Africans head dodgy daycare centres
The Australian - Rick Morton - April 3, 2018

More than two-thirds of family daycare operators who had their taxpayer subsidies cancelled or suspended late last year were born in a handful of countries on the Horn of Africa and most of these were from one nation: Somalia. Education Minister Simon ­Birmingham will today...

More than a dozen Western Sydney childcare centres shutdown in massive crackdown
Daily Telegraph - Kylar Loussikian - April 3, 2018

MORE than a dozen NSW childcare centres have been forced to close in just three months as part of a massive crackdown on providers faking paperwork to claim taxpayer subsidies. And almost all of them were in Western Sydney. The federal government's national audit of family daycare...

Dodgy Victorian daycare centres shut down after being caught out in rort
Herald Sun - Rob Harris - April 2, 2018

DOZENS of dodgy daycare providers have been shut down after being caught rorting taxpayers' money by making up records and pretending to care for non-existent children. Victoria accounts for 27 of the nation's 53 family daycare providers that have been subjected to serious...

Ken Henry says spending surge makes talk of tax cuts absurd
The Australian - Adam Creighton - April 2, 2018

Dr Henry acknowledged progress on reform of childcare payments, which collapse into a single streamlined childcare subsidy from July. He was "surprised", however, that family tax benefits A and B, which provide about $18bn a year to families, hadn't been reformed...

Dutton saga fortifies bid for au pair visa
9News.com.au - April 1, 2018

The business lobby and nanny agencies have seized on the controversy surrounding Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and the au pair detention saga to bolster their case for establishing a special visa category. The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and au pair...

The maddening reason early childhood educators aren't valued & why we all lose
Women's Agenda - Georgina Dent - March 29, 2018

It is symptomatic of a world that fails to value the invaluable work of caring for small people, which is maddening when you consider the reams of research that confirm the benefits associated with high-quality early education and care. It is the ultimate win-win for government...

Childcare workers would deserve better pay if they were more skilled
Sydney Morning Herald - Cynthia Pickering - March 29, 2018

The childcare workers' strike this week has been an opportunity to reflect on the role these mainly young and low-paid women play in our society. They do the thankless, dirty and messy and brain-numbingly mundane job of caring for the young. But do childcare workers really deserve a pay...

Childcare centres rule in Queensland
Financial Review - Su-Lin Tan - March 28, 2018

Four childcare centres in Queensland have sold to private investors, a listed trust and a developer for $24.075 million. A Melbourne-based, ASX-listed REIT bought a 2539 square metre centre leased to national childcare operator Petit Early Learning Journey at 38 Wellington Street, Wooloowin..

Childcare angst: 'People still believe we're just babysitters'
The Observer - Julia Bartrim - March 28, 2018

The protesters, organised by the United Voice are asking the Federal Government to subsidise a wage increase of 35 per cent. Shelly Holzheimer a life member of United Voice said parents pay enough for childcare and it was already unaffordable for many. "The government must step...

Revealed: Childcare workers paid less than McDonald's workers
The New Daily - Christiane Barro - March 27, 2018

Childcare workers responsible for caring for children in their most critical years of development are among the lowest-paid workers in Australia, The New Daily can reveal.On Tuesday, roughly 6500 early childhood educators from more than 300 centres walked off the job to protest...

Why even non-parents should pay for childcare
The Daily Telegraph - Sarrah Le Marquand - March 27, 2018

FOR a country that reacted decisively within hours of news breaking as to a cricket cheating scandal, it says a lot about our national priorities that the scandal engulfing our childcare sector continues to remain ignored. Alarming details come to light about our most high-profile sporting...

Childcare workers' strike won't win them a pay rise. Here's why
ABC News - Lisa Bryant - March 27, 2018

The issue, of course, is not because we don't know or think they need a pay rise, but because we can't decide whom should pay for it. Should parents pay? They know their own wages are earned on the backs of these underpaid educators. But pay more? Ha! Childcare fees are already...

Childcare centres urge early pick-up due to national strike
Financial Review - David Marin-Guzman - March 26, 2018

Childcare centres across the country are warning parents they may close early or entirely on Tuesday as a result of unprecedented industrial action over gender pay gap claims. Unions are estimating 6500 early childhood educators will walk off the job in a bid to pressure...

Childcare workers to walk off work
The Australian - Ewin Hannan - March 26, 2018

Thousands of childcare workers will embark on national industrial action tomorrow with their union warning the "biggest early education walk off in Australian history" will cause rolling closures of centres. United Voice said 6500 workers would take industrial action in protest...

Govt to spend $6m teaching tech to tots
IT News - Matt Johnston - Ewin Hannan - March 26, 2018

The federal government is trialling a STEM program for preschoolers in a bid to encourage interest in the sector from a young age. The $6 million early learning STEM Australia (ELSA) program, developed by the University of Canberra, will be rolled out to 4000 preschoolers...