Tighter lending for commercial property could put a ceiling on prices
Financial Review - Su-Lin Tan - October 23, 2018

While cashed up and not having to borrow to invest, she was only watching and not investing further at this stage, and particularly not in childcare centres or retail properties, which are experiencing trading headwinds. Another investor, George Katsenos, bought his first childcare property...

Former Macquarie banker Robin Crawford fused business with social purpose
Financial Review - Michael Trail - October 23, 2018

After a question from The Australian Financial Review in August 2012 on why he established Goodstart, Crawford simply responded: "Kids, especially in the lower socio-economic slice, were hitting the school gate with a deficit they didn't have to have. I found that outrageous. So I got involved...

NDIS rort accused has ties to 'daycare fraud'
The Australian - Rick Morton and Tessa Akerman - October 22, 2018

A man accused of stealing more than $480,000 from the National Disability Insurance Scheme has links with a company that had its family daycare taxpayer subsidies cut off last year for obtaining payments "by fraud", according to a government register. Mohamed Osman Omar...

These ASX shares just hit 52-week lows: Is this a buying opportunity?
The Motley Fool - James Mickleboro - October 22, 2018

The Think Childcare Ltd (ASX: TNK) share price dropped to a two and a half year low of $1.20 on Monday. Investors have been heading to the exits in their droves due to the impact that an oversupply of childcare centres has had on its performance and prospects. Unfortunately, I don't think...

Fight for more pay not child's play outside Dutton-linked childcare
Brisbane Times - Toby Crockford - October 23, 2018

Childcare workers demanding more pay and better working conditions have rallied outside a Brisbane centre operated by a company owned by Peter Dutton's wife. The protest was outside Camelia Avenue Childcare Centre in Everton Hills, in Mr Dutton's Dickson electorate...

Gold Coast childcare giant G8 Education refinances loans to tune of $550M to meet growth strategy
Gold Coast Bulletin - Alister Thomson - October 22, 2018

GOLD Coast childcare giant G8 Education has refinanced its debt - executing two agreements worth a combined $550 million. The existing facilities will be repaid and cancelled with the new loans comprising a senior facility of $450 million underwritten by a syndicate including...

Philanthropist Robin Crawford passes away
The Australian - Andrew White - October 21, 2018

Remembered by former colleagues as a remarkable deal-maker and "all around good guy", Mr Crawford was involved in establishing or helping to build a number of philanthropic enterprises, including not-for-profit childcare operator Goodstart Early Learning. In a posting on the venture's website, Goodstart said the foundation's emergence from out of the rubble of the collapsed ABC Learning, would not have happened without him...

Why it's time parents rethink their time-out punishments
The Daily Telegraph - Dr Justin Coulson - October 20, 2018

In a recent study of 401 preschool and school-aged children, 76.8 per cent of parents reported using time-out with their child. And to be fair, research shows it can “work”. A total 70 per cent of the parents in one study believed that time-out helped manage their child's behaviour. But just because it can work, doesn't mean it's good for our kids...

Free childcare for asylum seeker families an Australian first
Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker - October 19, 2018

As any parent knows, it's almost impossible to work, or study, or go to complex medical appointments with a two-year-old in tow. For asylum seekers with little financial or family support, it's infinitely more difficult. Yet those fleeing Iraq, Myanmar or Afghanistan cannot access a childcare subsidy...

Aus SMBs not concerned enough about data privacy - study
Security Brief - October 18, 2018

"For example, if you hold tax file numbers (and that TFN is involved in a data breach) or you hold health information and provide a health service, such as GPs, pharmacies and even child care centres, your business would also fall under the scheme." Underscoring this lack of security...

The hidden benefits of shift work
ABC news - Chloe Brice - October 18, 2018

In some cases, shift work can help you save money too. "Night shifts equal avoiding child care costs and waitlists for child care," says Gemma, a sub-editor. Her partner starts work early and they do a "child swap" at 2:30pm, before her work day begins. Maybe you''re a night owl who'd rather...

Kindergarten students flock to Aboriginal languages
Sydney Morning Herald - Henrietta Cook - October 18, 2018

Children as young as three will learn Aboriginal languages at kindergarten, with 29 Victorian centres receiving funding to teach Indigenous dialects for the first time. Aboriginal languages, Chinese and Auslan are set to be the most popular languages taken up by Victorian kindergartens under...

Goodstart Early Learning goes against the trend
Financial Review - Simon Evans - October 17, 2018

Goodstart Early Learning's chief executive says there are still too many property developers and single-centre operators building new child care centres through speculation rather than disciplined scrutiny of local catchment economics in a "worrying" sign as an industry oversupply accelerates...

Doreen childcare centre sells for $15 million
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - October 16, 2018

A childcare centre, accompanied by a handful of retail outlets, at Doreen in Melbourne's north has sold for $15 million despite headwinds in the childcare sector. On the corner of Painted Hills Road and Hazel Glen Drive, the 2,780-square-metre mixed use asset was sold on a tight...

More than three million Australians living in poverty, Acoss report reveals
The Guardian - Gareth Hutchens - October 16, 2018

A vital circuit-breaker is needed, including a complete overhaul of Australia's employment services, a commitment to "full employment" and a guarantee of at least two days a week of early childhood care – highly subsidised for people on low incomes – and education for every child...