GoodStart 2018 earnings: says occupancies rise, bucking industry trends
The Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - October 29, 2018

AUSTRALIA'S biggest childcare operator GoodStart says it has bucked industry trends and lifted occupancy levels. The increase at Brisbane-based GoodStart, a not-for-profit venture, comes despite an oversupply of childcare facilities weakening attendance figures at rival operators...

Mirvac secures two tenants for Olderfleet project in Melbourne
The Australian - Elizabeth Redman - October 28, 2018

"With more and more people working flexibly, and outside the traditional hours of nine to five, a convenient childcare option was paramount for the tenants." The childcare centre can host 130 children and will have half its play areas inside and half outside, featuring natural light...

Section 44 is costing us quality candidates: Nationals
The Australian - Rosie Lewis - October 28, 2018

University of NSW constitutional lawyer George Williams said it was "fairly common" for small business people to enter into arrangements with the commonwealth, noting regulated industries such as pharmacy and childcare could impose a major financial barrier to a person standing for office...

Nursing home day care room gives residents a boost and children 'nannies and poppies'
ABC News - Peta Doherty - October 27, 2018

A day care room in the dementia wing of a NSW nursing home is lighting up the lives of its residents and reinforcing research that there are also mutual benefits for the children. Staff at Imlay House, on the NSW far south coast, have watched their kindy club give residents a sense of purpose...

Blueberries Childcare Centre at Southport suddenly forced to close
Gold Coast Bulletin - Sally Coates - October 26, 2018

Blueberries Childcare Centre, which was taken over by Hyun Mee Shin in June this year, suddenly shut due to "industrial unrest", with Ms Shin saying it prevented her from being able to comply with "regulatory requirements for staffing"?. Ms Shin said a number of staff had called in sick...

VCAT determines "lack of need" not relevant in overturning rejected childcare centre proposal
The Sector - Lyndsie Clark - October 25, 2018

VCAT's statements are particularly interesting to note in the current early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector climate, with peak bodies such as the Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) warning that oversupply could lead to unnecessary pressures on ECEC providers. In a statement...

Child (4) severely burnt and another with autism walks home in series of childcare breaches across Perth
Western Suburbs Weekly - David Johns - October 25, 2018

A FOUR-year-old boy was severely burnt while making play dough and an autistic child walked home unnoticed in a string of enforcement actions for childcare centres across Perth. Five notices of enforcement actions for Perth-based childcare centres were published online...

Childcare centre proposed for Brisbane's tallest tower
Brisbane Times - Ruth McCosker - October 25, 2018

A childcare centre has been proposed to be built within Brisbane's tallest residential tower. Skytower is a 274-metre-high tower at 222 Margaret Street that will house more than 1100 apartments. On Monday, Brisbane City Council received a development application for a childcare centre...

Childcare centre closure leaves 70 families stranded as research points to regional policy failure
ABC News - Peta Doherty - October 24, 2018

City-based families may be benefiting from a glut in the childcare sector, but the closure of just one centre in a regional area can bring a town to its knees. Naomi Benson was forced to drive more than 1,000 kilometres a week to access care when the largest centre in Cooma, at the foot...

WorkSafe launches WA childcare inspection program
The Sector - Lyndsie Clark - October 24, 2018

WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in Western Australia's government and private childcare centres in metropolitan and regional areas. The program will continue until the end of the 2018-19 financial year. WorkSafe Director...

Investors steer clear of G8 childcare centres...again
Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - October 24, 2018

Investors steered clear of the troubled childcare sector at a commercial property auction in Melbourne on Wednesday. Childcare centres in Epping in Melbourne's north and in Wodonga leased and operated by ASX-listed G8 failed to sell under the hammer at a Burgess Rawson...

Developers ARR Property win VCAT appeal for childcare centre at Grovedale
Geelong Advertiser - Shane Fowles - October 24, 2018

"Despite the number of objections and the petition, I am not persuaded this is indicative of a significant social effect," she said. Ms Carew found no compelling traffic or parking issues, and said an argued lack of need for a child care centre in the area was not grounds for refusing a permit...

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...