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Inflation rises to 0.7pc as free childcare removed

Financial Review - Matthew Cranston - October 28, 2020

Australia recorded the biggest quarterly rise in inflation since 2006, increasing 1.6 per cent in the September quarter, following the record fall in the previous quarter. Annual headline inflation rose to 0.7 per cent in the year to September, up from -0.3 per cent, as pandemic-related...

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Childcare centre with 15-year lease in place hits the market

The Toowoomba Chronicle - Matthew Newton - October 28, 2020

A Toowoomba childcare centre with a 15-year triple net lease has hit the market. The centre is currently leased to Lead Childcare – a successful and experienced private operator with 15 centres throughout the state, and is for sale via offers to purchase. Located at 515-521 Bridge St...

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CPI to show spike as free child care ended

The West Australian - Colin Brinsden - October 28, 2020

Rising petrol prices and an end to the free childcare package that was introduced at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to result in a sharp jump in inflation. But economists do not expect this will prevent the Reserve Bank of Australia from cutting the cash rates...

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Radioactive sand scare on Straddie

The Courtier Mail - Elise Williams - October 28, 2020

Dangerous levels of radioactive sand last week forced the partial closure of a daycare centre on Stradbroke Island. The Courier Mail can reveal the Stradbroke Early Learning Centre at Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island was forced to temporarily close parts of their campus after concerns...

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Kindergarten teachers offered cash grants to take on regional jobs

The Age - Anna Prytz - October 27, 2020

Early Childhood Education Minister Ingrid Stitt announced an extra $510,000 in financial incentives on Tuesday as the state government rolls out subsidised three-year-old kindergarten as part of a wider push for teachers to take jobs in regional Victoria. "Regional areas need...

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Investors shun government leases for petrol stations and childcare

Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - October 27, 2020

Private investors shunned government-tenanted buildings in regional towns and instead snapped up petrol stations and childcare centres at a commercial property auction held in Sydney on Tuesday. Of the 10 properties offered for sale by real estate agents Burgess Rawson...

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Two Melbourne child care centres listed through Savills

Property Observer - October 27, 2020

Two Melbourne child care investments are set to hit the market, just in time to take advantage of the easing of restrictions across Victoria. The two new centres are located in Burwood and Point Cook and are leased to Amiga Montessori, a child care providers in the state...

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Childcare worker used phone to download illegal images

Victor Harbor Times - Albury Court - October 27, 2020

A Lavington childcare worker has avoided jail after accessing child pornography. James Monohan used his phone to search the internet for photos of girls aged as young as 13 in January last year, with most of the images depicting those aged 14 to 16. Albury detectives received information...

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How government assessors rated every South Australian childcare centre

The Advertiser - Emily Jarvis, The Messenger - October 27, 2020

The number of government inspections of South Australian childcare centres this year is almost a third of what it was in 2019. According to the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), between January and September 2020, 67 SA childcare centres ...

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Hundreds of South Australian child cares and kindergartens have not met the national minimum standards

The Advertiser - Emily Jarvis, The Messenger - October 27, 2020

More than 150 South Australian childcare centres do not meet the national quality standards. According to the ratings released through the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority, 171 South Australian child care and kindergartens are categorised as “working towards”...

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Port Lincoln childcare centres rated by Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority

The Advertiser - Emily Jarvis, The Port Lincoln News - October 27, 2020

ive Port Lincoln child care centres have been awarded a high rating from the national childcare accreditation watchdog. Data released by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority between January and September 2020 shows how every South Australian childcare centre...

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Pediatricians believe it's riskier to keep schools CLOSED because of mental health problems and the risk of obesity as studies show kids being in classrooms does NOT cause the spread of COVID

Daily Mail Australia - James Gordon - October 27, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is poised to make the 2020-21 school year as challenging as the last but now doctors believe the benefits for children being in school far outweigh the risks of catching coronavirus. In the spring, the virus shuttered nearly every school building in a historic disruption...

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Inflation disappointment sets scene for RBA QE

Financial Review - Sarah Turner - October 26, 2020

Another quarter of below-target inflation is set to cement economists' expectations for potentially the most significant leap into uncharted monetary policy waters yet from the Reserve Bank of Australia on Melbourne Cup Day. A reversal of the free childcare provided during the COVID ...

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Child care cap 'disincentivising' second wage earners - October 26, 2020

Shadow Early Childhood Education Minister Amanda Rishworth says Labor’s childcare policy will be welcomed both by families and businesses as it seeks to draw more people – particularly women – into the workforce. Ms Rishworth said Labor would remove the current cap because ...

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Children’s Week goes online with activities for everyone

Mirage News - October 26, 2020

This year’s Children’s Week is going online, with a wide range of activities for different ages and interests. From Saturday 24 October, parents and carers can access a range of free and fun online events. Activities include story time, music and movement classes, playdough making...

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'I've worked in childcare for 25 years. Here's what I've learned about children.'

Mamamia - Nama Winston - October 26, 2020

Angela Ngavaine knows children. She knows how their minds work and what they need, and can even surprise parents with her insight. That’s because Angela has worked in childcare for 25 years; a much longer time than many of the parents she deals with have been parents...

