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There are new measures to support the early childhood education and care workforce which include Professional Development Subsidies, Paid Practicum Subsidy and Practicum Exchange. The measures will cost $72.4 million from 2023–24 to 2026–27. The following provides details on each new measure. 

On Thursday 16th March, when the Redlands in southeast Queensland recorded a top temperature of 31.1 degrees, a child was left on a bus for around an hour outside the early learning centre. Since the incident, the centre has suspended excursions and transportation.

In order to decrease the number of children struck and killed by cars, a City of Sydney councillor has proposed that drivers be restricted to driving no faster than 40 km/h around early childhood services.

The State Administrative Tribunal fined a Bunbury childcare centre, in WA $15,000 after a four-year-old boy wandered off its property alone, a caution has been given to childcare service providers.

On Friday, the 10th of March, a three-year-old girl was left on a daycare bus in Victoria for up to five hours. After being put on the bus outside of her home to attend the service, her parents received a call at 3 pm and allegedly told an Educator discovered the young toddler still on the bus in the afternoon. 

The Coalition has pledged to invest $1 billion this year to begin the construction of 500 new preschools, moving forward with its core education programme of providing free pre-kindergarten to all four-year-olds.

The federal government has been urged by the United Workers Union to provide funding for a 25% pay increase in this year's budget.

An Educator from a Gold Coast early childhood centre, discovered a red-bellied black snake curled up behind a child's backpack, initially thought it was a toy snake until she saw it breathing. 

As of today, 01st March 2023, new regulatory requirements will apply to centre-based services that provide regular transportation, which includes mandatory notifying the regulatory authority that your service provides or arranges regular transportation, the service to account for all children as they embark and disembark at the service premises and keep a record of how each child was accounted for and more.

The Fresh Food Kids Discovery Tours program is back with a digital twist! With exciting hands-on and digital activities including early learning. Based on the learning stage, children will explore where fresh food comes from with activities such as stepping onto a farm and seeing how fruit and vegetables are grown using augmented reality. They will immerse themselves in the fascinating world of seeds, plant ecosystems and the farm-to-table journey.

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