Think Childcare and G8 Education out of trough
Financial Review - Simon Evans - November 11, 2018

Australia''s second-largest listed childcare operator has signalled it may have already passed a low point in an oversupplied market, with revenues rising in the last week of October and key metrics such as occupancy rates improving in the September quarter. Think Childcare chief executive...

Kindergarten children learn woodwork, DIY at Guardian Early Learning Centre's River garden
Herald Sun - Ashley Argoon - November 11, 2018

KINDER kids are being taught the DIY skills of how to use a hammer, nails and sandpaper as they go back to basics to express creativity. And for many children aged three to five at the River Garden, a Guardian Early Learning Centre, it's the first time they've been introduced to tools...

Study confirms children attending childcare more psychologically robust
The Sector - Freya Lucas - November 9, 2018

Children who attend a childcare environment staffed by professionals may have better psychological development than those children who are looked after by family and friends, or in other informal arrangements, a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health has found...

These small cap ASX shares are ending the week with strong gains
The Motley Fool - James Mickleboro - November 9, 2018

The Think Childcare Ltd (ASX: TNK) share price is up 9.5% to $1.25 after the childcare centre operator released a market update this morning. According to the update, Think Childcare has agreed to acquire five childcare centres for a total purchase price of $7.7 million. These centres...

What happened to childcare bosses, 10 years since ABC Learning collapse
The Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - November 8, 2018

TEN years after ABC Learning Centres' spectacular collapse and decimation of the sector, some controversial childcare players have still been working with the industry. One is Martin Kemp, a former executive director of failed giant ABC, which collapsed ten years ago this week. He is a director...

Cultural trail for young Australians
Mirage News - November 8, 2018

Pre-schoolers in childcare at James Cook University's Townsville campus will get a new appreciation of Australia's plant life from today. Two new Indigenous Cultural plant trails have been launched next to JCU early childcare centres as part of the Connecting Kids to Country program...

If we're serious about supporting working families, here are three policies we need to enact now
The Conversation - Leah Ruppanner - November 7, 2018

High childcare costs can cripple family budgets and force mothers to reduce work to avoid forking out expensive childcare costs. Research from the US has found that expensive childcare is a major reason why mothers do not start working again. Public childcare enrolment benefits working...

Supply of childcare centres on the rise again, while asset yields remain sharp
Financial Review - Su-Lin Tan - November 7, 2018

The number of childcare centres is on the rise again, a condition which may suppress the value of childcare operators and properties if demand does not catch up, experts say. After a short equilibrium late last year following a steep rise in childcare centres since 2014, 92 daycare centres...

Strathfield childcare centre plans sparks 200-strong petition from residents
Inner West Courier Inner City - David Barwell - November 7, 2018

A PLAN to build an 85 space childcare centre in a residential street in Strathfield has turned into the suburb's most controversial development proposal. More than 200 residents have signed a petition opposing plans by childcare operator Little Zak's Academy to open a $2.1 million facility...

Childcare landlord Arena is a takeover target: Macquarie
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - November 7, 2018

Childcare landlord Arena REIT is shaping as a potential takeover target, softened up by recent weaker sentiment in the sector. Analysts at Macquarie - who have an outperform on the stock - have nominated powerful funds manager Charter Hall as a likely suitor in the event...

More strategic research needed to prepare preschoolers for their future
ABC News - Lexi Metherell - November 6, 2018

The workforce that the preschoolers of today will enter is expected to be vastly different from that of their parents, and it's become fashionable to say that so-called soft skills like teamwork and problem solving ability will be important for them to succeed. But the first review...

Dubbo TAFE students have an
Daily Liberal - Craig Thomson - November 6, 2018

Dubbo TAFE students Caterina Buttarelli and Hannah Bass are ready to put their experiences from a once-in-a-lifetime study tour to China into practice. The Dubbo students were amongst nine early childhood education and care students from across the Central West who travelled...

Thousands of Canberra children could receive free preschool
The Canberra Times - Andrew Brown - November 4, 2018

A new program proposed by federal Labor if it wins government at the next election would see thousands of three and four year olds like Charli-Rose access preschool for free. Internal figures show an estimated 12,500 three and four year olds in the ACT would be able to access...

Pru Goward encourages Goulburn preschools to apply
Goulburn Post - November 4, 2018

Goulburn electorate preschools can now apply for a share of a $10 million investment to improve their services. The funding is part of the NSW Government''s Quality Learning Environments program, aimed at improving the physical environment of community preschools...

Why the RBA and politicians are pulling in different directions on prices
Financial Review - John Kehoe - November 2, 2018

There may be another unintended consequence of the higher means-tested childcare subsidy. Millions of workers and pensioners will miss out on hundreds of dollars in pay rises because of the weaker inflation. The average full-time worker who has their wages linked to inflation...