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Child carers warn on standards
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - December 4, 2013
THE peak union representing childcare workers has warned that safety and ratios are being watered down after state and territory ministers agreed to cut some of the red tape that is crippling the childcare industry. Workers studying for their early childcare qualification will be considered...
Federal Government eases childcare centre quality rating rules
Herald Sun - Natasha Bita - December 4, 2013
CHILDCARE centres will find it easier to win a five-star quality rating after the Abbott Government relaxed Labor's inspection rules. Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley said the states and territories had agreed to "streamline" assessments for childcare centres. She said the standards...
Jessica Irvine: Australia has budget emergency - Joe Hockey must act
NEWS.com.au - Jessica Irvine - December 4, 2013
And Australia can't afford to wait any longer. Unfortunately for households, this means that those who can afford to look after themselves will increasingly have to do so. Family tax benefits, such as part B, that payout to households on incomes of up to $172,000 are no longer affordable...
Prime Minister Tony Abbott's plan to claw back $3 billion in family and welfare payments
Courier-Mail - Renee Viellaris - December 4, 2013
READERS have reacted angrily to Abbott Government moves to claw back almost $3 billion in family and welfare payments under laws to tighten eligibility. Pensioners, students and families have been included in the savings measures that will start from January. The story has attracted...
Inoculate Australia against complacency: ACCI
Financial Review - Jacob Greber - December 3, 2013
ACCI's wish list of more than 20 proposals includes making Treasury produce 10-year budgets, rather than four; wind back income tax bracket creep; pare back Prime Minister Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme; tighten means testing on child-care benefits; and sell government assets...
Denmark is one of the best countries for working families. US and UK take note
The Guardian (UK) - Nicola Whitcombe - December 3, 2013
Denmark's universal nursery care is worth emulating, as is the Danish cultural norm of giving kids a lot of responsibilities. Imagine taking 23 children, who range in age from three to six years, on a sledding trip. There are three adults to supervise them, but the children have to take...
Companies ease load for working parents
Sydney Morning Herald - Cosima Marriner - December 1, 2013
It is a common dilemma for working parents as school finishes up for the year - how to stretch four weeks of annual leave to cover three months of school holidays. Now some of Australia's largest companies, such as Coles, are coming to the aid of their staff, providing in-house vacation...
Parents continue to battle for childcare places in NSW
Sunday Telegraph - Lisa Mayoh - November 30, 2013
DESPERATE parents are paying non-refundable fees of up to $400 to put their child's name on waiting lists for care, while others queuing up from 3am to secure a spot in pre school for their children. Welcome to the manic search to find childcare in Sydney - and it's about to get worse...
Affinity plans $77.5m childcare centre buy-up
Financial Review - Sally Rose - November 30, 2013
Affinity Education Group is a start-up looking to raise $77.5 million to fund buying a network of childcare centres. Since incorporating in May, Affinity’s directors have negotiated 30 conditional agreements (pending a successful float) to buy 68 centres.The strategy is economies of...
Sink or swim in the flood of floats
Financial Review - Philip Baker - November 30, 2013
With a number of companies set to list on the ASX, including Affinity, Nine Entertainment and Dick Smith, investors need to pick their punts with care. A wise broker once said the difference between a hand grenade and a company float is that the average investor has enough sense to throw...
Part-time work popular: study
Financial Review - November 29, 2013
"Nearly 60 per cent of women caring for children said that the availability of childcare places was also a very important consideration when looking for work, followed by financial assistance with childcare costs," the ABS's Stephen Collett says. The data finds 2.6 million people are...
Greens stand against childcare changes
The Australian - November 26, 2013
FEDERAL government plans to review childcare funding face mounting opposition, with the Australian Greens vowing to stand against any legislation in the upper house. The coalition intends to undertake a ministerial review of the Early Years Quality Fund, designed by the former Labor...
Childcare worker betrayal worsens gender gap
Canberra Times - Jenna Price - November 26, 2013
The Abbott government wants to entrench the gender pay gap. That early symbolism of having just one woman in cabinet showed a complete disregard and disrespect for half the population. Now that disrespect has been underscored by the next despicable act of this government. Childcare...
