Paid parental leave: six months of paid leave opens up options for mums and dads
ABC News - Clare Negus - October 12, 2017

Australian employers are increasingly moving away from traditional maternity leave policies and instead offering six months of paid parental leave for the "primary carer". The gender-neutral policies are intended to create options for families - fathers can take time off work as the primary carer...

Is G8 Education Ltd still a dividend darling?
Motley Fool - Sean O'Neil - October 11, 2017

It's like a horse race – in the Blue we have up-and-comer G8 Education Ltd (ASX: GEM) and in the Red we have ageing nag Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS). Both are, or were, favourites among income seeking investors for their huge dividends, historically above 6% at recent share prices...

Are greedy developers and landlords gouging childcare parents?
ABC News - Lisa Bryant - October 11, 2017

Property developers and landlords are inflating the cost of childcare and condemning children to spending their childhoods in crappy environments. And worse? They're getting government support to do it. Increasingly, whacking up a childcare centre is looking like a good option...

City childcare operators hit back at claims of undersupply
The Chronicle - Matthew Newton - October 11, 2017

TOOWOOMBA childcare operators have hit back at claims of a large undersupply in the number of childcare places available in the city. Australian Childcare Solutions claimed in recent development application for a new childcare centre at 24A-28 James Street there was a shortfall...

Fears of hepatitis A infection at Brighton childcare centre
Brisbane Times - Melissa Cunningham - October 11, 2017

Families at a Brighton childcare centre face an anxious wait after a staff member contracted hepatitis A overseas and potentially passed the virus on to children. About 30 staff and up to 45 children at the Bambini Early Learning Centre in Brighton East have been deemed at risk of...

Project Sydney: Childcare, hospitals needed to cope with 1.2m people population boom
News.com.au - Matthew Benns & Natasha Bita - October 9, 2017

Exclusive modelling reveals the "shopping list" of social services needed to meet demand - more than half of it in Western Sydney. Sydney will need 500 new childcare centres, 70 hospitals and 1750 GPs, according to the PwC research. "We are building to accommodate the population...

I live with my boss: What life is really like as a live-in nanny
Domain - Brigid Blackney - October 9, 2017

During her 14-year career as a nanny she's lived with five of the families she's worked for, resulting in a very different kind of working relationship than most people are used to. "It's only just occurred to me how few jobs there are where you see your boss in their Peter...

Deadly flu season should mean vaccines for all health workers
Sydney Morning Herald - Robert Booy and Sue Rodger-Withers - October 8, 2017

The Turnbull government has responded rapidly, announcing a push to mandate influenza vaccination among aged-care workers, a move strongly supported by peak groups, including National Seniors Australia and COTA Australia. And the case is compelling. But, logically...

NSW childcare centres burdened by regulations
The Macleay Argus - October 6, 2017

A new survey has found childcare centres across NSW are spending more time than ever on paperwork, compliance requirements and unnecessary red tape at the expense of educational outcomes of children. A survey of 1,700 childcare centres across the state found 62 per cent of staff...

Sleep and the restless preschooler: why policies need to change
The Conversation - Karen Thorpe, Sally Staton, Simon Smith & Susan Irvine - October 6, 2017

The legislated regulatory standards for sleep, rest and relaxation in early childhood education and care have changed this week. What are the changes and why have these been made? From October 1, the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care requires...

Australian women earn 87 cents to every man's dollar: OECD report
Brisbane Times - Nassim Khadem - October 5, 2017

Australian children are less likely than children in many other OECD countries to participate in formal childcare or pre-school. This limits the extent to which Australian mothers engage in paid work, the report said. "While not as expensive as in some other English-speaking countries...

Predator jailed for luring children from North Perth daycare
Perth Now - Shannon Hampton October 4, 2017

A CHILD molester who snatched two children from a North Perth school holiday care program and sexually assaulted the pair before abandoning them in a park has been jailed for a decade over his "abhorrent" crimes. Promising the children treats and fun activities, Vincenzo Mule, 54, lured the...

New research found Perth childcare centres could be helping create racial discrimination
Perth Now - Bethany Hiatt - October 4, 2017

CHILDCARE centres could be helping create racial discrimination in children by failing to provide books with non-white characters, research suggests. Edith Cowan University researchers surveyed more than 2300 children's books in Perth daycare centres and found that just 5 per cent...

This orange looks good but I can't open it
News.com.au - Jackie Sinnerton - October 4, 2017

CHILDREN in child care are being taught how to open a clingwrapped sandwich, rip the top off a yoghurt and peel fruit as schools report pupils are skipping lunch as they struggle to open foods. Timber Tots Child Care in Brisbane's Camp Hill is rolling out classes for three- and...

Disadvantaged kids need more support - not less says Labor
South Coast Register - October 3, 2017

The implications for people who are particularly disadvantaged means those people may not be able to qualify for the family tax benefit which means get less access to long day care. "What kids from very disadvantaged backgrounds need is the access and not have the access...