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As parents around the world celebrate the arrival of 11 new Bluey episodes, a discussion regarding one of the show's most popular characters, Bandit, has erupted. Bandit, the dog father of Bluey and her younger sister Bingo, has been dubbed a "bully" and a "bad dad."

As part of what the state premiers have called as "the greatest chance of early education in a generation," Victoria and New South Wales will implement a new year of play-based learning for children before they start school. The programme, known as "pre-prep" in Victoria and "pre-kindergarten" in NSW, will consist of 30 hours of play-based learning each week for all four-year-olds.

The Fair Work Commission has announced a 4.6% increase in minimum wages following its 2022 Annual Wage Review. The increase will apply to base rates of pay from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2022.

Goodstart Early Learning is now included as one of the 43 Australian organisations in the National Indigenous Employment Index, that represent indigenous employment. It is the only early learning provider, which includes a comprehensive snapshot of Indigenous employment representation processes and experiences. 

Dharug, the first language of the Sydney Basin area, is among the other Aboriginal languages that are being taught to 16 NSW public preschools across the state.

The early education sector is struggling to find enough staff due to COVID, influenza and burnout. With services failing to achieve educator-to-child ratios due to colder weather, the relaxation of mask rules for staff, and an increase in colds and flu.

In the last five years, at least 68 children have been left on buses in Australia, a rate of more than once per month.

While working at a Canberra childcare service, a 28-year-old man was accused of indecently assaulting two children and physically assaulting another, according to reports.

The NSW and Commonwealth governments are providing fee-free part and full qualification courses for job searchers and existing workers in the early childhood education and care sector under the NSW JobTrainer programme. JobTrainer provides fee-free training that is fully financed by the NSW and Commonwealth governments.

The going wage for a nanny in Sydney, according to nanny agencies and the Find a Babysitter website, is between $25 and $40 per hour, based on experience and qualifications. Casual childcare in the evening might cost up to $45 per hour. While the third year of a Certificate 3 certification, the award wage for a childcare worker is $25.26 per hour.

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