They Care For Your Kids, But Can't Afford A Heater
Ten Daily - Rashell Habib - August 3, 2018

You pay more for childcare, but they get nothing. The men and women looking after your children are paid so poorly some can't afford to use a heater in winter. That is the reality for early education workers. Ten daily was inundated with responses from workers, via Independent Education Union...

Family Day Care Australia is working with educators to resolve the pay issues
The Examiner - Caitlin Jarvis - August 2, 2018

Child care educators have raised frustration over software issues that has led to delays in pay, or incorrect remuneration, after making the switch to the new child care subsidy system. Family Day Care educators and in-home carers appear to be hit hardest by the software issues...

Brisbane residents told 'you can't regulate children playing'
Brisbane Times - Ruth McCosker - August 1, 2018

A group of residents who called for Brisbane City Council to investigate a noisy childcare centre have been told "you can't regulate children playing". At Tuesday's Lifestyle and Community Services committee, the council discussed a 39-signature petition calling for the noise coming from...

Audit reveals thousands of Brisbane buildings contain flammable cladding
9News.com.au - August 1, 2018

9NEWS has revealed one building on Ann Street in the CBD, which sits virtually on top of Central Station and houses lawyers, bankers, baristas and even a childcare centre, contains flammable cladding. The same cladding is being removed from the Princess Alexandra Hospital...

Child Care Subsidy: G8 Education makes hours flexible for parents
Northern Leader - Madeline Link - August 1, 2018

THE CHILD Care Subsidy has been largely louded as confusing, but one Tamworth childcare centre is doing things differently. G8 Education has launched a new flexible hours model at Nurture One, offering nine, ten and full day options with one flat fee. Elsie McKenzie moved...

Evolve admits receiving purchase queries from 'a range of parties'
The Australian - Lisa Allen and Ben Wilmot - August 1, 2018

Dual-listed childcare operator Evolve Education has conceded it is being stalked by ­potential purchasers interested in acquiring the outfit that runs 129 childcare centres throughout New Zealand. The frontrunner is $700 million Affinity Education, which runs 166 centres...

Who is left behind under the new child care subsidy?
University of Melbourne - Professor Guyonne Kalb, Dr Inga Lass & Dr Anna Zhu - July 31, 2018

Australian families are increasingly relying on childcare but a change in policy may leave those who need it most locked out. The latest Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey reveals Australians are using more formal childcare than ever before...

ACT plans to introduce free universal childcare for three-year-olds
Canberra Times - Sherryn Groch - July 31, 2018

The ACT government will introduce free, universal childcare for three-year-olds as part of its new strategy on early childhood education. Education Minister Yvette Berry has revealed the government aims to offer 15 hours a week or 600 hours a year free to parents, based on...

Who is doing what on the homefront?
University of Melbourne - Dr Inga Lass - July 31, 2018

It shows us that Australians are becoming less traditional in their attitudes towards parenting and work; more people are supporting maternal employment, greater father involvement in parenting, and the use of day care for young children. But this progressive thinking...

Childcare transitional issues 'isolated'
News.com.au - Karen Sweeney - July 30, 2018

Isolated cases of parents being out of pocket for childcare after transitioning to the new subsidy system remain, but Education Minister Simon Birmingham wants those experiencing "hiccups" to get in touch. AAP revealed on Friday some parents were out of pocket more than $400...

Childcare group Montessori Academy on the block, PwC hired
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson & Anthony Macdonald - July 30, 2018

Street Talk understands Sydney-based early education provider Montessori Academy is up for sale, with its private owners hiring PwC Australia's childcare specialists to find a capital partner or buyer for the business. Sources said Montessori, which has about 30 specialist...

Teething issues in childcare transition
News.com.au - Karen Sweeney - July 27, 2018

Parents have been forced to fork out weeks worth of full childcare because of "teething issues" with a new childcare subsidy scheme. Childcare funding changes came into effect on July 2 under a Turnbull government plan to give parents breathing space in their tight household budgets...

'Hands free': Centrelink's alternative call abandon scenarios
Sydney Morning Herald - Doug Dingwall - July 27, 2018

"Try telling someone who's tried calling on their lunch break for help with the child care subsidy for five days in a row but had to hang up and get back to work that there's no link between waiting times and calls being abandoned. It's frankly ridiculous." The union's members working...

Illawarra child care educators fed up over new Child Care Subsidy System
Illawarra Mercury - Desiree Savage - July 26, 2018

In the first 25 days of July the Commonwealth Ombudsman received 15 formal complaints about the CCSS while software providers are being inundated with tens of thousands of complaints from early childhood educators. "The general themes arising in the complaints received by our Office...

'We're Not Babysitters': Childcare Workers Demand Better Pay
Ten News - Lachlan Kennedy - July 26, 2018

At the centre of its claim is that early childhood teachers are paid on average $15,000 per annum less than primary school teachers - despite requiring the same accreditation and university qualifications. After nearly a decade in the industry, the disparity can blow out to $30,000 per annum...