current funding arrangements ahead of next year's budget. Management consultancy Nous Group was tasked in September...

Lucy Carne: ‘I tried to bribe daughter into childcare’
The Courier Mail - Lucy Carne - November 16, 2019

With the cost of Australian daycares continuing to rise and spaces being a rare commodity, many parents are taking desperate measures. And it’s something Lucy Carne knows all too well. If you’re a parent of a small child living in a large metropolitan city with no family support, you may be familiar...

Australia’s ruthless education system forcing parents to turn to ‘Mary Poppins’ governesses for help
Herald Sun - Clare Masters, News Corp Australia Network - November 15, 2019

An increasingly competitive Australian education system is prompting a rise in the modern-day ‘Mary Poppins’ governess to help children ace their NAPLAN exams and give them an edge over other students. Nannying agencies say there has been a surge in the number of parents seeking...

Young scholar Daniel Kim’s new idea to unite Sydney generations
The Daily Telegraph - Patrick Tadros - November 15, 2019

Sydney should be a society where care of the young and the old is united. So says our latest finalist for the Bradfield Scholarship Prize, 19-year-old University of Sydney student Daniel Kim. “The younger and older generations is increasingly segregated, with very limited opportunity for...

Program benefits old and the young
South Western Times - Zoe Keenan - November 14, 2019

Unlikely friendships have blossomed at an aged care facility in Bunbury. Bethanie Elanora aged care residents light up with joy when they know they are getting a visit from the children at the Milligan House Child Care Centre. The organisations recently started their own weekly intergenerational ...

‘We put our heart and soul into this and we’re getting shoved out the door for no reason’
Mercury - Raphaella Saroukos, NT News - November 14, 2019

Parents are planning to remove their children from Woodroffe Primary School if its beloved child care centre is evicted. Last week Territory Childcare was told its lease would not be renewed, three days after the 90 day lease notice was required to be given by the school. Territory Children co-director...

Gold Coast health: Vomit and diarrhoea bug hits the city
Gold Coast Bulletin - Kirstin Payne - November 15, 2019

Vomiting and diarrhoea bugs are hitting schools and childcare centres across the Gold Coast at a greater rate than normal, say experts. An “early summer season’’ has been blamed in part for the increase. State health authorities do not record figures for viral gastro infections, but public health physician...

Shares in childcare giant G8 Education plunge on new downgrade
Financial Review - Simon Evans - November 14, 2019

Investor confidence in Australia's largest listed childcare operator G8 Education has been shattered after a second profit downgrade in three months because occupancy rates haven't grown as fast as predicted and wage costs jumped. Shares in G8 plunged by 18.5 per cent to $2.11 by noon...

50 people charged over major family day care fraud syndicate
MyGC.com.au - Shanee Dobeson - November 14, 2019

A massive 50 people have now been charged over a sophisticated family day care syndicate operating in NSW. Detectives from the Financial Crimes Squad and Organised Crime Squad established Strike Force Mercury in July last year after receiving reports of “coordinated fraudulent activities targeting family day care operations.”

DIY childcare centre placing hardware tools in the hands of children
Herald Sun - Ashley Argoon - November 14, 2019

Kinder kids are using sharp saws, nails and hammers to build woodwork and learn about risky play in the face of increasingly risk averse societies. Childcare centres are peeling back the cotton wool and calling on kids to take risks in a fight against fear. A space for risk-taking activities has been set up...

$1.25 million for job-creating projects in Gascoyne
Mirage News - November 14, 2019

The McGowan Government has committed $28.8 million over five years towards the RED Grants program. Ngala Children’s Services has been awarded $150,000 to construct a new day care complex in the heart of Denham, providing flexible, modern, safe and multipurpose childcare for children...

Balnarring Kindergarten wins Victorian Early Years Award
Mirage News - November 14, 2019

Balnarring Preschool has been awarded at the 2019 Victorian Early Years Awards in the Creating Collaborative Community Partnerships category. The awards celebrate the exceptional contributions that individuals and organisations make to improving the learning and development...