Sally McManus says enterprise bargaining is 'smothering' wage growth
The Guardian - Paul Karp - March 21, 2018

She argued in some industries, such as childcare, it was not practical to bargain for separate pay deals. "The only way for those workers to have the power they need is to band together beyond a small childcare centre." McManus also said bargaining should occur "without restrictions" such as bans...

Working parents short-changed by long daycare centre funding
The Australian - Rick Morton - March 21, 2018

Children in NSW have the lowest rates of enrolment in preschool programs because the state government has consistently failed to fund places for four-year-olds in long daycare centres, resulting in consecutive funding cuts by the commonwealth. New analysis by family policy group...

Anti-vaxxers' childcare plans put many lives at risk
The Advertiser - Tory Shepherd - March 20, 2018

Now a group of anti-vaxxers, those absorbers and spreaders of dangerous misinformation, are bringing back the parties. Super-sized. They are planning to create a great big Petri dish experiment where unvaccinated children gallivant together. I don't want to give them publicity so I'll refer...

Bain Capital's debt deal is child's play for Goldman Sachs
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald & Joyce Moullakis - March 20, 2018

It's all about the money for Bain Capital's childcare business Only About Children, which is refinancing its debt in preparation for a bolt-on acquisition. Street Talk can reveal the upmarket early learning business is in the market for a $250 million debt refinancing underwritten by Goldman...

New rules for Whittlesea child care centres
Star Weekly - Laura Michell - March 20, 2018

Child care centres in Whittlesea will be restricted from being built on busy roads and next to service stations under a proposed change to the council's planning policy. The council has noted a substantial increase in the number of applications for child care centres, leading to an oversupply...

Centrelink's losers: income support out of grasp for battlers
The Australian - James Gerrard - March 17, 2018

Other family benefits and payments are assessed in a similar way. To be eligible for the Child Care Benefit, the annual household income threshold is $45,114. And we're not talking about loose change. The benefits can be worth thousands of dollars a year. However, people in...

Toddlers' terrible diets needs to be junked, research shows
Bendigo Advertiser - Tom O'Callaghan - March 17, 2018

Three-year-olds' diets are being fueled by more than twice the amount of fatty and sugary food than guidelines recommend, supersizing the risk of obesity later in life. Victorian researchers tracked the dietary habits of children aged from nine-months to five-years and...

ACT childcare providers reveal issues with staffing, losing children
Canberra Times - Emily Baker - March 17, 2018

A child allegedly found with a Vodka Cruiser and the escape of two kids to a playground one kilometre from their childcare centre are among incidents uncovered during investigations into ACT early childhood education and care providers. Documents released under freedom of information...

Being a mum is the equivalent of 2.5 full-time jobs
News.com.au - March 16, 2018

But now research has confirmed what every mother knows - it's actually MORE work than a full-time job. A survey of 2000 American mums of children aged five to 12 quizzed respondents on their weekly schedule. The study, conducted by juice company Welch's, revealed that the...

Aussie women are losing their jobs, just because they're choosing to have children
News.com.au - Rebecca Sullivan - March 16. 2018

HORRIFYING new research has revealed the shocking reality of what happens to women when they try to return to work after having a baby. Having a baby is one of the worst things a woman can do for her career. Aussie women who take time off work to have children are being screwed over...

Grandparent careers in Townsville need more support
Townsville Bulletin - Clare Armstrong - March 15, 2018

"The government said they would give grandparents raising their grandchildren 50 hours of free childcare but it was means tested so while I was working I couldn't get the benefit," she said. "When I retired I was able to qualify for the support but of course I didn't need it...

Perth childcare centre cops hefty fine after baby girl found bitten 'all over body'
WA Today - Hannah Barry - March 14, 2018

A Perth childcare has been fined $10,000 after a 10-month child was bitten all over her body by another child while unsupervised at the centre last year. The State Administrative Tribunal found Circle of Friends Childcare and Early Learning Centre had failed "to ensure that all children...

Apprenticeships continue their downward slide
Financial Review - Robert Bolton - March 14, 2018

He said the most alarming trend was community and personal service workers where training is down 7 per cent year on year and down 28 per cent compared to 2012. "Ageing and child care are in demand and the accreditation system means people have got to be...

Froth subsides amid concerns about childcare oversupply
Sydney Morning Herald - Tim Boreham - March 14, 2018

But according to owners and operators in the fragmented sector, too much hot money has seen excessive development at a time of low wages growth. "When your taxi driver is buying a child care centre you know the market is a bit overheated," said Think Childcare CEO Mathew Edwards...

City of South Perth approves Como childcare centre's request for earlier opening time
Southern Gazette - Bronwyn Donovan - March 13, 2018

JELLYBEANS Childcare Centre in Como will now open thirty minutes earlier to accommodate growing community needs. The City of South Perth granted approval for the extended opening hours, from 6.30am to 6pm, at its February council meeting despite officer's recommendations...