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Mums say leave crackdown devalues women
SBS News - September 1, 2015
She warned of a "stampede on childcare places" if women were forced back to work earlier because they couldn't afford to have as much time off. Those concerns are shared by unions and advocacy group Women On Boards, which said the measures could force women into work earlier...

Parental leave change to squeeze childcare - September 1, 2015
A crackdown on so-called double-dipping mothers claiming paid parental leave could create a shortfall of 13,000 childcare places if women have to return to work earlier, unions say. They will make the case against the federal government's changes to paid parental leave at a Senate...

Cut back on tax talk to deal with spending spree
The Australian - Judith Sloan - September 1, 2015
In the context of an ageing society, it is ironic that the area in which government spending is expected to grow most in the next decade is childcare. If there is one area that has been out of control for some time, it is childcare. It has been the classic case of poorly designed and...

NSW preschools face closure due to state government funding shake-up
Sydney Morning Herald - Rachel Browne - August 31, 2015
NSW preschools are starting to close their doors following a funding shake-up in the early childhood education sector that has stripped government subsidies from most three-year-olds to focus greater resources on four-year-olds. Support funding offered to preschools that are...

Treasurer Joe Hockey's cash bonanza to get women back to work after children
The Australian - Renee Viellaris - August 30, 2015
FAMILIES would keep welfare payments even if they returned to work or boosted their working hours under a plan to supercharge the economy. The Abbott Government White Paper - to be released before the next election - will include options that would allow low to middle-income...

Childcare and aged care mixed in trial of benefits to elderly
The Australian - Jessica Grewal - August 29, 2015
At Griffith University, three of the state's brightest researchers are leading a nationwide study into the benefits of mixing aged care and childcare in an inter-generational setting. With rising dementia numbers and a looming ageing boom expected to place untold pressure on the nation's respite...

Why the Australian economy is going to hell in a handbasket
The Australian - Judith Sloan - August 29, 2015
But the deterioration in the quality of the Productivity Commission's output has become more marked in the past year or two. The ridiculous report on childcare conflated the benefits of childcare for a small number of children from disadvantaged backgrounds with the case for...

SA children could miss out on preschool because of funding shortfall for staff
The Advertiser - Tim Williams - August 28, 2015
CHILDREN will miss out on preschool or face travelling to centres far from home because a lack of State Government funding will force enrolment cuts under national staffing rules, operators and unions warn. Preschool directors contacted by The Advertiser said they may have to turn dozens...

From the mouths of babes: reversing Australia's declining foreign language learning
ABC News - Melanie Pearce - August 28, 2015
The software has been developed and rolled out along with ipads to 41 child care centres around Australia under the year-long Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) trial. The Australian government announced the $9.8 million scheme late last year and the trial pre-school sites...

Tears in playground from childcare rivals Affinity, G8
The Australian - Tim Boreham - August 28, 2015
The takeovers umpire has been called in to adjudicate this bitter sandpit war, with childcare provider target Affinity alleging foul play on the part of rival and jilted bidder G8. But don't be surprised if G8 troubles the Takeovers Panel with its own submission on aspects of Affinity's...

VET info withheld by federal government, Victoria claims
The Australian - John Ross - August 26, 2015
Victorian Skills Minister Steve Herbert said the federal government's delay in releasing a "scathing" report on childcare training could have seen as much as $70 million of the state government's training funds channelled to unworthy providers. "The audit of 77 childcare training providers was...

Folkestone Education Trust keen on Arena merger
The Australian - Samantha Hutchinson - August 26, 2015
Childcare centre owner Folkestone Education Trust is believed to be once again stalking rival childcare Arena REIT, after releasing full-year results revealing it had snatched a 4.5 per cent stake in the smaller competitor. FET yesterday revealed a 64.7 per cent lift in statutory profit to $88.6...

Asset valuations boost child care A-reit profits
Sydney Morning Herald - Nicole Lindsa - August 26, 2015
Asset re-valuations have boosted strong profit growth at childcare centre owners Folkestone Education Trust and Arena REIT. FET reported a 64 per cent increase in profit to $88.6 million following its merger with the Folkestone Social Infrastructure Fund at the start of the year...

