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'Who's looking after the children?' The answer may be uncomfortable

The Sydney Morning Herald - Wendy Tuohy - July 23, 2019

It is the great dilemma for middle-class feminist mothers (and should be for their partners): how do you justify using far lower paid and dramatically less privileged women to care for your children so you are free to pursue your own, much better paid, higher-status work?

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Why we're feeling poor: Prices for schools, health and other 'needs' up about 200% in 20 years

The Sydney Morning Herald - Elizabeth Knight - July 23, 2019

Since 2000, while the CPI has risen 57 per cent, the cost of hospital and medical services are up 195 per cent, preschool and primary education has increased almost 160 per cent while the cost of electricity has galloped ahead by 194 per cent...



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Corio Kindergarten staff fear missing out on jobs as council replaces facility

The Herald Sun - Chanel Zagon, Geelong Advertiser - Juluy 23, 2019

Staff at a Corio kindergarten fear they will lose their jobs when their centre is forced to close at the end of this year. But the City of Greater Geelong, which is building a $13.3 million children’s hub nearby that will effectively take over the 50-year-old kinder, says the six workers...

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North Fitzroy kindergarten abandons plastic toys in favour of sticks and mud to help kids develop

ABC News - Margaret Paul - July 23, 2019

There are no train sets at Isabel Henderson Kindergarten in Melbourne's inner north, no trucks, no playdough, no plastic dinosaurs. It has come a long way from when this reporter played dress-ups at the Fitzroy North centre in 1988 — these days, the pre-schoolers play with sticks, leaves, and lots of mud.





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WA childcare, kindy operators face hefty fines under 'no jab, no play' rules

WA Today - Nathan Hondros - July 22, 2019

Children who aren't fully immunised can be banned from childcare and kindergarten programs under new 'no jab, no play' rules. Under the new legislation, which came into force in WA on Monday, childcare and kindergarten operators face a $10,000 fine for enrolling a child whose immunisation isn't up to date.

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What’s happening with the ASX childcare sector?

The Motley Fool - Jules Woodward - July 22, 2019

Leading up to the May federal election, ASX childcare sector share prices headed upwards in anticipation of an ALP victory and with it a suite of new policies for the sector. We all know the unexpected results of the election, so how has the dust settled for the childcare sector...



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Nowra's Cole Oakes finds his place in female dominated childcare industry

South Coast Register - July 22, 2019

Australia-wide, early childhood education is an industry dominated by female workers. Statistics from the Australian Government reveal that less than three per cent of all industry workers are male. Not perturbed by these figures, talented TAFE NSW Nowra graduate Cole Oakes...

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Easts makes major changes to $83m Waverley Bowlo redevelopment plans

The Daily Telegraph - Anton Rose, Wentworth Courier - July 22, 2019

Easts Leagues Club has proposed a raft of changes to its $83 redevelopment plans in a bid to get it approved, with a hearing set down in the Land and Environment Court set to decide its fate next month. The $83 million proposal, on top of scrapping a childcare centre, will now see the reduction...

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New owner has big plans for new retail hub north of Brisbane

The Courier Mail - Erin Smith, Redcliffe & Bayside Herald - July 22, 2019

Plans for a new retail hub along a busy road north of Brisbane have changed with the developer now seeking permission to add a service station, childcare centre and drive-through food outlet. The application states that the child care centre would offer 250 places and 42 car parks...





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Final designs for Stuart Flats redevelopment to be unveiled

Riot ACT - Ian Bushnell - July 22, 2019

Finalised plans for the Stuart Flats redevelopment in Manuka will be unveiled this week in community consultation sessions at the Griffith Neighbourhood Centre. Developer Morris Property Group is proposing to build 414 dwellings across three blocks, as well as a child care centre...

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Three story $10 million vertical school and kindergarten for Docklands in 2021

The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 22, 2019

A $10 million kindergarten will be added to the new Docklands Primary School which is already under construction, Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino has announced today. The new three-storey vertical school and kindergarten will cater for 550 students and 66 kindergarten places...



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Goodstart Early Learning Director voted Townsville’s Best Employee

The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 22, 2019

Chondelle Carter, Hyde Park Goodstart Early Learning Director, has been voted Townsville’s Best Employee in a Townsville Bulletin online poll. Ms Carter was the chosen winner, beating 13 other contenders to win the title with a 20 per cent share of the 1,500 votes received, after being nominated...

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A NSW investor paid $4.545 million for an Only About Children childcare centre in McDowall on a tight 5.5 per cent yield

The Courier Mail - Chris Herde - July 22, 2019

Brisbane's hot premium childcare centre market continues to heat up with a northern suburbs property selling a month before it was due to go to auction. A NSW-based investor paid $4.545 million for the Only About Children childcare centre at 1035 Rode Rd, McDowall...

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New Guardian CEO Warren Bright “can’t imagine a more noble purpose than ECEC”

The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 22, 2019

Guardian Childcare and Education, formerly known as Guardian Early Learning Group, has announced former Goodstart Early Learning Chief Operation Officer Warren Bright as its new Chief Executive Officer. In welcoming Mr Bright, acting Guardian CEO Mark Clark said Mr Bright’s blend...

