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Sydney Morning Herald - James Adonis - September 19, 2014
How many Australian kids, according to the most recent census, have their grandparents looking after them on a regular basis? The figure is 937,000. And, if you were to glance at much of the media recently, you'd be led to believe that's a bad thing. According to Council on the Aging, grandparents...
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald and Jake Mitchell - September 17, 2014
It is Navis Capital's second foray into the broader education space, having snaffled Wolseley Private Equity's Guardian Childcare Alliance, the third-largest childcare operator in Australia, in September 2013. It's believed Navis plans to expand Modern Star, which makes earnings of about $20 million...
Shift workers drive a growing need across Northern Districts for 24 hour child care
Daily Telegraph - Monique Cowper - September 17, 2014
MIGRANT shift workers are leading the charge towards 24-hour child care which has resulted in a growing number of flexible family daycare centres popping up across the northern district. Advertisements for 24-hour care have just started to appear across the district but Christian...
Greenhill's Modern Star sale process gets to pointy end
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald and Jake Mitchell - September 17, 2014
Final bids for privately owned education equipment supplier Modern Star, which trades under the Modern Teaching Aids (MTA) and Modern Brands monikers, are due this week. A sale process, run by corporate advisory boutique Greenhill and law firm Norton Rose, kicked off in June. Modern Star...
Aussie payments player Ezidebit sold to Global Payments for $305m
Financial Review - Shaun Drummond and Sarah Thompson - September 16, 2014
Brisbane-based cashflow finance company Ezidebit has been sold to US-based Global Payments for $305 million. The deal was first revealed by The Australian Financial Review on Tuesday morning. Ezidebit, an electronic payments player that helps small business' cashflow by collecting and...
Police seek childcare bonuses
The Australian - Natasha Bita - September 16, 2014
POLICE are demanding bonus childcare subsidies so they can afford to hire nannies to cover their 24/7 shifts. The Police Federation of Australia has warned that women are dropping out of frontline policing because they cannot find or afford conventional childcare. It says paying officers higher taxpayer...
Expert says long day-care is a 'form of child abuse'
Sunshinecoast Daily - Kathy Sundstrom - September 16, 2014
A RESPECTED pediatrician and vice-president of the leading advocacy body for prevention of child abuse and neglect says leaving babies in long-day care can be a form of child abuse. Dr Sue Packer, Canberra's 2013 Citizen of the Year, also believes lack of communication between parents and their...
Federal Government to launch trial program to teach kids languages
NEWS.com.au - September 15, 2014
FOUR-year-olds will be encouraged to learn French, Arabic, Indonesian, Japanese or Mandarin under a new taxpayer funded initiative to get Australian kids speaking a second language. The Federal Government will today launch a new $9.8 million pilot program to deliver foreign language "apps"...
Children showing signs of alarmingly low pre-school vocabularies
ABC News - Gabrielle Burke - September 15, 2014
How many words could your children say when they started pre-school? The normal average is about a 1000 but alarmingly, children are now starting pre-school with as little as 100 word vocabularies. Steve Austin spoke with Ian Walker, Minister for Innovation and the Arts, about a new initiative...
Big data breakthrough to boost child protection services
The Age - Hannah Francis - September 15, 2014
What began as a simple administrative tool for Australian child care providers may now provide the missing link in protecting vulnerable children from abuse. More than 1500 child care services nationwide have signed up to the HubWorks portal since the federal government mandated daily...
Autism sets back families $35,000 a year, WA study finds
ABC News - Rebeca Trigger - September 15, 2014
Families of children with autism are facing tens of thousands of dollars in costs and lost income, a Western Australian researcher has found. The study - thought to be the first of its kind in WA - set out to measure whether a delayed diagnosis increased long-term costs for families. But the paper...
Vic premier rejects clubs' child care bid
Sydney Morning Herald - September 14, 2014
Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has shut down a suggestion that licensed clubs could provide childcare in exchange for tax breaks. He said the Victorian coalition government would be "very dubious" about licensed clubs offering childcare services. "I think that's fraught with a lot of...
