The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-27T03:08:18Z PRESS RELEASE - IWORLD AUSTRALIA INKS EXCLUSIVE ANZ DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT FOR ZOMETOOL 2017-03-27T03:08:18Z press-release-iworld-australia-inks-exclusive-anz-distribution-agreement-for-zometool WATCH VIDEO - SEE HOW IT WORKS _________________________________________________________________ IWORLD AUSTRALIA INKS EXCLUSIVE ANZ DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT FOR ZOMETOOL MARCH 27, 2017 Zometool is a modern, simple and extremely versatile construction system that children, teachers and Nobel Prize winners all love, because it links nature, science, mathematics, art and architecture in a light and easy manner. HOW IT WORKS The sophisticated key to the whole system is the ball with its 62 openings in three different shapes. Color-coded struts, set into the correspondingly shaped openings in the ball, make it easy to build even complex structures. The Zometool system is easy to use and suitable both children (5+) and Adults alike. I'ts an open-ended creation system that's fun for the whole family. Building with Zometool means thinking in 4 dimensions: from a line (1-D), to a surface (2-D), to a solid (3-D) and on to hyperspace (4-D). The Zometool assortment is divided into three sections: Zometool system kits - lots of parts for lots of models Zometool project kits - theme-based products Zometool design series - the beauty of symmetries All kits are compatible and include comprehensive colour illustrations and easy to follow instructions. The project kits always contain interesting background information concerning the relevant theme. MULTI AWARD WINNER Zometool products have been proudly earning kudos and awards for decades. Parenting Magazine Best Toys of the Year 1995, Child Magazine "The Year's Top Toys" 1999, Dr. Toy 10 Best Toys 2002, Popular Science "Best of Toyfair" 2013  just to name a few. You can see full list  Zometools is available for Pre-order and stock will be landing in 4-6 weeks _________________________________________________________________   ABOUT ZOMETOOL The essential key to the whole Zometool System is the Zometool ball. The first of these remarkable connecting “nodes” was produced in April 1992; the result of almost 30 years of intense and dedicated work. Inspired by the geodesic domes of Buckminster Fuller, the architect Steve Baer developed the forerunner of today’s Zometool in the 1970’s. Paul Hildebrandt and Marc Pelletier took over the challenge of enhancing and transforming this ingenious system. The success of their work is to be seen in the color-coded struts with their matching profiles and in the astonishing ball, which makes it easy for 5 year olds and adults alike to build beautiful and elegant models. Linking the geometry of the ancient Greeks to quantum physics, from inner space to outer space, Zometool is positioned to be the basis of spatial interpretation for the new millennium. Zometool is, and has always been, proudly manufactured in the USA. Zometool components are produced to medical tolerances using wind-generated electricity and the highest quality, child-safe materials. We recycle 100% of our pre-consumer and post-consumer waste (i.e., runners and sprues from our process as well as broken parts returned under warranty), and try to be contributing members of our local and global community. The Zometool Mission : To inspire the generation of multi-dimensional thinkers who will build a better world.     GET ZOMETOOL CATALOGUE > For all High-Res images & Marketing assets [CLICK HERE] For any further enquiries please email   Rocket Ship and the Moon – Childcare centre Eclipse Early Education Rebrands 2017-03-24T04:21:16Z rocket-ship-and-the-moon-childcare-centre-eclipse-early-education-rebrands The Eclipse Early Education Group, leaders in quality education, is in the process of rebranding in order to make their centres easily identifiable and more appealing to children. This new look is slowly being introduced to their centres, on their website and their Instagram page.   “Eclipse Early Education has a brand new look. The inspiration for the new look came from our memories as children being ‘loved to the moon and back’. Parents and children can all relate to feeling special and very much loved with conversations about being loved to the moon and back. We incorporated the rocket ship and moon in our branding to make Eclipse Early Education more appealing to children and so they could easily identify an Eclipse Centre,” said the managing director of the group, Hugh Ellis.   Passionate about delivering the highest quality of care to the community and children, the group takes pride in providing children with the best educational resources and exceptional learning opportunities. It welcomes diversity and celebrates culture of all kinds at all their childcare centres. Parents of every community, regardless of their backgrounds can feel free to bring their children to EEEG for educational support and care. Their centres have state of the art facilities and use the best curriculum in the early childhood industry. Parents can rest assured that their little ones are in capable and caring hands.   Eclipse Early Education believes that each child is unique. Their aim is to help develop each child’s unique social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills by providing the children with an emergent curriculum. They work towards developing each child’s sense of being so they can have a strong sense of identity, be connected, confident and involved as learners and become effective communicators.   The EEEG centres provide infant care, toddler care, 3 year old kinder care and a 4 year old kindergarten program. The centres provide a nutritiously balanced menu so children can try new foods and experience a wide range of cultural meals. The menu is developed using the ‘Get Up and Grow’ guidelines to ensure that all children are provided with 50 per cent of the recommended daily intake of nutrients. Meal times are calm and progressive allowing children the opportunity to converse and enjoy the company of others while eating.   EEEG has recently opened their first centre in Queensland, located in Pimpama. The centre became fully functional on 13th of February, 2017. The Centre Manager Natasha may be contacted by calling (07) 5670 3800 or by sending an email to Parents may feel free to visit the centre and check it out for themselves. The centre is open Monday to Friday from 6:30am to 6:30pm (excluding public holidays).   Eclipse Early Education Group has centres across Australia located in Brookfield, Clyde North, Craigieburn, Cranbourne East, Cranbourne North, Epping, Eynesbury, Lyndhurst, Murrumbeena, Torquay and Pimpama.   