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ICPA hears about fears for early childhood in the bush

Queensland Country Life - Sally Gall - July 23, 2021

Two early childhood motions were debated at the state Isolated Children's Parents' Association conference at Cunnamulla last month but they highlighted the plight rural Australia is faced with as a whole. The conference passed two motions from the local branch, the first being ...

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Fairfield Council to waive LDC and preschool service fees as NSW lockdown persists

The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 22, 2021

Parents who use the long day care (LDC) and preschool services of Fairfield Council, and who choose to keep their children home during New South Wales; extended lockdown will have their gap fees waived, the Council recently announced. To be eligible for the waiver parents ...

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Casterton childcare centre facing temporary closure under new border bubble rules

ABC Wimmera - Andrew Kelso - July 22, 2021

A council-run childcare centre in Casterton says it may have to temporarily close if changes are not made to the border bubble between Victoria and South Australia. Three staff at the council-run Kathleen Millikan Centre live in Mount Gambier, and under changes announced ...

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FDC educator Kerri Fortescue nominated for FDCA Excellence award

The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 22, 2021

Victorian family day care (FDC) educator Kerri Fortescue has been nominated in the national Family Day Care Awards after working as an educator for Corangamite Shire Council for 13 years. Ms Fortescue said she finds her work incredibly rewarding, estimating that she’s helped ...

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Goodstart’s Alma-Jane O’Donnell addresses WAIMH Conference 17th World Congress

The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 22, 2021

The National Manager of Goodstart Early Learning’s Child and Family Service, Alma-Jane O’Donnell, addressed delegates from the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) Conference last month as a panelist at the 17th World Congress which attracted thousands of scientific ...

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Feedback invited on $2m childcare plan in Yanchep

Perth Now - Lucy Jarvis - July 22, 2021

Consultation is open on plans for a $2.1 million childcare centre near Yanchep Rise Primary School.

The City of Wanneroo has invited feedback until August 5 on the development application for 91 Ariane View, located behind homes on Moorpark Avenue. The proposed single-storey ...

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Victorian call for priority access to Covid-19 vaccine

Herald Sun - Suzan Delibasic and Susie O'Brien - July 20, 2021

Teachers are calling on the federal government to urgently fast-track Covid-19 vaccinations for educators amid ongoing outbreaks in Victorian schools. It comes after 10 schools, including the prestigious Trinity Grammar in Kew, have been exposed to several positive Covid-19...

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Huge problem with $1.7 billion childcare plan

Yahoo Finance - Lucy Dean - July 21, 2021

As many as one in three families struggle to afford childcare fees, despite recent Government intervention, and the long term ramifications may be devastating, childcare businesses have warned. A recent report from Victoria University’s Mitchell University found 39% of families ...

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Childcare sector split over whether it can afford to waive gap fees

The Sydney Morning Herald - Katina Curtis - July 21, 2021Parents in lockdown in greater Sydney have received mixed advice about how much of their childcare fees they’ll have to pay if they keep their young children at home as many centres warn waiving fees is not a financially ...

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Fortitude Valley office at Robertson St to feature childcare centre and wellness space

The Advertiser - Chris Herde - July 21, 2021

Construction is set to start on an innovative nine-storey $20m office tower in the heart of Fortitude Valley which will feature a childcare centre. It sparked strong demand during the development application phase with a Sydney-based boutique childcare operator committing to ...

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Brand-new childcare centre opening in Orange

Central Western Daily - July 19, 2021

Delicious chef-prepared meals, adventure playgrounds to explore, and free barista coffee for parents to enjoy. Imagine Childcare & Preschool Orange is currently under construction and will be opening in Orange later this year. The 94-place centre will provide care and...

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Coronavirus lockdowns mean home learning is back, but experts say it comes at a cost

ABC News - Sophie Scott, Mary Lloyd and Leonie Thorne - July 19, 2021

This week, more than 1 million children like India are learning from home due to lockdowns in New South Wales and Victoria. Most kids in Melbourne haven't had an uninterrupted school term since late 2019. But while closing schools plays a role in reducing transmission during...

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Let's get ready for school

Daily Liberal - July 19, 2021

With over 19 years' experience in the early childhood industry, Imagine Childcare & Preschool Blueridge Park's Centre Director, Therese Manusu, knows how important quality Preschool Programs are to a child's learning, development, and successful transition to a formal schooling ...

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The ins and outs of the National Quality Framework explained

Central Western Daily - July 19, 2021

When it comes to having confidence in your chosen child care provider, ensuring they adhere to the National Quality Framework (NQF) can quickly put your mind at ease. The NQF provides a national approach to regulation, assessment and quality improvement and setting ...

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NSW government cracks down on schools in the fight against COVID-19

The Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker - July 18, 2021

Parents across Sydney will be given “stronger advice” to keep their children home, while no more than five teachers will be allowed at schools in the three hotspot local government areas (LGAs) without special permission under new advice issued to principals. Schools must staff ...

