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BREAKING: Free childcare, jobs, under party's plan

The Queensland Times - November 17, 2017

PARENTS could be wooed by this policy from a major party. The Greens have promised free childcare for children aged 2 to 4. The party also plans to build 250 more government funded centres, guaranteeing 17,500 new childcare places and hundreds of jobs, if elected. The Greens candidate...

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Q&A: Parenting guru Robin Barker

The Australian - Helen Trinca - November 17, 2017

What do you think about companies providing childcare in the building? Totally, absolutely. If you had childcare where you work, that would make the most enormous difference. If anyone asked me I would always say, try not to go back to work for the first year if you can. Childcare is a terrible strain...

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A childcare conference, an Uber ride & a reminder that wholesale change is needed

Women's Agenda - Georgina Dent - November 16, 2017

I am familiar with these issues and yet the conversation reminded me how incoherent the framework for early education and care is in this country. So often solutions have been piecemeal, in effect, focusing on one issue at a time. Subsidies are aimed at affordability, and while the government is...

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Australia makes its mark at day one of the World Architecture Festival

Architecture Design - Nicholas Tider - November 16, 2017

Two Australian projects – both from Sydney – have been recognised at day one of the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards. East Sydney Early Learning Centre (ESELC) by Andrew Burges Architects took out the School category, beating nine other projects from around the world (including two...

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Priorities changing for workers, tenants and office landlords

The Australian - Elizabeth Redman - November 16. 2017

The research found employees were more effective when their offices had amenities such as childcare, although workers were hesitant to give up desk space for better perks. Meanwhile, a separate report from CBRE found half of office tenants surveyed expected to use less space in future...

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Kids beat apartments: Early learning operator sees sense in $60m site

Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - November 15, 2017

A fast-growing early learning centre operator has outlaid $60 million for a Fishermans Bend development site with approval for more than 1000 apartments on the fringe of the Melbourne CBD. The seller, China-backed Botree Group, had obtained a permit for 1004 units in a...

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Should you buy this REIT for its 5% yield?

Motley Fool - Tristan Harrison - November 15, 2017

Folkestone Education Trust (ASX: FET) could be one of the best REITs to get the combination of income and growth. It's a REIT which leases its properties to childcare operators. It has around 400 operating properties which are leased to some of the biggest childcare providers like Goodstart...

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Tougher laws to crack down on unvaccinated children in childcare, kindergarten

Herald Sun - Grant McArthur - November 14, 2017

Parents and childcare centres will also be subjected to regular audits to ensure all enrolments are up to date with the immunisation schedule, with those who miss vaccinations due after they are already enrolled required to catch up or face the prospect of having their enrolment cancelled...

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Teaching kids 21st century skills early will help prepare them for their future

The Conversation - Iram Siraj - November 14, 2017

There is a growing emphasis on integrated learning in early childhood education and care that creates a connection between the academic and the social. Developing children's competencies in creativity, collaboration, self-regulation and problem solving can be undertaken through...

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'App gap' widens over pre-school children's access to touch screens

PM with Dominique Schwartz - David Coady - November 14, 2017

Researchers are worried about a growing gap between toddlers who use educational apps and those that don't. Rather than being bad for them - a study from Edith Cowan University suggests screen time could help to prepare children for school. Official Australian recommendations...

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Investors rush into childcare real estate, Burgess Rawson says

Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - November 14, 2017

Investor appetite for childcare centres is still strong even with sales of the facilities surging to a high in 2017, according to auction house and commercial agency Burgess Rawson. The agency is responsible for around three-quarters of the trade in the busy asset class, selling many...

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The mum and dad segment of the investment market are increasingly looking at commercial property

The Courier Mail - Chis Herde - November 14, 2017

According to CBRE research, the Greater Brisbane retail, industrial and childcare markets are experiencing strong demand in the sub-$3 million price point. This sector appeals to smaller investors, especially self-managed super funds, and has seen consistent year-on-year growth from 2012...

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Geelong kindergarten parents and teachers call for three-year-old funding

Geelong Advertiser - Olivia Shying - November 14, 2017

OVERSTRETCHED parents are calling on the State Government to subsidise three-year-old kindergarten places so all children have the same access to education. Breakwater Preschool teacher Simone Orr said the kindergarten was forced to cut its three-year-old program five years ago...

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Steady growth and reliable income

The Australian - Adrian Ezquerro - November 14, 2017

With total assets now in excess of $900m, Folkestone Education Trust (ASX: FET) has grown to become the largest childcare-focused Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) in Australia. Driven by a high-quality management team, FET has invested judiciously in recent years to deliver...

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One in two Australians fear young people are not equipped for jobs of the future

Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Patty - November 13, 2017

Job numbers were predicted to grow for general clerks, registered nurses, general sales assistants, child carers and electricians. Jobs in growth industries including aged care, childcare and the health sector were low paid, but Mr Dawson said the skill level of some jobs could be raised...

