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Abbott's baby bonus in disguise
Sydney Morning Herald - Anne Summers - May 18, 2013
Having six months leave after childbirth, even at full salary, does nothing to address the far more intractable problem of how to find, and fund, full-time childcare for the first five years, and then before and/or after-school care for up to a further decade. The government has put a lot of...
Work pressures force parents to send ill children to school or childcare
Herald Sun - Karen Collier - May 16, 2013
PARENTS worried about keeping their jobs are dumping sick kids at school and childcare centres. One in three has admitted occasionally sending an ill child to school because they can't arrange alternative care. The sick bay syndrome emerged in a survey about the impact of cold and flu...
Rebate freeze 'strain' on working parents
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - May 16, 2013
THE head of the nation's largest childcare chain has criticised the decision to redirect funding to the Gonski school reforms. Goodstart Early Learning chief executive Julia Davison said yesterday the money was better invested in the early years before school starts. About 100,000 families will...
Gold Coast mum offered $7 discount after childcare centre staff lost her five-year-old son
Courier Mail - Milena Stojceska - May 16, 2013
A GOLD Coast mother is outraged that staff at a childcare centre lost her five-year-old son, then offered her $7 discount by way of apology. The distressed mother, who asked to remain anonymous, said her son was missing for at least one hour after wandering off from the Helping..
$7500 cap gets four-year pause
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - May 15, 2013
ABOUT 100,000 families will miss out on increases to their Child Care Rebate, after Wayne Swan continued the three-year pause on the indexation of the payment, keeping the $7500 cap on out-of-pocket fees for parents. After promising last year to deliver for families facing spiralling childcare...
AN extra $655.6 million will be spent on preschool places
The Australian - Justine Ferrari - May 15, 2013
AN extra $655.6 million will be spent on preschool places over the next 18 months as part of an extension of the national partnership on early childhood education. A meeting of the Council of Australian Governments last month agreed to a new national partnership deal to ensure universal...
Cost of help for families to top $25b
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - May 15, 2013
Government assistance to families to help them with the soaring cost of childcare will top $25 billion over the next four years. However the government has rejected calls from the childcare industry to do more to simplify the way assistance payments are made to families. "We know that one of...
Federal Budget 2013: Baby bonus will be axed to get working Australian parents off welfare
NEWS.com.au - Natasha Bita - May 15, 2013
AXING the Baby Bonus and pruning family payments will strip middle-class families of more than $3 billion in benefits, as the Gillard government weans working parents off welfare. About 28,000 families who have a baby next year will miss out on any taxpayer benefits - and families face...
Roof space on Flinders Street attracts city childcare tenant
The Age - Simon Johanson - May 15, 2013
The children of city office workers are set to get another rooftop early learning centre. Due to high demand, the number of child care spaces has doubled in the past eight years. But despite the increase, there are still relatively few centres to cater for the thousands of office workers who...
NSW Health Department reveals schools and centres don't have immunisation information from parents
The Daily Telegraph - Jane Hansen - May 14, 2013
MANY childcare centres and schools are failing to obtain the correct immunisation information from parents, a NSW Health Department pilot program has revealed. By law, nurseries and schools are required to view the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register-issued history statements...
Family Day Care in Hobart - why are centres closing?
ABC Radio Hobart - Ryk Goddard - May 14, 2013
Glenorchy and Huonville are closing Family Day Care centres. Is this because the new ratio of four children to one carer is unsustainable? Do parents even want family day care to offer 'education' in the same way as a creche? Or do you as a parent choose family day care because you want your...
Daddy day care
Sydney Morning Herald - MJ Angel - May 14, 2013
The number of stay-at-home-dads in Australia is on the rise. There's the hit TV show House Husbands, daddy bloggers, websites, a plethora of DIY daddy guides and 'dad-vertising'. Is this becoming the new norm or have we as a society attached unfair and unrealistic stereotypes to...
