Mason Parker's grandparents wait for vote on mandatory abuse reporting in childcare centres
Townsville Bulletin - Rachel Riley - February 25, 2016

QUALIFIED childcare staff will be required to report suspected cases of child abuse if the recommendation of a year-long study is made law. The report by the Queensland Law Reform Commission, dated December 2015, was tabled in Parliament yesterday, almost four years after the death of toddler...

Training colleges banned from speaking of student loans scheme
The Australian - Natasha Bita - February 25, 2016

Training colleges have been gagged­ from telling students they can pay for costly courses through the federal government's student loans scheme. The federal Education Department has issued tough new recruitment­ rules for training colleges, after admitting that one in three students will not get a quality...

Indigenous children to be big losers in childcare package: report
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - February 24, 2016

Indigenous children will be big losers in the Turnbull government's new childcare package, according to research by Deloitte Access Economics.The analysis, commissioned by the peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait children, finds more than 50 per cent of families currently accessing a government...

ASIC's surrender puts Eddy Groves back in business
The Australian - Ben Butler & Christine Lacy - February 24, 2016

The corporate regulator has slammed the book closed on its long-running investigation into Eddy Groves and his failed ABC Learning childcare empire, declaring no further charges will be laid over the $1.6 billion collapse. Coming just a fortnight after Mr Groves was discharged from bankruptcy, the...

Tougher smoking laws passed in Queensland
ABC news - Gail Burke - 24 February 2016

Queensland has passed some of the toughest smoking laws in the country. From September 1, lighting up will be outlawed at or near childcare facilities, bus stops and taxi ranks, public pools, children's sporting venues, skate parks and outdoor malls. The new laws also ban the sale of tobacco products...

G8's M8
Sydney Morning Herald - Colin Kruger - February 23, 2016

G8 founder and managing director Chris Scott announced that its chief financial officer, Chris Sacre, will be leaving the group - sort of. "Chris is moving from one part of G8 (as employee) to another part of G8 (as a supplier of services and an independent contractor)," said Scott in the official...

G8 disappoints despite solid profit rise
SBS News - February 22, 2016

Shares in G8 Education have tumbled despite the childcare operator reporting a 68 per cent leap in full year profit. The group, whose childcare chains including First Grammar, Headstart, and Early Learning Services, lifted net profit by 68 per cent to $88.6 million in 2015 while revenues rose 44 per cent...

Two ways to win with Think Childcare Ltd
The Motley Fool - Mike King - February 22, 2016

Another company that could be on the takeover list is Think Childcare Ltd (ASX: TNK), which has 32 childcare centres (and manages a further 12), and a market cap of $42 million. Think could be in the sights of G8 or other large childcare operators for a number of reason. The problem with the childcare industry is...

Leaders share home truths on getting ahead
Financial Review - Misa Han - February 22, 2016

"There's the perception childcare is a woman's problem, but there is no biological reason why men cannot pick the children up." As a working mother, she says, she had to learn to be kind to herself and do her best rather than always trying to be the perfect mother. Boddington recalls coming home late...

Male teacher numbers dwindling, work in education an 'isolating experience' for men
ABC News - Rebecca Opie - February 22, 2016

At the University of South Australia only 4 per cent of students studying early childhood education are male, with less than 10 graduating each year. The number is slightly higher for primary teaching, with 17 per cent of students male, however, the majority intend to work in upper primary or as physical...

Queensland 'No jab, no play' childcare laws short on impact
Brisbane Times - Jorge Branco - February 21, 2016

None of Queensland's major childcare providers have announced plans to use the state's recently introduced 'no jab, no play' laws targeting anti-vaxxers. In a rare display of bipartisanship, the Queensland Parliament unanimously passed the laws last year as part of a suite of measures to increase...

Victorian primary schools running Prep transition classes as kids start school earlier
Herald Sun - Elisa Doherty - February 21, 2016

KIDS are increasingly getting a taste of school life a year early in a bid to smooth the transition to prep, with kindergarten attendances as low as 50 per cent in some areas. A growing number of Victorian state schools are running extended prep transition programs to give children a headstart...

Angus Taylor: digital transactions 'can save public service $27bn'
The Australian - Joe Kelly - February 20, 2016

Mr Taylor said yesterday that transforming the way government did business would help to contain expenditure and complement the push by Scott Morrison to reduce both spending and taxation as a proportion of GDP. "Much of the job growth now is in the provision of public services like childcare, aged care...

Children more likely to be vaccinated since start of 'no jab no pay', say doctors
The Guardian - Melissa Davey - February 18, 2016

Anecdotal evidence suggests parents are vaccinating their children at higher rates since the introduction of the federal government's "no jab no pay" policy at the start of the year, which withholds childcare and family tax benefits from parents who do not immunise their children, according to doctors...

Childcare inquiry - why Canberra parents pay more for less
Sydney Morning Herald - Emma Macdonald - February 18, 2016

Mr Rattenbury announced on Thursday that he had established an internal review team within the Education Directorate to assess issues arising from the most recent Report on Government Services "in relation to costs, service spread and qualifications within ACT Early Childhood Education providers"...