Grandparents stepping up as costs of childcare bite
Sydney Morning Herald - John Collett - June 3, 2018

Australian grandparents are contributing the equivalent of $3.94 billion annually in childcare costs, by minding their grandchildren, according to the survey of 1000 people conducted by comparison site Mozo. The typical, or median, amount of childcare provided by grandparents is...

Childcare worker banned from working with children after husband hit boy, 4
The Sunday Telegraph - Linda Simalis - June 3, 2018

A CHILDCARE worker whose husband allegedly hit a four-year-old boy in her care across the face for being "naughty" has been banned from working with children. The registered council family daycare education was reported to the NSW Children''s Guardian after the boy's aunt complained...

Early Years Care childcare centres vows to fight government sanctions
Illawarra Mercury - Desiree Savage - June 3, 2018

Up to 85 child care jobs are at risk and parents have fears over future care after a Barrack Heights-based family day care network was notified of the Government's intention to impose sanctions for non-compliance. Director of Early Years Care Marie Armstrong Smith vowed to fight...

Pressure on working mums at a 'tipping point' but dads are stepping up… slowly
Sunday Herald Sun - Wendy Tuohy - June 2, 2018

And she said 20 years of research had shown the demands on mothers domestic and care roles had not changed. "Difficulty juggling the demands of work and home doesn't go away as children get older, family-friendly policies are focused on the early years, but the data is showing...

When investing feels like child's play
Sydney Morning Herald - Michael Vanstone - June 2, 2018

As Australia's fastest-growing real estate investment class, childcare centres have emerged as highly desirable commercial property assets over the last five years. The volume of childcare centre investment sales has grown tenfold while cap rates have taken a positive step in the...

Think Childcare distributes 5.8 million flyers as childcare faces shake-up
Financial Review - Simon Evans - May 31, 2018

ASX-listed Think Childcare, which operates 70 childcare centres around Australia, is taking the unprecedented step of doing a letterbox drop to 729,000 households in catchment areas around its centres to try to drive extra demand as a new subsidy scheme arrives. Think Childcare chief...

Sale docs out for Anchorage's $700m child care company
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald & Julie-anne Sprague - May 30, 2018

Sydney-based private equity firm Anchorage Capital Partners is ramping up plans to sell childcare business Affinity Education. As first reported by Street Talk, Anchorage and adviser Luminis Partners sent an information memorandum to buyers this week. The IM pegs Affinity's earnings before...

Kindergarten teacher not guilty of indecently cupping 4yo boy's genitals in childcare centre
ABC News - Sharnie Kim - May 30, 2018

A jury has found a kindergarten teacher in far north Queensland not guilty of inappropriately touching a four-year-old boy in his care at a day care centre. The 26-year-old man was accused of cupping the genitals of the boy while helping him change out of wet clothes at a far north...

Half a million families yet to sign up for subsidies
SBS News - May 30, 2018

Just over half of families eligible for combined childcare subsidies have signed up to the new scheme, but more than 489,000 still need to. The Turnbull government is combining existing subsidies for childcare into a single means- and activity-tested payment.But only a little...

Kindergarten teacher accused of inappropriately touching 4yo boy in far north Queensland
ABC News - Sharnie Kim - May 30, 2018

The trial of a far north Queensland kindergarten teacher, accused of inappropriately touching a boy in his care, has heard the alleged incident happened when the child was getting changed out of wet clothes. The 26-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons...

Loan nightmare killing TAFE skills push
Daily Telegraph - May 28, 2018

TAFE NSW boss Jon Black warned barriers involved in applying for a loan has led to the number of applications for construction diplomas and childcare courses plummeting. "In fact, the total number of Commonwealth-supported loans across TAFE NSW''s top 20 diploma courses has...

Senior women urged to talk about pathways to success
Financial Review - Sally Patten - May 28, 2018

Recruitment firms need to be more proactive putting forward women, the cost of childcare needs to be tackled and successful women need to talk more about their path to success if the gender balance at the top of organisations is to improve, say previous winners...

Think you'll get the new childcare subsidy? Not unless you act
Sydney Morning Herald - Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon - May 27, 2018

You are absolutely right Leanne – to qualify for the new childcare subsidy you must have created a my.gov.au account, linked it to Centrelink and completed a childcare subsidy assessment. Good for you for paying attention! The information you'll need is your family's income...

Parents call for Melbourne City Council's only CBD childcare to keep its doors open
Herald Sun - Monique Hore - May 25, 2018

MELBOURNE City Council has blindsided parents by threatening to close its only CBD childcare centre next month.Parents burst into tears when they were told on Tuesday that the A'Beckett St centre could shut its doors. They face years-long waiting lists at other city centres as they...

'Better off playing': The Sydney school banning four-year-olds
Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker - May 25, 2018

Parents have struggled with this decision for decades. But now, one school is making it for them. From 2019, the private school Newington will only accept boys who turn five by January 31, the beginning of the school year. "We looked carefully at international research, and it consistently...