Aussie families set to be hit by Abbott Government's cuts to multiple childcare benefit
Herald Sun - Lanai Scarr - August 25, 2015
CLOSE to 400,000 families will be hit with a cut to the multiple childcare benefit as the government tries to quietly axe the payment. News Corp Australia can reveal the Department of Social Services has confirmed in private briefings that the payment currently received by families with two...

Childcare workers may soon have to report abuse
Sunshine Coast Daily - Geoff Egan - August 25, 2015
REQUIRING childcare workers to report suspected child abuse could lead to reports being made out of fear rather than based on evidence, a legal expert has warned. A Queensland Law Reform Commission discussion paper has proposed early childhood educators and carers be legally...

Anchorage lobs bid for Affinity
The Australian - Michael Roddan - August 24, 2015
Affinity Education has entered into exclusive talks with Anchorage Capital Partners, which is planning to buy Australia's second-largest childcare group for $208 million, trumping the sweetened takeover bid of Affinity's larger rival G8 Education. Affinity Education told shareholders today to...

Affinity Education rejects sweetened G8 offer
The Australian - Kylar Loussikian - August 24, 2015
Childcare provider Affinity Education has rejected a takeover offer from its larger peer G8 Education, despite the Jenny Hutson-chaired company sweetening its bid earlier this month. In a widely anticipated move, Affinity chairman Stuart James recommended shareholders reject the...

'Policy paralysis': Tony Abbott's government the slowest for nearly five decades
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland & Fergus Hunter - August 24, 2015
There is also uncertainty over the status of the Coalition's childcare reforms. The Coalition had planned to mount a comeback campaign in 2015 by focusing on families, but the reforms have slipped from top of the government's agenda. Those in the childcare sector expected the reforms...

Let them play: Sitting the 'new smoking' with links to a lifetime of health issues
Sunday Telegraph - Zoe Taylor - August 23, 2015
PRESCHOOLERS could be setting themselves up for a lifetime of health problems because they are spending too much time sitting down. Sitting has been described as the "new smoking" among adults, with sedentary lifestyles linked to increased risks of chronic conditions ­including heart...

Childcare centres shocked at second-rate training of staffworkers
The Australian - Natasha Bita - August 22, 2015
Some private colleges have been churning out graduates after just a week's online training. Australia's training ministers have decreed that a Certificate III course - the minimum for a childcare qualification - should take one or two years of full-time study to complete. Yet 70 per...

A new report has found that a massive 70 per cent of childcare courses take less than a year to complete - Lanai Scarr - August 19, 2015
PARENTS could be forced to pay even more for childcare after a damning report has found the majority of staff in centres are being inadequately trained. News Corp Australia can reveal the Australian Skills Quality Authority review into childcare standards has found training providers are...

Affinity Education boosts underlying earnings
The Australian - Kylar Loussikian - August 19, 2015
Takeover target Affinity Education has recorded a 76 per cent jump in underlying earnings to $8.6 million for the first six months of the year, upgrading full-year earnings expectations from $27m to as much as $32m. The childcare provider is the subject of a hostile takeover bid by its larger...

ASIC forces G8 to amend bid statement
Courier Mail - Michael Roddan - August 18, 2015
Australia's largest child care operator G8 Education has been forced by the competition watchdog to amend its bidder's statement for its proposed takeover of its largest rival Affinity Education. G8 Education, which said its recently upgraded bid for Affinity was final, said it was now preparing...

Mini baby boom driving industries' growth - August 18, 2015
A MINI baby boom is driving growth in industries ranging from health insurance, fertility clinics and child care to nappies and baby food. Australia's Mini Baby Boom - Birthrate to rise 6.4 pct in five years to 2019/20, to almost 333,000 births annually; Rose 2.9 per cent over last five years...

Children of shift workers suffer academically and socially: UNSW researcher
Sydney Morning Herald - Rachel Brown - August 17, 2015
Decades of research suggests that shift work is bad for the worker's physical and mental health but a new study suggests it has a negative effect on their children as well. Children of shift workers have poorer academic results, worse behaviour and take more risks as teenagers, according to..

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