Parents must scrutinise child care: govt
9News.com.au - January 2, 2016

Australian parents must shop around for childcare providers and carefully scrutinise what they're being offered, Education Minister Simon Birmingham says. New figures suggest daily childcare costs will soar past $200 well before proposed legislation surrounding fee changes takes effect in July 2017...

Child care: Government downplays impact of predicted 14 per cent price rise by July 2017
ABC News - Francis Keany - January 2, 2016

The Federal Government has promised its overhaul of the child care system will help keep costs down, amid predictions fees will rise by 14 per cent by July 2017. The Department of Social Services expects the costs of long day care to increase 6.5 per cent this financial year, and 7.3 per cent by July 2017...

Childcare provider C&K will not ban unvaccinated children as new government laws come into effect
ABC News - January 2, 2016

Queensland's biggest childcare operator will not make use of a new power to ban children who are not up-to-date with their vaccinations. The new power took effect on Friday in a bid by the Queensland Government to improve vaccination rates. The laws were passed with bipartisan support in October...

Working families hit by soaring childcare fees set to pass $200 a day in Sydney
The Daily Telegraph - Bruce McDougall, Matt Bamford - January 2, 2016

CHILDCARE fees are set to soar past $200 a day, stretching the budgets of thousands of working parents to the limit and leaving others to ­decide if they should even bother going back to work. Charges at high-demand centres will reach $210.53 by the time the federal government''s new means-tested...

For training, childcare and age pensions, a year of change starts now
The Australian - Kylar Loussikian - January 1, 2016

The troubled vocational education sector will be the source of almost half-a-billion dollars in savings from today as the federal government begins its crackdown on dodgy operators. The blitz on training colleges that pursue students for courses that result in debts will include a ban on inducements and...

Jab refusers to lose payments
The West Australian - Cathy O'Leary - January 1, 2016

The families of more than 3000 WA children stand to lose money from today as new rules kick in that deny vaccination conscientious objectors some welfare payments. Vaccination objection has been removed from the exemption category that allows parents to receive childcare benefits and...

Australian parents to face another childcare fee hike
The Daily Telegraph - Lauren Wilson - December 30, 2015

PARENTS with kids in care could see their childcare bills rise again from January 1, when centres are forced to put on extra staff to meet the latest changes to the National Quality Framework. The Australian Childcare Alliance is predicting fees could rise by as much as $5 a day, as childcare centres in...

Indigenous communities fear Federal Government's child care changes will impact 'most vulnerable'
ABC News - Julie Doyle - December 29, 2015

Fresh concerns have been raised over the potential consequences of the Federal Government's overhaul of the childcare sector. The Government has proposed legislation that would end a program that provides funding for services specifically tailored for Indigenous children. It wants to move these...

Vaccine objector numbers fall to three-year lows as payment cuts loom
The Border Mail - Matthew Raggatt - December 26, 2015

The rate of recorded conscientious objectors has fallen to three-year lows as vaccine law changes which will strip hundreds of Canberra parents of federal payments worth thousands of dollars take effect from January 1. The extension to the federal government's "no jab, no play" policy has been...

Childcare centres closed over Christmas holidays, but parents still have to pay
The Daily Telegraph - Carleen Frost - December 24, 2015

Many childcare centres close on public holidays, including Christmas and Boxing Day, but still charge parents the full rate. But some centres have gone even further and will continue to charge parents during extended festive shutdowns, leaving parents angry they are having to pay while trying...

Man jailed for abusing children at family day care centre run by his wife
The Age - Mark Russell - December 23, 2015

A father of three who abused four young children at a family day care centre run by his wife has been jailed for six years and three months. One of the victims, a girl now aged nine, told her mother she no longer wanted to live and felt angry, sad and scared. Her mother described how just going to school...

Education: Contracts cancelled, rules tightened in crackdown on substandard training colleges
The Age - Timna Jacks - December 22, 2015

A damning review of the vocational sector in July revealed widespread fraud, substandard training, and rorting of the Victorian Training Guarantee, which is a government training subsidy servicing nearly 500 providers. The review sparked a $9 million quality blitz of the sector which receives $1.2 billion...

Paypal founder Peter Thiel eyes investment in Melbourne start-up
Financial Review - Michael Bailey - December 22, 2015

He says the app can save a childcare centre the salaries of up to two administrators, by automating payments and record keeping through integrations with multiple payments platforms (including Paypal) and accounting systems (including Xero, in which Thiel became an investor in 2010)...

Anti-vaxers taking posters and pamphlets promoting vaccination in hospitals and clinics
Herald Sun - Grant McArthur and Jane Hansen - December 20, 2015

ANTI-vaccination vandals are ripping down posters that promote the benefits of lifesaving injections at hospitals and health centres. They claim they are trying to protect children by removing vital information, even stealing pamphlets from childcare centres in attempts to prevent parents knowing...

Classic Aussie Christmas song Six White Boomers banned by childcare centres
The Courier Mail - Jackie Sinnerton - December 19, 2015

CHILDCARE centres have banned the singing or playing of classic Aussie Christmas song Six White Boomers. A popular children's festive song for more than five decades, the Santa story with an Australian twist was co-written by fallen star Rolf Harris. He was jailed in July last year for five...