Sceptics, experts warn on Qld vax laws
SBS.com.au - September 10, 2015

But Sydney University immunisation expert Associate Professor Julie Leask warns the law could have unintended consequences. She says they could lead to further clustering of unvaccinated children in "pop-up childcare arrangements" if they are turned away. "By doing that it intensifies...

Senate rejects Newstart changes but Scott Morrison vows to fight
The Australian - Sid Maher - September 10, 2015

Last night, Tony Abbott said the Senate would have to pass savings measures before the government would bring forward its families and childcare package. "And so far, the Senate has not been prepared to pass the savings measures that we think are important if this very, very...

Anti-vaccination body before Qld committee
9News.com.au - September 10, 2015

A controversial anti-vaccination group is due to make submissions to a parliamentary committee examining the Queensland government's proposed law changes on immunisations. A bill aimed at protecting childcare centres that exclude children who are not immunised against vaccine...

Hungry Jacks turns into happy Jills as childcare demand soars
Financial Review - Su-Lin Tan - September 9, 2015

Childcare operators in Victoria and Queensland continue to scoop up sites. A private childcare investment trust paid $4.35 million for a former Hungry Jacks outlet at 311-321 Sydney Road, Coburg, Melbourne, to build a childcare centre. Teska Carson's Michael Taylor, who brokered the...

KPMG says dump tax-free threshold, cut top tax rate to 45pc
Financial Review - Joanna Mather - September 8, 2015

Similarly, someone on a low income can be disinclined to take extra shifts because it eats into their welfare payments. Mr Wardell-Johnson said the ideal scenario would be for childcare and other family assistance payments to be made per child. Furthermore, eligibility for such assistance...

Poor language skills in school-age children, linked to increase in iPad use and skipping preschool
Daily Telegraph - Stacy Thomas - September 8, 2015

AN increasing number of schools are hiring speech pathologists to help their youngest students learn basic language skills. One school, Wattle Grove Public, has noticed an increasing trend in students presenting in their early years with speech problems. The school's principal Nicholas...

Family daycare: Scott Morrison reboots 'child-swap' crackdown
The Australian - Jared Owens - September 8, 2015

Social Services Minister Scott Morrison will today launch a revised crackdown on family daycare educators who engage in "child swapping" - the practice of claiming public subsidies to supposedly watch over each other's children. The compliance effort comes after random audits of childcare...

Immunisation: Withholding services won't convince vaccine refusers
The Age - Julie Leask - September 7, 2015

History tells us there will always be vaccine refusers. Governments can keep them at a minimum and keep communities safer by ensuring the exclusion of the un-vaccinated from school or childcare during an outbreak and requiring registration of exemptions with a healthcare provider...

Adelaide childcare centres breaching the law, investigators find
The Advertiser - Brad Crouch - September 6, 2015

DOZENS of breaches of childcare law - including some that put children at risk of harm - have been uncovered by investigators so far this year. One centre has been served with a suspension order and three individuals had their credentials cancelled due to not being "fit and proper persons"...

Time to rethink when children should start school, say experts
Sunday Herald Sun - Kathryn Powley - September 6, 2015

Education Department rules mean that on the first day of term one, prep kids can range in age from four years eight months through to six. School transition expert Kay Margetts wants an overhaul of enrolment rules so all prep kids are at least five. She said research showed the...

Aussie dream of owning your own home is impossible without two incomes, Social Services Minister Scott Morrison says
Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - September 6, 2015

Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has sounded the alarm that too many parents are being forced to delay having children in order to afford a mortgage, underlining the urgent need to improve childcare affordability for working families. Mr Morrison has confirmed sole parents and...

Mooted 'no vax' NSW childcare centre slammed by health officials
9News.com.au - September 4, 2015

A northern NSW mother who wants to set up a "no vax" childcare centre has been slammed by health officials as irresponsible and dangerous. Mother-of-two Juanita Halden says she is responding to "no jab no play" policies, pro-vaccination health campaigns and government...

Pensioners could be uber drivers: older Australians and the shared economy
Financial Review - Chris Hourigan - September 4, 2015

Childcare is another example of where older Australians could become part of the solution. Right now, a lack of quality facilities combined with a higher workforce participation rate among women has created huge demand for childcare and pushed up costs. Matching senior Australians to the...

Mums say leave crackdown devalues women
SBS News - September 1, 2015

She warned of a "stampede on childcare places" if women were forced back to work earlier because they couldn't afford to have as much time off. Those concerns are shared by unions and advocacy group Women On Boards, which said the measures could force women into work earlier...

Parental leave change to squeeze childcare
9News.com.au - September 1, 2015

A crackdown on so-called double-dipping mothers claiming paid parental leave could create a shortfall of 13,000 childcare places if women have to return to work earlier, unions say. They will make the case against the federal government's changes to paid parental leave at a Senate...