To check out the website of EEEG’s new centre at Pimpama:   To know more about EEEG and their vision:    PRESS RELEASE - IWORLD AUSTRALIA INKS EXCLUSIVE ANZ DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT FOR PRIMO TOYS 2017-03-23T06:10:08Z press-release-iworld-australia-inks-exclusive-anz-distribution-agreement-for-primo-toys ___________________________________________________________________________ IWORLD AUSTRALIA INKS EXCLUSIVE ANZ DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT FOR PRIMO TOYS March 23, 2017  The award-winning, Montessori-approved coding toy for children (ages 3 and up) will now be available in Australia & New Zealand. Primo Toys has created the easiest way to introduce computer programming to children, and to make coding accessible in early learning for children all over the world. Cubetto is the only screen-less programming system, powered by a revolutionary coding language made of colorful blocks that lets children write their first computer programs. How it Works The Cubetto Playset is the easiest way for children to start learning the basics of computer programming. It consists of a friendly wooden robot named Cubetto, a physical control board, a set of expandable coding blocks, and a collection of beautifully illustrated maps and activity books. By placing the blocks in different patterns on the control panel, children create sequences of instructions that program the robot’s movement. In the process, they develop computational thinking skills that help them understand the basic principles of coding – all of this, in a very age-appropriate way that respects a child’s natural way of learning. The maps and activity books help children and parents get started with play, by navigating Cubetto through stories and challenges. Planning these mini adventures helps children learn more than coding. They learn to tell stories, to communicate, and to think critically and independently. “Learning in early years should be easy and fun,” says CEO and Co-Founder Filippo Yacob. “The beauty of Cubetto is that it encourages coding through hands-on play – making learning much more enjoyable while also developing logical thinking, sequencing and coding skills.” Cubetto provides gender-neutral play that boosts a child’s creativity, critical thinking, spatial awareness and communication skills. Cubetto is the only coding toy that can be used by sighted and non-sighted children in the same setting, creating an equal learning environment that promotes inclusive play. By combining movement, touch and sound, Cubetto also helps children with disabilities strengthen their sequencing and communication skills. “What I love most about Cubetto is that it will give girls and boys all over the world the opportunity to learn the basic building blocks of coding, without being glued to a computer screen. As a mom, that’s my dream,” said investor Randi Zuckerberg. Setting Benchmarks, Breaking Records Cubetto represents a major benchmark in the field of computer programming, as it significantly lowers the age barrier for learning to code by removing screen-based interaction. Praised by TIME Magazine and Fast Company as “revolutionary”, in March 2016 Cubetto became the most crowdfunded educational technology invention in Kickstarter’s history, raising $1.6m from backers in 96 countries. Cubetto has featured in numerous publications, from The Times of London to Wired magazine, and been exhibited at the V&A Museum in London and the MoMA Design Store in New York. It has won numerous awards including Cannes Lion Gold, Red Dot Best of the Best Award, London Design Awards Gold, and been presented to the Duke of York as part of the Pitch@Palace enterprise. Post-Kickstarter campaign, Primo Toys has already shipped 20,000 pre-orders to more than 90 countries, and continues to expand and grow. Cubetto launches at a time when school curriculums require students to learn computing from an early age, and we are now beginning to see more and more schools starting to use toys to teach STEAM skills. However, many children still lack exposure to the fundamentals of computer science at a young age, this is where Cubetto comes in, to teach computing from an early age. “All young children should be empowered to influence the future direction of the digital world,” says Yacob. “We’re proud that Cubetto teaches them the basic concepts of programming before they learn to read or write. It’s the perfect tool for schools that teach coding.” Cubetto is in stock and Available Now, additional accessories will be available in 4-6 weeks _____________________________________________________________   WATCH VIDEO ABOUT PRIMO TOYS Primo Toys is here to make coding accessible in early years learning (Age 3 and up) for all children all over the world, and has created the easiest way to introduce computer programming to children. Primo Toys believes that learning time should also be playtime too. Primo Toys makes smart, screen-less coding toys powered by a hands-on programming language. The toys are specifically designed for children in pre-literate years and provide fun learning for curious minds with big imaginations. Cubetto is Primo Toys’ first toy. Primo Toys was founded by Filippo Yacob (CEO) and Matteo Loglio (Head of Design). Filippo is a designer and entrepreneur, who was inspired by the birth of his son. Matteo is an interaction designer, creative technologist, and visiting lecturer at Central Saint Martins. The company has enjoyed the support of high profile investors, including Randi Zuckerberg and Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi. Primo Toys is an alumnus of the PCH Highway1 hardware accelerator program. It has nine full time employees in London, with outposts in San Francisco and Shenzhen, China.     DOWNLOAD CATALOGUE > For all High-Res images & Marketing assets [CLICK HERE] For any further enquiries please email   Year 10 Students set to battle it out 2017-03-22T07:00:26Z year-10-students-set-to-battle-it-out The Science & Engineering Challenge is a fun day of hands on activities designed to show year 10 students that science is actually fun and to help influence their subject choices in their final years of high school, allowing them entry into technical tertiary level study and a future career in Science & Engineering.  Held over 5 days in the old Midland Railway Workshops from March 27th to 31st and being managed by the Rotary Club of Midland. 40 Schools from all over the Perth metropolitan area are set to take part in this 5 day challenge. Each day will see teams of 4 students do battle. Each team has 8 tasks to overcome and think their way through.  