G8 Education CEO Gary Carroll vows to lift childcare game
The Australian - Damon Kitney - November 15, 2018

It's been a tough initiation to being the chief executive of a public company for Gary Carroll. A year ago, 11 months after becoming chief executive of the nation's biggest listed childcare operator, the Brisbane-based G8 Education, Carroll was riding high as its share price soared...

Defence funding seals Williamtown Preschool future
Port Stephens Examiner - Charlie Elias - November 15, 2018

Around 45 preschool families left in limbo three months ago when the Department of Defence announced it would be withdrawing funding have been offered a lifeline. The news that Williamtown Preschool would be able to keep its doors open beyond December 2018 has been described...

G8 Education to dump loss-makers as market improves
Financial Review - Simon Evans - November 15, 2018

The chief executive of Australia''s largest ASX-listed childcare centre operator, G8 Education, intends to offload up to eight loss-making childcare centres to add momentum to an improving outlook linked to better occupancy rates in the outer suburbs of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne...

Childcare key to ending work power plays, says Sue Morphet
The Australian - Helen Trinca - November 15, 2018

Affordable childcare would help reduce sexual harassment in the workplace, according to the newly elected president of lobby group Chief Executive Women. Sue Morphet, a non-executive director of several companies, said the government must act quickly to ensure access...

Large daycare centre on residential street to bring noise, traffic
The Daily Telegraph - Lauren Frias - Noember 14, 2018

ANOTHER development application has been lodged for a 100-place childcare centre on Shirley Road in Wollstonecraft, despite an application being withdrawn last year after facing community backlash and council disapproval. Avenues Early Learning Centres, a Queensland-based daycare...

Pilbara migration agreement could be implemented in months
The West Australian - Alicia Perera - November 14, 2018

Chronic job shortages in sectors such as hospitality, childcare and administration in the Pilbara could become easier to fill in a matter of months with the revival of a migration plan that would allow small businesses to hire foreign workers for certain roles. A Pilbara designated...

A new scheme lets you earn superannuation while you shop
Sydney Morning Herald - John Collett - November 13, 2018

Superannuation funds are trying all sorts of things to attract and retain members to their funds - including discount retail vouchers that boost your super balance every time you shop. Guild Trustee Services, which runs pharmacy fund GuildSuper and Child Care Super...

New preschool for children with cancer opens in Adelaide's south
The Advertiser - Ashleigh Pisani - November 13, 2018

The first preschool for children with cancer in the southern suburbs has opened in Aberfoyle Park. Jolyn Phillipps was inspired to start Lion Hearts Learning in an effort to combat the isolation children with cancer and their families often feel after her three-year-old daughter...

Preschool deal for 2019 signed by state, federal governments
The Advertiser - Jade Gailberger - November 12, 2018

More than 22,000 South Australian children have been guaranteed preschool classes next year. Education Minister John Gardner will on Monday announce that the State Government has signed a deal with the Federal Government under a $28.4 million...

A Tassie trial of free preschool placements to start by 2020
The Mercury - Jim Alouat - November 12, 2018

PARENTS of eligible three-year-olds in Kingborough and the Derwent Valley will be among the first in Tasmania to trial a new free preschool placement program. Last year, the State Government scrapped its controversial plan to lower the school starting age...

Three Hunter preschools were given drought-relief payments
Maitland Mercury - Belinda-Jane Davis - November 12, 2018

A drought-relief payment made to three Hunter preschools has sparked questions about how the state government’s $3 million scheme was rolled out. Hunter Mobile Preschool, Branxton Preschool and Greta Community Preschool have shared in almost $33,000...

Limit your own screen time, parents are urged
The Guardian - Michael Savage - November 11, 2018

Parents need to drag themselves away from their smartphones and tablets and ensure that their young children are ready to learn at school, according to the education secretary. Damian Hinds said that, while a lot of attention had been placed on limiting the screentime of children...

Two more childcare centres knocked back
Courier Mail - Brendan O'Malley - November 12, 2018

TWO controversial westside childcare centre proposals have been knocked back by Brisbane City Council in major wins for residents. A proposed development at 70 Fleming Rd, Chapel Hill, was refused by Council due to its probable environmental impacts. City Planning Chairman...

Up to seven years jail time for people who conceal child sex abuse under new laws
The Daily Telegraph - Emma Partridge - November 12, 2018

Attorney-General Mark Speakman will today introduce new laws increasing the penalty for concealing child abuse from a maximum of two years in jail to five. If the cover-up was for any sort of benefit, the sentence will be as high as seven years in jail. It comes after more than 13,000 people, many of them child sex abuse survivors, signed a petition calling for the change...

'Really shocked': Playground surfaces can hit 90 degrees in summer
Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker - November 11, 2018

Astroturf can hit temperatures of almost 90 degrees Celsius during summer, while the soft fall rubber covering many children's playgrounds can reach more than 80 degrees, a study of Sydney childcare centre playgrounds has found. Plastic toys left in the sun can hit 76 degrees...