Goodstart announces an end to public holiday charging in ECEC sector first
The Sector - Freya Lucas - December 5, 2019

Goodstart Early Learning, the largest provider of early childhood education and care (ECEC) in Australia, will no longer charge families on public holidays, ending a long-standing sector practice in what has been termed “a win for the nation’s parents.” CEO for the Group, Julia Davison...

Nature playground takes centre stage at Banksia Grove childcare centre
Wanneroo Times - December 4, 2019

A childcare provider built its biggest nature playground at a new centre in Banksia Grove in response to parents’ desire to give children a sense of adventure in their everyday lives. MercyCare’s Banksia Grove Early Learning Centre features 700sq m of landscaped play area, overlooked by ...

Diocese's childcare fees may pay to compensate child abuse survivors
Newcastle Herald - Helen Gregory - December 4, 2019

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle may use funds generated by its St Nicholas OOSH centres to pay compensation to child abuse survivors.

Junee RSL Memorial Preschool to receive funding under Start Strong Capital Works Grants program
Junee Southern Cross - Jessica McLaughlin - December 4, 2019

A major upgrade is on the way for a Junee preschool following a funding announcement by the NSW State Government.

From Muriel's Wedding to childcare: Gabby Millgate's next adventure
The Canberra Times - Megan Doherty - December 4, 2019

"Accidental actor'' turned Canberra childhood educator Gabby Millgate has released her first book - ostensibly about chickens but also about celebrating children in nature and understanding that kids thrive from being given responsibility. The delightfully-named The Book, Book, Book ...

Punjabi will now be taught in NSW schools from Kindergarten to Year 10
SBS - MP Singh - December 4, 2019

In what is being hailed as a proud moment for members of Punjabi community, it has been confirmed that Punjabi language will now be taught right through from kindergarten to year 10 in NSW public schools. Gurmeet Kaur, a pioneer in the development of Punjabi language syllabus...

Back from the brink: the story of taking a service from pending closure to full occupancy
The Sector - Freya Lucas - December 4, 2019

On her first day as Director at Flemington Childcare Co-operative, new Director Daniela learnt that the service was on the brink of closure. Facing a service with a 50 per cent occupancy rate, still carrying a full staffing team, in a 100-year-old building that was in a state of disrepair...

Childcare centre dealmakers to awake from a nap
Australian Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald and Tim Boyd - December 3, 2019

Nap time's over. Street Talk has been surveying the childcare industry from afar and is tipping 2020 as a year it gets a serious sugar hit. We've spotted a number of favourable factors which could drive M&A activity. Add to that a trifecta of childcare centre portfolios that have sat in private equity...

QikKids owner TSG to acquire Xplor as it extends its reach into Australian ECEC sector
The Sector - Jason Roberts - December 3, 2019

Transaction Services Group (TSG), a global leader in revenue management solutions and the parent company of QK Technologies, the owner of the QikKids childcare management software platform (CMS), is set to acquire fellow CMS provider Xplor according to customer communications...

Supporting our remote child care workforce
Mirage News - December 3, 2019

The Morrison Government is making it easier for families in remote Australia to use In Home Care educators. Our Government is providing IHC educators an additional two years to earn their qualification. The change recognises the challenges faced by IHC educators working in remote Australia...

Women are making themselves at home in the workforce
The Sydney Morning Herald - Ross Gittins - December 3, 2019

In the world of paid work, women still have a lot to complain about: unequal pay and promotion, still-inadequate childcare, and a tax and benefit system that discourages “secondary earners” from working more. All true. But don’t let this conceal from your notice the success women are having...

Gold Coast one of three cities to launch preschool program tackling childhood obesity
Gold Coast Bulletin - Laura Nelson - December 3, 2019

The Gold Coast will be one of three cities in Queensland to launch a preschool program to tackle the obesity epidemic. Life Education Queensland has announced a nutrition education plan for four and five-year-olds to target rising childhood obesity, overweight trends...

Here’s How We Evaluate MindChamps PreSchool Limited’s (SGX:CNE) Dividend
Simply Wall Street - December 3, 2019

Dividend paying stocks like MindChamps PreSchool Limited (SGX:CNE) tend to be popular with investors, and for good reason – some research suggests a significant amount of all stock market returns come from reinvested dividends. If you are hoping to live on the income from dividends...

Team effort nets childcare centre state recognition
Gatton Star - Louise Shannon - December 3, 2019

The team of 18 educators at Goodstart Early Learning Gatton has been central to its success at the recent statewide Goodstart ‘Goodie’ awards where Gatton beat 225 other Goodstart centres from around Queensland to win the State Management Award. Christy Sinclair, Director...

Think confirms settlement of 11 centres acquired from former incubator Edhod
The Sector - Jason Roberts - December 3, 2019

Think Childcare Ltd have confirmed that the purchase of 11 trading centres from the Group’s previous main incubator Edhod first announced in October has now completed with the centres all transitioning successfully to the Think Group. The centres, originally expected to settle on the 30 October...