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Labor willing to back change in childcare, says Kate Ellis
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - August 21, 2014
LABOR childcare spokeswoman Kate Ellis has declared the opposition is open to embrace big changes in the childcare system. However she says the recommendations by the Productivity Commission will increase out-of-pocket fees for most families and hurt children by offering...
First three years crucial in a child's life: childcare hearing told
The Age - Miki Perkins - August 18, 2014
The first three years of a child's life are the period of greatest developmental plasticity, and disruption at this age can have lifelong consequences to their physical or mental health, medical experts have told a hearing into the future of childcare in Australia. "It's no longer appropriate or...
G8 Education issues debt securities offshore
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald and Gretchen Friemann - August 18, 2014
G8 Education has dispelled any thoughts it may be about to launch an equity raising, instead opting for an offshore issue of debt securities. Eyebrows were raised when G8 accelerated its half-year results last week, timing the announcement with news it had scooped up another 25 childcare...
Stay-at-home mums to keep childcare right
The Australian - Natasha Bita - August 18, 2014
CHEAP childcare for stay-at-home parents is likely to be rationed but not cut off entirely, after Assistant Education Minister Sussan Ley declared daycare important for children's socialisation and learning. The Productivity Commission recommended the federal government restrict subsidised...
Childcare tax rules too complex
Financial Review - Kelly O'Dwyer - August 18, 2014
What is holding back mothers who want to work from re-entering the workforce or working extra days after having children? Ask most Australians, and the most likely answer you'll get is childcare. Or, to be more specific, the availability of quality, affordable and flexible childcare. That's part of...
Hundreds of childcare workers underpaid
The Age - Nick Toscano - August 18, 2014
Hundreds of Australia's lowest-paid workers have been ripped off by two childcare centre operators in Melbourne and Perth. An investigation by the federal workplace watchdog has discovered that 114 minimum wage-earning childcare workers at Melbourne's Wonderkindy centres were denied...
Garden guru Wes Fleming gives kindergarten play areas a makeover
The Age - Miki Perkins - August 18, 2014
Last year Fleming joined with early childhood researchers at Deakin University to transform a "concrete prison"-style playground at the Eumemmerring Early Childhood Centre. Donating plants and landscaping expertise, his nursery turned a bland area dotted with uninspiring plastic toys...
Reforms mean more funding for NSW children with disability
Northern Star - August 17, 2014
NEW South Wales children living with disability in regional and rural areas of the state will be given more support to attend community preschool under a suite of new reforms. The Preschool Disability Support Program, announced on Sunday, will see $17 million made available to community...
Education: Online course allows early childhhood teacher to keep learning
Sydney Morning Herald - Kristie Kellahan - August 16, 2014
Careers in pre-school education are set to soar in the next five years, according to a recent survey by IBISWorld. A predicted 6.8 per cent increase in jobs in the industry will create demand for more highly skilled educators. Torrens University Australia, along with other national tertiary institutions…
Childcare reforms would still punish mothers who work too much
Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Patty and Rachel Browne - August 16, 1014
Mothers who work more than two days a week will continue to be punished economically despite the Productivity Commission's aim to improve their participation in the labour force. The federal government has tasked the Productivity Commission with devising a plan to improve Australia's…
Pre-school funding agreement on agenda for education ministers' meeting
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - August 15, 2014
FEDERAL Assistant Education Minister Sussan Ley will push for the funding agreement between the states and the commonwealth to be advanced at today's education ministers meeting, in an attempt to address concerns that 15 hours of preschool for four-year-olds is fully funded next year…
A government that fails to marshal its thoughts
Financial Review - Laura Tingle - August 15, 2014
Childcare has snuck up on us as a new "entitlement" in the past few decades that now sees governments meeting two-thirds of total costs, without the community ever having a real debate about what the community benefits - as opposed to the benefits to individual families - might be...
