Childcare costs higher than earnings for women who want to stay in careers
The Daily Telegraph - Ashleigh Gleeson - December 31, 2016

A GROWING number of Sydney women pay more for childcare than they earn by working. Yet they persevere for reasons including not wanting to be out of the workforce too long, mental stimulation and keeping their sense of identity. Berowra Heights mum Polly Connolly has three children under age...

Fair trade authorities to probe anti-vax advocates over fundraising
The Australian - Kylar Loussikian - December 28, 2016

Fair trading authorities will investigate the Australian Vaccination-sceptics Network, the activists who this week called off their High Court attempt to overturn the federal government's so-called "no jab, no pay" policy, over concerns about improper fundraising. The organisation late on Christmas...

Victoria, NSW still struggling to control family daycare sector
The Australian - Rick Morton - December 27, 2016

Victoria, the only state with a growing number of family ­daycare services, is also the jurisdiction with the largest number of problems in a crisis-stricken sector, new data shows. The family daycare sector, which has been rorted for more than $1 billion in just two years, has been the subject of a federal...

Little people, big data: why childcare landlords are chasing algorithms too
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - December 27, 2016

What started as a cottage industry is now embracing artificial intelligence, as childcare centres owners harness the predictive power of big data to forecast supply and demand. Put simply, while their little tenants are tripping through their ABCs, childcare landlords are firing up complex algorithms to divine...

Discount on preschool fees worth less than the price of a flat white
Herald Sun - Bruce McDougall - December 24, 2016

THE Baird government promised "the largest single preschool fee reduction in NSW history" yet some parents will save just a few dollars a day. Despite the government's claim of an average fee of $22 per day next year under a $115 million subsidy, many families will pay between $60 and $150 for vital...

Children on autism spectrum disorder 'cusp' missing out on early intervention, says child psychologist
ABC News - Kate Hill - December 22, 2016

A Naracoorte child psychologist says children on the cusp of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be missing out on vital early treatment because parents or educators may not realise a child needs specialist intervention. "The earlier the detection, the better the outcome," said Lana...

MYEFO: costs a saving grace as tax tally tailored again
The Australian - David Uren - December 20, 2016

Tax revenue is again failing to rise in line with Treasury's forecasts, however the bottom line would have been much worse without a big fall in childcare and Age Pension costs. Revenue estimates have been cut by $30.1 billion over the next four years, extending a pattern of revenue being over-estimated in every budget...

MYEFO: nanny pilot places to be slashed
The Australian - Rick Morton - December 20, 2016

The super fragile nanny pilot turned out to be atrocious. More than $170 million will be cut from the trial over two years and the number of places reduced from 3000 to just 500, after the government struggled to stoke ­interest. The $250m Interim Home Based Carer Subsidy Program was one of the signature...

Guilty working mum? Relax. Your kids will be fine
The Sydney Morning Herald - Mini Perkins - December 19, 2016

Are you a busy, juggling, occasionally guilt-stricken working mama? Good news! Going back to work early is not going to harm your child's development, according to new research spanning three industrialised countries, including Australia. Researchers found there was little cognitive or behavioural difference...

New boss takes reins of childcare operator G8 Education
Gold Coast Bulletin - Alister Thomson - December 16, 2016

LONGTIME G8 Education boss Chris Scott will take a back seat and let chief finance officer Gary Carroll take the reins of Australia's largest listed childcare operator. Mr Scott said the move for Mr Carroll to become managing director and chief executive was part of a succession plan for...

Summer holidays are here. Mothers, shut up and get on with it
The Age - Kasey Edwards - December 14, 2016

Before my daughter started school, I had no idea that school-aged children had 12 weeks of school holidays every year. TWELVE, people! And some of the private schools have 17 weeks, which just goes to show that you can pay more and get less. It was just too crazy to even contemplate. Who's...

Big REITs make comeback with Brookfield delivering 135 pc: B
Financial Review - Matthew Cranston - December 13, 2016

ARENA REIT, which came into fourth from sixth last year expects further competition for assets in the childcare sector. "Key to the childcare sector will be the impact of new supply entering the market, and the outcome of the federal government''s proposed changes to childcare funding," ARENA's...

Changes to school uniform policy in SA means parents at preschools get right to vote for dress code
The Advertiser - Miles Kemp - December 13, 2016

PARENTS at government preschools will have their rights to have a uniform or dress code included in Education Department policy for the first time. And students at secondary and primary schools will be allowed more religious and cultural freedom with adornments or jewellery such as...

Hong Kong's Fullshare buys into Sparrow childcare
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - December 12, 2016

Hong Kong-listed healthcare provider Fullshare Holdings has taken control of private childcare operator Sparrow Early Learning in a $66.5 million deal. The Hong Kong player will acquire 90 per cent of the shares in Sparrow, buying out its minority investors and much of the holding of its majority...

'We're overworked, overlooked and grossly, grossly underpaid'
Sydney Morning Herald - Joanna Marshall - December 12, 2016

If you've ever thought looking after a toddler on a bad day is hard, try 11 of them. In one room. Now add teething, screaming, vicious biting, scratching out eyes, inconsolable crying and poo, so much stinky stranger poo. Now let's try and get these children, fed, well rested, unscathed, clean and...