Childcare centres move into quiet suburban streets
The Courier Mail - Brian Bennion - November 26, 2018

Homeowners in the southeast suburbs are taking a stand against childcare centres being developed in low density areas as they oppose the heavy traffic they bring to quiet streets. At Holland Park residents are speaking out against plans to demolish two homes...

Remote Kindergarten program expansion announced for Queensland
The Sector - Freya Lucas - November 26, 2018

Thirty additional state schools will benefit from the formalisation of Queensland’s Remote Kindergarten Program over the next two years, Education Minister Grace Grace announced yesterday. The program has been running as a pilot since 2016...

Long childcare centre waitlists in Maribyrnong
Maribyrnong Leader - Chanel Zagon - November 26, 2018

Hundreds of Maribyrnong families are struggling to get their children into child care due to massive waitlists in centres across the inner-west. A Leader investigation revealed some child care centres had waitlists soaring into the hundreds...

WA primary schools set to focus on play-based learning in bid to engage young students
ABC News - Rebecca Carmody - November 25, 2018

The WA Education Department wants schools to fully embrace play-based learning for kindergarten and pre-primary students aged between three and six, listing it as a key priority for 2019. The move follows a backlash from some early childhood educators...

Daycare fraudster Melissa Higgins calls for retrial due to juror issues
Border Mail - November 25, 2018

A FORMER Border childcare operator continues to fight her conviction for running a bogus benefit scheme, years after the scam. Melissa Jade Higgins has appealed her conviction following claims a juror made racist and derogatory comments...

Queensland Government expands Remote Kindergarten Program to 30 new schools
The Courier Mail - Lauren Martyn-Jones - November 24, 2018

MORE than 100 three and four year-olds living in some of Queensland’s most remote and drought-affected communities will get the chance to go to school next year, with the state government expanding its remote kindy program. Education Minister Grace...

ACA NSW elects 2019 Executive Committee
The Sector - Jason Roberts - November 22, 2018

The New South Wales branch of the Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) has elected and confirmed its new Executive Committee for 2019 following their Annual General Meeting held on 21 November 2018. The new members of the 2018/2019 ACA NSW...

Dangerous little-known FPIES allergy on rise among infants and children
The West Australian - Miriam Fisher - November 22, 2018

More concerning is the fact medical and childcare professionals are similarly unaware, even though the serious condition is known to be on the rise among infants and young children. “Not one person we have been to see has known about FPIES...

Government services to go digital by 2025
The Australian - Supratim Ashikari - November 21, 2018

The first phase of the road map will see the government pilot projects like, virtual assistants for welfare support, Digital ID trials, a Child care marketplace that will connect people to service providers and automatic enrolment of newborns into Medicare...

Vic Labor pledges free kinder TAFE courses
The Mercury - Kaitlyn Offer - November 21, 2018

Two early-childhood TAFE courses will be free and there will be 8000 university scholarships for prospective kindergarten teachers in a $27 million promise from Victorian Labor. Premier Daniel Andrews on Wednesday pledged to expand Labor's free TAFE...

Labor pledges funding for preschoolers and puppies as it hounds for votes
Sydney Morning Herald - Chloe Booker - November 21, 2018

Flanked by two of his ministers, he then spruiked his $27 million early childhood education package, including 8000 kindergarten teacher degree scholarships and making the early childhood education diploma and certificate III free. “It’s not only good policy...

The Debate Surrounding Early Childhood Education: Why It’s an Election Focus
Training.com.au - November 20, 2018

In each of the major parties election campaigns, promises have been made about early education. The main discussion is around the election promise made by the labor party, who recently announced a pledge of an additional AU$1.75 billion...

Baby got back: scientists study lift and bend demands in childcare
The Sector - Freya Lucas - November 20, 2018

Changing nappies is the most demanding task on educators’ backs, a new study has found. The Comparison of lifting and bending demands of the various tasks performed by daycare workers study is due to be published in the International Journal...

G8’s quality improvement road map revealed for the first time
The Sector - Jason Roberts - November 20, 2018

Given the response in the mainstream media to G8 Education’s trading and strategy update last week, one would be forgiven for thinking the most important news the company shared in their release was that occupancy had matched the same levels as the year before...

This small cap underperformer is finally starting to win back investors
The Motley Fool - Brendon Lau - November 19, 2018

One of the most prominent fallen angels in the small cap sector is winning back the market! The G8 Education Ltd (ASX: GEM) share price jumped 0.7% to an eight-month high of $2.86 this morning as Morgan Stanley upgraded the stock to"overweight" from "equal-weight"...