Melbourne childcare centre to offer late-night opening hours to help busy parents
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty - January 13, 2017

BUSY parents doing long hours in the office has sparked a Melbourne childcare centre to offer late-night opening hours to cope with demand to look after kids around the clock. And now Genius Childcare in Melbourne's CBD is considering rolling out 24-hour care to assist parents doing shift...

Treasury's forecast tax take out by $30bn
The Australian - David Uren - January 13, 2017

Treasury's budget forecasts for personal and company tax were out by almost $30 billion just six months later, but the bottom-line impact would have been much worse had it not been for big downward revisions to the cost of childcare, age pensions and carer support. Parliamentary Budget Office analysis shows...

Spanish and Chinese the most popular language choices at childcare centres
The Daily Telegraph - Natasha Bita - January 12, 2017

"Appy" kids are getting a jump-start learning a foreign language, with Chinese and Spanish the most popular choices in childcare centres. More than 30,000 preschoolers will use online apps to learn a language this year through the Turnbull government's...

‘Moderate' amount of child care good for grandparents, study finds
The Courier Mail - Jackie Sinnerton - January 12, 2017

Grandparents who occasionally look after the grandchildren can add five years to their lives. But those who have the children fulltime are negatively impacted, both mentally and physically. New Australian research from Edith Cowan Univer­sity, in WA, highlights the benefits of older people acting as caregivers...

Childcare top chief's making huge salaries, as Sydney childcare soars to almost $200 a day
The Daily Telegraph - Natasha Bita - January 11, 2017

Childcare chiefs are pocketing sky-high salaries as parents and taxpayers bankroll a billion-dollar profit for daycare operators. The nation's largest listed daycare operator, G8 Education, will pay chief executive Gary Carroll $725,000 this year, plus superannuation. And a performance bonus could...

Senator David Leyonhjelm's childcare comments leave viewers gobsmacked
News.com.au - James Weir, Kim Stephens & Benedict Brook - January 11, 2017

Federal Senator David Leyonhjelm has been labelled a “dinosaur stuck in the past” following much-criticised comments he made about childcare workers on TV show The Project. However, the Liberal Democrat politician has refused to back down from controversial remarks where he summarised the role of childcare...

Inspired by Sesame Street: Canberra start-up secures $4m funding for new preschool program
The Canberra Times - Bree Winchester - January 9, 2017

Preschool Play is a brand new online content platform, designed to give preschoolers and their teachers a "really brilliant start to the day" by encouraging learning through a nine-minute burst of singing and dancing. It's a modern take on Sesame Street, which was famously developed for television...

Childcare costs rise 6.8% to average fee of $8.50 an hour
The Guardian - Paul Karp - January 9, 2017

Average childcare costs have risen 6.8% in a year, prompting Australia's education minister, Simon Birmingham, to renew calls for cuts to family tax benefits to fund a restructured childcare rebate. On Sunday the education department released an update of childcare costs that shows in March 2016 the average...

Simon Birmingham: reforms will cap fee increases for childcare
The Australian - Verity Edwards - January 9, 2017

Education Minister Simon Birmingham has called on Labor to stop blocking changes to planned­ childcare legislation, which he says will cap fee increas­es and hold centres account­able for price rises. The federal government's Early Childhood and Child Care summary for the March quarter...

Taste of other languages for 30,000 children through play-based program
Herald Sun - Annika Smethurst - January 8, 2017

The Early Learning Language Australia program, introduced by the Abbott government, allows youngsters to learn one of seven languages - Mandarin, Japanese, Indonesian, Spanish, Italian, Arabic or French - using tablet apps and interactive games available in childcare centres. An extra two languages...

Childcare costs to soar past $200 a day unless government steps in, analysis warns
Herald Sun - Stephen Drill - January 7, 2017

Families will be paying up to $223 a day for childcare costs unless there is a drastic shake up of government rebates, new figures show. An analysis shows that childcare fees will rise by up to 22 per cent over the next four years, pushing the cost of childcare to the point where some mothers would be working...

Mayfield Childcare operational update
Finance News Network - Lee Brooks - January 5, 2017

Newly-listed Mayfield Childcare Limited (ASX:MFD) says it has achieved some key operational goals within its five weeks on the stock market. The child care operator says it has managed to gain government rebate approval for all 16 of its centres within 2 week of operation. Negotiations with Westpac...

Row over childcare places
News.com.au - January 2, 2017

The federal opposition has warned of a looming shortage of childcare places. But the government has dismissed the report as "scaremongering" and an embarrassing incapacity to understand projections. Labor's early childhood education spokeswoman Kate Ellis on Monday seized on forecast figures in...

Gold Coast childcare worker suing Goodstart Early Learning for $200k after injured changing nappy
Gold Coast Bulletin - Alexandria Utting - January 2, 2017

A CHILDCARE worker is suing an Oxenford kindy for more than $200,000 after she hurt her back while changing the nappy of an "uncooperative" toddler. Stephanie Lauren Fry lodged a statement of claim against Goodstart Early Leaning in the Southport District Court late last month.The 27-year...

Australian families face chronic shortage of childcare places
Herald Sun - Annika Smethurst - January 1, 2017

AUSTRALIA faces a chronic shortage of childcare spots with the number of children accessing subsidised care to grow by almost 300,000 over the next three years. The latest government figures, released as part of the midyear budget update, reveal that the number of children needing care will swell to...