Best Practice Business
"Unviable" Ex-ABC Centre
Profitable within eight weeks
Success Terese Bretag, Director of Topsy Turvy Child Care in Murray Bridge South Australia bought an "unviable" ex-ABC Learning Centre and turned it into a profitable business within eight weeks.

Terese took ownership of her new centre in May 2009 and had not owned a child care service prior to that.

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You can then conveniently email or contact them directly and once subscribed you'll also be alerted to new parents who register overnight.

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Adopt-a-Grandparent Programme
Time spent with grandparents plays an important role in a child's physical, cognitive and social development
Granparent program These days it is fairly common for families to be dispersed across the world, and for many people the implications of living away from close family become all the more acute when children arrive on the scene.

Marketing strategy manager and mother Carolyn Hyams experienced a strong sense of isolation after the birth of her daughter Ariella (now two and a half). The majority of Carolyn's family live overseas or interstate and Ariella has no grandparents in Australia.

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Child Care Awards
Nominations now open
Child Care Awards This year's search to find the best child care workers in Australia is now open.

Every year the Australian Family Child Care Awards celebrate outstanding performance in child care.

The awards also aim to encourage Australians working in all sectors of child care to aspire to excellence.

Organisers of the award are looking for Australia's most outstanding early childhood educators and carers - so if your service and/or your early childhood staff deserve recognition nominate them now!

Nominations can be submitted by managers, co-workers, parents of children in care, family and/or friends.

These awards provide managers, colleagues and parents an opportunity to publicly recognise the outstanding contribution that early childhood educators/carers and services make to the lives of children and families.

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New Child Care Subsidy Estimator
Helps parents calculate Child Care Benefit/ Rebate entitlements
calculator In an attempt to simplify the budgeting process for families using child care the Government has launched a Child Care Estimator which shows families what financial support is available to them through the Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate.

Minister for Early Childhood Education and Child Care Kate Ellis launched the online tool which she said would help families make more accurate and well informed decisions about child care.

The estimator enables families to gain an indication of their entitlement to Family Assistance including the Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate.

If you have families in your service who are confused about their eligibility and how much they are entitled to then it might be helpful to provide them with a web link to the estimator.

» Child Care Subsidy Estimator

New Owners for ABC Learning
A GoodStart for parents children and staff
ABC Learning In a happy ending to the ex ABC Learning Centre story, non-profit company GoodStart has been announced as the new owner of the remaining 678 centres.

GoodStart was established by Social Ventures Australia, Mission Australia, the Benevolent Society and the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

GoodStart has also offered to manage the remaining 26 centres while receiver McGrathNicol finalises arrangements for these centres.

The venture is supported by the Australian Government and has the financial backing of NAB.

Accrued employee entitlements will be carried over to the new owner and the company will continue to operate under the ABC Learning brand.

GoodStart spokesperson Maree Walk said the company will operate the centres to the highest standards of education and care, with financial surpluses reinvested back into programs that improve child care access and quality.

"Today marks a new start for parents, children and staff at ABC Learning centres around the country," she said.

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Child Care People
Leah Cavanagh - Director
Murray Bridge Early Learning Centre SA
LeahChild care professionals share a commitment to improving society by creating dynamic and nurturing care environments for Australia's youngest learners.

Read this month's Child Care Person in the spotlight Leah Cavanagh - Director of Murray Bridge Early Learning Centre in South Australia.

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Children & Child Care
Staff Ratios & Qualifications
Survey results from our mini-poll
poll Nearly 300 of you responded to our recent mini poll on the Government's proposed changes to staff ratios and qualifications in the child care sector.

We thought you might be interested in finding out what your colleagues in the child care sector think about the results of the proposed changes.

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February 2010
Roxanne Elliott

Hello and welcome to the first edition of Child Care News for 2010.

I trust you had a peaceful and relaxing holiday and that the New Year finds you refreshed and ready to face all the challenges and adventures of the year ahead.

This month I am proud to introduce you to some fabulous women doing interesting things in child care, our first interview is with Terese Bretag Director of the Topsy Turvy Child Care Centre in Murray Bridge, SA.

Terese turned an ex-ABC Learning Centre classified as "unviable" by the receivers of the company around in eight weeks and now is running a very successful business.

We also have an interview with Carolyn Hyams the creator of an Adopt-a-Grandparent programme that she is successfully promoting in child care services across the country.

You can also read about the results of the survey on the Proposed Changes to Staff Ratios & Qualifications. A staggering (but not surprising) 86% of you said the Government's changes will increase your operating costs.

Remember, we want to hear from you so if you know anyone who deserves to be profiled in the newsletter or have a story you think would be interesting to your fellow child care professionals then please drop me a line at

Until next time, happy reading.

Roxanne Elliott®
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