Childcare crackdown: Hunt for parents rorting $283m from the family daycare system
The Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - November 22, 2015

In some extreme cases large-scale child swapping has occurred, with operators maximising their income by claiming childcare payments for their employees' children being looked after by other family daycare educators. However, no childcare was ever provided. New figures reveal that an investigation...

No Jab, No Pay: 8000 more conscientious objectors vaccinate children in past year
The Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - November 22, 2105

AUSTRALIA'S small but dangerous army of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children is finally in retreat, with thousands of parents dumping their "conscientious objection" excuses. As federal parliament prepares to pass No Jab, No Pay laws this week that will strip parents of childcare and welfare...

Canberra childcare provider points to oversupply of places
Canberra Times - Matthew Raggatt - November 21, 2015

Canberra's largest provider of paid childcare has claimed the city has an oversupply of more than 1300 long day care places. The figures come as the ACT government revealed there had been an increase of more than 1100 long day care places in the last year. Communities@Work deputy chief...

Affinity shareholders endorse takeover
The Australian - Michael Roddan - November 20, 2015

Affinity shareholders have backed the takeover bid from Anchorage Capital Partners, which will see the private equity firm's new childcare business acquire all of Affinity's shares. Affinity shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favour of the deal today, with 99.91 per cent of vote endorsing the Anchorage's bid...

Lachlan's parents plea to change day care pool laws after tragedy
Perth Now - Alyesha Anderson - November 15, 2015

In an exclusive statement to The Sunday Times, Lachlan's parents said this week's announcement of a ban on pools at family daycare centres didn't go far enough and was just a "quick-fix solution". "What about if your kids are in the care of a family member, friend or babysitter who also happens...

Family payment cuts and childcare reforms form an uneasy marriage
Brisbane Times - Judith Ireland - November 14, 2015

But when it realised that actual reform would be difficult to achieve without money, the final policy was born in May with $3.5 billion attached. With it came the argument that this new money was tied to family payment cuts, some of which have been stuck in the Senate since the 2014 budget...

Childcare workers to rally in Melbourne for equal pay bid
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - November 13, 2015

CHILDCARE workers will rally in Melbourne to kick off their equal pay campaign. Educators in the early childhood sector are being paid as little as $20 an hour - in most cases less than those who clean the centres' toilets. An equal pay case will be held in the Fair Work Commission, where childcare workers...

'No jab, no pay' immunisation law likely to go ahead
Sydney Morning Herald - Jane Lee - November 12, 2015

A Senate committee has paved the way for the Turnbull government to withhold childcare rebates from the families of unvaccinated children, despite health experts' concerns it will not improve vaccination rates. It also recommended introducing a national scheme to compensate families of children...

G8 Education snaps up 13 centres
The Australian - November 12, 2015

G8 Education will spend almost $30 million to buy up 13 childcare and education centres from several sellers. The purchases will be covered by G8's cash reserves and are expected to be settled by the end of February, 2016. The $29.7 million in acquisitions will increase G8's places by 1,000, with the...

Catholic education system to shift Year 7 into high schools after decision by SA Commission for Catholic Schools
The Advertiser - Tim Williams - November 12, 2015

Commission chairman Professor Denis Ralph said early childhood services, including infant childcare and preschools, would be added to "as many (school) sites as possible", helping balance the loss of Year 7 enrolment from primary schools. Prof Ralph said the full strategy would be rolled out over five...

Swimming pool ban proposed at family daycares after toddler drowning
Perth Now - Kate Campbell - November 12, 2015

Minister for Local Government and Community Services Tony Simpson said on Thursday that he would propose the ban to the national body that regulates family daycare centres. If that failed to gain traction, he vowed to push ahead with a ban at a state level. The minister gave a commitment to...

Labor opposes bulk of Turnbull government's cuts to family payments
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - November 10, 2015

The Turnbull government is considering breaking up its family payments legislation to get some savings through Parliament, with Labor opposing most of the package and support from the crossbench looking shaky. On Tuesday, Labor announced it would oppose the bulk of the Coalition's revamped...

Labor says no to welfare cuts compromise
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey - November 10, 2015

The compromises were designed to save more than $4 billion which was earmarked to fund a revamped child-care package. Labor's position would reduce that saving to about $1.5 billion, which the government says is not enough to fund child care. At a meeting of the caucus on Tuesday, Labor...

Queensland's Palaszczuk government bans smoking from parks, kindies, football games
The Australian - Sarah Elks - November 10, 2015

Queensland will have the toughest smoking laws in the country under a Palaszczuk government plan to ban people from lighting up near children's football games, skate parks, kindergartens, bus stops, and childcare centres. Health Minister Cameron Dick will introduce the legislation into Queensland...

A controversial religious instruction program is being taught at preschool
The Age - Timna Jacks - November 10, 2015

Special religious instruction has been scrapped from school classes in Victoria, but a major provider of the controversial program is now entering a new market: childcare. The state's largest SRI provider, Access Ministries, is offering a religious instruction program called Explore Christianity, at...