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Catholic and independent schools support lower school age in TasmaniaSeptember 22, 2016
The Mercury - Jessica Howard - September 22, 2016

TASMANIA'S Catholic and independent schools are preparing to adopt changes to starting and finishing ages should the State Government's Education Act pass Parliament. After two years of consultation and more than 1000 submissions, the Education Bill 2016 was tabled in Parliament...
Tasmanian Government seeks Upper House support for major education overhaulSeptember 22, 2016
ABC News - Richard Baines and Rhiannon Shine - September 21, 2016

The bill includes a lower voluntary school starting age of four and a half, as well as increasing penalties for truancy. There is also an option of starting children at kindergarten at three-and-a-half years of age. The Government was faced with strong opposition to the plan, but Premier Will Hodgman...
RBA says the future of work lies in non-routine 'thinking' jobsSeptember 22, 2016
Financial Review - Jacob Greber - September 21, 2016

Warning that the biggest threats will come in jobs that can be copied by technology, the central bank suggests the most safe sectors are in "non-routine cognitive" jobs, such as child care or architecture. By contrast, there appears to be trouble ahead for what have been dubbed "routine cognitive"...
Plan to lower school starting age in Tasmania to face parliamentary testSeptember 21, 2016
ABC News - Georgie Burgess - September 21, 2016

Reforms including a lowering of school starting ages and higher penalties for truancy are set to be debated in Tasmania's Parliament. The Government will table a new Education Act today, but it is not guaranteed a smooth passage, with Labor and the Greens already flagging opposition. Under the changes...
Early childhood educators protest being paid as little as $20 an hourSeptember 20, 2016
Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Patty - September 20, 2016

Early childhood educators who earn as little as $20 an hour, half the average wage, are underpaid according to a new ReachTEL poll. The poll, commissioned by United Voice, the union representing the early childhood sector, surveyed 2302 people around the country and found most...
Balance work with having a life and we all benefitSeptember 20, 2016
Brisbane Times - Conrad Liveris - September 20, 2016

More and more senior men are coming out and saying that the big gigs aren't all they are cracked up to be if they take them away from their families. They are learning from the mistakes of their own fathers and that of men who went before them. They want a career but also to be an active...
ACT election: Labor promises $70m for new and expanding schoolsSeptember 20, 2016
ABC News - September 19, 2016

ACT Labor has pledged more than $70 million towards building a new school in Molonglo and expanding two others in Gungahlin. The funding is part of Labor's education policy, focusing on growing areas such as the Molonglo Valley, Gungahlin and West Belconnen areas, for next month's territory...
Kindy Camps: Children as young as four going on overnight tripsSeptember 20, 2016
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty - September 19, 2016

KIDS as young as four years are going on overnight "kindy camps" in a creative new way to get them out off their screens and into nature. A child care service has taken the idea of bush kinders to new levels, with orienteering, nature walks and boomerang painting among the activities on...
Grandparents provide regular childcare supportSeptember 19, 2016
ABC Radio National - September 15, 2016

Have you ever been cared for by a grandparent? Maybe you're the grandparent doing the caring. A study released on Thursday by the Australian Institute of Family Studies has found that grandparents are still a valued source of childcare in Australia. But how might this be affecting...
Mason's law: Grandparents weep as new child protection laws pass Queensland ParliamentSeptember 16, 2016
ABC News - Allyson Horn - September 15, 2016

Mason's Law makes it mandatory for childcare workers to report suspected cases of child sexual and physical abuse. Townsville grandparents John and Sue Sandeman petitioned both sides of Queensland Parliament to change the law after the death of their grandson Mason Parker in 2011. The...
Funding targets children in needSeptember 16, 2016
Daily Liberal - September 15, 2016

But just $30 million of the funding is earmarked for long day care, where an estimated 70 per cent of children access their preschool education. Warren Bright from Goodstart Early Learning, which operates centres on Wheelers Lane, Cobra Street & Baird Drive, told Fairfax Media "we are disappointed...
Nest full again as grandparents move in to help out with childcareSeptember 16, 2016
The Australian - Rick Morton - September 15, 2016

The grand childcare plan for Australian parents involves grandparents stepping in at least one day a week for half of families and even living with them in three-generation homes to help lighten the load. A study of 8000 children by the Australian Institute of Family Studies - using longitudinal...
Talking Point: Playfully reach for prosperitySeptember 15, 2016
The Mercury - Elaine Stratford - September 15, 2016

OUR economic future and our children's future can be significantly improved by expanding high-quality early childhood education programs, such as pre-K education - so wrote Timothy Bartik in a 2014 book, From Preschool to Prosperity. The Economic Payoff to Early Childhood Education Prosperity...
Upward pressure on childcare costs despite NSW government preschool funding boostSeptember 15, 2016
Sydney Morning Herald - Kelsey Munro - September 14, 2016

The cost of childcare to the bulk of NSW families could actually increase after the government's multi-million dollar funding boost to the early childhood sector, industry sources say. That's because of the $115 million announced by Premier Mike Baird and early childhood minister Leslie...
Childcare assets are a top choice for investorsSeptember 14, 2016
Financial Review - Su Lin Tan - September 14, 2016

he $2.3 million sale of the childcare centre leased to ASX-listed childcare provider G8 Education in West Hoxton at the Burgess Rawson auctions in Sydney on Tuesday was just shy of taking out the record of being the lowest yielding childcare asset in the country. At 4 per cent, the property will...
NSW preschool fees to drop as government unlocks fundingSeptember 14, 2016
Sydney Morning Herald - James Robertson - September 14, 2016

The average cost of preschool for a NSW family is to fall by nearly 30 per cent after the state government announced plans for a cash injection, which experts had warned was overdue. A recent review by the Auditor-General found NSW preschools were the least attended and most costly in the...
Coalition dumps $1000 'baby bonus' to secure budget billSeptember 14, 2016
Financial Review - Phillip Corey - September 13, 2016

The federal government has agreed to dump its proposed baby bonus and the Opposition has bent further on welfare cuts for families as part of a compromise to secure the passage of the $6 billion omnibus budget savings bill. Overall, the deal will increase the savings to $6.3 billion, which is $300...
Children at risk from cut-price nannies hired from unregulated sourcesSeptember 12, 2016
The Sunday Mail - Jackie Sinnerton - September 11, 2016

The national nanny body has concerns that families may try to cut down on cost of child care services by hiring from unregulated sources. "The association recommends that all families either engage the services of a professional nanny agency to undertake thorough background checks of...
Daycare rorters and criminals sending cash to IS targeted in scam crackdownSeptember 12, 2016
The Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - September 11, 2016

DODGY family daycare providers claiming cash rebates for looking after their own kids and criminals sending childcare cash to Islamic State will both face jail in a dramatic crackdown on scams. The government has already stopped daycare dodges worth more than $8 million a week. But others...
Body worry at 3: Preschoolers worry about they way they lookSeptember 12, 2016
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - September 11, 2016

AS many as eight out of 10 ­preschool aged children say they are unhappy with their body. Eight major quantitative studies into the body image of children have found between 60 and 80 per cent are unhappy with the way they look. However, the Australian Catholic University and Deak­in...
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