Skye Capital Advisory crucial to debt deals the banks are too shy to touch
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson & Anthony Macdonald - September 12, 2018

Skye Capital opened its doors one year ago and has since advised on the refinance and upsize of ASX-listed Think Childcare's debt facilities; arranged the debt facilities of LJ Hooker; and navigated the debt component of Livingbridge's acquisition of TSA Management and Allegro...

Premier Berejiklian visits Dubbo to announce $3 million drought-relief package for preschools
Daily Liberal - Antonia O'Flaherty - September 12, 2018

She said the package would provide for communities most impacted by the drought like Dubbo West Preschool, where the package was announced with Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell. "Each preschool in the drought-intense area will receive at least $3000...

G8 Education joins top 10 ASX shorted stocks
Financial Review - Simon Evans - September 12, 2018

G8 Education has risen up the ranks to find itself in the unwanted position of now being in the top 10 most shorted stocks on the ASX, as investors bet that it will continue to have a tough time in a sector where pockets of oversupply of childcare places have temporarily distorted...

New Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan comes under fire for funding changes
The Standard - Andrew Thompson - September 12, 2018

NEW Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan has come under fire after changes to the National Occasional Care Program which has seen 360 placements and funding of $300,000 axed in his electorate. Opposition Federal spokeswoman for Early Childhood Education and Development...

Childcare payments frozen after another bungle
The Courier Mail - Matthew Killoran - September 12, 2018

BUGBEARS continue to haunt the new child care system, leaving some early childhood educators unpaid and parents out of pocket. Brisbane-based My Place Family Day Care boss Ross Paul said they were at risk of being unable to pay their 130 educators - including Jansi Rayar who...

'60pc of wage goes to childcare costs': Women's poor pay target of union plan
Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Patty - September 12, 2018

Unions have put pay parity front and centre in a new push to ensure wage deals don't disadvantage women. The onus would be on businesses and unions to prove women weren't worse off than their male counterparts as part of an Australian Council of Trade Unions blueprint...

Investors steer clear of G8 childcare centre amid glut fears
Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - September 11, 2018

A western Sydney childcare centre leased to struggling ASX-listed operator G8 failed to sell as part of a portfolio auction in Sydney after the company warned last month of an oversupply of childcare facilities across the country. The modern, multi-level property at 108 Dalmeny Drive...

Childcare workers put Dutton's marginal seat in election crosshairs
Sydney Morning Herald – Alison Brown – September 11, 2018

About 1500 childcare workers will be mobilised in the marginal Brisbane seat of Dickson in a bid to unseat Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, and a political expert predicts their protest over low pay will deliver the final blow to his political career. Griffith University political scientist…

'Long-time between calls': au pair pressure grows on Dutton
Financial Review – Tom McIlroy and Ronald Mizen – September 10, 2018

Correspondence tabled in Parliament on Monday has cast fresh doubt over Peter Dutton's explanation about the growing au pair scandal, Labor and the Greens say. The Home Affairs Minister is under pressure over his decision to stop the deportation of two foreign au pairs after lobbying from…

Working parents furious with new charge for dropping kids to school early
Kidspot - Leesa Smith - September 10, 2018

Parents with children at Burrowes State School received an email last week with has left a bad taste in their mouths. New school principal Kristine Sleeth Lemon has rocked the boat by informing parents that as of term 4 – if they drop their kids at school before 8.30am – they must pay...

Cairns daycare centre owner allegedly found with child pornography material images
The Cairns Post - Janessa Ekert - September 10, 2018

THE OWNER of a family childcare centre in Cairns has been arrested on child pornography offences through a joint operation between the Child Protection and Investigation Unit, Australian Federal Police and Border Force. Francis Ranji Paramaguru, who co-owns a home daycare facility...

Labor push to refer Peter Dutton to High Court
The Age - Stephanie Peatling - September 9, 2018

Labor will attempt to refer Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to the High Court when Parliament resumes this week with new legal advice suggesting he faces constitutional difficulties on not one but two fronts. Constitutional experts have previously raised questions about Mr Dutton...

Confessions from a woman who employs au pairs – and isn't filthy rich
Sydney Morning Herald - Georgina Dent - September 9, 2018

Having a child is a great many things but economically rewarding isn't one of them, so having three children could reasonably be described as a form of economic insanity. We knew as much when we mulled over having a third baby. My husband and I are both from families with three...

Yes, Peter Dutton, you can be a working woman and a good mother
Sydney Morning Herald - Karen Hardy - September 9, 2018

Peter Dutton has earned the ire of many women this week, if we didn't have reason enough to dislike him, with a throwaway comment about the whole au pair fiasco. On Monday he told reporters, answering questions about whether he had personally benefited from the whole thing...

Doncaster childcare centre building approved despite noise concerns
Herald Sun - Andrew Rogers - September 8, 2018

A MANNINGHAM councillor says a proposal to build a childcare centre in Doncaster is "refreshing" because the project isn't another residential tower. Cr Anna Chen said the proposal was welcomed because it complemented planned and existing residential zones. The council voted...