Up 550pc: Young rich lister's childcare app has a growth spurt
Sydney Morning Herald - Cara Waters - July 12, 2018

The government's sweeping reforms to childcare, which kicked off on July 1, have also boosted technology startup Xplor, which has raised $4.5 million to fuel its growth. "It has been a very, very busy and hectic ride", Xplor's founder and chief executive Mark Woodland told Fairfax Media...

Is this why country people are happier than us?
Courier Mail - Brendan O'Malley - July 11, 2018

It said development of units, childcare centres and other facilities was replacing spaces people once used to come together as a community. The problem was exacerbated when some groups were reluctant to share. "These buildings are now being converted for commercial ventures for things...

Childcare subsidy changes add red tape for families and providers
ABC News - Liam McNicholas - July 11, 2018

Last Monday, the Coalition Government's revised Child Care Subsidy came into effect. Now, services and families are realising that, far from cutting red tape, the new system could indeed be described as "drowning" in it. This probably comes as a shock to anyone who's listened...

Parents launch petition to save Sir Philip Baxter child care centre in Woollahra
The Daily Telegraph - Emily Macdonald - July 11, 2018

A petition has been prepared to send to Woollahra council to find a way to save the 40-year-old centre which is a bedrock of its community after the Benevolent Society suddenly announced last month it would sell the site and redistribute funds to other communities. The petition states...

Mandatory child abuse reporting for Victorian childcare workers
Sydney Morning Herald - Noel Towell & Melissa Cunningham - July 10, 2018

Childcare workers in Victoria will be legally obliged to report suspicions of sexual abuse of youngsters in their care as part of the state government's response to the child sex abuse royal commission. The Andrews government may also make it a crime for priests to keep the...

Gunnedah needs more early childhood teachers and space for children aged 0-2
Naomi Valley Independent - Vanessa Höhnke - July 10, 2018

NSW TAFE is predicting that child care teaching is set to become one of the fastest growing occupations in Gunnedah. Mary Ranken Child Care Centre's Fiona Langdon said there was currently a shortage of early childhood teachers who are required for school readiness...

Childcare centres sending kids home with dinner boxes to help exhausted parents
Women's Agenda - Angela Priestley - July 10, 2018

One childcare operator is now offering $5 dinner boxes to parents when picking up their kids from their centres. The initiative comes from Learn and Laugh Children's Centres, co-founded by Lilach Weininger, who knows firsthand how over-it working parents can be after a long...

Autism program to help kinder kids get ready for school
Herald Sun - Andrew Rogers - July 10, 2018

So Ms Ryan and therapist Liz Shaw started William Ready, a program that was designed to complement William's experiences at mainstream kindergarten. "It all basically just started because we wanted something in addition to kinder. To build on those skills, for kids on...

Tennis - Player wellbeing eclipses childcare for WTA
SBS - July 9, 2018

The issue of setting up more on-site childcare facilities, however, is unlikely to be resolved as quickly. The WTA's senior director for athlete assistance, Kathy Martin, explained that the body's responsibility was to ensure the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of its athletes...

We've been having the wrong conversation about childcare changes
Women's Agenda - Neela Janakiramanan - July 9, 2018

What I have noticed is that these conversations are based on myths and outright lies spread by the government in promoting this new package. Firstly, means testing is not some glorious form of income redistribution where money flows like warm honey from those who can...

Why women don't return to work after baby
The Daily Telegraph - Vanessa Marsh - July 9, 2018

NEW mums are returning to the workforce at an unprecedented rate with more than three quarters of working mothers going back to their previous job. But industry experts have warned Australia still has a long way to go to catch up to other developed countries, with high childcare...

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...