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Australian Competition and Consumer Commission calls for a $10 million fine for Heinz for marketing of “99 per cent” fruit snacks when the product contains two-thirds sugar and was good for children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics are warning families and those who are microwaving and dishwashing plastic containers of food for children may contain harmful chemicals.

Natasha Joy Ashton, of Manukau, New Zealand has been deregistered and ordered to pay $31,000 in costs after her "rough physical treatment'' of children and staff alike amounted to serious misconduct.

A new study from Macquarie University has found that Educators talk less to babies and toddlers ranging from 50 words per minute while some Educators only use 10 words per minute.

Budget documents have revealed that the Turnball government is withdrawing funding for preschool children, putting preschool at risk for thousands of young children.

The $440 million cut, reported in the Australian Financial review, reveals the government spending on the national Partnership agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education will end from June 30 2020, saving more than $440m. Combing this with also cuts to the Quality Agreement program announced in the May budget will earn savings close half a billion dollars.

Under the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education, Victorian children aged four receive 15 hours of kinder each week.

Mitchell Institute Megan OConnell said compared to the rest of the world Australia is lagging behind by offering only 1 year of funded preschool for children when 2 years is regarded as international standard.

The Lifting Our Game report highlights that not only is Australia ranked 24 out of 26 OECD nations in terms of its investment in early childhood education, but it is one of just 11 nations worldwide to provide one year of preschool – putting it on par with countries like Angola, Bermuda, Iran and Nigeria.

Preschool children and Preschool educators across Australia are now facing doubts on the viability of preschool. Preschool is an important part of a child's learning as it set them up for school. It will be a missed opportunity for all young children if the funding gets withdrawn.

Reference: 
"Plans To Scrap $440 Million Preschool Funding", Aussie Childcare Network, 7 August 2018

Over 2000 school children in WA have been targeted in a cyber safety scam via Instagram after a person has approached the children asking for nude photographs.

Suzanne Hemming, 45, from London has released a children's book called "The Queen Engineer". It tells a story of a princess called Florence who is determined to be an engineer, learns about gay marriage and is determined to become an engineer rather than marry a prince.

After, making the switch to the new child care subsidy systems, FDC Educators have raised frustration over software issues that have led to delay in pays or incorrect remuneration.

A study has shown that children who spend most of their time barefoot have increased motor skills and are better in jumping and balancing scientist say.

Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) is warning members and non-members by a scam email appearing to originate from a Juliet Jurjenns at ACA NSW, with a link to an invoice, asking for payment - this email is a scam.

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