Doubts over quality ratings for childcare centres
Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker - June 11, 2018

Almost a third of childcare centres in NSW have not been re-assessed under the National Quality Framework for at least four years and many of those still have the same ratings they were awarded in 2012, when the standard was introduced. Almost 4 per cent of approved services in NSW...

1 in 3 families still aren't signed up to the new Child Care Subsidy - will you miss out?
ABC.net.au - Sabra Lane - June 11, 2018

Around 350,000 families who are eligible to receive the new childcare payment may not get a cent - because they are yet to fill in the necessary online forms. Despite the package being introduced to Parliament in 2016, one in three families still has not signed up to the new...

Childcare changes 'a missed opportunity'
Nine.com.au - June 11, 2018

But submissions from childcare organisations to a parliamentary red tape committee suggest the new subsidy won't reduce complexity but will create new problems for both providers and families. Three weeks before changes are due to be introduced, nearly a third of families...

Childcare fee relief for NSW families only three weeks away
The Daily Telegraph - Matthew Benns - June 11, 2018

A TYPICAL South Australian family with two children in childcare will be up to $2800 a year better off under a new system launching next month, modelling reveals. But thousands of families are yet to sign up for the new system, putting their payments at risk. The saving of $1400...

Catholic schools seek green light to build kindergartens in Queensland
The Courier Mail - Lauren Martyn-Jones - June 11, 2018

CATHOLIC schools want to the opportunity to dip into their capital funds to build more kindergartens on school grounds, as the demand for early learning programs grow. Currently, state and federal governments dictate the capital funding they provide to Catholic school bodies...

Goodstart Early Learning to stop charging in 12-hour blocks
News.com.au - Lauren Martyn-Jones - June 10, 2018

THE country's largest childcare provider will no longer make all parents pay for a full 12 hours care a day, regardless of the hours their children attend a centre. From July 2, when the Federal Government's new childcare system comes into effect, Goodstart Early Learning will begin...

'No Jab, No Play' laws for childcare centres and schools delayed
Perth Now - Regina Titelius - June 10, 2018

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has now accused his WA counterpart, Roger Cook, of "sitting on his hands" by not introducing State-based legislation to have tougher rules. But Mr Cook said "considerable work" to develop a national framework for new rules could be "wasted"...

Another controversial childcare project scuttled by Brisbane City Council
The Courier Mail - Brendan O'Malley - June 10, 2018

RESIDENTS in Goldie St, The Gap, are celebrating after Council rejected a bid to build a controversial C & K-backed childcare centre on their street. But now they have a new battle on their hands after developer Ashvan Investments Unit Trust immediately appealed, last Friday...

Childcare workers allegedly unpaid for a year of work
Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Patty - June 8, 2018

The Fair Work Ombudsman is taking legal action against a Sydney childcare operator that allegedly failed to pay two migrant workers for a year of work. The owner and operator of the centre and his company face the Federal Circuit Court for allegedly treating two workers as trainees when...

Quadrant JAGs after school care provider pre-auction
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald & Julie-anne Sprague - June 8, 2018

Quadrant Private Equity is set to buy outside school hours care provider Junior Adventures Group. Street Talk can reveal the Sydney-based private equity firm will pay more than $100 million for a majority stake in the company and will invest alongside existing JAG shareholders Advent Partners...

Child care package promises more transparency
The Advocate - Senator Simon Birmingham - June 7, 2018

The reality is that for years now, hardworking Australian families have battled with a broken child care system – a system with considerable uncertainty, where families have struggled with exorbitant child care costs that dictate how much and for how long parents work. On top of this, families...

Childcare changes to worry stay-at-home parents and those who earn too much
News.com.au - Stephanie Bedo - June 6, 2018

WHILE many Australian families have been quick to applaud the changes to childcare because they'll be slightly better off, other are still confused or have realised they'll get nothing. From parents who are $70 worse off each week, to those who will pocket about $40 extra, situations vary...

Centrelink to simplify childcare payments
ABC Mornings with Leon Compton - June 6, 2018

Centrelink Spokesperson Hank Jongen says the new childcare payments regime will replace the current system with a single fortnightly payment available directly to the childcare provider. Jongen also responds to issues of large delays in processing claims for aged care pensions and other payments...

35 per cent of Queenslanders not signed up to new childcare subsidy
Brisbane Times - Lucy Stone - June 6, 2018

With only four weeks until federal childcare subsidies switch to a new system, about 35 per cent of Queensland families have not yet signed up. Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham said he was not disappointed by the slow uptake but urged families to update their details as soon as...

Education Minister Simon Birmingham: Act now to take advantage of childcare changes
The Courier Mail - Simon Birmingham - June 6, 2018

MUMS and dads across the country know exactly how important their childcare centre is, not just for their child but for their family. Day care means being able to go to work or study. It means knowing your child is being well looked after while they're also learning important...