Constructing an earthquake-proof tower,  building a catapult,  designing & building a 'Bionic Hand' are just some of the activities they need to master. The teams will be judged on the successful outcome of the projects.  Each task is set to test the teams on; constructive thinking, innovative design, teamwork using basic materials, sound engineering principals and ingenuity. The highlight of the day is the testing of the Balsa Wood Bridge for its load bearing capabilities to the point of  its  dramatic destruction.  The event is strongly supported by local sponsors and West Australian universities. Edith Cowan, Murdoch, Curtin and the University of WA will all have staff and students present as well as making presentations to the winning teams.  Other major sponsors include St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospital, Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, The City of Swan,  and The Steffanelli Group Pty Ltd in Midland. Without these generous sponsors this event would not be possible.  Ensure your school registers in time for next years fun filled challenge.  Bringing Great Storytelling™ to Western Sydney 2017-03-22T01:31:05Z bringing-great-storytelling-to-western-sydney Sydney Story Factory (SSF) has announced it will open a brand new creative writing centre for young people in Parramatta in May 2018, with the support of Pantera Press as a foundational partner. SSF specialises in building the writing skills and confidence of marginalised young people aged 7 to 17, particularly those who are Indigenous or from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Since 2012, SSF has worked with more than 9,000 children and teenagers all over NSW. In 2016, 25% of students were from Western Sydney. The organisation’s expansion into Parramatta will be led by Dr Cath Keenan, the 2016 Australian of the Year Local Hero. “We are delighted to be partnering with Pantera Press which, like us, has a passion for uncovering new Australian stories,” says Keenan. The partnership between Sydney Story Factory and Pantera Press represents a natural synergy between two organisations committed to effecting positive social impact and promoting Australian writing culture in its many forms. As a young, boutique publishing house, Pantera Press actively nurtures its growing stable of talented Australian storytellers and is continually looking for new ways to foster a love of reading and close the literacy gap in Australia. The new partnership with Sydney Story Factory is just one part of an ongoing company focus, which seeks to ignite the spark of creativity in all young Australians. "We are an organisation built with social purpose. Partnering with the Sydney Story Factory is our next step in contributing to Australian culture," comments Pantera Press CEO and Co-founder, Alison Green, who was recently named one of Australia's 100 Women of Influence by Westpac and The Australian Financial Review. “We couldn't be more excited to support such an incredible organisation and help launch the new Sydney Story Factory in Parramatta.” Green is the visionary and the force behind Pantera Press, which seeks to invest in all aspects of Australian writing culture. Alison Green is available for interview and comment. Wear a spot of red for allergy awareness 2017-03-20T23:26:33Z wear-a-spot-of-red-for-allergy-awareness In Australia and New Zealand, the Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia (AIFA) will recognise World Allergy Week (April 2-8, 2017) with a ‘wear a spot of red’ awareness and fundraising campaign. This virtual event encourages supporters to hold a ‘spot of red’ event in their home, school or workplace to raise awareness of the impact of allergy and raise funds for medical research into allergy. World Allergy Week is an initiative of the World Allergy Organisation and the theme for 2017 is ‘The Agony of Hives – What to do when hives and swelling will not go away.’ Approximately 1 in 6 people will develop hives (also known as Urticaria) at some time during their life and hives are most common in children. Although most individuals have hives that go away in minutes to hours, around 1.8% of the population has chronic urticaria, or hives that last for weeks, months or even years. To date there is no cure for the disease but there is hope for controlling chronic urticaria with the help of an allergy/immunology specialist. CEO of the Australasian Society for Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Jill Smith says “more research is needed to develop better treatments, strategies for prevention and diagnosis and even a cure for chronic urticaria and other associated allergic conditions.” AIFA’s involvement in World Allergy Week 2017 is to draw attention to the impact of urticaria on sufferers and raise funds for more research into allergy. The media also play a vital role in helping to raise awareness of important health issues like allergy. AIFA invites journalists to play a part by featuring stories and information that focuses attention on the impact of allergy in Australasia. For information about how to get involved in World Allergy Week 2017 visit Business Expo goes from strength-to-strength 2017-03-19T01:45:11Z business-expo-goes-from-strength-to-strength Sunday, 19th of March, 2017 For immediate releaseBusiness Expo goes from strength-to-strengthThe North Gold Coast Business Expo has signed on Olympic speed skating gold medallist Steven Bradbury to join its panel of eight expert workshop presenters. Now in its third year, the Expo is the brainchild of passionate small business networker, Paula Brand who recognised a lack of representation of small business in the region – particularly those without shop fronts such as home-based, micro and mobile businesses.“The North Gold Coast does not have a business hub or a large retail hub,” said Paula.“Crikey, we are still building roads in the area, it is crucial that these businesses come together to connect and learn at least once a year.”The Expo has grown to such an extent that 500 small business people are expected to attend this year's event, from as far south as Kingscliff to the northern suburbs of Brisbane, and as far west as Ipswich and Toowoomba.“In the last two years we have brought together 750 small business owners, and had 22 speakers impart on-trend information to help sustain and grow local businesses,” said Paula.“The program has been so successful that the South Gold Coast Business Expo is now in its second year and will be held on the 7th of July, and a new Expo will be held in Logan for the first time later this year.”Due to the growth of the Expo, this year's event will be hosted by Upper Coomera State College in the school's Sports Hall.