Screen time wrecking children’s sleep, risking mental health
The Australian - Rebecca Urban and Elias Visontay - December 31, 2018

Instigated by Health Minister Greg Hunt in September, the inquiry into sleep health awareness has since been inundated with submissions from sleep experts, child psychologists and educators demanding government intervention on the issue of children’s sleep...

Find parenting tough? Be glad you're not American
Sydney Morning Herald - Ross Gittins - December 31, 2018

This “economic emancipation of women” has greatly increased the rate at which women participate in the (paid) labour force, making Australians a lot more prosperous, including by creating a lot of jobs for women performing services most women formerly performed for themselves at home, such as childcare...

Government advertising spend jumps $57 million in one year
Sydney Morning Herald - Sally Whyte - December 29, 2018

The government spent $11.1 million advertising its new national child care plan, in a campaign that informed parents and child care providers that subsidies would change from being paid directly to families to providers. Families were required to register to be eligible for the new system...

Anti-vaxers, retailers and child abuse survivors impacted by new WA laws from January 1
Perth Now - December 28, 2018

Parents who do not vaccinate their children are among those who will be impacted by new legislation coming into effect in Western Australia on January 1. Phase one of the State Government’s no jab, no play policy comes into effect in the new year, with unvaccinated children banned...

Australia's low-paid workforce a threat to wages growth
Sydney Morning Herald - Rebecca Cassells - December 27, 2018

Australia is building one of the biggest low-paid workforces in its history, with serious consequences for the economy and wages. Carers – aged care, childcare and disability care workers - have been the No.1 growth occupation in the past 10 years, with an additional 170,000 workers...

Education union election for branch executive found to be invalid after 318 ineligible votes found during Federal Court inquiry
The Advertiser - Mitch Mott - December 26, 2018

Only general members are allowed to vote for positions on the executive council.The division includes both permanent and contract teachers but not childcare workers, TAFE employees or school service officers, who have their own specialist union representatives...

Industrial action has marred a mild year in education for 2018 as teachers continue to fight for a wage increase
Tasmania Examiner - Caitlin Jarvis - December 26, 2018

A group of 10 children from Launceston’s Northern Suburbs will be part of the Tasmanian education program piloting pre-school for three year olds. The Working Together for 3 Year Olds initiative will trial pre-school programs at five pilot locations in Tasmania..

How parents can help their young children develop healthy social skills
The Conversation - Laurien Beane - December 25, 2018

As the new year dawns, parents likely turn their thoughts to their child and new beginnings they may experience as they enter an early childhood education and care centre or preschool. Naturally, it’s a time of reflection on the previous year, and excitement about the possibilities...

Vaccines are safe and anti-vax parents are punishing their own kids, say doctors and grieving parents
The Sunday Telegraph - Jane Hansen - December 23, 2018

Furious medical experts and parents have smashed the ABC’s 7.30 program for claiming No Jab No Play is excluding some children from early childhood education. Instead of leaving anti-vax parents “secluded” from ­society, the NJNP policy is ­directly responsible for saving lives...

Gold Coast Suns in talks to establish early learning centre as part of plans to become financially stable
Gold Coast Bulletin - Tom Boswell - December 22, 2018

THE Gold Coast Suns have revealed plans to establish an early learning centre and childcare industry training college at their Carrara base in a bid to make it more commercially viable. Findings from the Stadiums Taskforce Report announced this week include the club’s proposal...

Last minute reprieve for some Albury Wodonga services caught in AWCC closure
The Sector - Freya Lucas - December 21, 2018

Federal Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan, has welcomed progress in providing early childhood education and care (ECEC) services for children and families in the Albury Wodonga region affected by the closure of mobile childcare services previously provided...

Southport child care centre closes due to falling attendance
Gold Coast Bulletin - Talisa Eley - December 20, 2018

A CHILDCARE centre on the Gold Coast will close its doors tomorrow after 27 years, leaving caught-out parents to hastily find other arrangements for the new year. The Trinity Occasional Care Centre in Queen St, Southport, peaked when patients at the old Gold Coast Hospital...

Employers urge Shorten to abandon 'damaging' industry bargaining plan
Canberra Times - Dana McCauley - December 19, 2018

The head of peak employer organisation Australian Industry Group has written to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, imploring him to resist union pressure on industry bargaining after revelations the party has privately committed to the policy. AI Group chief executive...

Business alarm as ALP goes back to the future on wages policy
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey - December 18, 2018

The union movement wanted pattern bargaining, in which an entire sector would negotiate as a whole, to be made economy-wide but the party platform and the Opposition emphasises a focus on low-paid sectors such as child care, cleaning and security. "Enterprise bargaining...

Labor to tackle pay disparity
Sky News.com.au - December 18, 2018

Labor leader Bill Shorten has promised to tackle the issue of pay disparity if his party are successful at the upcoming federal election. Mr Shorten says he will empower the Fair Work Commission to compare wages in typical male and female industries. Mr Shorten says feminized industries like childcare...