GST on fresh food, childcare would boost federal finances and close budget black hole
NEWS.com.au - Jessica Irvine - November 25, 2013
BROADENING the GST to apply to fresh food, health, education, childcare, water and sewerage would raise $13 billion a year and help plug a yawning gap in federal finances, new analysis reveals. Despite the weakening economy, Treasurer Joe Hockey is being urged make "tough...
New mums hiring night nannies
The West Australian - Rhianna King - November 24, 2013
A growing number of older mothers are spending thousands of dollars on "night nannies" to help feed and settle their newborns and give exhausted parents a good night's sleep. Local nanny agencies are reporting an increase in requests for short-term live-in au pairs and...
Government puts freeze on $300m allocated for childcare staff wages
The Age - Bianca Hall - November 24, 2013
A $300 million funding boost aimed at improving the wages of 30,000 childcare workers looks increasingly likely to be axed as the federal government continues to sit on the Labor-approved initiative. The money was to be spent in 1100 childcare centres to bolster the meagre $19...
Tony Abbott's move to freeze child care claims means fees could double for thousands of families
Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - November 24, 1013
CHILDCARE fees could double for thousands of parents after Tony Abbott confirmed he would freeze the maximum amount families can claim for the childcare rebate until 2017. Despite criticising Labor's own planned freeze during the election in a personally signed letter to childcare...
I'm right at home with childcare
NEWS.com.au - Wendy Tuohy - November 24, 1013
I WAS emotional and he was determined. Each of us seemed to sense the size of the challenge. I was 33, and he was not yet two. It was day one of My Big Childcare Plan finally coming together; I would return to part-time work after more than a year on maternity leave (with holidays and...
Carers split on giving ankle-biters' shoes the boot
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - November 23, 2013
IT'S the great shoe debate: should childcare centres allow kids to experience nature unencumbered by footwear and risk the stabbing pain of a bindi, or demand shoes stay on and save the scrubbing that inevitably comes later? Centres across the country are dividing over the issue, with some...
Productivity Review: Childcare critical for parents and carers
The Canberra Times - Matthew Raggatt - November 23, 2013
"We would like to have another child but financially, at this stage, we probably couldn't afford to do it until he's at school." For Canberra mother of one Sophie Bhandari, the costs of childcare have created not just the standard modern dilemma of "do I go back to work or not?" but played a...
Women in workforce still at a disadvantage, new COAG report finds
Smart Company - Dan Moss - 20 November 20, 2013
Childcare costs act as a disincentive for women to work full-time, and contribute to a gap in retirement savings worth about $207,000 on average between women and men earning the average wage. Costs of childcare have increased between 2010 and 2012, with childcare costs...
The phone call that saved Australia's childcare sector
ABC Radio National - Rebecca Gorman - November 20, 2013
In 2008 a mix of entrepreneurs, bankers and charities banded together to save ABC Learning's 700 childcare centres from the clutches of private equity. Rebecca Gorman, whose RN series Profit with Purpose is investigating new approaches to ethical investing, explores the anatomy of the biggest...
Childcare - like life - is about so much more than economics
The Guardian (UK) - Zoe Williams - November 20, 2013
Solve childcare and you win the election. This is the calculation politicians make - whether they set about it like Nick Clegg, rolling out childcare for the poorest under-twos, or like Ed Miliband, promising 8am to 6pm care for schoolkids, or you take David Cameron's rather perverse course...
Call for Bold Reform on Child Wellbeing
Pro Bono Australia - November 19, 2013
A research alliance has called on the Federal Government to make Australia a top five OECD country for education performance, physical wellbeing, social and emotional wellbeing by 2025 in Australia's first national plan for child and youth wellbeing. The Nest action agenda was launched...
G8 Education expects to beat consensus earnings
Motley Fool - Tim McArthur - November 19, 2013
Childcare centre owner and manager G8 Education (ASX: GEM) on Friday last week released guidance to the market that it expects to exceed the average earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) forecast by the four brokers that cover the stock "by less than 5%" for the financial year...
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