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City needs schooling in delivering on childcare

City needs schooling in delivering on childcare | Childcare Services | Scoop.it

The City of Sydney is falling behind on plans to build six additional childcare centers by the end of this year, and one will not be built ever, according to Labor councillor Linda Scott.

 

Councillor Scott told City Hub that council papers released this week showed that the Sydney Park site for the proposed childcare center was contaminated and as consequentially would not proceed.

 

She said there were questions for the council as to why such an important element was not checked when a development application for the childcare centre was lodged.

 

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City needs schooling in delivering on childcare

City needs schooling in delivering on childcare | Childcare Services | Scoop.it

The City of Sydney is falling behind on plans to build six additional childcare centers by the end of this year, and one will not be built ever, according to Labor councillor Linda Scott.

 

Councillor Scott told City Hub that council papers released this week showed that the Sydney Park site for the proposed childcare center was contaminated and as consequentially would not proceed.

 

She said there were questions for the council as to why such an important element was not checked when a development application for the childcare centre was lodged.

 

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Why childcare is still secret women’s business

Why childcare is still secret women’s business | Childcare Services | Scoop.it

It was the lavish mid-election campaign announcement that should have won votes, but served only to remind the electorate that issues aimed at working parents remain very much secret womens business.

 

While unveiling a $3 billion childcare package, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten declared that “men in Australia rely on women in Australia to do the childcare and to organise the childcare” — remarks that promptly generated a flurry of unflattering headlines.

 

Today show host Lisa Wilkinson echoed the frustration of many when she criticised the Labor leader for “entrenching a stereotype of women as second class citizens”.

 

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Demand for childcare surges despite cost

Demand for childcare surges despite cost | Childcare Services | Scoop.it

WA needs 86 new childcare centres or the average centre needs to accommodate three more children to cope with demand, data analysis shows.

 

As the major parties trade blows on child care before the election, research by Perth workforce diversity specialist Conrad Liveris suggests an estimated Statewide wait list of 5740.

 

Mr Liveris adjusted figures in a 2014 AMP report, the last definitive economic look at childcare costs, to reflect current prices. He concluded Australian families were paying $87.45 a child on average for each day of child care — up from $30 in 2004 and $70 in 2014. Costs were found to be higher in city centres.

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Labor flags child care policy release

Labor flags child care policy release | Childcare Services | Scoop.it

Federal Labor is poised to announce a policy it says will make child care affordable.

 

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten flagged the release of Labor's policy on Sunday, saying he'd have more to say in coming days.

 

He told reporters in northern NSW town of Kingscliff the plan would be about making sure child care was affordable to encourage more women back into work.

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Budget will ‘push up childcare costs, stop women working’

Budget will ‘push up childcare costs, stop women working’ | Childcare Services | Scoop.it

Perth workplace diversity specialist Conrad Liveris claims the Budget could result in a 5 per cent fall in the women’s workforce participation rate and push up childcare waiting lists and prices.

 

He said women had limited incentive to return to work because of the barriers they faced after parental leave.

 

Paid parental leave will again be an election battleground after the Budget confirmed the Government’s plans to press ahead with its plans to clamp down on taxpayer-funded PPL.

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Child care centres work with schools to provide smooth transition

Child care centres work with schools to provide smooth transition | Childcare Services | Scoop.it

Relationship between childcare centres and primary schools are being formed in Mandurah after research suggests a smooth transition for a child improves life-long learning.


Halls Head Play’s Kool are one of the centres meeting with primary schools in their area to find out what is expected of children when they make the move.


Play’s Kool acting teacher Emily Ash said the school was able to give them learning resources which helped prepare the 0-3-year-olds writing skills.  

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Wait times decline for childcare centre waitlists

Wait times decline for childcare centre waitlists | Childcare Services | Scoop.it

It used to be a two-year wait to get your child into a childcare centre, but with the mining downturn and families leaving the region, parents are now getting more choice.


But while it can still be difficult to get a vacancy in some age groups, others have room for more.


Hot Tots Educational Centre in West Mackay is one of many centres that have felt the effects of job losses and people leaving town.

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Homeschooling children on the rise

Homeschooling children on the rise | Childcare Services | Scoop.it

PARENTS are increasingly turning their backs on traditional schooling and tutoring their children at home.


On the cusp of the new school year, the profile of homeschooling has been given a boost after a VCE student earned top marks for 2015 after a mix of home and distance education.


Figures show 4136 students were educated at home in Victoria last year, or 0.44 per cent of children, up from 3233 in 2012.


Bullying at school, disabilities, medical conditions and lifestyle choices are among the main reasons parents decide to teach their kids at home.

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Parents must scrutinise child care: Government

Parents must scrutinise child care: Government | Childcare Services | Scoop.it

Australian parents must shop around for childcare providers and carefully scrutinise what they're being offered, Education Minister Simon Birmingham says.