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Rocky Grammar School launches plans for childcare extension

Courier Mail - Lachlan Berlin - July 18, 2021

A proposed new childcare centre on Rockhampton’s southside could create new jobs and cater for more children with the construction of a new building. Rockhampton Grammar School is planning an extension of its early learning centre on Reservoir Street at The Range ...

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Dozens of workers quit amid deadlock on City of Melbourne pay deal

The Age - Bianca Hall - July 18, 2021

Council staff including childcare educators, librarians and administrative workers have gone without a pay rise for nearly three years, and negotiations have broken down largely over management’s refusal to give backpay for the past two years. Chief executive Justin Hanney said ...

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$100 million boost for rural and regional families

news.com.au - Helena Burke - July 16, 2021

The federal government has unveiled a $100 million boost to child care in regional, remote and disadvantaged communities across the country. More than 640 child care services in remote areas will receive extra funding to help them stay open. Accessible and affordable childcare ...

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Childcare shortages highlight the need for change in rural communities, Federation Uni says

The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 16, 2021

People living in a rural community are struggling to get their children into childcare services, Federation University Australia researchers have found, leading some residents to move to bigger cities or sacrifice their careers to be stay-at-home parents. The study, across Victoria’s ...

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After school care trial for preschoolers success

Mirage News - July 16, 2021

In 2020, the ACT Government launched a trial program of onsite outside of school hours care (OSHC) for ACT public preschool students. Today I visited this continuing program at Duffy Primary School to see the benefits firsthand. The program has been running in four preschools across ...

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Australia’s first combined children’s health and education centre

Architecture AU - July 15, 2021

Construction has begun on a seven-storey commercial building that will be home to Australia’s first combined children’s health and education centre. The building will house five storeys of lettable office space as well as a childcare centre for up to 400 children, to be operated by ...

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DESE issues clear guidance for NSW ECEC services affected by COVID-19 lockdown

The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 16, 2021

Extra support is now available for the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector and families during the extended COVID-19 lockdown in New South Wales, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) has announced, also outlining additional advice and ...

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KU Laurel Tree House Childcare Centre, Glebe: Parents fight to save facilities after sell-off revealed

The Daily Telegraph - Jake McCallum - July 16, 2021Desperate families at an inner-city childcare centre are calling on the NSW Government to stop the sale of their local facilities — with fears infants will be “turfed” in the middle of the pandemic. Parents at KU Laurel Tree House Childcare ...

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Childcare centres in Greater Sydney allowed to waive gap fees for parents who keep kids at home

ABC News - July 15, 2021

Childcare centres in Sydney's lockdown can chose to waive gap-fees for parents who keep their kids at home under new government support rules. Gap fees are the out-of-pocket fees paid on top of the childcare subsidy. The measure is opt-in, so childcare centres will have to ...

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Plans lodged for a Nido Early School near Para Hills Shopping Centre

The Advertiser - Ben Cameron - July 15, 2021

Plans have been lodged for the fourteenth Nido Early School in the state. Consultant Future Urban, on behalf of the company, has lodged plans on the PlanSA website for a centre at 198-200 Kesters Rd, Para Hills. The centre would cater for 88 preschool-aged children ...

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No childcare fees for kids who stay at home

The Australian - Olivia Caisley - July 14, 2021

Parents in NSW who keep their children home during stay-at-home orders will not be charged fees by their childcare providers under regulation changes made by the Morrison government. Education Minister Alan Tudge altered the rules on Wednesday night so that children...

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Turramurra Boronia House: Decision on contentious childcare development

Daily Telegraph - David Barwell - July 14, 2021

A long running development dispute over plans for a new “boutique” childcare centre in Turramurra has finally been determined after concerns were raised by local residents and council planners. The Land and Environment Court has knocked back a $1 million proposal to build...

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2 ASX shares growing their dividends

Motley Fool - James Mickleboro - July 14, 2021

The first ASX dividend share to consider is the Charter Hall Social Infrastructure REIT. It is a high quality real estate investment trust with a focus on properties with specialist use, limited competition, low substitution risk, and very long leases. These are properties such as bus depots, childcare centres...

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Childcare plan for heritage-listed Sisters of Mercy Wooloowin convent

The Courier Mail - Brendan O'Malley, City North News - July 14, 2021They’ve been doing Brisbane’s laundry since 1889, but a childcare centre could be the latest growth industry to set up at the historic Sisters of Mercy site in Wooloowin. The sprawling site, which contained a convent ...

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The profession that’s not on the priority list for anything

The Sydney Morning Herald - Jenna Price - July 13, 2021

OPINION: When my daughter decided to become a high school teacher, I strongly advised against it. Lack of respect in the community. Difficulty in progression. Even then it was hard to get a permanent job. As usual, she ignored me. But I was right. She’s 30 weeks pregnant and off to ...

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