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More children set to fail at school unless they are better prepared at a younger age, charity says
ABC News - Rebecca Barrett - October 23,2014
A leading charity has warned that increasing numbers of children are set to fail at school unless more is done to prepare them in the years before they reach school age. The Benevolent Society is running a program in early childhood centres in New South Wales and South Australia to try to...

$5m childcare fraud used 'phantom' kids
The Australian - Natasha Bita - October 23, 2014
CHEATING childcare providers have been fined $2.5 million and forced to hand back $5m in taxpayer funds after claiming government rebates for "phantom" children. The federal Education Department's "kindergarten cops" had taken action against 40 childcare services in the past year...

G8 Education 'knocking on the door of ASX100'
Financial Review - Jessica Gardner - October 23, 2014
G8 Education chairman Jenny Hutson says the childcare operator’s latest $100 million capital raising, its first underwritten offer, reflects its ­evolution to a large company with global standing. In the early days of its aggressive acquisition strategy, the Gold Coast-based company raised...

Greens move to outlaw childcare centres in clubs
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - October 23, 2014
Federal Parliament would ban child care centres from pokies clubs in Australia, under a new amendment to be announced by the Greens on Thursday. Clubs Australia is pushing for licensed clubs to be able to open child care centres, under a proposal currently before the Productivity...

No preschool pay deal without money state government money
The Age - Benjamin Preiss - October 22, 2014
A pay offer giving all preschool teachers immediate parity with their primary school counterparts cannot proceed unless the government contributes more funding, according to a group that represents kindergartens. An estimated 1000 preschool staff joined a strike on Wednesday after...

Annual inflation rate dips to 2.3 per cent as power prices fall
The Australian - Adam Creighton - October 22, 2014
The biggest rises over the quarter were fruit (up 14.7 per cent), property rates and charges (up 6.3 per cent), and child care which rose 3.1 per cent. Tobacco prices rose 2.3 per cent owing to a scheduled increase in excise. The Reserve Bank pays more attention to the "underlying"...

£66,000 for every mum lured back into work: Huge cost of childcare subsidy
Daily Mail (UK) - Steve Doughty - Ocotber 22, 2014
A childcare subsidy aimed at persuading mothers of young children to return to work has cost taxpayers an astonishing £66,000 for every woman who has taken a job, a study revealed yesterday. It said the price of extra free nursery places for three-year-olds under the part-time...

Teacher strikes to close 50 kindergartens across Victoria
Herald Sun - Wes Hosking - October 22, 2014
AT least 50 kindergartens will close on Wednesday as teachers campaigning for better pay and conditions walk off the job. Around 400 more will be affected, with many offering limited classes. It comes as kindergarten teachers ramp up a push for pay parity with their primary school...

G8 Education to buy 20 childcare centres
The Australian - Michael Roddan - October 22, 2014
Queensland childcare operator G8 Education is set to acquire 20 childcare and education centres for a purchase price of $37 million. The acquisition will be funded by an equity raising of approximately $100m. G8 shares were placed in a trading halt this morning pending the announcement of the...

Need childcare? There's an app for that
Canberra Times - Gayle Bryant - October 22, 2014
A new app is letting parents notify their childcare centre if their child is going to be absent, while allowing other parents, who need a last-minute spot, to see when one becomes available and book it – all without needing to communicate with the centre. Trying to establish whether a childcare...

Foreign teachers on 457 visas worsen graduate glut
Sydney Morning Herald - Heath Aston - October 21, 2014
Foreign nationals on 457 visas are working in schools and early childhood centres despite a growing glut of unemployed Australian teaching graduates. A leaked audit of the 457 scheme by the Fair Work Ombudsman, obtained by Fairfax Media, suggests that up to 3600 people are working as...

1100 preschools want to try languages
7News - October 20, 2014
All hands are up at preschools wanting to try a new program to teach young children foreign languages. More than 1100 preschools applied for 40 places in the Early Learning Languages Australia trial in 2015 - that's about one in seven services. "It's certainly set tongues wagging,"...