“I was more than happy to come on board to support this local business growth initiative,” said  Upper Coomera State College Principal, Chris Capra.The Expo would not be possible without the support of sponsors – this year, 11 local business owners who believe in the need for a strong, vibrant small business community have thrown their support behind the event, many of whom have been on board since the very first Expo.Over the last two years, the Expo has supported two charities – TLC for Kids and also the Life 2 Project.“This year we are supporting Rize Up Australia – yes, another Domestic Violence charity – we are still experiencing the murder of women in our own community so we continue to support these charities that provide services to women and their children,” said Paula.This year's Expo will feature five new food trucks and live music, creating a festive environment in which to network and do business.The Expo workshop presenters guarantee attendees will take away 10 actions or pieces of top information to implement in to their businesses.“If a small business person attends all eight workshops, they will gain 80 golden nuggets of priceless information to help improve and grow their business,” said Paula.“Small businesses do BETTER business when they band together, and have a strong voice.“It does not have to be a struggle, and the Expo’s theme reflects the need for all stakeholders to COLLABORATE to ensure we all SUCCEED.”For more information, visit: Celebrating Global Money Week with Free Financial Education 2017-03-16T06:14:49Z celebrating-global-money-week-with-free-financial-education Empowering young people with sound financial literacy is a powerful way to shape the way their life turns out. And every parent wants to do what they can to help their kids get off to the right start financially, but they might not have the knowledge or resources to make that happen. Global Money Week (27 March – 2 April) is an international week of awareness and education events put on by Child & Youth Finance International in partnership with the OECD. It’s all about raising awareness and improving the capabilities of young people when it comes to financial matters. This year’s theme is ‘Learn. Save. Earn.’ To help celebrate, Money101 has created four fun, fast and free online education units. They’ve been designed and developed specifically to promote the #GMW2017 values of educating children about their financial rights, responsibilities and opportunities. These units are free and anonymous to access. What you (or your little ones) learn could change your financial outlook for the better. The units are: Save More Money, Buy Cool Stuff: Do you always spend your money too fast, and have to ask Mum or Dad for more? This unit will show you how to stop wasting your money on random crap, and start saving more money for the stuff you really care about. (Suggested ages: 10+) Your first ever super account: Super is kinda annoying to think about when you’re just starting your first job, and all you want is cash for now. But it’s important to think about it, unless you don’t mind having a lame fun-free lifestyle when you’re older. This unit will show you what super’s all about, how it works, and why you should give a stuff. (Suggested ages: 12-18) Starting your first job: Eventually, you have to stop relying on the bank of Mum and Dad – you’ve got to get a job if you want your own money! This unit shows you what happens after you’ve landed your first job, from signing your contract to getting paid for the first time. (Suggested ages: 12-18) Teaching kids about money: When it comes to getting little kids smarter about money, parents are the first (and biggest) influence. This handy simple guide helps mums and dads get started on teaching kids those essential money-related skills and values. From today onwards, you can access these four units at They’ll be available until the 9th of April, giving you a bit more time to try them out and share them around. On the 12th, we’ll be reporting back on the feedback we receive from parents, kids, educators, service providers, and other stakeholders. Tags: #GMW2017, Global Money Week, OECD, Child & Youth Finance International, financial education, kids and money, #LearnSaveEarn Reference: Our CEO, Catherine Birchall, is available for further comment. For more information on this project, please contact: Jana Joy Marketing Eva Mellors QA & Communications (03) 8612 3100 Seven Emergency Health and Safety Best Practices that Every Australian School Should Know 2017-03-15T22:31:24Z seven-emergency-health-and-safety-best-practices-that-every-australian-school-should-know MELBOURNE, Australia, 16 March, 2017 – Award-winning Australian emergency health and safety solution, CareMonkey, has released the seven medical data best practices that every school should know. Implementing best practice around the secure storing of medical and emergency information markedly reduces the liability risk of schools and can help save the lives of children living with asthma, food allergies and other life-threatening conditions.   Australian start-up CareMonkey is used by more than 500 schools and universities and over 1,000 sporting clubs at all levels. Worldwide it has over one million users. It eliminates the need for paper forms and gives authorised carers real-time access to accurate life-saving medical data and action plans, helping carers know exactly what to do and who to call in an emergency. Customers are supported from data centres in Australia, Ireland, and the United States.   “If we look at two of the most common health conditions for children in Australia - one in four children have asthma or asthma-like symptoms, and one in 10 kids born in Australia have food allergies,” said Troy Westley, CEO and co-founder of CareMonkey.   “Today, with more knowledge about medical conditions and their prevention, CareMonkey enables schools to fulfil their duty of care obligations whilst reducing administrative burden and eliminating paper forms.   “The best practices to implement around collection, storage and accessibility of medical data will help schools respond better in an emergency. It also saves schools an enormous amount of time and administration and give teachers and parents reassurance that their kids are receiving the best care possible should any incident occur,” said Westley.   The seven best practices for schools are:   1.     Collect all the relevant information including more than two emergency contacts, medical contacts, medical conditions, personalised care instructions and emergency health information and parental consent. 2.     