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Police charge woman with 23 counts of fraud relating to a Weston childcare centre

The Canberra Times - Julia Kanapathippillai - February 26, 2021

A woman defrauded a Canberra childcare centre of more than $160,000, and possibly about $480,000, police say. ACT Policing said they had charged a 46-year-old Campbell woman with fraud as part of an ongoing investigation into fraudulent activity at a Weston child care centre...

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NSW childcare centre owner investigated over toddler sexual assault claims

The Daily Telegraph - Janet Fife-Yeomans - February 26, 2021

The owner of a childcare centre is being investigated for allegedly drugging children, taking them to another property during the day and sexually assaulting them. The investigation began after a four-year-old boy told his mum he did not feel safe going to the centre any more ...

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Full Year Statutory Accounts EVO - EVOLVE EDUCATION GRP

Financial Review - February 26, 2021

Evolve Education Group Limited (NSX/ASX: EVO) has released its audited results for the financial year ended 31 December 2020. As EVO changed its balance date from 31 March to 31 December during calendar year 2020, EVO’s audited results for the financial year ended 31 December 2020 ...

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Stanton Road studies up on Anchorage Capital’s Affinity

Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald and Tim Boyd - February 25, 2021

Australian private equity firm Anchorage Capital is getting ready to test buyer appetite in one of the country’s biggest childcare groups, Affinity Education. It is understood Anchorage has re-hired investment banker Peter Brownie, now at Stanton Road Partners, to review exit options for Affinity ...

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Surge in serious respiratory illness among children puts doctors on high alert

The Age - Melissa Cunningham - February 25, 2021

Doctors are observing an alarming rise in Victorian children presenting to hospital emergency departments with a potentially serious respiratory illness that can cause pneumonia. Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Victoria faculty chair Mya Cubitt said hospital clinicians were on ...

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Bass Coast childcare centres: Why enrolments are booming Corinella and Inverloch

Herald Sun - Brooke Grebert-Craig, The Bass Coast News - February 25, 2021

Enrolments at Bass Coast childcare centres are “through the roof” since COVID-19 hit, with many Melburnians flocking to the area for a seaside change. Bass Valley Children’s Centre manager Sharyn Holmberg told The Bass Coast News she has seen a huge increase of numbers in the past few months...

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High-achieving early learning sites in Queensland asked to nominate for awards

The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 25, 2021

The annual Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools in Queensland is now open, with opportunity for those who are working with the state’s youngest citizens to be recognised. Teachers and principles are being urged to “put their hands up” and be counted amongst the State’s best...

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Former Cairns childcare director jailed for six years over child's death on minibus

ABC News - Holly Richardson and Kristy Sexton-McGrath - February 24, 2021

A former Cairns childcare centre director has been sentenced to six years in jail for manslaughter after a three-year-old boy was left on a minibus and died last year. Michael Glenn Lewis will be eligible for parole in 18 months. The then childcare centre director, collected the boy...

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Think Childcare exceeds guidance, reasserts growth credentials in Full Year 2020 results

The Sector - Jason Roberts - February 24, 2021

Think Childcare has released its Full Year 2020 results, in which the Group reports a solid underlying financial performance that exceeded updated guidance provided in December 2020, and confirmed a significant development pipeline to drive future growth...

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Yield-hungry investors spend big on property

Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - February 24, 2021

On Wednesday, all six childcare centres offered for sale sold under the hammer, including a brand-new childcare centre in Mt Martha near Sorrento on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula which went for $6.3 million – $600,000 above the reserve – on a yield of 4.86 per cent, the lowest yield...

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New kinder rating scheme delivers a tick for some, a kick for others

The Age - Adam Carey - Feburary 24, 2021

More than 200 childcare centres have fallen foul of a new Victorian government rating system that promotes “the best” kindergartens in the state. The rating system, launched on Thursday, publicly endorses government funded childcare centres offering kindergarten programs...

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Armidale and Guyra preschools and LDC services benefit from QLE grants

The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 24, 2021

Six preschool and long day care (LDC) facilities in Armidale and Guyra, in regional New South Wales, will benefit from $74,162.69 in funding through the NSW Government’s Quality Learning Environments (QLE) program, local MP Adam Marshall has announced. Mr Marshall visited Galloway...

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UTS academics design preschool as part of “civic heart” project for Murrin Bridge

The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 24, 2021

Murrin Bridge, a remote Aboriginal community located 320 kilometres south-west of Dubbo, in Central New South Wales will have a new “civic heart” anchored by a preschool space after a proposal prepared by a group of University of Technology Sydney (UTS) architecture academics...

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Hand, foot and mouth viral infection hits 15 Queensland childcare centres - Tracey Ferrier - February 24, 2021

At least 15 childcare centres have been hit by an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease in far north Queensland. Health authorities have warned parents, in particular, to be on alert for the viral infection, which has seen 60 people present at Cairns hospital’s emergency department...

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Childcare Valet Service introduced in Brisbane CBD to ease drop off struggles

The Sector - Freya Lucas - February 24, 2021

A first-of-its-kind valet service has been introduced to Brisbane’s CBD, designed to support families to navigate the challenges of dropping children off while navigating challenges of limited parking and crowded city streets.