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Childcare reforms will bring relief to thousands of families in Melbourne's west

The Daily Telegraph - Annika Smethurst - November 12, 2017

PARENTS in Werribee and Melbourne's west will be the big winners when the federal government's new childcare subsidies kick in next year. A new analysis by the Department of Education and Training has identified the suburbs where the greatest number of Australian families will...

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Looming childcare centre closure set to dampen baby boom in rural WA town

ABC News - Benjamin Gubana - November 12, 2017

Families in a thriving rural town in Western Australia's Wheatbelt may be forced to give up their jobs, or leave town, because of a lack of childcare. At a time when some regional towns are in decline, Dumbleyung, about 270 kilometres south-east of Perth, is going through a baby boom...

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Australian Vaccination-sceptics Network targets Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

The Courier Mail - Janelle Miles - November 10, 2017

ANTI-vaxxers have been condemned for "new levels of stupidity" after telling a meeting in far north Queensland that "darker-skinned people" are most at risk from vaccine reactions. The Australian Vaccination-sceptics Network (AVN) visited Kuranda, in the state's far north, this month as part of a...

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Dodgy daycare workers must pay back $110m in welfare rort

Herald Sun - Tom Minear - November 9, 2017

DODGY daycare workers will be forced to pay back $110 million after the government says they ripped off taxpayers by improperly claiming welfare benefits. Widespread rorting has been uncovered in a crackdown on daycare educators, with the government identifying $68 million in debts...

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Relief on horizon for families facing crushing childcare fees - Reid Butler - November 8, 2017

The Coalition says it's working to fix the "broken" system, and is planning a sweeping overhaul from July next year. "(Aussie families) are going to see the abolition of that terrible $7500 child care rebate cap that currently afflicts so many families," Education Minister Simon Birmingham said...

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Job hunting? You are 167 times more likely to find one in a city

The Standard - Clay Lucas - November 8, 2017

The childcare sector also had a big increase in employment, driven by a baby boom that gathered pace in 2012. Those having children were also more likely to be double-income households, driving the need for more childcare jobs. Education and training were also big drivers of jobs growth...

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Early childhood learning: Death of nursery rhymes a concern

Daily Telegraph - Jackie Sinnerton - November 8, 2017

NURSERY rhymes are dying a slow death in the world of ipads and hi-tech toys and children's development is suffering. While rhymes like Jack and Jill and Ring a Ring o' Roses are many centuries old, they are still relevant in boosting children's early literacy and motor skills...

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Guess how many Australian company directors think child care is important

Sydney Morning Herald - Jane Gilmore - November 7, 2017

They ranked childcare right down at the bottom, this large collection of rich and powerful people (70 per cent of whom are men). Just one per cent of them said childcare was an important issue. According to the World Economic Forum, "Affordable, good-quality childcare is a key enabling...

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Millennial men can help women break through the glass ceiling: new study

Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Patty - November 7, 2017

Men under the age of 40 considered on-site childcare and parental leave as much higher priorities than their older counterparts. The research showed a higher proportion of men under 40 said they would take steps to support flexible work, including changing the schedule for routine...

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Developers failing to build apartments for Australian families, leading architect claims - Sue Williams - November 7, 2017

"Developers are ignoring families with kids as they somehow feel they should be planning for other demographics instead. But just as low-rise housing has been masterplanned with kids in mind, to include schools, community centres, child care facilities and parks, we now need to make...

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Property boom leaves its mark on the official inflation gauge

Financial Review - Jacob Greber - November 6, 2017

The bureau has almost doubled the weighting for childcare, from 0.69 per cent to 1.35 per cent, with weekly expenditure increasing 127.1 per cent to $21.51. "This rise in the expenditure and weight of child care is driven by increased demand, which has also resulted in significant...

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Education Department accused of failing to ensure safety conditions on high-rise childcare operators

The Courier Mail - Daryl Passmore - November 5, 2017

EDUCATION officials could be held responsible for any fire tragedy in multistorey childcare centres, according to legal advice. The Sunday Mail last week reported that the rapid growth of facilities above ground level has raised concern that outdated building regulations and licensing...

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Is 'Uber for babysitters' app Gobi the future of childcare or a step too far?

ABC News - Louise Merrillees - November 5, 2017

It's billed as a cashless, fast and easy childcare solution and sounds like a godsend to busy parents juggling the demands of work and home life. But would you leave your children alone with someone you have met only hours earlier online? New babysitting app Gobi provides sitters...

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Premier Jay Weatherill backs Reggio Emilia childcare philosophy for educating South Australian children

The Advertiser - Matt Smith - November 4, 2017

A RADICAL approach to childcare that focuses attention on child development rather than child minding has been described by Premier Jay Weatherill as the Government's most important piece of public policy. Mr Weatherill wants to grow the Reggio Emilia philosophy that places a greater...

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Drop in NSW preschool fees after reforms - November 4, 2017

Community preschool fees in NSW have dropped by an average of 25 per cent, the state government says. The fall in fees, shown in the preliminary results of a survey of more than 730 preschools, comes after the introduction of reforms last year, Minister for Early Childhood Education...

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