Go paperless to collect forms faster, eliminate data entry at school level and digitally track entries. Storing data online is more accessible, and can save schools over 100 hours a year chasing up paper consent forms from parents. 3.     Make parents responsible for keeping information up-to-date. When parents confirm the data is correct, the risk of schools incorrectly entering the data is eliminated. Give parents control of this data, and send automated reminders regularly to ensure it is up-to-date. 4.     Give mobile access to teachers and staff carers. The CareMonkey app has offline access to ensure that anywhere, anytime, staff carers know exactly what to do and who to call in an emergency. 5.     Keep teachers trained on how to use the CareMonkey system or whatever system is in use. They need to know how to access the data and what information is required in the case of an incident. 6.     Document incidents as they happen. Memory fades over time, so enter details as close to the time of the incident as possible once safe to do so, rather than back at your desk. 7.     Keep medical data private and secure. Ensure only authorised carers can access personal and sensitive information. At a minimum, your system needs account and password protection, data encryption, and security monitoring.   Every school or organisation with a duty of care needs to be aware of best practices that will both reduce the liability risk of schools and save the lives of children living with life-threatening conditions.   - ENDS - About CareMonkey CareMonkey is a health and safety solution that eliminates paper forms and gives authorised carers access to medical and emergency details, even when they are offline. CareMonkey automatically keeps medical records up to date, and helps carers know what to do, who to call, and what to tell an ambulance paramedic in an emergency. With more than 1 million users around the world, CareMonkey is used by schools and universities, sporting clubs at all levels, outdoor groups, businesses with a duty of care, community and disability sectors. CareMonkey is available free for families. For more information, visit   NUBO – A FIRST OF ITS KIND KIDS’ PLAY CENTRE WHERE PURE PLAY RULES 2017-03-15T10:44:59Z nubo-a-first-of-its-kind-kids-play-centre-where-pure-play-rules 15 March, Sydney: Working in collaboration with Joey Ho and Patrick Leung of PalDesign Architects, Frost*collective was commissioned to work on a new concept in children’s play spaces that is understood to be the first of its kind in Australia. Built around best practices for early childhood education through the lense of play, NUBO supports play and educational growth through exploration and connection. The new centre, located in Sydney’s Alexandria, is suitable for children 0-10 years and officially launches today. NUBO tapped into brand and design expertise across the Collective. Frost* Design created the strategy, identity, branded collateral and promotional items; Urbanite was asked to deliver signage and environmental design across the 768sqm floor space, and The Nest designed and developed the NUBO website. Commenting on the idea and build of the new play centre, NUBO’s Chief Imagination Officer said, “The aim of NUBO is to steer away from the typical play centre clichés of bright colours, plastic toys and computer screens. We are promoting a sense of ‘pure play’ through a beautiful, clean and considered space where parents and children can interact during the entire play process.” To articulate the notion of ‘pure play’ in a way that could resonate with both parents and children, the concept needed to be anchored by a core creative idea. Imagined by Frost*Design, the word Nubo translates as ‘cloud’ in Esperanto, a language invented in the late 1870’s to foster harmony between people from different countries. The creative idea itself was inspired by the brand name. “We then came up with the idea of cloud gazing that conjures up unique and different things for different people,” said Ant Donovan, Group Creative Director, Frost*collective. “This singular idea – of exercising the imagination - informed the architectural design concept, while also steering the direction of our brand identity and feeding into Urbanite’s branded environment signage strategy.” The logo utilises the ‘B’ as a cloud device, and this is carried across all brand touch points and integrated into the illustration style. The outcome is a childlike, stunningly simple and versatile brand expression that speaks directly to the audience and is unquestionably consistent with the brand’s intent. NUBO’s environment offers a range of elements and tools to nurture healthy minds, bodies and spirits. Features include a stunning library weaved around a giant hot air balloon where kids can curl up to read their favourite book; a building room full of Big Blue Blocks, MagFormers and Kaleido Gears; a zone for active play including a giant climbing frame where little ones can slide, climb and hide; the Nubo Café with an emphasis on healthy, wholesome food made fresh to order; a range of children’s master classes including cooking, art, music and coding; and facilitated play sessions. “We know that play nourishes children’s early development and we want NUBO to be part of that journey,” Nubo’s Chief Imagination Officer continued."Working with Joey Ho and the Frost*collective team has been an exciting and enriching experience. The outcome is quite stunning and we have already received incredibly positive feedback from parents and children who have visited.” Concluded Donovan, “Watching kids interact in an environment offers real insights into the learning process. Seeing kids play at NUBO, I witnessed a genuine and honest delight indicating that if children have the opportunity to interact with quality spaces their interactions can be incredibly valuable.” -ends-  Credits Group Creative Director: Anthony Donovan, Frost*collective Senior Designer: Alex Dalmau, Frost*DesignJunior Designer: Kieran Mistry, Frost*Design Strategy Director: Catriona Burgess, Frost*collectiveStrategist: Jeanne Ogilvie, Frost*collective Client Services Director: Emma Stone, Frost*Design Account Director: Max Delplanque, Frost*DesignSenior Digital Producer: Kate West, The NestSenior Digital Designer: Zion Wu, The Nest Developers: Minh Hoang & Isaac Martin, The NestDesign Manager: Hannah Radford, UrbaniteEnvironments Design Director: Maria Briganti, UrbaniteDesigner: Yvonne Tong, Urbanite  About Frost*collective We are a collective of strategists, built-environment specialists, digital innovators and highly creative designers who are dedicated to designing a better world with every project. We offer the benefits of collaboration across Frost*collective which is at the intersection of digital, physical and visual experiences. We work with businesses to create products and solutions, tailored to our client needs, that transcend technologies, channels and media with a focus on the overall experience.  