Australia's fertile ground spawns a childcare boom
Business Spectator - Florence Chong - February 4, 2016

With a volatile sharemarket, minuscule deposit rates, and looming apartment oversupply in key capital cities, childcare centres have emerged as something of an investment haven. Routinely, when a childcare centre comes onto the market in what is considered a 'good location' in a major capital city, it can...

Shift workers may pay more for childcare under Federal Government reforms
The Advertiser - Lauren Wilson - February 4, 2016

SHIFT-workers with young children may be forced to pay more for childcare under proposed Federal Government reforms, according to the peak body for in-home family day care. Family Day Care Australia has told federal Senators the hourly fee cap the government wants to introduce will unfairly impact...

Love is not enough: Grumpy grandparents want childcare pay
Sydney Morning Herald - Marissa Calligeros - February 3, 2016

On average, grandparents are caring for each of their grandchildren for 16 hours each week. Most say their lives revolve around their childcare commitments: 75 per cent of grandparents live closer to their children to help take care of the grandchildren; 58 per cent forfeit recreation; 42 per cent sacrifice travel...

Stay-at-home parents who volunteer to reading to students could soon claim subsidised childcare
Courier Mail - Brittany Vonow & Lauren Wilson - February 3, 2016

STAY-AT-HOME parents who volunteer their time reading in schools and childcare centres might be allowed to claim taxpayer-subsidised childcare. Under the Turnbull Government's new reforms, only parents who work, study, or volunteer are able to qualify for childcare rebates. The new "activity test"...

Govt's 'subsidised' nannies to cost parents $30 an hour
Canberra Times - Noel Towell - February 2, 2016

The federal government's $246 million "nanny program" is in serious trouble, with some families who signed up for the program shocked by the cost of more than $30 for each hour of child care. The cost, of nearly $1200 for a standard working week of care for one child, has private providers hired by the...

Novak Djokovic Foundation donates $20,000 to Melbourne City Mission early childhood learning program
ABC News - February 1, 2016

Novak Djokovic's charitable foundation has donated $20,000 to Melbourne City Mission's early childhood education program to help disadvantaged children. The money will go towards the mission's early years supported playgroup program, based in the outer suburbs of Braybrook and Doreen...

After school care in Sydney: Hundreds of children stranded as NSW government fails to approve centres
Sydney Morning Herald - Eryk Bagshaw - February 1, 2016

Hundreds of children in the inner west are stranded without child care after the NSW Government failed to approve an emergency after care provider in time for the start of the school year. In November, Leichhardt Council announced that it would open up its town hall for after school care to help...

Labor plan for childcare at new schools
The West Australian - Gareth Parker - February 1, 2016

Every new WA public primary school would have space for a childcare facility and a Labor State government would encourage private operators to provide before and after-school care at every school, Opposition Leader Mark McGowan has promised. In an announcement designed to convince voters that...

'No jab no play': Unvaccinated poor could be shut out of childcare, experts fear
The Age - Timma Jacks - January 31, 2016

Tough new "no jab no play" laws could hurt children who have not been immunised due to family dysfunction, poverty, or poor access to medical support, experts warn. From January 1 this year, children who have not received the recommended vaccinations will not be allowed to enrol in...

Children are better at maths if they don't go to preschool: study
Sydney Morning Herald - Cosima Marriner - January 31, 2016

Using data from 1300 children participating in the study, University of Melbourne researchers compared the maths and language skills of children who attended preschool, long day care and family day care, with those looked after by non-professional child carers. They predicted that children who attended...

Senator Simon Birmingham writes to crossbenchers calling for support for childcare rebates to help low income families
Herald Sun - Lauren Wilson - January 30, 2016

The letter cites new Department of Education modelling showing 815,700 families will be better off under the new single childcare subsidy, with the majority of these winners low to middle income families earning between $65,000 and $170,000. Around 140,500 families, spread across all income...

External exams to help fight college cheats
The Australian - Natasha Bita - January 30, 2016

Audits by the Australian Skills Quality Authority have warned of the potential for cheating and identity fraud in some training courses. Some training colleges let ­students "self-assess" their knowledge to gain a diploma in childcare, aged care or security work. The Australian has also revealed how...

Spotlight shone on VET assessment
The Australian - Julie Hare - January 28, 2016

The federal government is looking to overhaul assessment of vocational education and training in a bid to stem rorts and poor quality courses. The government's discussion paper follows investigations by the Australian Skills Quality Authority into the quality of training in certain sectors, including child care...

Health and school costs hit families hard
The Australian - Adam Creighton - January 28, 2016

Private-sector workers with children are watching their buying power shrink as the cost of schools, medicine and childcare gallops ahead of their modest wages rises. While consumer prices overall rose only 1.7 per cent last year, the cost of education and health services - which consume relatively large...

Talking Point: Hourly rates could sink state childcare sector
The Mercury - Jo Walsh - January 28, 2016

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has made the assumption that hourly rates will be cheaper for families. Far from it. All services have fixed operational costs — rent, insurance, rates, regulatory fees. These do not reduce if the service operates lesser hours or if use fluctuates. The biggest...