New parliament test for childcare package
News.com.au - Rashida Yosufzai - September 2, 2016

The federal government has launched talks with the Senate crossbench on cuts to family payment bonuses to be used to pay for a reintroduced child care package. Social Services Minister Christian Porter has already kicked-off negotiations over the legislation to phase out family tax benefit Part A...

Hands-on dads happiest, most satisfied, new research shows
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - September 1, 2016

HANDS-on Dads are the happiest, new research shows. Fathers who spend more time on childcare are the most satisfied with their relationship with their children, a study from the Australian Institute of Family Studies has found. Dads spend on average 13 hours a week looking after their kids...

Turnbull loses round one of Senate bout
The Australian - David Crowe - August 30, 2016

Senate powerbrokers have spurned Malcolm Turnbull's opening gambit in the first battle of the new parliament, challenging more than $6.9 billion in welfare savings that are meant to pay for a landmark childcare package. Angry at the Prime Minister's treatment of the upper house, the...

A Value Investor's Guide to G8 Education Ltd
Motley Fool - Sean O'Neill - August 30, 2016

After G8 Education Ltd's (ASX: GEM) poor results two weeks ago spooked the market, I had a more in-depth look at the company's operating history. In particular, I wanted to see how the company contained its costs over the past five years, to see whether February''s blow-out was an aberration or...

Paying more than $115.50 a day for childcare? Coalition reforms leave you dudded
Sydney Morning Herald - Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon - August 28, 2016

It's not that childcare isn't on policymakers' radar – it is. The government sees it as an economic issue, because better childcare would boost women's workforce participation and therefore national productivity. But it's also an issue about access to early childhood education. This is hugely beneficial...

Canberra-based program aims to boost children's literacy levels
The Canberra Times - Andrew Brown - August 28, 2016

While literacy rates are on the decline in Australian schools, work is under way in Canberra to give children key reading skills long before they start school. Run by charity The Smith Family, the Let's Read program aims at fostering a love of reading in pre-school aged children. Its team leader in...

One in four NSW childcare centres failing to meet national standards: report
ABC News - Lee Brooks - August 27, 2016

The Federal Government is urging the New South Wales Government to do more to make the state's childcare centres compliant with the latest national standards introduced four years ago. The latest National Quality Framework Snapshot issued by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality...

Michael Traill and the $40b asset class you've never heard of
Financial Review - Fiona Buffini - August 26, 2016

Michael Traill wants you know Goodstart wasn't a one-off. It's been seven years since Traill and a syndicate of charities pulled off the $95 million acquisition of 672 childcare centres from the ashes of ABC Learning. Goodstart is now a $900 million a year operation, a non-profit that invests...

Canaccord nabs advisory role in Bain Capital's childcare deal
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald, Joyce Moullakis - August 26, 2016

Canaccord Genuity has emerged as an adviser in Bain Capital's acquisition of child education success story Only About Children. The Cannacord team, led by Grant Brown, advised Brendan McAssey, chief executive and founder of the upmarket early learning business. K&L Gates provided legal counsel...

Growing minds
Ten Eyewitness News - August 26, 2016

There's room for growth in Victoria's childcare centres. While the state had the highest number of childcare centers to achieve top marks in national quality standards rankings, one in five failed to meet all the criteria...

Demand remains high for childcare centres
Domain - Ray Sparvell - August 26, 2016

Canberra's love affair with childcare centres is showing no sign of wavering as another site in Rivett is set to go to auction on September 13 with a commitment from a quality, long-term operator already in place. Selling agent Guy Randell, managing director of Burgess Rawson, says a building...

Bain Capital signs childcare deal, readies permanent Sydney home
Financial Review - August 26, 2016

Private equity giant Bain Capital is set to enter the Australian childcare sector with the acquisition of upmarket early learning business Only About Children. Sources told Street Talk that Bain had already agreed terms with Only About Children founder and chief executive Brendan McAssey and...

Arena forecasts a 7.4 per cent dividend increase
The Australian - Turi Condon & Maggie Lu Yeuyang - August 26, 2016

Childcare owner Arena REIT is forecasting a 7.4 per cent rise in dividends for the current financial year on the back of rental growth and as it pushes on with 14 new development projects. The company reported a $25.6 million net operating profit for the year ending June 2016, up 16 per cent...

Forget the kids, Scott Morrison: focus on the now
The Australian - Judith Sloan - August 26, 2016

While the government is still keen to cut family tax benefits, the plan is to plough the proceeds and more into additional spending on childcare, even though we know that this spending is both wasteful and ineffective. As a member of the outer ministry tells me, people expect their childcare fees...

Almost one in five Victorian childcare centres fall short of national quality standards
Herald Sun - Evonne Madden - August 25, 2016

ALMOST one in five Victorian childcare centres are falling short of national quality standards - despite topping the country's preschool rankings. The latest report on the quality of Australia's early childhood system shows Victoria has the highest rate of centres either meeting or exceeding official...