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Sydney childcare services among the most expensive in the nation

The Sydney Morning Herald - Katina Curtis - October 26, 2020

Sydney's north shore and eastern suburbs are home to the most expensive childcare services in the country. An analysis of government data reveals the suburbs around Sydney Harbour made up eight of the nation's highest 10 average childcare centre fees before the pandemic struck...

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Single mother is accused of running a 'fake' family day care centre that 'raked in $500,000 in taxpayer subsidies' - all from an empty 'mocked up' shop next to a Coles supermarket

Daily Mail Australia - Daniel Piotrowski - October 25, 2020

A single mother is accused of directing a fake family daycare business that allegedly defrauded $500,000 from taxpayers out of a 'mocked up' shop next to a Coles supermarket. Suzy Zreika, 46, was among 13 people arrested by NSW Police across Sydney this week over an alleged ...

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Childcare staff shortage: Cash bonuses, longer holidays offered

The Courier Mail - Natasha Bita, News Corp Australia Network - October 25, 2020

Exclusive: Longer holidays and cash bonuses are being offered to childcare workers as desperate daycare operators battle staff shortages across nearly 900 centres. Australian Childcare Alliance president Paul Mondo said centres were struggling to find 5000 qualified staff, despite ...

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Plibersek 'not closed' to making childcare tax deductible

The Morning Bulletin - October 25, 2020

In a departure from traditional Labor policy on childcare, Shadow Education Minister Tanya Plibersek says she’s open to the possibility of making childcare tax deductible...

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‘Could do better’: top Australian economists award the budget a cautious pass

The Conversation - Peter Martin, ANU - October 25, 2020

Australia’s leading economists have struggled to grade this month’s budget. Challenged by the Economic Society of Australia and The Conversation to rate it on a scale of A to F when judged by its stated aims of rebuilding the economy and creating jobs, none of the 43 economists ...

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When grandparenting is an unfair burden

Independent Australia - Lisa Ikin - October 25, 2020

A growing number of grandparents care full time for their grandchildren in Australia, without receiving the financial support they need, writes Lisa Ikin. Sue Erben and Vievian Lawrence are grandparents. They care full time for their grandchildren without receiving the financial support...

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Katrina honoured with family day care award

Bundaberg Now - Derek Schlennstedt - October 25, 2020

Her love for children has earned Bundaberg family day care educator Katrina Ashmore a national accolade for excellence in family day care. Katrina was recognised as the Wide Bay regional winner at the 2020 Family Day Care Australia Excellence in Family Day Care Awards. Katrina...

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Melbourne inner-city childcare services the most expensive for parents

The Age - Katina Curtis - October 24, 2020

Melbourne's inner suburbs are home to the most expensive childcare services in Victoria, with some centres among the dearest in the country. An analysis of government data reveals the suburbs around Sydney Harbour made up eight of the nation's highest 10 average childcare centre ...

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How childcare could reshape the Australian economy - Australian politics live podcast

The Guardian - Hosted by Katharine Murphy - October 24, 2020

Podcast: Katharine Murphy speaks to the shadow early childhood education minister, Amanda Rishworth, about Labor’s new promise to overhaul the childcare subsidy system. How would the proposed reform change productivity in the workforce? And will the public support a...

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Child care centres and school working with public health doctors to prevent gastro spread

The Courier Mail - Staff Writers - October 24, 2020

At least nine Gold Coast child care centres and a school have reported outbreaks of vomiting or diarrhoea this week. The Gold Coast Public Health Unit is working with the affected child care facilities and school to reduce the further spread of infectious gastroenteritis, urging parents ...

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Future of Mackay's oldest childcare centre in doubt with council deeming site 'no longer suitable'

ABC News - Angel Parsons - October 24, 2020

As excitement builds around the future of Mackay's city centre and waterfront area, a historic childcare centre worries it will not be a part of it. The Mackay Regional Council has indicated it does not intend to renew Mackay Child Care Centre's lease — a decision that has been met ...

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Corporate leader Sam Mostyn to lead top women’s lobby group

The Australian Business Review - Helen Trinca - October 23, 2020

One of Australia’s best-known corporate leaders, Sam Mostyn, has been appointed president of the powerful advocacy body, Chief Executive Women. Ms Mostyn, who chairs Citigroup and sits on the Mirvac board, will succeed Sue Morphet at a time when CEW is pushing the...

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Mandarin Centre Chatswood: 158 units, supermarket planned in 30 storey redevelopment

The Daily Telegraph - David Barwell, North Shore Times - October 23, 2020

The Chatswood skyline is set to continue rising under plans to expand one of the region’s largest shopping centres into two skyscrapers with more than 150 units, a supermarket and a childcare centre. The Mandarin Centre on Albert Ave has released new plans to turn the five-storey ...

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Furious mum whose toddler was one of TWO girls to escape from a daycare centre and almost walk into traffic says she will NEVER let her daughter go back there

Daily Mail Australia - Claudia Poposki and Lauren Ferri - October 23, 2020

A mother whose daughter escape from a daycare with a friend and nearly walked into traffic says her girl will never return to the childcare centre. Amelia Finney's two-year-old daughter Skyla and another young girl were found wandering next to a busy road on the Gold Coast after ...

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