Miranda: Will nanny service be viable for rural parents?
The Weekly Times - Genevieve Barlow - April 6, 2016

An estimated 600-plus families in Victoria have been selected to take part. So far I've been unable to ascertain how many are from rural areas, but just 37 per cent of applications for the national program were from families living in regional or remote areas. Time will tell whether it will be the...

The five fertility perks employers are using to get female talent
Women's Agenda - Annika Balau - April 6, 2016

Childcare is another benefit gaining traction in the employee perks arms race, offered by companies like Google. While onsite childcare remains relatively rare, employers are subsidizing off-site childcare costs through childcare plans. Back here in Australia, childcare affordability features...

Childcare centre sells on record yield at portfolio auction
Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - April 5, 2016

A childcare centre in Chatswood on Sydney's North Shore sold for $2.41 million on a record low yield of 3.9 per cent to a local investor, as part of a Burgess Rawson portfolio auction that generated more than $35 million in sales. The portfolio auction of 19 properties generated stronger results...

Senate Committee recommends child care changes pass Parliament
ABC News - Julie Doyle - April 4, 2016

A Senate inquiry into the Federal Government's $3 billion overhaul of child care has recommended the bill pass Parliament. The Senate''s Education Committee looked into the impact of a proposal to streamline rebates paid to parents into one means-tested subsidy. It found the package would...

The influence of gender in work expense claims
Financial Review - Joanna Mather - April 4, 2016

"By contrast, a parent who needs to pay for childcare in order to be able to work in a very real and practical sense, cannot claim the childcare costs as a deductible expense. The reason is that the childcare costs are considered to be in the 'private' domain, whereas the flight to Vienna is not, at least...

Government's childcare changes could restrict access to learning: Indigenous peak body
ABC News - Bridget Brennan - April 4, 2016

Aboriginal childcare centres are worried the Federal Government's planned changes to the sector could derail progress on a Closing the Gap target. If the Government's Jobs for Families Child Care legislation passes Parliament, many Aboriginal childcare centres face changes to the way they are funded...

Brokers name 3 ASX shares to buy now
Motley Fool - James Mickleboro - April 4, 2016

Child care operator G8 Education was upgraded by brokers to a strong buy last week. This upgrade could be related to news that Chinese investors have been buying up childcare centres in Australia. These investors have been paying over the odds in some cases to get their hands on centres. It is...

SA childcare centres want staffing rules eased to end crippling shortages
The Advertiser - Katrina Stokes - April 3, 2016

CHILDCARE providers want the State Government to relax prohibitive staffing restrictions that are exacerbating waiting lists and leading to frustrated parents being turned away from centres, raising fears they will risk unregulated care. Industry bodies say many centres have no places left...

More sex pests caught loitering near Victorian schools
Herald Sun - Christopher Gillett - April 3, 2016

SEX pests are increasingly being caught loitering near schools, parks and childcare centres, prompting calls for electronic tagging of all serious sex offenders. Victoria Police data shows predators were caught around "child heavy" areas 35 times last year - the highest tally since 2012. But the law...

Anti-vaccine mother starts Go Fund Me campaign to prevent the courts from enforcing immunisation
Herald Sun - Jane Hansen - April 3, 2016

AN anti-vaccine campaigner mum has started a crowd-funding appeal to stop her former partner from vaccinating their two children. Anna Patel, from Caboolture in Queensland, posted an appeal on the Go Fund Me website asking for help to raise $10,000 for a lawyer to stop her "ex-partner...

Victorian prep students to be tested for dyslexia, learning difficulties
Herald Sun - Bridget Davies - April 2, 2016

ALL children beginning prep in a Victorian school will be tested for dyslexia and other learning difficulties under a new State Government program. Teachers will use the online Early Years Screening Tool to assess each child's literacy abilities, including reading, writing, speaking and listening. State...

Child care: Families worried about rising costs amid Government's activity test proposal, survey finds
ABC News - Julie Doyle - 31 March 2016

A survey of 3,500 families using child care has found more than 80 per cent are worried about rising costs. The research by childcare provider Goodstart Early Learning identified affordability as the biggest factor stopping parents from working more hours. The survey also questioned parents about their...

Anti-vaccination lobby flags High Court challenge to 'no jab, no pay'
The Australian - Nicola Berkovic - March 30, 2016

Anti-vaccination activists are seeking funds to pay for a shot at overturning the government's "no jab, no pay" policy in the High Court. However, they insist they cannot say - just yet - who will ­represent them or on what grounds they will seek to defeat the legislation. Under the policy, parents...

Parents urged to keep kids moving
The West Australian - Natalie Richards - March 29, 2016

Parents are urged to replace backyard entertaining areas with sandpits, and childcare centres to have activity policies as WA researchers try to get children active "as soon as they're moving". The researchers want to encourage an active culture among WA''s youngest children and parents, and childcare...

Playgroups give children better start at school, study finds
Daily Telegraph - Geraldine Cardozo - March 28, 2016

Childcare experts are urging parents to get their kids into playgroups, with research showing children who attend have a better start at school than those who don't. Research from the Telethon Kids Institute found children who do not attend playgroups are more than twice as likely to have developmental...