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ELECTION 2022: ALP Childcare policy (Apr 2)

Higher rebates, ACCC to design a price regulation mechanism to drive out of pocket costs down, increased subsidy extended to outside school hours care

Mapping Australia's childcare blackspots (Mar 22)

The first-ever project mapping childcare availability in every neighbourhood reveals that more than one in three Australians live in areas with a serious shortage of childcare places.

Read the whole story at the ABC News website.

Busy Bees expands (Jun 4)

Busy Bees Australia takes shape as centre openings and acquisitions bed down. The most recent acquisition, the six centre WA based Maragon Early Learning Services group, followed last year's acquisition of ten Go Kindy group centres and three of their development sites.

Childcare centre proposed for Brisbane's tallest tower (Oct 25)

A childcare centre has been proposed to be built within Brisbane's tallest residential tower. Skytower is a 274-metre-high tower at 222 Margaret Street that will house more than 1100 apartments. The proposed centre would have a total floor space of 1010 square metres and include outdoor areas. Based on an area this size, the centre would be able to accommodate 99 children and about 18 staff members.

Sydney council to offer free childcare for asylum seekers (Oct 20)

A council in Sydney is launching an Australian-first initiative, giving free childcare to asylum seeker and refugee families, one place per day at three council-run centres. Asylum seekers are unable to access the federal childcare subsidy until their asylum applications are approved.

Read the whole story at the SBS News website.

Childcare centres to shut doors as workers strike over pay (Sep 4)

More than 100 Queensland childcare centres will shut their doors on Wednesday as workers walk off the job to fight for higher wages. Early childhood union United Voice says 7000 staff nationwide will walk out in protest over the sector's "wage crisis."

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