10 ways philanthropists are changing the world
The Guardian (UK) - Rachel Wharton - October 20, 2014
Adopt different funding models. In 2008, Australia's largest provider of childcare went into administration. Nearly 700 childcare centres were at risk. So four organisations formed the social enterprise Goodstart Consortium, which secured a range of funding sources, from bank debt and...

Child care not as easy as ABC
Sydney Morning Herald - Colin Kruger - October 20, 2014
Getting Think Childcare to the IPO starting blocks has not been as easy as ABC it seems. The latest child care player to seek public listing had to lodge a replacement prospectus ahead of this week's float adding "additional disclosures" on related party transactions, as well as other minor details...

Thousands of Aussie middle-income families may be hit with rise in childcare costs - October 19, 2014
CHILDCARE would become significantly more expensive for thousands of middle-income families under a proposed overhaul of the early childcare education sector. New modelling, obtained by News Corp from advocacy group The Parenthood, reveals the extent of the hip-pocket sting...

Baird government opens door to potential pokie palace childcare centres
Sydney Morning Herald - Kirsty Needham - October 19, 2014
The NSW government will consider giving licensed clubs tax breaks on poker machine profits for expanding into childcare and aged care services. A memorandum of understanding signed by Premier Mike Baird and ClubsNSW last week states the NSW government had committed to...

Children as young as four are getting homework at pre-school to prepare them for kindergarten
The Sunday Telegraph - Jordan Baker - October 19, 2014
CHILDCARE centres and pre-schools are giving homework to four-year-olds, fuelling fears the culture of homework is out of control and putting too much pressure on young children. At Bright Beginnings at Guildford, the pre-school program gives homework to children to prepare them…

Federal Government's 'kindergarten cop' squad issued almost $2m in fines to dodgy childcare operators - October 18, 2014
SCORES of dodgy childcare operators across the country have together been slapped with almost $2 million in fines, after being targeted by the Federal Government's new childcare fraud squad. The crack team of 'kindergarten cops' set up by the government in July has already taken action…

Kroger back with $12m childcare foray
The Australian - Ben Butler and Eli Greenblat - October 17, 2014
MICHAEL Kroger and his associates are set to reap up to $12.5 million from the Liberal Party powerbroker's second foray into the listed childcare sector in a decade. A trust associated with Mr Kroger is among the vendors of 15 childcare centres sold into Think Childcare and Education...

Racial connotations over black sheep prompts changes to Baa Baa Black Sheep at Victorian kinders
Herald Sun - Andrea Hamblin - October 17, 2014
BAA, Baa, Black Sheep has been put out to pasture at some Victorian kindergartens because of concern over the racial connotations of "black". Staff at childcare centres in the south-eastern suburbs told the Herald Sun the lyric was being changed to reflect a multicultural community...

Red tape hampers childcare standards
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - October 15, 2014
A REPORT into the new quality standards for childcare has found broad support for the system but administrative demands on centres mean that sometimes children get less attention. In feedback on the National Quality Framework, some respondents said adequate face-to-face time with...

Childcare quality gets tick from carers, parents
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - October 15, 2014
The national framework which seeks to boost child-carer qualifications and lower staff-to-child ratios has received a broad tick of approval from parents and the child care sector, according to a government-ordered review. Based on the opinions of more than 1,300 childcare professionals...

Minister Jennifer Rankine makes random visits to Families SA care homes
The Advertiser - Lauren Novak - October 14, 2014
EDUCATION and Child Development Minister Jennifer Rankine has made random visits to homes where Families SA workers are caring for some of the state's most troubled children. Ms Rankine told Parliament on Tuesday that she joined senior Families SA staff conducting unannounced...

100 SA child carers to face psych review
The Australian - October 14, 2014
MORE than 100 Families SA staff will face further review by a panel including a psychologist after an audit questioned their suitability for working with children. FAMILIES SA has suspended 25 residential carers from working one-on-one with children, following an audit of internal staff...

Paperwork burden means childcare centres have less time for kids
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - October 14, 2014
A REPORT into the national quality standards introduced to regulate childcare centres has found there is broad support for the system introduced by Labor. But it says the regime must address paperwork and documentation issues to reduce an administrative burden that has at times led to...

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