Arena to list $240m fund after raising
The Australian - Sarah Danckert - May 14, 2013
The raising will be used to provide a $20m buyback for existing investors in the Arena Childcare Property Fund, which has been frozen since mid-2008 and at one time counted collapsed childcare services provider ABC Learning as a major tenant. New shares in the rebadged Arena REIT...
Eddy Groves leaving for Canada, despite being a 'flight risk'
The Australian - May 13, 2013
A COURT has given bankrupt childcare boss Eddy Groves permission to make a fresh start in Canada, despite serious questions about his financial activities in the past five years. The possibility that the former ABC Learning Centres boss might turn fugitive like failed businessman...
Daycare fee hikes hit 80pc of clients
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - May 13, 2013
MORE than 80 per cent of parents with children in care have been hit by fee increases in the past year and almost 90 per cent said they would vote for a party that committed to making childcare more affordable and accessible. The Australian Childcare Alliance, which represents 70 per cent...
Oh baby, this is expensive
Sun Herald - Sylvia Pennington - May 12, 2013
It's Mother's Day - a good time to weigh up the costs of a new mouth to feed. 'OMG, we're having a baby!' …Once the initial shock abates, expectant couples have a slew of financial decisions and tasks to work through, budgets to draft and bills to pay. For 29-year-old media project manager...
Tony Abbott backs No Jab, No Play campaign
The Sunday Telegraph - Jane Hansen - May 12, 2013
A TONY Abbott-led government will crack down on people who choose not to vaccinate their children by supporting childcare centres' right to turn away children who are not immunised and by reviewing family benefit payments to vaccine refusers. In response to The Sunday Telegraph...
Nuts to ignorant hippies
The Sunday Telegraph - Claire Harvey - May 12, 2013
PEANUT butter bad, whooping cough and polio good. That's the inescapable message parents are hearing at the childcare centres of Sydney. It's not the childcare centres' fault - but it has to change. Taking a nut bar for play lunch is strictly forbidden at most childcare facilities, to...
Immunisation debate splits communities
The Sunday Telegraph - Jane Hansen - May 12, 2013
IT'S A tale of two country towns. Both are set in rolling green hills, both have populations of a few thousand and each has a unique position on the state's immunisation table. Bargo, in the southern highlands, has the highest immunisation rate at 100 per cent, according to the National...
Queensland childcare reforms to hit families with higher costs
Courier Mail - Kris Crane - May 11, 2013
QUEENSLAND families will be slugged with increased childcare costs as the industry struggles to meet new reforms. From January 2014, long-day care facilities will require an early childhood teacher to be in attendance and at least 50 per cent of staff to have - or be working towards...
Rolling back government handouts won't be easy
The Australian - Judith Sloan - May 11, 2013
Take also the case of childcare. Many voters have had children and gone out to work without any assistance from the taxpayer. Admittedly, the real cost of childcare was lower because the government had not begun the long march of over-regulation, which dramatically has driven up...
Prove vaccinations or no enrolment
NEWS.com.au - Sue Dunlevy - May 11, 2013
PARENTS will face tough new hurdles if they want to enroll unvaccinated children at school, under a crackdown being planned by Health Minister Tanya Plibersek. Making the improvement of vaccination rates a national priority, the minister says it time for a "rigorous" national policy...
Sydney's childcare crisis
7News Sydney - Chris Maher - May 10, 2013
Plans are being drawn up to ease Sydney''s crippling shortage of childcare centres. While some suburbs have dozens of children waiting for each vacancy - centres are becoming more expensive to set up, with some built in the wrong areas. Like many working mothers Linda Scott she's...
Former chief financial officer James Black in court over collapse of childcare group ABC Learning Centres
Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - May 10, 2013
A FORMER chief financial officer of ABC Learning Centres has faced criminal charges relating to the collapsed childcare chain. James Black, the former CFO, appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning on three charges following an investigation by the corporate watchdog...
Child care and parental leave: where the parties stand
ABC News - Naomi Woodley - May 10, 2013
Child care and paid parental leave are major issues in which everyone has a stake, from parents and families, to employers and business groups, to governments and taxpayers. How should Australia balance the personal needs of families and the national benefits of productivity? What...
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