'Policy paralysis': Tony Abbott's government the slowest for nearly five decades
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland & Fergus Hunter - August 24, 2015

There is also uncertainty over the status of the Coalition's childcare reforms. The Coalition had planned to mount a comeback campaign in 2015 by focusing on families, but the reforms have slipped from top of the government's agenda. Those in the childcare sector expected the reforms...

Let them play: Sitting the 'new smoking' with links to a lifetime of health issues
Sunday Telegraph - Zoe Taylor - August 23, 2015

PRESCHOOLERS could be setting themselves up for a lifetime of health problems because they are spending too much time sitting down. Sitting has been described as the "new smoking" among adults, with sedentary lifestyles linked to increased risks of chronic conditions ­including heart...

Childcare centres shocked at second-rate training of staffworkers
The Australian - Natasha Bita - August 22, 2015

Some private colleges have been churning out graduates after just a week's online training. Australia's training ministers have decreed that a Certificate III course - the minimum for a childcare qualification - should take one or two years of full-time study to complete. Yet 70 per...

A new report has found that a massive 70 per cent of childcare courses take less than a year to complete
News.com.au - Lanai Scarr - August 19, 2015

PARENTS could be forced to pay even more for childcare after a damning report has found the majority of staff in centres are being inadequately trained. News Corp Australia can reveal the Australian Skills Quality Authority review into childcare standards has found training providers are...

Affinity Education boosts underlying earnings
The Australian - Kylar Loussikian - August 19, 2015

Takeover target Affinity Education has recorded a 76 per cent jump in underlying earnings to $8.6 million for the first six months of the year, upgrading full-year earnings expectations from $27m to as much as $32m. The childcare provider is the subject of a hostile takeover bid by its larger...

ASIC forces G8 to amend bid statement
Courier Mail - Michael Roddan - August 18, 2015

Australia's largest child care operator G8 Education has been forced by the competition watchdog to amend its bidder's statement for its proposed takeover of its largest rival Affinity Education. G8 Education, which said its recently upgraded bid for Affinity was final, said it was now preparing...

Mini baby boom driving industries' growth
News.com.au - August 18, 2015

A MINI baby boom is driving growth in industries ranging from health insurance, fertility clinics and child care to nappies and baby food. Australia's Mini Baby Boom - Birthrate to rise 6.4 pct in five years to 2019/20, to almost 333,000 births annually; Rose 2.9 per cent over last five years...

Children of shift workers suffer academically and socially: UNSW researcher
Sydney Morning Herald - Rachel Brown - August 17, 2015

Decades of research suggests that shift work is bad for the worker's physical and mental health but a new study suggests it has a negative effect on their children as well. Children of shift workers have poorer academic results, worse behaviour and take more risks as teenagers, according to..

Companies to use new incentives to shield mums from double-dipping
News.com.au - Lauren Wilson - August 17, 2015

COMPANIES could start offering new mums return to work bonuses or extra childcare support rather than maternity leave, as they seek to shield their employees from the federal government's push to stop so-called double-dipping. Australian businesses have warned the government it...

Kids' 'gut feelings about creepy adults' help detect pedophiles
The Australian - Natasha Bita - August 17, 2015

Schools, childcare centres and sporting clubs must do better background checks on workers to detect pedophiles, National Children's Commissioner Megan Mitchell said yesterday. Ms Mitchell said institutions relied too much on police checks and "blue card" clearance to prove staff did not have...

A big commitment
Financial Review - Alexandra Cain - August 16, 2015

Research shows the cost of childcare is rising at a substantially faster rate than the cost of primary, secondary or tertiary education. AMP and the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling figures indicate a 48 per cent rise in the cost of early childhood education over the past five years...

New 'no jab, no play' vaccination laws to be introduced in Victoria
ABC News - August 16, 2015

Victorian pre-schoolers will be banned from attending child care or kindergarten unless they are vaccinated, under new 'no jab, no play' laws to be introduced by the State Government. The new laws will be introduced within weeks and will come into effect on January 1. "Vaccinations save...

Coping with potentially crippling change in the childcare industry
ABC News - Justin Huntsdale - August 13, 2015

It's been a bumpy ride for preschool organisations in recent years. Federal Government changes have seen the childcare industry deal with a suite of new rules that have proved testing for finances and staff resources. First, the law was changed to ensure one teacher for every four students...

Growing pains in Melbourne's 'baby belt' suburbs
The Age - Aisha Dow - August 11, 2015

The south-eastern council of Casey is home to the largest baby boom, recording 86 newborns each week. By 2035, it is expected 137 children will be born weekly. Casey mayor Mick Morland said the council was building a childcare centre every year to keep up with demand. Another eight...

Shoddy day care
The West Australian - Angela Pownall - August 11, 2015

The number of WA childcare services found breaking the law has doubled for the second year running after Government inspectors stepped up compliance visits in the State's growing childcare sector. Officials uncovered 130 offences under the Education and Care Services National Law in...