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...

Shire steps in to 'save' child care
The Mornington Peninsula News - March 13, 2018

The shire, in a news release sent at 5pm Friday, says it is working "to support the childcare programs on a temporary basis to ensure continuity of services for the community and staff while exploring longer term options with the community and other stakeholders regarding ongoing...

Tooth brushing lessons to be run in schools with students who have high levels of decay
The Daily Telegraph - Rose Brennan - March 13, 2018

NSW Health has released a community fluoride strategy that calls upon local health authorities to work with schools and child care centres to reduce tooth decay. Under the policy, authorities from local health districts whose residents can't access fluoridated water or are at high...

Increase to minimum wage is rational economics
The Age - Alex Lavelle - 13 March 2018

Some appear ambit, but the arguments behind them are shared by most: the economy's full potential is being held back by low wages; the impact of this on consumer confidence and spending is amplified because household budgets have been hit hard by higher costs for energy...

400 families in limbo as funding cuts scrap day care scheme
News Mail - Hayley Nissen - March 13, 2018

ABOUT 400 families are in limbo after it was revealed funding for the Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme had been scrapped. The cut means about 40 local educators will be looking for an alternative family day care service after the Federal Government decided not...

'All the allegations are about her': G8 washes hands of ex-chairman
Sydney Morning Herald - Colin Kruger - March 12, 2018

After a long and very colourful corporate career, the former Queensland Business Woman of the Year, Jenny Hutson, is finally being brought back down to earth with a thud. G8 Education sent out a statement on Monday acknowledging that Hutson, its former chairwoman...

Cuts could spell end to vital service
Riverine Herald - March 12, 2018

LOCAL families have been caught in the middle of the most recent feud between State and Federal Governments, with the Victorian Government warning the fate of federal funding for occasional childcare is on uncertain ground. State leaders lashed out at the Turnbull...