New figures suggest daily childcare costs will soar past $200 well before proposed legislation surrounding fee changes takes effect in July 2017.


"I would encourage parents to scrutinise very carefully what they're being charged and to quiz those service providers," Birmingham told reporters amid concern about the price hikes.


National Centre of Social and Economic Modelling analysis suggests fees at high-demand centres will reach $210 a day by the time the government's new means-tested child care subsidies take effect in 18 months.

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Childcare centres have emerged as a new playground for investors

Childcare centres have emerged as a new playground for investors | Childcare Services | Scoop.it

It's looking like some serious child’s play is ahead for Queensland’s property investment market.


Childcare centres have emerged as a new playground for investors and are tipped to become one of the most sought-after asset classes.


The lure of lucrative long-term leases, future upside from underlying land value growth and a rising rate of childcare use backed by government incentives have ­underpinned the trend.


And according to property industry experts, the need for additional childcare facilities to accommodate population growth will continue to intensify investor demand.


However, tougher means testing unveiled as part of the Federal Government’s revamped childcare rebate policy may temper ­demand.

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New laws, rules from January 1: Vaccination, drug prices, public transport, student loans

New laws, rules from January 1: Vaccination, drug prices, public transport, student loans | Childcare Services | Scoop.it

As revelers clean up from New Year’s Eve celebrations, the last thing anyone wants to think about are the new laws, rules and policies that come into effect on January 1.

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Childcare centres welcome un-vaxxed children

Childcare centres welcome un-vaxxed children | Childcare Services | Scoop.it

A second childcare provider in the space of a week has announced it would welcome non-immunised children to its ranks.


Churches of Christ Care, with its 20 childcare facilities throughout Queensland, advised parents and guardians of its decision this week.


The organisation's children, youth and families general manager Jane Carter said it would not refuse unimmunised children, despite federal "no jab, no play" legislative changes that gave providers the right to do so.


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Eighty children get chickenpox at Brunswick North West Primary, a school that calls for 'tolerance' of vaccine dodgers

Eighty children get chickenpox at Brunswick North West Primary, a school that calls for 'tolerance' of vaccine dodgers | Childcare Services | Scoop.it

One in four of the children who attend a Brunswick school that calls for tolerance for vaccine dodgers has contracted chickenpox.


At least 80 of the 320 pupils at Brunswick North West Primary in Melbourne's north have become ill with the disease in the past fortnight.  It is understood the illness spread through grade 6, before making its way through the lower levels to grade 2.


The Department of Health was first notified about the chickenpox cases on November 26.


"There are no firm figures on the number of students who have contracted the illness since then, but we've been advised that over the period there has been an absentee rate of about 25 per cent on any given day," a department spokesman said.

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No relief in the budget for NSW parents using childcare services

No relief in the budget for NSW parents using childcare services | Childcare Services | Scoop.it

It's the question being asked by the community childcare peak body: is a NSW child worth less? 

 

Despite boasting a huge surplus in Tuesday's budget, in a state where preschool and childcare fees are the nation's highest the NSW government is still spending the least per child on early childhood education of any state.   

 

In Wodonga on the Victorian side of the border, the childcare centre run by not-for-profit Goodstart Early Learning gets $3000 per child from the Victorian government each year. But across the bridge in Albury, their four centres receive $300 per child from the NSW government.

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Childcare policies have a missing piece

Childcare policies have a missing piece | Childcare Services | Scoop.it

In 1974 the government decided to delay an election promise to fund a proper child care system. The Women's Electoral Lobby organised a huge children's party on the lawns of Parliament House to protest and the Whitlam government learnt not to muck with women, children and childcare.

 

When it announced its childcare policy for this election, the ALP showed it had learnt from history by promising money in families' pockets earlier than the Coalition.

 

Childcare in Australia is a mess. Supply and demand are unequal, squillions of taxpayer dollars are spent but families can't get affordable childcare when and where they want it, and some of the funding ends up as private profit. What's worse? The fact that what's good for children, doesn't come into it. When evaluating the policies, you need to look at what is not in them as well as what is.

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Day care could run seven days

Day care could run seven days | Childcare Services | Scoop.it

A MOOLOOLABA family day care provider may have the answer for weekend workers struggling to find care for their children. Annie Scanlan is considering stepping out of the normal child care hours to care for children on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

Few if any child care centres and family day care providers on the Sunshine Coast cater for the parents who work much beyond general Monday to Friday business hours.

 

Ms Scanlan said she was puzzled about how the Coast’s many weekend workers juggled caring for their children while they were on the job. "All the people who work seven days a week at the (Sunshine) Plaza, what do they do with their children on the weekends?" she said.

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Mum to the rescue in childcare drought

Mum to the rescue in childcare drought | Childcare Services | Scoop.it

FIRST-TIME mum Trish McKay witnessed the drought of north shore child care centres first-hand and was forced to take matters into her own hands.