For all media enquiries Chantal OmodiagbeCommunications Manager0420 542 451  AIIA survey shows Australians want government to improve its use of technology to deliver services 2017-03-13T21:45:17Z aiia-survey-shows-australians-want-government-to-improve-its-use-of-technology-to-deliver-services Canberra, Australia – 14 March 2017 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the nation’s peak member body for the ICT industry, today released the findings of a national survey that demonstrates almost all Australians (99%) believe they would benefit from government using the latest technology for service delivery, however they rated Government lowest in their ability to do so when compared to other industries. The findings of the survey, which was conducted by Galaxy Research on behalf of AIIA, have been released in advance of AIIA’s Navigating Digital Government Summit in Canberra on Wednesday 5 April. Despite Australians’ universal interest in seeing government use the latest technology, the same survey reveals there is much room for improvement with only a small proportion strongly agreeing that the Commonwealth (16%), State (14%) and Local Governments (12%) are using technology very well to deliver services to their customers. And when compared to other industries, the Commonwealth and State Governments were rated lowest in their ability to use technology to deliver services to their customers. Only 19 percent of respondents said the Commonwealth government and 15 percent chose State governments when asked to select the types of organisations which best use technology to deliver services to their customers. Industries rated higher than government included: banks and financial institutions (64%); online shopping sites (61%); travel information and booking sites (48%); telecommunications providers (39%); entertainment sites (39%); gas and electricity utilities (28%); and health services (25%). AIIA chief executive officer, Rob Fitzpatrick, says the survey results reflect the high rate of technology adoption in Australia and recognise there is room for governments at all levels to improve. “Australian consumers have always been credited as early adopters of new technology, which is consistent with our collective desire to see government using the latest technology. Many expect to have the same experience engaging with government bodies as they would with their bank or an online shopping site. As technology advances, customer expectations keep changing, and it’s important that government keep pace,” said Mr Fitzpatrick. “However, it’s not just about service. The economic benefits from having a digital economy are well known, and there is clear opportunity for government to take the lead and speed up Australia’s digital transformation,” he added. Almost three quarters of Australians said the main benefit they see from government using the latest technology is to improve the quality and accuracy of the services it delivers. “What this result says to me is that even though there have been some misfires recently when it comes to execution, such as the Census outages and the Centrelink errors, Australians want the government to progress and improve its use of technology rather than regress back to the ‘old’ way of doing things,” said Mr Fitzpatrick. Almost two thirds of Australians (64%) believe that the approach to government service delivery that would provide the best experience for customers is to deliver services through a combination of automated channels and customer facing service personnel. However, a breakdown of the demographics reflects generational differences in comfort and experience with technology. Nineteen percent of Gen Y and 13 percent of Gen X believe that the best approach would be fully automated services, whereas only six percent of Baby Boomers and four percent of Traditionalists feel the same way. On the other hand, 26 percent of Traditionalists would like to remove all automation and have services provided by people in customer facing service centres. “We are seeing a generational shift based on the exposure and usage rates of technology among different age groups. While a blend of automated and customer facing services makes sense now, we can see how future generations will be comfortable relying far more on technology to meet their needs. I expect we’ll see our government services evolve over time to reflect these changes,” said Mr Fitzpatrick. The full results of the survey will be presented and discussed at AIIA’s 2017 Navigating Digital Government Summit at Hotel Realm, Canberra on 5 April. AIIA 2017 Navigating Digital Government Summit AIIA’s Navigating Digital Government Summit will focus on how technology is transforming the customer experience. The Summit will explore emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, cognitive intelligence, robotics and quantum computing and what it means for the future design of government service delivery. Speakers will include: Professor Genevieve Bell, College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University (ANU); The new chief executive officer of the Digital Transformation Agency (who has not yet been announced); The Hon Ed Husic MP, Shadow Minister for Employment Services, Workforce Participation and Future of Work and Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy; Gary Sterrenberg, chief information officer, Department of Human Services Peter Alexander, first assistant secretary projects, procurement and assurance, Digital Transformation Agency; Louise Glanville, deputy CEO for governance and stakeholder relations, National Disability Insurance Agency; Dan Bognar, senior vice president, APAC solutions engineering, cloud sales, industries and innovation at Salesforce; and, Adi Kavaler, global vice president, products & strategy application delivery management for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The Hon. Angus Taylor, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation will deliver the keynote at the closing dinner. # # # About the Survey This study was conducted online by Galaxy Research among a nationally representative sample of 1,004 Australians 18 years or older. Fieldwork commenced on Tuesday 14 February and was completed on Friday 17 February 2017. Following the completion of interviewing, the data was weighted by age, gender and region to reflect the latest ABS population estimates. The full report can be viewed at About the AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. Media Contact To obtain a full copy of the report, related infographics, or to arrange an interview, please contact: Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 Joanna Stevens Kramer Tel: 0408 466 410 Farm Management ebook helping farms become more profitable 2017-03-13T05:26:34Z farm-management-ebook-helping-farms-become-more-profitable The Farm Management ebook, written by John Mason and the staff of ACS Distance Education is a great resource for anyone who is new to farming or anyone who is already managing a farm who may need some tips on ensuring the business remains profitable. Making decisions on how a farm will be run is important to ensure that the farm is profitable and remains profitable. 