Clubs offer childcare in exchange for pokie profit tax break
Sydney Morning Herald - Kirsty Needham - September 14, 2014
More than 1000 licensed clubs can fill the childcare shortfall by opening childcare centres on their premises in exchange for tax breaks on poker machine profits, Clubs Australia has told the Productivity Commission. Clubs Australia executive director Anthony Ball has written to the commission's…
Childcare cash crisis to hit thousands of Victorian families hard
Herald Sun - Christophe Gillett - September 14, 2014
THOUSANDS of parents could be left without childcare if sweeping changes to family day care are introduced by the Federal Government. Local councils have started sending letters warning fees could jump as much as $1700 yearly for each child. Yarra Ranges Council and Monash are even...
Aboriginal family and children's centres in limbo
Sydney Morning Herald - Julie Power - September 14, 2014
The future of some of the most disadvantaged children across Australia is now in limbo, following the federal government's withdrawal of funding from 38 Aboriginal Child and Family Centres. "We are in no man's land. No one wants to take ownership," said Catherine Edwards-Bott, the executive...
Time and money make the case for au pairs
Financial Review - Jacquie Hayes - September 13, 2014
What a bonus it can be to have help with the children. It's invaluable to have an extra set of hands around to help manage the groceries, meals, school and sport pick-ups, maintain domestic order and keep the children on an even keel when things get hectic (and even when they're not). With hired...
Families avoid huge childcare fees by sending kids to school early
Daily Telegraph - Bruce McDougall - September 13, 2014
PARENTS are enrolling four-year-olds at school before they are ready to avoid out-of-pocket childcare costs - which have soared as high as $12,000 a year. Teachers say some of the new entrants - as young as four years and six months - are unable to hold a pencil properly, use a pair of scissors or...
We must take risks to fix joblessness
The Australian - Cassandra Wilkinson - September 13, 2014
IN 2008 the world's largest childcare provider, ABC Learning, went into voluntary liquidation. With 660 childcare centres about to close and thousands of kids and their families stranded, Social Ventures Australia chief executive Michael Traill pulled together a $165 million social investment deal to...
Infants front and centre: Perkins Architects' Boorai childcare facility at Ocean Grove
The Age - Stephen Crafti - September 13, 2014
Ian Perkins, director of Perkins Architects, has been designing childcare and early learning centres since the mid-1980s. With almost 100 centres completed, many of which are in the outer suburbs of Melbourne, Perkins has seen their development and growth, as well as their changes over the...
Surge in fee relief outstrips growth in childcare usage
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - September 12, 2014
THE number of kids in childcare grew by 8.5 per cent last year, but spending on government subsidies for childcare fees increased at more than twice that rate. An extra 90,000 kids were placed in childcare in the 12 months to the December quarter last year, but the Abbott government has expressed…
Au pairs should have more visa options and minimum payment level, says industry group
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - September 12, 2014
Au pairs coming to Australia should have more visa options and a minimum payment level, the peak body for the au pair industry has argued. The Productivity Commission has made a draft recommendation that the federal government should simplify working holiday visa requirements to…
Child care: Increasing demand for au pairs as shift workers seek flexible arrangements
ABC News - Linda Skates - September 12, 2014
The demand for child care outside traditional working hours is on the rise and outstripping supply in Western Australia. Many families that have both parents employed are increasingly having to juggle childcare arrangements. Shift work and fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) rosters means looking for alternative…
Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest's plea for indigenous Australia: Early childhood the key for change
Daily Telegraph - Matt Bamford - September 11, 2014
MINING magnate Andrew Forrest has called on all Australians to finally end the disparity between indigenous and non-indigenous - and said early childhood is the key for change. "I grew up with Aboriginal people, they were my mentors … they certainly taught me the things I hold dear now,"…
Affinity buys 20 more child care centres
The Age - September 11, 2014
Affinity Education Group Limited (ASX:AFJ) enters into agreements to buy another 20 more child care centres for about $19 million. The provider of education and childcare services says the latest acquisitions will boost its total portfolio to 140 centres. Affinity Education Group expects the…
Pre-school report cards: Parents concerned children in NSW could be unfairly ranked
ABC News - Claire Aird - September 11, 2014
Parents in New South Wales have expressed concern that a new report card for pre-school children moving into primary school could be used to rank students. The State Government introduced the new "transition to school" statement, which asks early childcare teachers and family to appraise a…
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