Buy the childcare boom but be wary: Peritus
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - June 27, 2018

But the rush into childcare also has its pitfalls, with the potential for oversupply. Listed players such as Arena REIT have turned to the predictive power of big data to forecast supply and demand. Peritus' Mr Fanous agreed that the industry can support healthy growth rates at a "macro...

Simon Birmingham's childcare suggestion is laughable
Herald Sun - Lanai Scarr - June 27, 2018

PARENTS should just switch childcare centres if they're not happy with how much their provider is charging them. That's the line Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham is rolling out in response to reports on the weekend that childcare centres are jacking up their fees in the lead up...

Final process in childcare subsidy changes could mean families miss out on full rebates
News.com.au - Stephanie Bedo - June 27, 2018

JUST when you thought you were nearly done with sorting out changes around your childcare rebate, there's something that still might catch you out. Even after families have updated their details with myGov - the crucial process necessary to make sure they get the Turnbull Government's...

Huge demand leads to boom in pre-kindergarten programs at Perth schools
Perth Now - Rhianna Mitchell - June 27, 2018

SCOTCH College has become the latest Perth school to introduce an onsite kindergarten program for three-year-olds, where boys and girls wear school uniforms, learn French, art and music and get dirty at a bush school. Huge demand from parents has led to a boom in pre-kindergarten...

MercyCare adds child care centres
Business News WA - Katie McDonald - June 27, 2018

Not-for-profit community services provider MercyCare has purchased five early learning centres from private operator Acacia Hill Childcare for an undisclosed sum, doubling the group's existing sector portfolio...

'Ridiculous' demand for WA au pairs and nannies with trend towards flexible childcare hours
Perth Now - Rhianna Mitchell - June 26, 2018

DEMAND for au pairs and nannies is on the rise in WA, with one agency saying it turns away 10 families a week. Shiftworkers, business owners and families who have fly-in, fly-out workers are driving a trend towards more flexible child care. Sue Pember, director of Perth-based...

Childcare subsidy changes could mean more grandparents are carrying the load
ABC News - Chris Urquhart - June 25, 2018

For some families that will mean they are better off, but for others it will be a lot worse. For families that do take a hit it could put even more pressure on grandparents to help out. Anne McLeish, from Grandparents Australia, said the older generation did an extraordinary job plugging...

Childcare fees rise but experts insist families will still be better off under rebate changes
News.com.au - Stephanie Bedo - June 25, 2018

But the good news is it's not all doom and gloom - some experts say the situation isn't as bad as parents think and fee increases might be a good thing. That's because for certain families, their centres changing their fee structure could mean they get more back on their subsidy...

This is how working irregular hours can actually be good for your kids
Kidspot - Claire Haiek - June 25, 2018

The study found that a mother's night shift tended to have benefits for both boys and girls, particularly in their younger years. Similarly, a father's night shift tended to result in behavioural benefits in boys. Researchers couldn't provide a definitive explanation as to why, but they speculate...

ASX 200 urged to hit 40% target for women on boards by 2022
Sydney Morning Herald - Nassim Khadem - June 25, 2018

Ms Wakefield Evans also wants to see changes to allow women on all income levels to get tax-deductible child care. The Productivity Commission previously reviewed the childcare system and warned that the danger of such a scheme was that it would benefit wealthier women. But she said...

'Massive' oversupply of childcare in Perth blamed for rising fees
The West Australian - Rhianna Mitchell - June 25, 2018

Perth is experiencing a "massive oversupply" of childcare places which is forcing some centres to increase their fees in an attempt to recover costs, according to the State's peak industry group. Families are being urged to look within a 10km to 15km radius of their home or work to find a childcare...

Childcare hopes dashed by fee hikes
The Australian - Rick Morton - June 25, 2018

Childcare centres across the country have jacked up their fees for the next financial year by as much as 10 per cent, or $12 a day, in a move that will strip away much of the affordability gain under the federal government's new subsidy.The second-largest operator of childcare centres in the country, G8 Education, which has a market capitalisation of more than $1 billion, has issued a blanket fee ­increase of 5.5 per cent across its 516 centres...

Childcare relief could be axed for up to 235,000
The Courier Mail - Lanai Scarr - June 25, 2018

UP to 235,000 families and close to 100 childcare providers are still yet to switch over to the new childcare subsidy system, with a week to go until the rollout. The failure of parents and centres to get their act together and update their details with Centrelink means they could have their...

Golden Plains Shire backs down from proposal to increase childcare fees by $26 a day
Geelong Advertiser - Olivia Shying - June 25, 2018

GOLDEN Plains Shire Council has backed down from its proposal to slug parents an extra $26 a day for Bannockburn childcare services after mounting pressure from frustrated parents. But the council says proposed budget changes, to be finalised at a meeting on Wednesday, will force the program...

Toxic PFAS foam carried by ACT fire trucks 13 years after phase out
Canberra Times - Steven Trask - June 25, 2018

On Monday it was revealed that PFAS contamination had been confirmed at the old Charnwood fire station on Lhotsky Street, before the ACT government re-zoned the land and sold it to become a child care centre. Contamination from PFAS chemicals has also been confirmed at the former...