 

When her son was 18 months old, she rang more than 10 child care centres – “every one that was within the Turrumurra, St Ives, Pymble area” – looking for child care. She was turned away by every one. “I was told I would have to join a waitlist because they’re full and one centre even told me their waitlist had closed,” Ms McKay said. Those she did waitlist with a year ago, she never from again.

 

“It was very disheartening and hard to organise trying to go back to work.” After talking to other working mums in the area, she realised she was not the only one struggling. Some mothers had got their eldest child into a centre but could not get another child into the same one, she said.

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Family day care numbers double

Family day care numbers double | Childcare Services | Scoop.it

THERE has been an explosion of family day care centres springing up across the southeast in response to a shortage of vacancies for children under two.

 

Since 2013, the number of centres providing at home care for groups of four children under five has almost doubled in Maroubra, Matraville, Randwick, Kingsford, Kensington and Daceyville.

 

Natalia Duganov, from Magic Bunny House Family Day Care at Kingsford, which has two vacancies, said she had been struggling to fill her spots since January and until last week had seven place available.

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Mum finds way to avoid the rising costs of childcare

Mum finds way to avoid the rising costs of childcare | Childcare Services | Scoop.it

THE rising costs for childcare have been blamed for financially crippling some Toowoomba families.


But one mother has found her way around that.


Cambooya mother-of-three Alecia Staines has been paying for an au pair for 18 months and said the trend was catching on.

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Happy HubBub offers co-working with a side of childcare

Happy HubBub offers co-working with a side of childcare | Childcare Services | Scoop.it

In a first for Australia, two entrepreneurs are getting ready to open the country's first dedicated co-working space with childcare.


Working mums Erin Richards and Kirstin Boyd have created the working space they've always wanted, one with an inviting and professional setting for a fledgling business, and fully licensed childcare.

'Women are starting businesses at almost double the rate of men, often exactly as I did: part-time at first whilst juggling child-rearing," says Richards. "And yet, that very same issue [of balancing work and a young family] is often the biggest barrier to women making a success of their business."

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The language Aussie kids learn fast

The language Aussie kids learn fast | Childcare Services | Scoop.it

INDONESIAN might just be the fastest growing language among Australian preschoolers, with three and four year olds quick to pick up the tongue of one of our nearest neighbours.


An interim report into the federal government’s early learning language app suggests preschoolers are finding it easier to learn Indonesian and Japanese than French.


The report, by auditing firm Deloitte, found the language learning iPads apps, developed by the government, are easy for children to use and that most of the 1764 kids involved in the pilot program were accessing the apps around five times a week.


Of the five languages — Arabic, French, Indonesian, Japanese and Mandarin — childcare workers said preschoolers were using the Indonesian app most regularly, indicating they are finding that language easier to pick up.

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The kids that don't stop for the summer holidays

The kids that don't stop for the summer holidays | Childcare Services | Scoop.it

With the lazy days of summer holidays in full swing, maths and English lessons are far from most children's minds.

But for kids like Leon Li, 8, the summer holidays are the busiest time of the year.

The young mathematician starts every day by practising his numeracy and literacy skills with worksheets of exercises that are three grades above his age level.



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Government cracks down on daycare rort involving 11,000 parents

Government cracks down on daycare rort involving 11,000 parents | Childcare Services | Scoop.it

Taxpayers were losing more than $8 million a week to a ‘pink batts’-style child-minding scam involving 11,000 parents, which the Greens tried but failed to keep alive.


New data, obtained exclusively by News Corp Australia, reveals taxpayers have been spared $46 million in the last six weeks alone, in payments that otherwise would have gone to dodgy suburban childcare operators who were pocketing lucrative subsidies by swapping kids among themselves.


For the first time data shows the extent of the so-called ‘child-swapping’ rort among parents and Family Day Care educators before the federal government made the practice illegal on October 12.

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Childcare key to getting women back to work

Childcare key to getting women back to work | Childcare Services | Scoop.it

As the New Year breaks and January’s days click over, millions of parents are agonizing over the vexed question of childcare arrangements for their children.


The financial burden combined with the fact that childcare arrangements are often a logistical struggle produces enormous stress.


If one link in the chain falls through — for example, Grandma is not well and can’t look after the kids, or being called into work to do an extra shift — then the anxiety and the sense of being torn between doing the best by your employer and your family is enormous.



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New child abuse laws come into force across Victoria

New child abuse laws come into force across Victoria | Childcare Services | Scoop.it

Legislation to help protect children from abuse has come into force across Victoria.


The new legislation aims to ensure that all organisations dealing with children have the measures in place to prevent and respond to child abuse.


The new rules will apply to all organisations that receive government funding or are regulated by government, including hospitals, child and family-welfare organisations, schools, child care centres and kindergartens.


From next year, the rule will also spread to organisations that receive little or no government funding, including sporting groups and child entertainment providers.  Organisations will need to ensure a code of conduct is in place and staff are properly screened and trained to deal with children.

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