Mayfield Childcare fronts fundies
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald & Joyce Moullakis - October 31, 2016

Fund managers are running the numbers on a new childcare roll-up seeking to join the likes of G8 Education and Think Childcare on the ASX-boards. Mayfield Education plans to acquire 26 centres within two hours drive from Melbourne's central business district, which would have 1941 places and 19...

Two years of preschool have more impact than one, research shows
The Conversation - Stacey Fox - October 31, 2016

Providing universal access to preschool programs for all three-year-old children could improve academic results in the longer term and prevent the learning gap that sees nearly one in four children not ready for school when they start. Our research shows that it is an achievable – and high priority...

Children should be starting preschool at 3, Victoria University study says
ABC News - Julie Doyle - October 31, 2016

A new report from Victoria University has recommended universal preschool be extended to include three-year-old children. Under the current agreement between the Commonwealth and states, universal access to preschool is offered to four year olds. Dr Stacey Fox from the University's...

Overseas grandparents flying in to babysit when cost, accessibility problems arise
ABC News - Jana Black - October 30, 2016

The Rajputs are just one of many families who are turning to creative child-minding solutions, to help fill the gaps created by cost and availability issues. Australia's most recent census data showed that of the 523,300 Australian women who were mothers to children under the age of two, 39...

Pauline Hanson sounds budget warning, defends welfare cuts.
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey - October 29, 2016

On Friday, Mr Morrison lamented that there were still welfare payments in Australia that were not means tested but the government could not name any. There is the child care rebate but the government, if it can pass its planned welfare cuts, will use some of the proceeds to establish a new...

Paid parental leave: Young mum unpacks experience as a 'double dipper'
ABC News - Emily Bourke - October 28, 2016

The original stated purpose of the Government's paid parental leave scheme was to afford babies time to bond with their carer/s. I'm just a rookie in this mum game, but building strong, healthy, functional families, ensuring babies physically and mentally thrive and feel emotionally connected to...

REITs pass first quarter results test
Sydney Morning Herald - Carolyn Cummins - October 28, 2016

DEXUS also took the opportunity to unveil its latest venture into child care. The partnership with Guardian Early Learning Group will offer DEXUS customers priority on waitlists over a proportion of available childcare places. The offering is expected to provide greater convenience and...

'Sympathetic' Malcolm Turnbull prepared to negotiate over paid parental leave change
Sydney Morning Herald - Tom McIlroy - October 27, 2016

Malcolm Turnbull has signalled he is prepared to negotiate with Senate crossbenchers to secure a crackdown on paid-parental leave, with the government's controversial start date expected to be dropped. A day after independent Nick Xenophon said the proposed January 1, 2017 start date...

Superannuation during paid parental leave needed to address pay gap: report
Financial Review - Primrose Riordan - October 27, 2016

While the Coalition has recently introduced tax measures to combat women's loss of earnings when out of the workforce, employers are not obliged to pay super during paid parental leave. Labor is mulling a change in policy to support mandatory super for women on PPL. The authors warn...

Experts, educators split on whether preschoolers should be using digital devices
ABC News - Jodie Noyce - October 27, 2016

Kristy Goodwin, children's technology and development researcher at Macquarie University, is not against using digital devices in preschool, but thinks we need to be careful. She warns that overuse could cause near-sightedness, poor posture and affect fine motor skills. "As a researcher, it...

Rise of the Nan Van
ABC - Evenings with Sarah Howells - October 26, 2016

Getting the grandparents to do a bit of child minding is not a new concept, but motoring body RACQ has picked up a bit of an interesting trend lately. New research has shown nearly one in three cars that are being fitted with child car seat belong to the grandparents, not the parents. It's something...

Preschooler death 'unrelated' to gastro outbreak
Sydney Morning Herald - Harriet Alexander - October 26, 2016

Health authorities believe that the death of a preschooler on Sunday was not related to a gastro outbreak at the childcare centre attended by the child on the lower north shore. The child, whose gender and age have not been released, died in hospital, where several children from Little Zak's...

Why Young Rich lister Mark Woodland didn't bootstrap childcare centre platform Xplor
Financial Review - John Stensholt - October 26, 2016

Mark Woodland, the founder of childcare software firm Xplor, is one entrepreneur who believes in the value of taking on venture capital funding while a company is in its early stages of growth. While some extol the virtues of raising no funds and attempting to "bootstrap" their company...

The billions we spend on childcare is failing women, the economy and children
The Canberra Times - Matt Wade - October 25, 2016

But childcare is more than a household issue. It now plays a crucial role in the Australian economy. What's more, it is a policy area that, when done well, can boost productivity, reduce social inequalities and promote gender equality. With a trifecta like that, you'd expect it would be at the top of the...

'They don't care': Paid Parental Leave cut leaves women devastated
WA Today - Jenna Price - October 25, 2016

And now the federal government has thrown the family's immediate future in chaos by cutting access to government-funded parental leave at the last minute - and expectant parents all over Australia have been hung out to dry by the sudden shift, which could be implemented as early as January 1...