Childcare rorting estimated at billions but only five investigators nationwide
The Age - Nick McKenzie & Beau Donelly - October 15, 2016

The federal government has relied on fewer than five departmental investigators across Australia to probe child care fraud estimated to run into the billions of dollars. As state and federal education ministers scramble to deal with the long-standing rorting of Family Day Care subsidies, a Fairfax...

Students screwed by VET loans shake-up
News.com.au - Charis Chang - October 14, 2016

In a statement to news.com.au, Education Minister Simon Birmingham said he "made no apologies" for ensuring taxpayer money was used to support students doing courses with strong employment outcomes to ensure they could afford to pay back their government loan. "Australians rightly expect...

Labor senators mull changes to paid parental leave super
Financial Review - Primrose Riordan - October 13, 2016

Shadow Minister for Small Business and Financial Services Katy Gallagher has backed Labor's policy to push for women and men to be paid superannuation when they are on paid parental leave. Currently employers are not required to make superannuation contributions when their...

Should there be different rules for stay at home parents?
The Daily Telegraph - Vanessa Croll - October 12, 2016

The long standing feud between stay-at-home parents and working parents was reignited recently when a preschool decided it would punish only non-working parents for picking children up late. The matter was reported on Kidspot, when a letter from the unnamed preschool was posted to an...

Moelis raises $18.75m for Paisley''s G8 childcare properties
Financial Review - Matthew Cranston - October 12, 2016

Chinese significant investment visa holders have been the main backers in Moelis Australia Asset Management''s $18.75 million raising for the purchase of portfolio of childcare centres from listed group G8 Education. Moelis used its high net worth investor base, a majority from China, to raise the capital...

Single women can't afford to live in the city and men can. Is that fair?
The Guardian - Van Badham and Gabrielle Jackson - October 11, 2016

The ongoing underpayment of early childhood educators illustrates two simultaneous disadvantages felt by Australian women. Arguments against raising pay in this industry to the comparable standard enjoyed by men with similar qualifications, such as construction workers or plasterers, are made...

Canberra negligent on daycare fraud, say states
The Australian - Rick Morton - October 11, 2016

An ugly fight over who should pay to stop fraud in the family daycare sector threatens to swamp the next education ministers council, with one state minister warning rorts worth more than $1 billion will continue ­unless the federal government ­invests in prevention. Under the National Quality...

Family day care rorts cost our children's educational future dearly
The Australian - Simon Birmingham - October 11, 2016

Many Australian parents choose family daycare for its flexible hours of operation and homelike environment, and so they can keep siblings together. Which is why the rorting of this system by some operators is so concerning: to the Turnbull government, the states and territories, to honest, high...

Food allergies: Childcare centre slammed for extreme food ban
The Courier Mail - Jackie Sinnerton - October 8, 2016

A QUEENSLAND child care facility has imposed a breakfast ban on youngsters eating nuts or nut products at home, to protect kids with allergies. While the 70 families at the West End Community Childcare Centre in Brisbane have embraced the breakfast ban, allergy experts claim the...

Effective childcare policy begins with closing loopholes, rorts
The Australian - Judith Sloan - October 8, 2016

By 2019-20, it is estimated that $12.2bn will be paid out in childcare fee assistance, an increase of nearly 50 per cent relative to this year, assuming the government's ill-considered Jobs for Families program is implemented. It is truly astonishing that the government would be contemplating ramping...

Slapstick tactics fed $1 billion childcare fraud
The Australian - Rick Morton - October 8, 2016

The Australian revealed this week the case of Ruben Majok Aleer Aguer, who received $1.6 mil­lion in taxpayer money to run a network of family childcare educators looking after up to 74 children. In a farcical game of cat and mouse that lasted 16 months, Mr Aguer led the monitoring authority, the...

Experts warn drilling reading and writing skills pre-Kindergarten might not be a good idea
The Daily Telegraph - Neil Keene - October 8, 2016

While up to one in five of the 70,000-plus NSW children starting school next year will have developmental vulnerabilities­, early childhood experts said that "hot-housing" young children to fast-track academic achievement was not the answer. Peak advocacy group Early Childhood Australia said many...

Preps repeating first school year in Victoria, concerns they're starting too early
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty - October 7, 2016

HUNDREDS of preps are repeating the first year of school amid concerns parents are starting children too early or can't get them in to kinder. Some preps lack even basic communication skills and are unprepared for learning, with kindergarten shortages and the high cost of childcare exacerbating the...

Childcare employees' pay too low to be able to start family, union says
The Guardian - Melissa Davey - October 7, 2016

Many childcare employees are on such low pay that they can not start a family, travel, or successfully apply for a mortgage, according to a submission to the Fair Work Commission from United Voice, a union representing the childcare sector. United Voice has called for a 35% pay...

Brothers still operating network, despite suspension after raids
The Australian - Rick Morton - October 7, 2016

Sydney brothers Mohammad and Ibrahim Omar, whose childcare empire has been suspended amid a police investigation into whether Islamic State was funded with taxpayer money, are still operating a network of training organisations around Australia. The Australian can reveal that the brothers...