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Sexual Empowerment company named finalist in the Australian Small Business Champion Awards (ASBCA). 2017-03-13T01:00:30Z sexual-empowerment-company-named-finalist-in-the-australian-small-business-champion-awards-asbca Intimate Power Sexual Empowerment company named one of the finalists on the "new business" category in the Australian Small Business Champion Awards (ASBCA). [Melbourne, Victoria March 13th 2016] Eyal Matsliah, a sexual empowerment coach and owner of a sexual empowerment company, Intimate power, is glad to announce that his company is one of the finalists on the "new business" category in the coveted Australian small business champion awards (ASBCA). ASBCA has, since 1999, demonstrated its ability to consistently identify outstanding small businesses with enterprising spirits and empowering them to become instrumental drivers of the country’s economy. Intimate power offers sexual education and empowerment through articles, books, videos, interviews, online programs, weekend workshops and 1-on-1 coaching. More than 60,000 visit their website every month looking for solutions for their sexual challenges. "Sexual empowerment is the missing piece from the coaching, business and wellness fields" said Eyal. "I am happy that sexual empowerment is finally starting to get recognized by the business sector and the importance of sex education in fighting epidemics like pornography, sexual dysfunction and infidelity are being appreciated” After going through the sexual empowerment program, one of his clients, Perth-based Stephanie Johnson, a woman's empowerment coach, had this to say: “Upon recognizing, owning and harnessing my sexual energy I noticed the shift in my own energy which created more space and growth in my business. I found more time, more freedom and more space. This in turn allowed the business to develop and grow on its own without my masculine dominating energy” About Eyal Matsliah Eyal is a sexual empowerment coach who helps holistic professionals harness their sexual energy to transform their creativity, business and wellbeing. His best-selling book “Orgasm Unleashed - Your guide to Pleasure, Healing and Power”, was endorsed by female sexuality educators and described by one of them as “the best orgasm guide for women”. It teaches a woman how to become deeply orgasmic by herself, and later share that with her partner. Eyal is also the creator of the “sexual empowerment movement” initiative, which aims to integrate sexual empowerment into the education, coaching, personal development, wellness, and business fields. Eyal is available for interviews, guest articles and expert opinion. Free workshop tickets are available to journalists to cover the growing social phenomena of sexual empowerment workshops. Email your postal address to receive a paperback copy or read the pdf version at: For more information about Eyal and Intimate Power, visit About the Awards The Australian Small Business Champion Awards is an initiative that identifies and supports outstanding small businesses from all over Australia. The program started in 1999 and has since built its reputation as the “Oscars” for Australia’s small business sector and is so far the only initiative of its caliber that honours the achievements of small businesses across Australia. Small enterprises viable for this award are often hard working ventures that immensely contribute to their local communities by creating employment opportunities and driving economic development. For more information about the award, visit Contact Information Contact Person: Eyal Matsliah,Sexual empowerment coach, author and speaker. Phone: +61-424643892 Email: Child Care Centre Asks: “What Constitutes High Quality of Child Care in Perth?” 2017-03-10T02:44:46Z child-care-centre-asks-what-constitutes-high-quality-of-child-care-in-perth Perth, WA, 13 February 2017 - Recently, the management of a child care centre in Perth provided an informative post about what constitutes high quality child care on their company blog. Michelle Coleski, Operations Manager of Cuddles Child Care, who have three locations in the Perth area, is dedicated to providing the highest quality child care possible. She took a look at what constitutes high quality child care and how to tell if a child care centre is performing as well as it should.According to Ms Coleski: “There are a lot of variables that go into providing high quality child care. Some think all you have to do is buy the newest equipment. Others go out of their way to provide the best opportunities for children to learn through play. Some have staffs that have served their local communities for years and years.”Ms Coleski continued: “Ultimately, all of these qualities help provide high quality child care. The best child care centres combine all three to varying degrees, but some do a great job just because they are so dedicated. There really isn’t any one solution that works for every child and every child care centre.”Measuring Child Care Centre PerformanceThe Australian Government has a set of standards in place to help ensure that all child care centres are adhering to what they see as an acceptable set of standards. These are called the National Quality Standards and the National Quality Framework. However, just because a child care centre adheres to these standards doesn’t mean they are providing high quality child care.Ms Coleski recommends that parents visit any child care centre they are considering for their children numerous times before making a decision. There are certain minimal standards she recommends that parents pay close attention to. She believes child care centre should be kept clean and the equipment should be properly maintained and in a good state of repair.Ms Coleski also believes any child care centre should have a lot of room for children to play and run around, with plenty of equipment and toys to help keep the children engaged and entertained.Ultimately, though, Ms Coleski sees three standards as essential to high quality child care. According to Ms Coleski:“A child care centre staff must be caring and attentive at all times. This is often called being ‘tuned in.’ Carers and teachers should always be paying attention to the children instead of talking to other adults. The best child care personnel can multi-task but make each child feel like they are the only child in the room.”Ms Coleski concluded: “The best child care workers provide an environment of trust, respect and safety for your children. We really don’t think you should ever accept anything less.”Cuddles Child Care has three child care centres in the Perth area. They are known for their dedicated and attentive staff, their stringent vetting of new hires and their ample offerings of opportunities for children to learn through play. Their creative offerings, such as Jessie’s Arti Time and Shake ‘n’ Bake, help children have fun while their parents are at work, even as they learn. To learn more or to enquire about child care, contact them through their website: Australian Founded EduTech Startup UDAY secures Ten Year Skills Training Deals with Indian Government. 2017-03-07T07:31:02Z australian-founded-edutech-startup-uday-secures-ten-year-skills-training-deals-with-indian-government Media Release Australian Founded EduTech Startup UDAY secures Ten Year Skills Training Deals with Indian Government. EMBARGO – Wednesday 8th March 2017:  Imagine the world where the youth of the developing countries are not wasting away their lives but instead using their skills for self sustenance, where women are independent and have the capability to earn their livelihood, where the rural population does not have to leave their homes in search of employment but instead engage in solving the problem of global food security. Param Singh, Founder of UDAY - A Vocational Education and Training Organisation, has imagined this, and by 2020 will have expanded in to other countries and have more than 95,000 annual enrolments across six centres of excellence and seven Indian states. "The world we imagine would only be possible if there is shared prosperity for all. We must act now for inclusive growth for poor segments of our society. With this as the core philosophy of UDAY, we attempt to enhance the lives of 100 million people by 2030”. Said Param Singh, Founder of UDAY. In 2015 UDAY obtained approval to train 61,046 candidates as part of the National Skill Development Corporation and by 2016 already had 8,000+ learners, established 20 partner centres, empanelled 50+ trainers and commenced working with Indian State Governments. Six Indian States have training agreements including Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Telangana and Karnataka. Additionally UDAY became affiliated with 10 sector skills councils and opened their first Centre of Excellence in Punjab and they are just getting started. The Indian government has made a provision of INR $320 billion for skill development (till FY20) and expects 400 million people to be provided skill enhancement by 2022. Its not just India committing to support skill training, with USD $31 billion being allocated by Indonesian Government for updating skill set of its labor population and the Government of Nigeria has designed the N-Power Program, to drastically reduce youth unemployment. UDAY has trained 8000+ students across 38 job roles and 9 industry sectors including Building and Construction, Capital Goods (Manufacturing), Healthcare, Telecommunications, Tourism & Hospitality , Retail, IT-ITeS, Beauty & Wellness and Apparel. In mid 2016 Param Singh could see the growth potential of UDAY and that he would need additional support and investment capital to scale his Social Enterprise, that’s when he found Geoff Gourley, Social Entrepreneur and Impact Investor. “We engaged One10 after hearing about their commitment to support and accelerate Social Enterprise; and after meeting Geoff and hearing his passion to make a real impact I immediately felt supported on this journey.” Said Param. “We started working with UDAY because we were impressed by Param’s huge goal, we too see education and skills training as a way to improve the lives of disadvantaged people including women, youth and those from rural communities.” Said Geoff Gourley, Founder at One10. Mr Gourley added, “I was impressed by Param and the early traction he was able to secure. I liked the Impact aspect with Entrepreneurship for rural communities a focus with 17% of trainees coming from rural centres, 60% per annum growth the rate of enrolments from youth and Womens empowerment is growing with 37% of trainees being women.” UDAY is currently undertaking a Series A Investment Round seeking AUD $4Mil to support their continued rapid expansion and is on track to be an Australian success story in the emerging EduTech space, providing strong cross-nation trade. UDAY is an innovative education and skills training model that’s born in Australia but wowing overseas. About UDAY UDAY’s mission is to Empower the weaker sections of the society to rise above their current state and their vision is to Enhance 100 million lives by 2030 whilst co-creating value and superior possibilities. UDAY is the skills and livelihood brand of AVTEG Private Limited. UDAY cares about this world and works relentlessly to create a lasting impact through its three business verticals: Youth, Women and Farmers. Their goal is to see self-sustained youth, independent women and progressive farmers. Thier purpose is to empower the weaker sections of the society to rise above their current state. With its presence in 5 countries and training agreements with more than 6 Indian states, UDAY has trained 8000+ students across 10 industry sectors and 21 job roles. You can find out more about UDAY here: About One10 One10 is a national social enterprise accelerator and social impact consultancy with a mission to harness the power of business for good. We enable change makers and innovators to create meaningful social and environmental impact. One10 provides the expertise, connections and capital necessary to create sustainable and scalable social enterprises. Investors interested in receiving a copy of the UDAY investment memorandum can contact Geoff Gourley via email at @OneTenTeam You can find out more about One10 here:   INTERVIEWS: Param Singh – Founder, UDAY – +91 9910 320 246 (India) or +61 423 240 278 (Aust) Geoff Gourley – Founder, One10 – +61 428 317 387 @geoffgourley  MEDIA: Thygan Tobich – Associate, One10 +61 408 779 538 Images available upon request.