Little Scholars has introduced the service for families who use ...

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TNK Highlights, AGM and investor briefing call details

Financial Review - ASX Announcement - February 24, 2021

Think Childcare Group (ASX: TNK) (Group) is pleased to announce its financial and operational results for the year ended 31 December 2020. Think Childcare Group operates the only national premium child care offering, Nido Early School For the past three years ...

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Financial Review - ASX Announcement - February 24, 2021

G8 Education Limited (the “Group” or “G8“, ASX: GEM) today announces its results for the full year ended 31 December 2020...

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G8 Education lifts childcare fees as occupancy limps back

Financial Review - Liam Walsh - February 23, 2021

Childcare group G8 Education has pushed through fee increases of almost 4.5 per cent and says it faces a slow grind to restore occupancy levels to pre-COVID-19 levels. The price increase from this month at G8, Australia’s largest for-profit operator with 472 centres across brands from ...

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Former Cairns childcare director tearfully tells family he is 'very sorry' for toddler's death on bus

ABC News - Kristy Sexton-McGrath - February 23, 2021

A childcare centre director who has pleaded guilty to manslaughter after leaving a three-year-old boy to die on a daycare centre bus has made a tearful apology to the child's family in a Far North Queensland court. It has been a year since the body of Maliq Nicholas Lloyd Namok-Malamoo...

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Stockland building to be demolished for childcare centre

Townsville Bulletin - Vanessa Jarrett, Rockhampton Morning Bulletin - February 23, 2021

Construction of a new childcare centre is expected to begin next month at the Stockland Rockhampton site. National franchise Green Leaves Early Learning has plans to build a centre at the former Colonial Mart site, on Victoria Pl, near Mandalay Medical Centre. The stand-alone ...

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Panel defers decision on Landsdale medical centre, childcare

Perth Now - Lucy Jarvis, Wanneroo Times - February 23, 2021

The development of a $4.5 million childcare, medical centre and cafe on an “awkward” site is on hold so developers can revise plans. The proposal for a triangular 1.29ha block on Pollino Gardens in Landsdale featured three-storey buildings overlooking Gnangara Road ...

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Gold Coast childcare giant G8 Education unveils $187 million loss; says 2021 is “year of recovery”

Gold Coast Bulletin - Kathleen Skene and Alister Thomson - February 23, 2021

Gold Coast-based childcare giant G8 Education has reported a $187 million loss for 2020 with revenue 14 per cent lower despite receiving $246.2 million in government support meant to cushion the blow of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Gary Carroll-led company faces a tough ...

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‘We get our cash’: lawyers for childcare founder seek $38m from Bain

Financial Review - Max Mason - February 22, 2021

The lawyer for childcare entrepreneur Brendan McAssey says a move by Bain Capital to declare that the business he started was worthless should not stop the private equity giant from paying him $38 million he says he is owed. Robert Newlinds, SC, acting for Mr McAssey, told the ...

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Former Cairns childcare director pleads guilty to manslaughter of child left behind on minibus

ABC News - Kristy Sexton-McGrath - February 22, 2021

A former childcare centre director accused of leaving a little boy behind on a minibus on a hot day in Far North Queensland has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Michael Glenn Lewis, 45, entered the plea at the Supreme Court in Cairns this morning and will be sentenced tomorrow ...

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Families in eastern states pay around twice as much for preschool than the rest of Australia

The Conversation - Kate Noble - February 22, 2021

Many families in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales have been paying around double what families in other states and territories pay for preschool. Median out of pocket costs for preschool, per hour, range from A$2.82 to $3.82 in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and the ACT ...

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State election 2021: Childcare industry’s urgent party plea to address crisis, stop children from missing out

The West Australian - Rhianna Mitchell - February 22, 2021

Desperate plea to stop kids missing out on childcare

The WA childcare industry is at crisis point, with warnings children could miss out on daycare places due to a dire shortage of educators. The industry is calling on the major parties to commit to a raft of measures to address staff shortages...

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Beeliar child care centre gets green light from planners

Perth Now - Ben Smith, Cockburn Gazette - February 22, 2021

Plans for a $2 million child care centre in Perth’s south have been given the go-ahead by planners after being rejected by Cockburn councillors. A Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) approved plans for the child care premises at 39 and 41 Lakefront Avenue in Beeliar ...

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New Tamworth daycare provider 'overwhelmed' with interest, highlighting need for more childcare options in Tamworth

The Northern Daily Leader - Anna Falkenmire - February 22, 2021

A new childcare provider in Tamworth is concerned parents are being left with no daycare options, after she was "overwhelmed" with interest...

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New before and after school and vacation care service for Kariong

Coast Community News - February 22, 2021

Coast Community Connections, in partnership with Kariong Public School, has opened a new Before and After School Care and Vacation Care service at Kariong Public School. Located on the school grounds, the Before and After School Care service will be available every weekday ...

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Free childcare would end the 'slavery' of motherhood

Independent Australia - Christopher Budd - February 21, 2021

What are the benefits mothers receive for their labour? If they stay at home, they get none. They do not get paid. They do not receive social or cultural benefits. They do not receive even symbolic recognition of their labour. Conversely, their children benefit from being cared for. Their husbands ...

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