ICPA seeks teacher visa extensions for special work in remote regions
Queensland Country Life - Andrew Marshall - August 6, 2018

The Isolated Children's Parents' Association wants working holiday visa rules broadened so overseas teachers and child care specialists working in geographically isolated areas can stay for a second year. The organisation is lobbying the federal government, including Immigration...

Threat to preschool funding revealed months after the federal budget
Financial Review - Robert Bolton - August 5, 2018

Preschool and early-learning education for more than quarter of a million Australian children is under threat as the federal government prepares to cut nearly half a billion dollars of spending on the sector. A previously unreported statement in the May federal budget says government...

Lack of childcare chatter risks kids' language development
Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker - August 5, 2018

The more words a child hears from birth, the better their language will be. Parents are encouraged to begin chatting to their babies as newborns, and most trust that when they go back to work, child care staff will do the same. But a new study from Macquarie University has found...

Grandparents should have rules for minding your kids: Experts
The Courier Mail - Jackie Sinnerton - August 5, 2018

MUMS and dads who use grandparents as babysitters are being advised to strike formal childcare agreements to avoid family meltdowns caused by lax discipline and standards. Child experts say parenting techniques have changed so much over the decades that drawing up...

Care fairly for the crucial carers
The Age - August 5, 2018

Early childhood teachers are seeking to have their salaries on a parity with primary school teachers'. Childcare workers receive as little as $20 an hour, yet carry a huge responsibility. They deserve better. It is in the interest of us all to attract the best and brightest to these caring professions...

AFP to teach children about dangers lurking online
The Cairns - Lanai Scarr - August 4, 2018

CHILDREN as young as two could be educated about online safety and the dangers they may face in cyberspace as part of an agreement between the Australian Federal Police and advocate group the Alannah & Madeline Foundation. News Corp Australia can reveal the two...

Sydney preschool kids do meditation to combat screen saturation
Daily Telegraph - Christopher Harris - August 4, 2018

ONE Sydney preschool has swapped screen time for serene minds, with mediation sessions to settle students down - but the benefits to their learning and mental health will last a lifetime. At the beginning and again at the of each day at Randwick's Platinum Pre School...

Calls for federal government to commit to ongoing 15-hour kindergarten funding
Bendigo Advertiser - Natalie Croxon - August 3, 2018

Councils and early childhood teachers continue to call on the federal government to commit to ongoing funding to ensure every child in the state can access 15 hours of kindergarten per week. Current funding arrangements with the state government run until...

PODCAST: With ANZ's Joanne Masters on inflation, property, and prohibitive childcare costs
Business Insider - Paul Cogan - August 3, 2018

We also talk about the continuing declines in house prices and the work of the Women in Economics Network - and end up having a spirited discussion about the high costs of childcare in Australia''s major cities and the impact of that on workplaces...

They Care For Your Kids, But Can't Afford A Heater
Ten Daily - Rashell Habib - August 3, 2018

You pay more for childcare, but they get nothing. The men and women looking after your children are paid so poorly some can't afford to use a heater in winter. That is the reality for early education workers. Ten daily was inundated with responses from workers, via Independent Education Union...

Family Day Care Australia is working with educators to resolve the pay issues
The Examiner - Caitlin Jarvis - August 2, 2018

Child care educators have raised frustration over software issues that has led to delays in pay, or incorrect remuneration, after making the switch to the new child care subsidy system. Family Day Care educators and in-home carers appear to be hit hardest by the software issues...

Brisbane residents told 'you can't regulate children playing'
Brisbane Times - Ruth McCosker - August 1, 2018

A group of residents who called for Brisbane City Council to investigate a noisy childcare centre have been told "you can't regulate children playing". At Tuesday's Lifestyle and Community Services committee, the council discussed a 39-signature petition calling for the noise coming from...

Audit reveals thousands of Brisbane buildings contain flammable cladding
9News.com.au - August 1, 2018

9NEWS has revealed one building on Ann Street in the CBD, which sits virtually on top of Central Station and houses lawyers, bankers, baristas and even a childcare centre, contains flammable cladding. The same cladding is being removed from the Princess Alexandra Hospital...

Child Care Subsidy: G8 Education makes hours flexible for parents
Northern Leader - Madeline Link - August 1, 2018

THE CHILD Care Subsidy has been largely louded as confusing, but one Tamworth childcare centre is doing things differently. G8 Education has launched a new flexible hours model at Nurture One, offering nine, ten and full day options with one flat fee. Elsie McKenzie moved...

Evolve admits receiving purchase queries from 'a range of parties'
The Australian - Lisa Allen and Ben Wilmot - August 1, 2018

Dual-listed childcare operator Evolve Education has conceded it is being stalked by ­potential purchasers interested in acquiring the outfit that runs 129 childcare centres throughout New Zealand. The frontrunner is $700 million Affinity Education, which runs 166 centres...