Save family tax breaks, says John Howard
The Australian - Adam Creighton - April 26, 2018

John Howard has blasted claims family tax benefits are "middle-class welfare" as a "very convenient pejorative slogan", arguing Labor and Coalition governments have been wrong to cut the $19 billion-a-year payments to families with children. Mr Howard, prime minister...

Female employment could boost economy more than corporate tax cuts
Financial Review - Aaron Patrick - April 25, 2018

McKinsey has three suggestions to keep women in work: provide tax incentives to work rather than look after children; provide more flexible jobs; change social attitudes that regard women as the primary carer. More than half the forecast economic boost would come from...

Fears families will struggle after changes to childcare rebates
Yahoo News - April 24, 2018

The number of families receiving childcare rebates will soon change when the system is overhauled across the country...

Families slugged for 'phantom' childcare on public holidays
The Courier Mail - Matthew Killoran - April 24, 2018

FAMILIES and taxpayers are being slugged hundreds of ­millions of dollars for "phantom" childcare services on public holidays when most centres are closed. The non-existent services have cost the nation $120 million in the past month alone. The common practice of charging...

Talking Point: Early years are the critical ones in education
The Mercury - Becky Shelley - April 24, 2018

There is value in enhancing the experiences and outcomes of children in the early years. The reasons are well documented. We know that from pre-pregnancy until the age of four, a lasting difference can be made to help children's development and wellbeing. Advances in...

THE HERALD'S OPINION: Faith and flexibility in our region's childcare
Newcastle Herald - April 23, 2018

CHILDCARE may be the hidden backbone of the modern Australian workforce. Parents must weigh up its price against a day's wages, and if that balance tips, it becomes unfeasible for them. Subsequently, the sector can help decide who does and doesn't front up for jobs...

Bogus businesses pocket $31.5m under the Berejiklian government's Smart and Skilled scheme
Daily Telegraph - Kylar Loussikian - April 23, 2018

DOZENS of dodgy training outfits including nail salons and daycare centres are having their state government contracts torn up for failing to actually train people. The Daily Telegraph can reveal bogus businesses pocketed $31.5 million of public cash in three years before being...

Delay to childcare fire regulation update 'jeopardising kids' lives'
The Courier Mail - Daryl Passmore - April 22, 2018

BUREAUCRATS are gambling with children's lives by delaying tough new laws to reduce the risk of fires in multi-storey childcare centres, Queensland Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni says. He will this week demand building regulation bosses fast-track changes to the national...

Big Fat Smile bucking childcare trend with more males on staff
Illawarra Mercury - Agron Latifi - April 22, 2018

In fact the organisation is bucking the trend, with an early education and care workforce that has more than 40 per cent more male educators than the national average.Seven per cent of Big Fat Smile's staff are men. The 2016 census data reveals that female educators represent 95...

Children so busy with organised activities outside school they have no time to play
Daily Telegraph - Bruce McDougall - April 21, 2018

And while research reveals organised activities can help youngsters do better in class, alarmed experts also say a lack of idle time can damage development. Children as young as four are being enrolled in extra-curriculums programs such as swimming, dance...

Commercial property investors see past low yields in hope of higher returns
Financial Review - Su-Lin Tan - April 20, 2018

Mum and dad investors, especially those with self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs), spend hours poring over auction booklets for their next commercial property investment – whether it's a childcare centre, a KFC-anchored retail outlet or a servo. They're looking for...

Gold Coast listed childcare company G8 Education loses $118m in value on day of AGM
Gold Coast Bulletin - Kathleen Skene - April 20, 2018

ALMOST $118 million was wiped from the value of Gold Coast-based G8 Education as the group continues to struggle with an oversupply of childcare places. Shares in G8 Education slumped were down 7.2 per cent or 18¢ to $2.31 yesterday after hitting a 52-week low of $2.23...

Artarmon childcare centre sets national record with $21 million sale
Commercial Real Estate - Alison Cheung - April 20, 2018

A 210-place childcare centre in Sydney's Artarmon has sold for $21 million – crushing the national price record for a single-tenanted childcare asset by more than $4 million. Trading as Little Zak's Academy Artarmon, 6 Clarendon Street beat the previous $16.9 million record set in...

Court overturns Ex-Big Fat Smile worker Michelle Haley's conviction, fine for leaving child unsupervised
Illawarra Mercury - Shannon Tonkin - April 20, 2018

The supervisor at a Wollongong child care centre where a sleeping four-year-old boy was left undiscovered for more than an hour after closing time has had her fine and criminal conviction set aside. Michelle Haley, a supervisor at Big Fat Smile's Wollongong City Community Preschool...

G8 Education notes supply exceeds demand
Finance News Network - Rachel Jones - April 20, 2018

G8 Education (ASX:GEM) has released details from their 2018 Annual General Meeting. They noted increased supply of childcare places and their focus on growing occupancy. In 2017 the level of supply growth exceeded demand growth by around 2.5 per cent. While the supply/demand...