New app boosts children's learning in a week, researcher says
ABC News - Lexy Hamilton-Smith - May 31, 2016

The Emergent Literacy Assessment app (ELAa) is being trialled in schools and childcare centres and is aimed at children aged four to five. It tests students by getting them to recognise and say numbers, letters, sounds and words. Ms Griffith said a week-long trial among 20 students at Coomera's...

Federal election 2016: 30pc of women yet to choose between leaders
The Australian - Phillip Hudson - May 31, 2016

The post-budget Newspoll this month revealed that women aged 35-49 years with an income less than $100,000 believed they were hit hardest by the budget. One of the key decisions by Scott Morrison was to delay the government's childcare package by a year. John Cherry, the advocacy...

When smart money is on the stay-at-home dad
The Australian - James Gerrard - May 31, 2016

Sydney based Financial Advisor Peter Lambert sees the Saunders situation as becoming more common due to rising childcare costs. "With care costs commonly around the $100 mark per day per child across most capital cities in Australia, it is not uncommon for a family with several children to be...

Autism study shows early intervention helping children in regional areas
ABC News - Damian McIntyre - May 30, 2016

The outcomes were similar in a satellite service offered through childcare centres in Devonport, Smithton and King Island. "This is important because it shows that mainstream day care centres in little rural towns that don't have full access to services are able to deliver early intervention for children if...

Preschool shouldn't be an optional extra
Sydney Morning Herald - Greg Whitby - May 30, 2016

It is unfathomable that 23 per cent of children cannot access early learning due to the high cost, in light of the Auditor-General's report, which revealed $350 million of the budget was left unspent over four years in NSW. This is particularly troubling for many families in disadvantaged areas of western...

South Australian families to miss out on $90 million worth of extra childcare support, Greens claim
The Courier Mail - Peter Jean - May 27, 2016

SOUTH Australian families will miss out on almost $90 million in extra childcare support because of a delay in reforms designed to make care more affordable. The Federal Government is delaying the introduction of a new childcare support system until mid-2018, after failing to win Senate...

Standards and safety audit reveals best and worst rated child care and after-school care centres
The Advertiser - Miles Kemp - May 27, 2016

SCORES of childcare and after-school care centres are failing to meet the standards set by authorities, including "children's health and safety". Almost two-thirds of South Australia's centres have so far been reviewed and 82 have been shown to fail in four or more of the seven standards, with 11...

Is this why NSW childcare is the most expensive in the country?
Sydney Morning Herald - Kelsey Munro - May 26, 2016

The Auditor-General says the state government has hoarded hundreds of millions in funding budgeted for the early childhood sector, while high fees keep many families from sending their kids to childcare or preschool. The opposition says that means disadvantaged children who would benefit the...

Rising childcare costs: Let's stop subtracting it from women's salaries
Women's Agenda - Angela Priestley - May 26, 2016

Childcare is getting more expensive, and as we saw in the 2016/17 Federal Budget not a whole lot's being done to immediately ease the financial pain. The current rebate of $7500 established in 2008 has had its long-overdue increase put off another couple of years, despite annual salaries...

Australia's largest listed childcare operator to focus on quality instead of continued acquisition spree
Gold Coast Bulletin - Jenny Rogers - May 26, 2016

THE focus will be on quality not quantity now that the Gold Coast' G8 Education has confirmed its position as the largest listed childcare operator in the country. The previously acquisition-hungry listed Gold Coast company will slow its rate of acquisitions and instead concentrate on increasing the...

Why is childcare such a hard sell in the federal election?
The Conversation - Stacey Fox and Megan O'Connell - May 25, 2016

Spending on early years education seems to be a tough sell for politicians. A significant number of Australians, both politicians and voters, see "childcare" as a service to help parents get back to work, despite growing recognition that early education is important for children's learning...

Perth BubDesk: Workspace for mums with babies expanding to CBD
WA Today - Heather McNeill - May 24, 2016

A Perth co-working space with an upstairs crèche that allows mothers to bring their babies to work has plans to expand into the CBD to help big businesses better support working parents of young children. The expansion plans come in the wake of a recent report by the Australian National...

Childcare fees: How much you pay No relief in sight as map shows parents
Herald Sun - Samantha Maiden - May 22, 2016

PAYING more than $100 a day in childcare fees is the new normal for Australian families, with a national map revealing for the first time that big fees are in play beyond the inner city. The pressure on families is set to increase after Treasurer Scott Morrison announced in the May budget that the...

Paid parental leave: give dads a voice
The Australian - Amy Foo - May 21, 2016

Proposed changes to Australia's paid parental leave scheme will be a key issue during the federal election and, while evidence pointing to the benefits are extensive, the political debate continues to circulate around women and costs. But why are dads so often overlooked? Why do we ignore the...

NSW spends less on early childhood care and education than any other state
Newcastle Herald - Gabriel Wingate-Pearse - May 20, 2016

ONE in two community-based child care centres say their future looks somewhat to very insecure, while one in four say they are struggling to meet their community's needs. The results from a funding survey conducted by the NSW Community Child Care Cooperative are concerning, advocates...