Affinity celebrates Early Childhood Educator Day with thanks, gifts and story sharing
The Sector - Jason Roberts - September 4, 2019

Affinity Education has joined many other organisations across the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector and beyond with expressing thanks and gratitude to its over 3,000 educators as part of today’s Early Childhood Educators Day activities. Early Childhood Educators Day...

Safety fears from ongoing erosion, shuts the doors of childcare centre at Stockton
The Daily Telegraph - Amy Ziniak, The Newcastle News - September 4, 2019

Concerns for the safety of staff and families at a childcare centre at Stockton has seen it close its doors for good. Mission Australia Early Learning Centre will permanently shut and be demolished, affected by the permanent damage from the ongoing impacts of erosion...

Sector Property sells strata childcare centre for $7.1m
The Age - Simon Johanson - September 4, 2019

Mitcham: Investor interest in the childcare sector remains strong. Sector Property Group has sold a strata titled childcare centre off-the-plan for $7.1 million to a Chinese investor. Construction is under way for 14-16 Simla Street with completion expected in mid-2020...

NSW school support staff set for pay rise
Yahoo News - Angelo Risso, AAP - September 3, 2019

Support staff in NSW pre-schools and public schools are in for a major wage increase after securing a minimum 19 per cent pay rise over three years in negotiations with the NSW government. The Public Service Association on Tuesday announced the agreement with the government...

Multimillion-dollar seniors hub planned for Spring Farm
The Daily Telegraph - Daniel McGookin, Macurthur Chronicle - September 3, 2019

A multimillion-dollar seniors hub has been proposed for the heart of Spring Farm. The precinct would ultimately feature an aged care home, seniors apartments, townhouses and a childcare centre. Mr Moran said the Spring Farm facility would mirror innovative programs taking place...

2 low cost ASX 200 shares that made big moves last week
The Motley Fool - Jules Woodward - September 2, 2019

FlexiGroup Limited (ASX: FXL) and G8 Education Ltd (ASX: GEM) are 2 ASX 200 companies that might have caught the eye of investors looking for lower cost shares with upward movement last week, with the share prices of both companies rising more than 9% since last Monday...

Turner Crescent and Lantana Place proposals expected to be approved
Central Western Daily - Danielle Cetinski - September 2, 2019

A childcare centre in Turner Crescent has a second chance to proceed, with councillors due to consider an updated plan on Tuesday night. The centre, which cut its original capacity by 30 places and completing overhauled its design to more closely resemble a house...

Little superheroes don capes for a good cause: Muscular Dystrophy Australia National Superhero Week
The Advertiser - Rebecca Baker, Sunday Mail - September 2, 2019

They may be super cute but these little superheroes are also determined to use their super powers for good. It is Muscular Dystrophy Australia’s (MDA) annual National Superhero Week, something staff and children at the Kidz @ Woodcroft early learning centre have embraced...

Childcare worker recognised
Bayside News - September 2, 2019

Langwarrin childcare worker Heather Hayes has been named as a finalist in a national awards night. Ms Hayes was among 11,000 childhood educators who were eligible to be recognised. She was picked as a finalist for G8 Education’s 2019 Standout Educator Awards...

Boys shake it off for Ready, Set, Dance on Nickelodeon Jr
The Leader - Eva Kolimar - September 2, 2019

Step to the side girlies, the boys are having a crack. Preschoolers are shaking it up on the dance floor for the TV screen, and they've got the moves to match. Students are getting in the groove for the second series of Ready, Set, Dance, for the channel, Nickelodeon Jr...

Australia’s first carbon neutral kindergarten wins National Climate Award
The Sector - Freya Lucas - September 2, 2019

Australia’s first carbon neutral kindergarten, located in the Melbourne suburb of Albert Park, has gained national recognition through the Cities Power Partnership Awards. The Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership Awards recognise the work of ‘climate heroes’ in local governments ...

Mining town parents turning down jobs because they cannot get childcare
ABC News - Sophie Meixner - September 2, 2019

Parents living in a coal mining town are turning down jobs because there is no childcare available. Moranbah, in central Queensland, has one of Australia's lowest unemployment rates at just 1.6 per cent... But families are spending up to 18 months on waiting lists to access childcare...

'No jab, no pay' threat prompts an extra 174,000 children to be vaccinated in one year
ABC News - Matthew Doran - September 1, 2019

A threat to cut family tax benefits for Australians who did not vaccinate their children has resulted in an increase of 174,000 children being immunised over the last year. Families of 350,000 children were told last financial year that they risked losing payments, worth up to $29 a fortnight...

'The benefits are immeasurable': Schools that are small and proud
The Sydney Morning Herald - Madeleine Heffernan - September 1, 2019

New principal Nigel Rodrigues is visiting early learning centres and kindergartens to save his school. St Kevin's Primary School, in south-eastern Melbourne, has just 37 students following an exodus of families last year fearing the school would shut down. "Whilst the numbers are ...

'Like RSVP for parents': New childminding service could save childcare costs
The Sydney Morning Herald - Caitlin Fitzsimmons - September 1, 2019

A new business is launching a 21st century equivalent of the babysitting club, with an online platform designed to match like-minded parents to swap free childminding. Kidsnest chief executive Karen Monahan said she expected to launch the service in Sydney next March if not sooner...