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Aman Manyok Thiak's brother's daycare training targetedDecember 1, 2016
The Australian - Rick Morton - December 1, 2016

A training company run by the brother of a Sudanese family daycare operator is being investigated by federal authorities after the early learning business was shut down for allegedly using fake or misleading staff qualifications. White Butterfly Family Day Care founder and director Aman...
Elite parents skipping the childcare queue, while promised reforms stallDecember 1, 2016
News.com.au - Sana McCauley - November 30, 2016

But not everyone has to wait in line, with Australia's childcare market increasingly becoming a tale of two cities. Lawyers, accountants and financial advisers working in buildings owned by Australia's biggest office landlord are being ushered into the VIP express lane when they apply for a...
Billionaire Besen family picks up slice of Mayfield Childcare floatDecember 1, 2016
Financial Review - Simon Evans - November 30, 2016

Melbourne's billionaire Besen family, headed by patriarch Marc Besen, has picked up a small stake in childcare centre operator Mayfield Childcare, which made its debut on the ASX on Wednesday in a solid opening. The Besen family, with an estimated net wealth of $2.4 billion according to the...
Africans outwit bureaucrats - rip off child-care handoutsNovember 30, 2016
The Australian - Rick Morton - November 30, 2016

Family daycare operators and teachers from non-English-speaking backgrounds are being targeted by state authorities in a bid to crack down on abuse and bending of rules that have cost taxpayers more than $1 billion in two years and put children at risk. Senior departmental staff and Queensland...
Preschool focus to tackle fall in entrantsNovember 30, 2016
The Australian - Julie Hare - November 30, 2016

The South Australian government is tackling low levels of participation in senior maths and science subjects by starting at the beginning: preschool. "We recognise that if you don''t capture and then maintain enthusiasm for STEM in primary school, it''s not going to translate in the final years," ...
'Education is power': This childcare centre aims for an equal startNovember 30, 2016
ABC News - Bridget Brennan - November 29, 2016

Centres like Lulla's - there are 240 across the country - can make a big difference in Aboriginal communities where there are far too many Indigenous children missing from early education centres. Currently there are a whopping 15,000 Indigenous children not enrolled in child care. As...
Who actually cares? Childcare is broken, we need a new systemNovember 29, 2016
Women's Agenda - Angela Priestley - November 29, 2016

Just thinking about the amount it costs to send my eldest son to childcare churns my stomach. It's a constant topic of conversation amongst frustrated parents I know paying such fees in Sydney, up there with the impossibly high entry-point of purchasing property. But I'm so very, very grateful...
Multimillion-dollar day care fraud forged testimony of child protection workersNovember 29, 2016
Sydney Morning Herald - Eryk Bagshaw - November 28, 2016

A 29-year-old NSW woman who stole $3.6 million from taxpayers forged the testimony of government child-care protection workers, used the evidence of a neurosurgeon and pretended she was a vulnerable foster carer in order to earn millions of dollars in child care subsidies, documents released by the...
STEM setting preschoolers up for workforce success in 2030November 28, 2016
Sydney Morning Herald - Karen Hardy - November 28, 2016

In the report The Future of Work: Setting kids up for success, the Regional Australia Institute predicts that high-demand jobs will need a mix of hard specialist knowledge skills, or STEM skills; and soft people skills, such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. "To ensure...
Mayfield Childcare hopes investors will return to listed sectorNovember 28, 2016
The Australian - Tim Boreham - November 28, 2016

Eight years after Eddie Groves's foray into childcare became the ABC of how not to execute a debt-fuelled expansion, the quest to consolidate the sprawling $10 billion a year sector in a listed vehicle lives on. But while the consolidation theme thrives again, there are lingering questions about...
Parents left behind as childcare for shift workers 'almost impossible', national snapshot showsNovember 28, 2016
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - November 27, 2016

The survey of more than 400 parents working non-standard hours shows high-quality, flexible childcare that operates when parents are ­actually working is still not a reality. This is despite the Gillard government spending $5.5 million on a Childcare Flexibility Trial modelling non-standard care...
Seven ways to make your kid smarter without spending a centNovember 28, 2016
Sydney Morning Herald - Rachel Browne - November 27, 2016

Parents wanting to polish their preschooler's literacy and numeracy skills are better off asking them to try writing out a Christmas wish list rather than buying every item on it. That's the verdict from new Macquarie University research which found an improvement in the skills of young children who...
Twenty-eight year old who made $3.6 million 'rorting' child careNovember 25, 2016
Sydney Morning Herald - Eryk Bagshaw - November 24, 2016

A 28-year-old woman has been found guilty of fraud after she forged children's attendance records at her Aussie Giggles family day care centre to rake in more than $3.6 million in taxpayer funding. Melissa Jade Higgins allegedly falsified children''s attendance at her family day care centre on...
Early childhood educators rely on families to prop up low income, research findsNovember 25, 2016
The Conversation - Paula McDonald, Karen Thorpe and Susan Irvine - November 24, 2016

Early childhood educators struggling in low-paid jobs often have to prop up their income through family members and/or partners, new research shows. Wages for qualified early childhood teachers have improved over time. However, incomes of those with vocational qualifications, including...
AMA head criticises 'demonisation' of big pharma by anti-vaxxersNovember 24, 2016
The Guardian - Melissa Davey - November 23, 2016

The president of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Michael Gannon, says it has been disappointing to see a growing "demonisation of pharmaceutical companies" by the anti-vaccination movement in an attempt to promote distrust of proven medicines. Gannon made the comments in...
ACT preschools trial successful languageNovember 24, 2016
Canberra Times - Karen Hardy - November 23, 2016

Federal Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham this week announced the program would be extended, with Italian and Spanish being introduced in 2017 and Hindi and Modern Greek in 2018. Almost 10,000 children across Australia have been part of the $9.8 million program so far...
Childcare workers are underpaid because we're women. We are the working poorNovember 23, 2016
The Guardian - Margaret Carey - November 22, 2016

A recent cause for great glee in the stock market is that profits for early childhood corporates profits have hit the billion dollar mark. I for one am not celebrating. This profit, and the early childhood sector as a whole, are built on my back and on the backs of tens of thousands of other women who...
Anti-vaxxers: 'No jab, no classroom' in flu seasonNovember 23, 2016
The Daily Telegraph - Rose Brennan - November 22, 2016

NSW Health Director Communicable Diseases Dr Vicky Sheppeard said the objection was not being scrapped for fear of "exacerbating the disadvantage some of those children may have". There are also concerns it would lead to a rise in rogue childcare centres catering only to unvaccinated children...
Church ran daycare scheme after chargesNovember 21, 2016
Courier Mail - Kelmeny Fraser and Kate McKenna - November 20, 2016

A QUEENSLAND church that police believe covered up child sexual abuse allegations was still running a family daycare scheme more than two years after charges were laid against one of its officials. The Goodna-based Free Pentecostal Church of Australia was operating a family daycare business...
'It's shocking, their greed': Private equity squeezing profits from childcareNovember 21, 2016
Sydney Morning Herald - Kelsey Munro - November 19, 2016

Some parents of children attending a for-profit childcare service run by the private equity firm that floated Dick Smith say its centres are being run into the ground as profits are siphoned off. Fee increases, a mass exodus of staff, cuts to cleaning services, and forced Christmas holiday attendance...
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