Daycare rorters and criminals sending cash to IS targeted in scam crackdown
The Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - September 11, 2016

DODGY family daycare providers claiming cash rebates for looking after their own kids and criminals sending childcare cash to Islamic State will both face jail in a dramatic crackdown on scams. The government has already stopped daycare dodges worth more than $8 million a week. But others...

Body worry at 3: Preschoolers worry about they way they look
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - September 11, 2016

AS many as eight out of 10 ­preschool aged children say they are unhappy with their body. Eight major quantitative studies into the body image of children have found between 60 and 80 per cent are unhappy with the way they look. However, the Australian Catholic University and Deak­in...

Boyer Lectures: Sir Michael Marmot urges Australia to invest in early childhood to close Indigenous health gap
ABC News - September 10, 2016

He argues the best way to deal with that inequality is investment in early childhood development. "What happens to children in the early years has a profound effect on their life chances and hence their health as adults," he said. "A poor start in life, of course, affects everything that happens...

Taxpayers lose as crony capitalism takes over childcare, hospitals
The Australian - Judith Sloan - September 10, 2016

This time it occurred to me that many of our listed companies fell into the crony capitalism category. What got me really thinking about this was the news that local childcare operator All About Children (my daughter and her friends call it All About Cash) had been sold to an overseas investment....

Childcare educators make their case for much higher pay
Sydney Morning Herald - Nick Toscano - September 9, 2016

Low-paid childcare educators from across the country will converge in Canberra next week to fight for a major investment of public funds into their wages. It comes as the daycare sector was hit with industrial strife for the first time in 30 years on Thursday, when staff walked off the job at several...

Talking Point: Too much too young is dangerous
The Mercury - Steve Biddulph - Septermber 9, 2016

About half of all children are raised - and in fact have their early learning - from an at-home parent who is secure enough and part of their community - with playgroups, toys, activities, lively and involved, needing very little else before entering kindergarten at the age of four. A second group for...

Childcare workers walk off the job for first time in 30 years to campaign for better pay
Herald Sun - Tiffany Korssen - September 8, 2016

OVER 100 early childhood educators walked off the job today to demand better pay and proper recognition for their valuable work. The strike meant about 500 children went home early from several childcare centres across Melbourne - but workers said the strike was "overwhelmingly supported" ...

Vic childcare workers to walk off the job
9News.com.au - September 8, 2016

Children at numerous Victorian childcare centres will be sent home early, as workers walk off the job campaigning for better pay. Workers will stage protests on Thursday, coinciding with Equal Pay Day, calling for a rise in their wage to meet what other educators receive. Early childhood union...

No fines for smoking bans near Victorian childcare centres, schools, kindergartens
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty - September 7, 2016

A LAW to protect children by banning smoking outside schools, preschools, childcare centres and kindergartens has not resulted in a single fine in nearly 18 months. The government approach since the April 2015 ban on smoking within four metres of the buildings' entrances has been to...

Gastro outbreak in WA childcare centres, nursing homes sparks health warning
ABC News - Georgia Loney & Eliza Laschon - September 6, 2016

A sharp increase in outbreaks of gastroenteritis in Western Australian childcare centres and nursing homes has prompted a warning from the state's health authorities. In the past six weeks there have been six reported outbreaks at childcare centres and 19 at nursing homes across the state...

A Value Investor's Guide to G8 Education Ltd - Part II
Motley Fool - Sean O'Neill - September 6, 2016

A week ago I took a look at G8 Education Ltd's (ASX: GEM) costs and depreciation both compared to its historical norms, and compared to other competitors on the ASX. I found that by and large, G8's costs had remained relatively stable until the sharp rise in costs that rocked shares a few...

Gender pay strikes to shut childcare centres
Sydney Morning Herald - Nick Toscano - September 6, 2016

Children in daycare centres will be sent home early on Thursday, as some of the sector's 80,000 mostly female staff strike to narrow the large pay gap between men and women. Several childcare centres in Melbourne's north and south-east will be forced to shut soon after 3pm, and staff will suspend...

Lunches, homework and drop offs: the rise of the part-time power dad
Financial Review - Patrick Durkin & Lucille Keen - September 3, 2016

The CEOs and executives are part of the small but growing number of part-time power dads, firing off emails late at night or from the car as they drop the kids off at school, sporting events or help with the homework, as they juggle the competing demands of work and family life. The number of...

Plan for parents to check kindergarten standards
The Mercury - Matt Smith - September 3, 2016

TASMANIAN parents will be able to compare the quality standards of all government kindergartens for the first time under a plan being pushed by the State Government. Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff said all government kindergartens would fall under the National Quality Standards...

North Perth childcare facility fined $40k over alleged abduction, sexual abuse of two children
Perth Now - Kate Campbell - September 3, 2016

STAFF at a North Perth childcare facility raised the alarm with their boss that a man was hanging around and smoking near playing children on the same day two kids were allegedly abducted from the centre and sexually assaulted. That revelation was detailed in a State Administrative Tribunal...