Childcare experts react angrily to Productivity Commission proposals
Sydney Morning Herald - Rachel Browne - August 14, 2014
Children will struggle to meet their learning potential if a proposal to water down educational standards in early childhood is adopted, experts warn. As part of its inquiry into creating a more sustainable childcare system, the Productivity Commission recommended lowering qualifications...
Women earn less than men as gender gap grows
NEWS.com.au - August 14, 2014
Ms Broderick said more needed to be done to maximise women's workforce participation, including through childcare and anti-discrimination policies. "We need to take some bold measures, and we also need to get the fundamentals right," she said. "This is not acceptable". Assistant Minister…
Childcare boost faces Senate veto
The Australian - David Crowe and Sarah Elks - August 14, 2014
THE federal government is facing another veto on major policy as senators warn against boosting childcare funding as part of any overhaul of Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme, adding to frustrations over the budget. The government is being warned against the childcare boost as it...
Fight for quality early childhood education
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - August 14, 2014
MORE than 25 community and private childcare owners and operators have banded together to fight against any watering down of education standards in centres as part of a push to address affordability concerns. The Early Learning Coalition, to be launched today, will demand a renewed...
Childcare IPO to run at NZX
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald and Gretchen Friemann - August 14, 2014
ASB and Goldman Sachs are overseeing the roll-up of 70-odd New Zealand childcare centres into a company called Evolve Education. Evolve is expected to seek a New Zealand listing before the end of the year in a deal that would value the new entity at up to $NZ250 million ($227 million)...
Labor, Liberals unite to demand certainty on childcare funding
Canberra Times - Primrose Riordan - August 13, 2014
Both Labor and the Canberra Liberals have backed a motion in the ACT assembly on Wednesday for more federal certainty over the hours of childcare the Commonwealth will fund. The motion calls attention to a federal, state and territory funding pact that runs out at the end of this year...
Labor eggs govt on parental leave change
Sydney Morning Herald - August 13, 2014
Labor has taken the Abbott government to task over possible changes to its paid parental leave scheme while calling again for the "unfair and extravagant" policy to be dumped. The government is considering diverting some of the scheme's $9.6 billion cost towards a broader childcare policy...
Ideas for women: Give a childcare spot to every 2 year old
Women's Agenda - Georgina Dent - August 13, 2104
When a child turns five in Australia, give or take a few months depending on the state, there is a guaranteed place for them at school. Parents might choose to send them to a private or a religious primary school but should they choose to use the public education system there is a place for...
The difference between working dads and working mums
Daily Life - Andie Fox - August 13, 2014
The 2014 Westpac Women of Influence Report has found that almost seven out of ten mothers think responsibility for ensuring childcare options rests with government, whereas only half the fathers surveyed do. Fathers are more likely than mothers to think parents should be responsible...
Is raising in the news at G8?
Financial Review - August 12, 2014
Childcare centre roll-up G8 Education's interim results were well received on Monday. Investors lapped them up and the stock hit its year high of $5.07 during the day, but experienced fund managers said it appeared to be a pre-capital raising news drive. First off, G8's results drop was...
100,000 vulnerable children at risk of losing childcare spots
Sydney Morning Herald - Rachel Browne - August 12, 2014
Almost 100,000 youngsters from low-income families could be forced out of childcare if their eligibility for federal government subsidies is restricted under recommendations put forward by the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into the early childhood sector. Non-profit childcare giant...
Nation's largest childcare operator G8 posts boom profit
Sydney Morning Herald - Jessica Gardner - August 11, 2014
G8 Education chair Jenny Hutson says the childcare operator h's no plans to move to a single brand, despite the company's centres operating under 19 names in two countries. The nation’s largest for-profit childcare company has embarked on an aggressive buy-up of centres over the...
Few of Victoria's top education bureaucrats have worked in schools
The Age - Geoff Maslen - August 11, 2014
Only four of the 55 senior public servants who administer Victoria's multibillion-dollar Education Department have had direct experience of running a school. Critics say the absence of administrators with a detailed understanding of school operations is akin to an army being led by...
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