Autism: Early childhood development programs phasing out sparks parent backlash
Herald Sun - Brittany Vonow and Sarah Vogler - March 27, 2016

EDUCATION programs to help children with a disability prepare for school will be extended, with the State Government moving to keep them running until 2020. The early childhood development programs were to end with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme but The Sunday...

Victorian childcare centre incidents: kids lost, left alone
Sunday Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien and Fiona Hudson - March 27, 2016

VULNERABLE children wandering off or being left unattended by carers - including a toddler locked on a bus for five hours - have triggered a slew of actions against Victorian childcare centres. New data reveals seven centres faced investigation over missing children last year, and a probe into a...

NSW preschools most expensive and least attended in Australia
Sydney Morning Herald - Eryk Bagshaw - March 23, 2016

NSW children risk being left behind as the state's preschools suffer from the lowest levels of hourly attendance in the country while parents pay more money for their child's early education than in any other state. New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that only 66 per cent of NSW...

Abused toddlers let down: inquiry told
9News.com.au - March 22, 2016

Two mothers say they have been let down by the justice system after their toddler daughters were allegedly sexually abused at a Sydney childcare centre. In tearful statements to a royal commission on Tuesday, the women said they and their children endured traumatic investigative processes only...

Memo to Canberra: 3 changes that could win the women's vote this election
Women's Agenda - Annika Blau - March 22, 2016

It is statistically evident that most voters in Australia have children, will have children (or were at least children once!). Needless to say, childcare is a critical issue for both gender and economic equality. But the situation is getting worse: fees and waiting lists have increased, while the number of...

Federal election 2016: rush on for 'crucial legislation'
The Australian - Brendan Nicholson - March 22, 2016

The changes would include abolishing a $7500 cap to ensure parents on family incomes of $185,710 or less aren't limited on the amount of childcare they can access. The cap will be increased to $10,000 for families earning more than $185,710. Childcare changes were introduced into the house on...

Talking Point: Earlier school start critical to state prosperity
The Mercury - Jeremy Rockliff - March 22, 2016

As it stands, almost half of our children miss out on high-quality early learning because not every family can afford child care or private education. This change is about equity. It would give every child access, and is estimated to increase the number of three and four year olds accessing early learning...

Australian company collapses during GFC have resulted in very few criminal convictions
The Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - March 21, 2016

The global financial crisis badly bled Australian investors in some big-name but overstretched companies. Then-ASIC chairman Tony D'Aloisio told a joint Parliamentary Committee in 2009 that major corporate insolvencies then – including ABC, finance outfit Allco, investment bank Babcock and Brown...

Is grandparenting becoming a trap for older women?
Daily Life - Elana Benjamin - March 21, 2016

A 2015 study, Grandparent Childcare and Labour Market Participation in Australia, commissioned by National Seniors Australia, found there is a tipping point after which providing care becomes less enjoyable: grandparents who provide 13 or more hours of care a week are less likely to enjoy caring for...

Childcare hours limit choices for parents
The West Australian - Shannon Hampton - March 21, 2016

Less than one per cent of WA childcare centres operate outside standard business hours, making it almost impossible for some working parents to find care for their children. Productivity Commission data published last month revealed 0.3 per cent of WA childcare centres operated after 6.30pm...

Prime Minister's broken promise means childcare cost will double for more than 100,000 families
The Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - March 20, 2016

CHILDCARE costs are set to double for more than 100,000 families next year as a result of a decision to put big promises to deliver cheaper fees on the backburner. Parents promised childcare relief have been dudded again, with the Turnbull government now conceding Parliament will not pass...

Childcare costs to skyrocket
Ten News - March 20, 2016

The cost of childcare is about to double for thousands of parents as squabbling in the Senate delays financial relief...

Minister backs away from daycare pool ban
The West Australian - Angela Pownall - March 19, 2016

Community Services Minister Tony Simpson has backed away from a vow to ban swimming pools at family daycare centres after a two-year-old boy's death. Lachlan was found unconscious in the backyard pool of a Carramar family daycare centre in November and died two days later...

'He would come home crying everyday': Culture shock and isolation in early education
Canberra Times - Clare Sibthorpe - March 19, 2016

The struggle he faced through culture shock, isolation and lack of support prompted Mrs Levy to advocate for "every child's right" to early childhood education. This issue, along with teaching multiculturalism to young children and the funding shortage to day care centres, will be debated in a public seminar...

Queensland childcare centres fail to adopt anti-vaccination laws
ABC News - Jon Coghill - March 18, 2016

Queensland childcare centres are not taking advantage of a new law which allows them to refuse to enrol non-immunised children. The State Government gave childcare providers the right to exclude children who aren't fully vaccinated as part of a strategy to increase immunisation levels...