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DHS speaks out to help families understand CCS overpayment in climate of confusion

Following the end of the 2018/19 financial year, the first since eligible families moved from Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate to one system of Child Care Subsidy, both providers and families have expressed concern about the confusion of the system, which has left some with high debts owing to services, and others with unexpected windfalls which rightfully belong to services.

11 days ago

by Freya Lucas

Pampers introduce a line of smart nappies which track urine output and sleep to app

A line of “smart diapers” (known more commonly in Australia as nappies) which will track a child’s urine output and sleep has been released by the Pampers brand. Known as Lumi, the line comes as a package with an app, baby monitor and 10-day supply of nappies.

5 months ago

by Freya Lucas

Games designers collaborate to preserve culture and language of the Yugambeh people

Games design students from Queensland’s Griffith University are using cutting-edge technology to keep local Indigenous languages alive – designing a series of interactive games for the Yugambeh Museum, south of Brisbane.

5 months ago

by Freya Lucas

Online early childhood education: Not remotely what’s needed

After working on early childhood education and care for more than 40 years, I am sometimes stunned when I read about “innovations” in child care that I assume are put-ons but turn out to be perfectly serious. Such was my reaction the other day to a story in the New York Times about a kindergarten readiness program that four year olds can access remotely— “almost entirely online”.

5 months ago

by Martha Friendly, Executive Director, Childcare Resource and Research Unit

Data-driven decision making; using AEDC data to shape Shepparton’s future

Communities are coming together to become more data-driven in decision making, Opportunity Child (OC) has said, showcasing one OC community as being “one of the leading places using data to shift power dynamics and to create better outcomes for the whole of community across generations”.

5 months ago

by Freya Lucas