Investors hold back as commercial property auctions fizz
Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - December 7, 2016

Childcare centres trumped petrol stations as investors took a more cautious approach to commercial property investment at the final portfolio auction of the year. Sixteen out of 29 properties sold under the hammer in Melbourne on Wednesday at a Burgess Rawson auction, achieving a modest clearance...

Holidays often bring stressful times for parents trying to balance work, time off, and children''s care and entertainment
Courier Mail - Amanda Horswill - December 7, 2016

CHILDREN might be relieved that school is over for the year, but for many parents, it's the start of an often-stressful childcare juggle. Parental and carer lobby group The Parent Hood executive director Jo Briskey said employers could do more to help ease this burden for working parents...

Stick it on the fridge: your form guide for political 'progress' 2017
The Guardian - Kristina Keneally - December 6, 2016

The Coalition is dedicating the savings in PPL to support a new childcare package. Announced in the 2015 budget, the Coalition is promising to reform the childcare subsidy to deliver “simpler, more affordable, accessible, and flexible” childcare. It is also committing an additional $3bn to childcare...

YMCA NSW faces financial challenges in wake of sex abuse inquiry: Royal Commission
Canberra Times - Rachel Browne - December 5, 2016

One of the state's biggest providers of youth services is facing significant financial challenges in the wake of findings from the child sex abuse royal commission. YMCA NSW has invested heavily in strengthening child protection procedures since shocking revelations about child sex abuse...

Family daycare chain on list of providers threatened with closure
The Daily Telegraph - Natasha Bita - December 3, 2016

It comes as the state government revealed it has knocked back every request for new family daycare services in the past five months, after all applicants flunked a simple test of basic safety rules. Childcare Minister Leslie Williams said operators had been told to "lift your game or shut up...

Aman Manyok Thiak's brother's daycare training targeted
The Australian - Rick Morton - December 1, 2016

A training company run by the brother of a Sudanese family daycare operator is being investigated by federal authorities after the early learning business was shut down for allegedly using fake or misleading staff qualifications. White Butterfly Family Day Care founder and director Aman...

Elite parents skipping the childcare queue, while promised reforms stall
News.com.au - Sana McCauley - November 30, 2016

But not everyone has to wait in line, with Australia's childcare market increasingly becoming a tale of two cities. Lawyers, accountants and financial advisers working in buildings owned by Australia's biggest office landlord are being ushered into the VIP express lane when they apply for a...

Billionaire Besen family picks up slice of Mayfield Childcare float
Financial Review - Simon Evans - November 30, 2016

Melbourne's billionaire Besen family, headed by patriarch Marc Besen, has picked up a small stake in childcare centre operator Mayfield Childcare, which made its debut on the ASX on Wednesday in a solid opening. The Besen family, with an estimated net wealth of $2.4 billion according to the...

Africans outwit bureaucrats - rip off child-care handouts
The Australian - Rick Morton - November 30, 2016

Family daycare operators and teachers from non-English-speaking backgrounds are being targeted by state authorities in a bid to crack down on abuse and bending of rules that have cost taxpayers more than $1 billion in two years and put children at risk. Senior departmental staff and Queensland...

Preschool focus to tackle fall in entrants
The Australian - Julie Hare - November 30, 2016

The South Australian government is tackling low levels of participation in senior maths and science subjects by starting at the beginning: preschool. "We recognise that if you don''t capture and then maintain enthusiasm for STEM in primary school, it''s not going to translate in the final years," ...

'Education is power': This childcare centre aims for an equal start
ABC News - Bridget Brennan - November 29, 2016

Centres like Lulla's - there are 240 across the country - can make a big difference in Aboriginal communities where there are far too many Indigenous children missing from early education centres. Currently there are a whopping 15,000 Indigenous children not enrolled in child care. As...

Who actually cares? Childcare is broken, we need a new system
Women's Agenda - Angela Priestley - November 29, 2016

Just thinking about the amount it costs to send my eldest son to childcare churns my stomach. It's a constant topic of conversation amongst frustrated parents I know paying such fees in Sydney, up there with the impossibly high entry-point of purchasing property. But I'm so very, very grateful...

Multimillion-dollar day care fraud forged testimony of child protection workers
Sydney Morning Herald - Eryk Bagshaw - November 28, 2016

A 29-year-old NSW woman who stole $3.6 million from taxpayers forged the testimony of government child-care protection workers, used the evidence of a neurosurgeon and pretended she was a vulnerable foster carer in order to earn millions of dollars in child care subsidies, documents released by the...

STEM setting preschoolers up for workforce success in 2030
Sydney Morning Herald - Karen Hardy - November 28, 2016

In the report The Future of Work: Setting kids up for success, the Regional Australia Institute predicts that high-demand jobs will need a mix of hard specialist knowledge skills, or STEM skills; and soft people skills, such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. "To ensure...

Mayfield Childcare hopes investors will return to listed sector
The Australian - Tim Boreham - November 28, 2016

Eight years after Eddie Groves's foray into childcare became the ABC of how not to execute a debt-fuelled expansion, the quest to consolidate the sprawling $10 billion a year sector in a listed vehicle lives on. But while the consolidation theme thrives again, there are lingering questions about...