Childcare staff to overrule parent wishes in national baby sleep safety crackdown
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien and Simon Kuperman - September 26, 2017

PARENTAL wishes about their baby's sleep routines at childcare will be overruled by staff, under a new national child safety crackdown. In a bid to reduce cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, staff will ignore the wishes of parents who want their babies to sleep on their front or side...

Think Childcare: Turning child's play into earnings
The Australian - Jonathan Wilson - September 26, 2017

With 3 per cent market share in Victoria, TNK is well placed to join in the consolidation of the still highly fragmented industry. Since listing in late 2014, it has grown its network of owned centres from 30 to 38, and in conjunction with "incubator" partners, it has a pipeline of 62 centres...

Calls for rules sending sick kids home to stop spread of diseases
Daily Telegraph - Rose Brennan - September 23, 2017

Childcare centres making up their own inadequate health rules and desperate parents disguising their kids' illnesses are combining to making the centres hothouses for the spread of diseases in children. Experts have called for mandatory, consistent procedures governing the attendance...

Push to extend preschool funding for younger children in Canberra
ABC News - Jonathon Gul and Diana Hayward - September 22, 2017

A group of not-for-profit organisations in Canberra is putting pressure on the ACT and Federal Government to extend its preschool funding to three-year-olds.At the moment, preschool is free for children aged four, but a newly formed group - The Children First Alliance - wants to see...

Talking Point: School age decision means a better start for children
The Mercury - Jo Walsh - September 22, 2017

With Tasmania above the national average on the percentage of services that meet National Quality Framework, we are well placed to provide quality education and care. In Australia, research shows a strong correlation between socio-economic status and developmental vulnerability...

Queensland childcare giant G8 Education acquires 19 new centres
The Courier Mail - Alister Thomson - September 21, 2017

GOLD Coast-based childcare provider G8 Education has outlaid $27 million to add 19 new centres to its swelling portfolio, which now numbers 500 in Australia. Investors responded positively sending the stock 17¢ or 4.5 per cent higher to $3.94 on Thursday, making it the best performing...

Politicians are addicted to other people's money
Financial Review - David Leyonhjelm - September 21, 2017

For example, middle class welfare in the form of the family tax benefit costs each Australian about $801, and childcare assistance $314 per person. In reality, both are largely funded by taxpaying Australians who don't have children. Politicians pretending to be compassionate when...

Australian women spend twice as much time on childcare and chores than men
The Guardian - Calla Wahlquist - September 20, 2017

Seniority was also a factor in women taking maternity leave: one in 15 female managers accessed some form of parental leave in 2015-16 compared with one in 25 non-managers. In total, 84,886 women and 33,306 men took some form of parental leave in 2015-16. Single mothers were the least likely...

Rhodes Waterside's new Shopping Nanny service is the first of its kind in Australia
Daily Telegraph - Daily Telegraph - September 19, 2017

The new service at Rhodes Waterside gives shoppers "me time" to try on clothing, get their hair done or enjoy a coffee while the centre's complimentary nannies look after little ones. Parents are able to book up to two hours of childcare in a designated play area or choose...

Why is child care so expensive?
ABC News - Tiger Webb - September 18, 2017

"It's draconian. It's outrageous," says Gwendolyn Hyslop as she goes through the calculations in her household budget. Dr Hyslop is a sole parent to two preschool children who spends more than half her take-home salary on child care. An academic linguist at the University of Sydney...

No jab, no play across border in child vaccination crackdown
Border Mail - Sophie Boyd - September 18, 2017

From next year, NSW providers will not be able to enrol new children who are unvaccinated because their parents are conscientious objectors or anti-vaxxers. Under the previous legislation, registering as a conscientious objector was a valid exemption. Unvaccinated children will still...

Three charts on: who holds more than one job to make ends meet
The Conversation - Roger Wilkins - September 18, 2017

For example, teachers may be able to privately tutor outside of school hours, and child care workers (who are in the health care and social assistance industry) can provide informal child care outside of child care centre operating hours. Community and personal service workers...

Convicted sex offender cleared to run childcare business after court finds no current risk
Sydney Morning Herald - Harriet Alexander - September 17, 2017

A convicted sex offender who has faced allegations of domestic violence from two ex-partners and one of his children has been cleared to run a childcare business, after the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by the NSW Children's Guardian. The man, whose name has been...

Kinder kids with suspect vaccination exemptions identified in Dr John Piesse probe
Herald Sun - Grant McArthur - September 16, 2017

THE futures of unvaccinated students at more than 15 kindergartens and childcare centres are under a cloud because they have exemptions granted by rogue anti-vax GP Dr John Piesse. Many more kindergartens could still be brought into the anti-vaccination scandal, while the full extent...

Unvaccinated children banned from childcare across NSW as conscientious objector loophole closed
Sydney Morning Herald - Kate Aubusson - September 14, 2017

Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children will no longer be able to enrol children to childcare, with the state government closing the "conscientious objector" loophole in NSW's 'no jab no play' rules. On Wednesday night the NSW parliament passed a Bill to amend the Public Health Act...