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...

Should You Buy Think Childcare Limited (ASX:TNK) At This PE Ratio?
Simply Wall St - Austin Wood - March 12, 2018

Think Childcare Limited (ASX:TNK) trades with a trailing P/E of 14.8x, which is lower than the industry average of 15.6x. While TNK might seem like an attractive stock to buy, it is important to understand the assumptions behind the P/E ratio before you make any investment decisions...

Regulations 'send prices soaring, hitting the poor'
The Australian - David Uren - March 12, 2018

Childcare costs have risen by 310 per cent over the past two decades, which is about 3.5 times as fast as wages. There are some inherent expenses in running childcare centres - it is highly labour-intensive and there are few economies of scale as there are, for example, in supermarkets...

Five things parents can do every day to help develop STEM skills from a young age
The Conversation - Kym Simoncini - March 12, 2018

Educators and researchers agree early literacy experiences are important for children's cognitive and language development. For the past 30 years there has been a strong movement to foster children's literacy skills. This has resulted in an abundance of information on how parents...

Rocketing childcare fees hurt WA families
Perth Now - Phoebe Wearne - March 12, 2018

Perth mums who want to go back to work are being turned off by rocketing childcare fees that are leaving them financially worse off despite an extra wage coming through the door.Families are paying almost $100 a child for each day in child care, with costs even higher in the western...

Parents are saving on childcare costs by relying on grandparents: study
The Daily Telegraph - Tim McIntyre - March 11, 2018

OLDER Australians are putting their travel plans on hold as they spend multiple days a week looking after their grandchildren, research has shown. A majority of grandparents plan to travel within the next five years and many are hoping to take extended holiday breaks. New research...

NT Government urged to focus on seven 'key areas' to boost shrinking population
NT News - Lauren Roberts - March 11, 2018

NT Council of the Ageing chief executive Sue Shearer said older Australians had a lot of value to the population - as they offered family members cheap or free childcare options and spent a substantial amount of hours volunteering. Ms Shearer said a large number of older...

Jenny Hutson to 'vigorously defend' G8 charges
The Australian - Lisa Allen - March 10, 2018

High-profile Brisbane businesswoman Jenny Hutson has vowed to vigorously defend 26 charges brought by the Australian Securities & Investment Commission over her former role as chairwoman of G8 Education, which bills itself as the nation's largest ASX-listed childcare operator...

Child immunisation rates at record high, but gaps among Sydney's suburbs
Sydney Morning Herald - Kate Aubusson - March 9, 2018

Child vaccination rates in NSW have climbed to record levels but parents in the anti-vaccination heartlands, which include some of Sydney's wealthier areas, are still resisting, the latest official figures show. More than 93 per cent of one-year-olds and five-year-olds are fully immunised...

Child exploitation material smuggler Alexander Anh Nguyen Tran tells court he wants to serve sentence 250m from kindergarten
The Cairns Post - Sean Fewster - March 9, 2018

A SMUGGLER of Japanese child exploitation material, who wanted to live 200m from a top girls school, has told a court he has found a new address - 250m from a kindergarten. Alexander Anh Nguyen Tran - caught with images of children as young as three - wants to serve his inevitable...

Taxpayers ripped off by $2.8 million a week by dodgy daycare providers
The Courier Mail - Matthew Killoran - March 9, 2018

GRANDPARENTS have been used as cash cows by unscrupulous family daycare providers to rip off taxpayers to the tune of $2.8 million a week. But the rort has been smashed in a Government crackdown which has already saved $110 million in a year. Some family daycare providers had been...

Wollongong child care provider cops big, fat fine for forgotten boy
Illawarra Mercury - Angela Thompson - March 8, 2018

Illawarra child care provider Big Fat Smile has been slapped with a $24,000 fine, plus costs, after a sleeping three-year-old boy was left undiscovered at a Wollongong centre for almost an hour after closing time. The fine is the second serious sum to be paid out by the provider for supervision...