Retail Food Group could be a target for Champ Private Equity
The Australian - Bridget Carter & Scott Murdoch - July 9, 2018

Elsewhere, suitors for Affinity Education submitted bids for the business in the Luminis Partners-run contest last Thursday. Bain Capital, which owns Only About Children and Partners Group, is thought to be an interested buyer. However, the party that some have pinpointed as the...

Confusion over new childcare regulations, amid administrative and IT glitches
The West Australian - Phoebe Wearne & Rhianna Mitchell - July 8, 2018

Several WA childcare providers are scrambling to resolve administration and IT glitches before the first invoices incorporating the new Child Care Subsidy go out to parents. Parents and providers faced confusion this week as they switched to the Federal Government's childcare rebate...

Parents out of pocket as Child Care Subsidy Rolls out
The Daily Telegraph - Christopher Harris July 6, 2018

FAMILIES across NSW are being left hundreds of dollars out of pocket by administration and IT glitches that have locked them out of the federal government's new childcare rebate system. The Child Care Subsidy program that kicked in on July 1 will lift rebates for most families...

Premier Gladys Berejiklian recognises 'reality' of children playing toy gun games
The Daily Telegraph - Rose Brennan & Danielle Le Messurier - July 6, 2018

PREMIER Gladys Berejiklian has called for people to ­acknowledge the "reality" of young children wanting to play with plastic guns with experts warning a blanket ban on the toys may drive youngsters into "unhealthy behaviours". A day after The Daily Telegraph revealed a childcare...

Latest Centrelink computer fail: new childcare system faces problems
Sydney Morning Herald - Sally Whyte - July 5, 2018

The government's new childcare subsidy system has become the latest technology debacle, with both families and childcare providers struggling to access the system. The Centrelink website was down for maintenance over the weekend, as the new childcare subsidy regime came into...

Why we are missing the point in the childcare debate
Sydney Morning Herald - Polly Dunning - July 5, 2018

And let's be clear: the system isn't working for anyone. Not for parents, who can barely afford to keep the lights on and keep their kids in care, not for early childhood educators, who are paid shamefully low salaries, and certainly not for children who have no or very limited entitlement to access...

'Many parents will be better off': Childcare prices rise … but so do rebates
Central Western Daily - July 5, 2018

FEEDBACK from parents sending children to childcare centres in Orange has so far indicated changed subsidies will put them in front. Childcare payments have been merged into a single subsidy as of Monday, which is means tested and reliant on both parents working, studying, volunteering...

Tasmanian mums are getting a bit older, and nationally, more are returning to paid work
The Advocate - Leah McBey - July 5, 2018

It showed that across the country, more women were returning to work after having a baby, more were going back to their former job and fewer were leaving the workforce permanently. The survey also showed women were spending more time at home with their new baby before...

Working mums to hotdesk from childcare room in new service
The Mercury - Susan Oong - July 5, 2018

WORK-life balance has taken on a new meaning at a West Hobart childcare centre, which is offering onsite office space for working parents. Goodstart Early Learning is the latest childcare provider to adopt BubDesk, a co-sharing workplace business founded by Tassie-born entrepreneur...

Childcare changes hit harder in certain cities
The Australian - Rick Morton - July 5, 2018

Childcare fees in Perth are growing at six times the rate of local inflation, the most disproportionate rate of price hikes anywhere in the country. In the year to March, inflation in Perth was just 1 per cent but prices for childcare services jumped 6 per cent. The rate of fee growth in Sydney...

Childcare shortage in remote NT community forcing some to leave
ABC Radio - Georgia Hitch on AM - July 5, 2018

A chronic lack of childcare places at the only creche in the remote Northern Territory community of Wadeye is forcing some parents to consider leaving the community...

Crackdown shocks parents as experts dispute claims that toy guns create violent behaviour
The Daily Telegraph - Bruce McDougall, Henry Lynch & Angira Bharadwaj - July 5, 2018

CHILDCARE centres are banning children from playing games such as "cops and robbers" with toy guns and plastic fake knives because of fears they promote violent "warlike" behaviour. Mock pirate swords, bows and arrows and even Lego weapons have also been outlawed by childcare operators...

Queensland Senator pushing for nannies to be tax-deductible
2GB - Deborah Knight - July 4, 2018

A Queensland senator is pushing for nannies to become tax-deductible to support parents wanting to get back into the workforce. Liberal Senator Amanda Stoker says nannies are an essential part to the childcare mix for many Australian families, especially those who work odd hours...

KidsCo founders pocket $375,000 deal on Shark Tank despite an awkward moment with Janine Allis
Smart Company - Dominic Powell - July 4, 2018

Unlike other holiday programs, KidsCo aims to partner with corporations and businesses to run school holiday programs in-office, meaning kids can go with their parents to work and be educated and entertained during the day while their parents are working. Facing the five sharks, Queensland...

The problem with anything that increases the 'motherhood penalty'
Women's Agenda - Georgina Dent - July 4, 2018

So why, then, did I even write it? Why, then, do I believe there is any case for subsidising childcare for even 'wealthy' women? The answer is because there is already a significant 'motherhood penalty' that Australian women with children wear and anything that compounds it and further...