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‘No jab, no play’ policy comes into effect today, barring unvaccinated kids from kindergarten, childcare centres

The West Australian - Bethany Hiatt - July 21, 2019

An audit has revealed that thousands of WA children aged five and under may not be fully immunised, as tough laws barring unvaccinated children from kindergarten or childcare centres take effect today. Under the State Government’s no-jab, no-play policy aimed at boosting vaccination rates...

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Record number of students flock to Aboriginal languages

The Sydney Morning Herald - Henrietta Cook - July 21, 2019

A record number of Victorian students are studying Aboriginal languages, with enrolments expected to increase as a new generation of children revive Indigenous cultures in kindergarten. Education Department figures show that 1867 state school students were enrolled...

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Live-streaming bedtime stories inspires kids to read

The Sydney Morning Herald - Taylor Denny - July 21, 2019

Bedtimes for students at Warialda Public School have become a star-studded event. Since the northern NSW school's principal Dan van Velthuizen began broadcasting stories to students via Facebook two months ago, the children have been read to sleep by the local pharmacist...

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Woden child care centre tackles Hindmarsh goliath

RiotACT - Ian Bushnell - July 21, 2019

A Woden child care centre is taking on a developer giant in a David and Goliath battle over a $132 million project set to change the face of the Town Centre skyline. Hindmarsh’s massive mixed-use development will feature twin towers rising 25 and 26 storeys to become the tallest...

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New subsidy sucked up by fee hikes

The Courier Mail - Matthew Killoran - July 20, 2019

Greedy childcare centres have gobbled up almost half the money parents were meant to save from new subsidies by hiking up their fees. When a new subsidy system came into place from July 2 last year it was meant to save the average family $1300 in childcare fees a year...

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Future of Sydney living: Couple live, work and play in unit block

The Daily Telegraph - Ben Pike - July 20, 2019

Burwood couple Tony and Margaret are the family of the future. They live with their two young children on the 24th floor of a unit block, Tony works on the 10th floor and there’s a gym and childcare in the same complex. Welcome to the future of Sydney living. They are the family that...

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Montessori Academy to operate childcare centre with largely internal play area at South Village Kirrawee

St George & Sutherland Shire Leader - Murray Trembath - July 19, 2019

An 84-place childcare centre, with a largely internal playground, has been approved for South Village, Kirrawee. The facility, to be operated by Montessori Academy, will be located in a commercial tenancy on the ground floor of building B, facing Princes Highway...

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Milligan children tickled pink by art

The West Australian - Kate Fielding, South Western Times - July 19, 2019

Milligan House Child Care Centre has been splashed with colour as a renowned artist works to create eye-catching artworks inspired by local wildlife. Brenton See has been transforming otherwise dull infrastructure at the community-based centre, including a sea container ...

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Working parents’ survival guide

The Australian Business Review - Daisy Wademan Dowling - July 19, 2019

Jacob was a partner at a respected consulting firm and, to his delight, an expectant father. As the birth loomed, though, his apprehensions grew. How would he and his physician wife find optimal childcare? Could he use his firm’s generous paternity leave without judgment from colleagues and clients...

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Supporting young children’s botanical literacies

The Sector - Kimberley Beasley - July 19, 2019

The ramifications of a decrease in children’s botanical literacies could have detrimental effects for efforts in sustainability and the care of our planet. Outcome Two of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) requires children to be connected to their world. To be connected to the world...

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QLD Government to explore traumatised children training roll out for ECEC educators

The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 19, 2019

The recent delivery of an award winning training course, aimed at helping children to overcome trauma and live happy lives, to over 2000 Queensland child protection workers has proved to have such high impact that the State Government have announced they are exploring how to roll it out ...

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One-third of all preschool centres could be without a trained teacher in four years, if we do nothing

The Conversation - Megan O'Connell, University of Melbourne - July 19, 2019

One-third of all preschools may lack a qualified teacher in the next four years if nothing changes, my new modelling shows. Currently, half of all early childhood teachers have a bachelor degree, with a further one-third still working towards one. With many expected to drop out...

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Community and child care centres on way for Denman Prospect

Riot ACT - Ian Bushnell - July 19, 2019

Plans have been lodged for a Community Centre and Child Care Centre co-located on Felstead Vista next to the Denman Prospect shops in the Molonglo Valley. The nearly $4 million two-storey building provides 956.7 square metres of space for the Child Care Centre...

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Has Think Childcare Limited (ASX:TNK) Been Employing Capital Shrewdly?

Simply Wall St - July 19, 2019

Today we are going to look at Think Childcare Limited (ASX:TNK) to see whether it might be an attractive investment prospect. Specifically, we’re going to calculate its Return On Capital Employed (ROCE), in the hopes of getting some insight into the business.

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Woden childcare centre fears living in the shadow of 26-storey tower

The Canberra Times - Dan Jervis-Bardy - July 18, 2019

A Woden childcare centre fears its future could be in jeopardy if a planned apartment complex rising up 26 storeys is built next door. Woden Early Childhood Centre has lodged a formal objection to developer Hindmarsh's plans to transform land with 445 homes...



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'Struggle of the juggle' | Survey to develop innovative ideas for parents

Fairfield City Champion - July 18, 2019

Karitane chief executive officer Grainne O'Loughlin said the 2019 National Working Families Survey has been designed to support parents in the workplace and are calling on families to take part in the survey so they can gather new evidence about how families balance work and care...



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