Tougher smoking laws passed in Queensland
ABC news - Gail Burke - 24 February 2016

Queensland has passed some of the toughest smoking laws in the country. From September 1, lighting up will be outlawed at or near childcare facilities, bus stops and taxi ranks, public pools, children's sporting venues, skate parks and outdoor malls. The new laws also ban the sale of tobacco products...

G8's M8
Sydney Morning Herald - Colin Kruger - February 23, 2016

G8 founder and managing director Chris Scott announced that its chief financial officer, Chris Sacre, will be leaving the group - sort of. "Chris is moving from one part of G8 (as employee) to another part of G8 (as a supplier of services and an independent contractor)," said Scott in the official...

G8 disappoints despite solid profit rise
SBS News - February 22, 2016

Shares in G8 Education have tumbled despite the childcare operator reporting a 68 per cent leap in full year profit. The group, whose childcare chains including First Grammar, Headstart, and Early Learning Services, lifted net profit by 68 per cent to $88.6 million in 2015 while revenues rose 44 per cent...

Two ways to win with Think Childcare Ltd
The Motley Fool - Mike King - February 22, 2016

Another company that could be on the takeover list is Think Childcare Ltd (ASX: TNK), which has 32 childcare centres (and manages a further 12), and a market cap of $42 million. Think could be in the sights of G8 or other large childcare operators for a number of reason. The problem with the childcare industry is...

Leaders share home truths on getting ahead
Financial Review - Misa Han - February 22, 2016

"There's the perception childcare is a woman's problem, but there is no biological reason why men cannot pick the children up." As a working mother, she says, she had to learn to be kind to herself and do her best rather than always trying to be the perfect mother. Boddington recalls coming home late...

Male teacher numbers dwindling, work in education an 'isolating experience' for men
ABC News - Rebecca Opie - February 22, 2016

At the University of South Australia only 4 per cent of students studying early childhood education are male, with less than 10 graduating each year. The number is slightly higher for primary teaching, with 17 per cent of students male, however, the majority intend to work in upper primary or as physical...

Queensland 'No jab, no play' childcare laws short on impact
Brisbane Times - Jorge Branco - February 21, 2016

None of Queensland's major childcare providers have announced plans to use the state's recently introduced 'no jab, no play' laws targeting anti-vaxxers. In a rare display of bipartisanship, the Queensland Parliament unanimously passed the laws last year as part of a suite of measures to increase...

Victorian primary schools running Prep transition classes as kids start school earlier
Herald Sun - Elisa Doherty - February 21, 2016

KIDS are increasingly getting a taste of school life a year early in a bid to smooth the transition to prep, with kindergarten attendances as low as 50 per cent in some areas. A growing number of Victorian state schools are running extended prep transition programs to give children a headstart...

Angus Taylor: digital transactions 'can save public service $27bn'
The Australian - Joe Kelly - February 20, 2016

Mr Taylor said yesterday that transforming the way government did business would help to contain expenditure and complement the push by Scott Morrison to reduce both spending and taxation as a proportion of GDP. "Much of the job growth now is in the provision of public services like childcare, aged care...

Children more likely to be vaccinated since start of 'no jab no pay', say doctors
The Guardian - Melissa Davey - February 18, 2016

Anecdotal evidence suggests parents are vaccinating their children at higher rates since the introduction of the federal government's "no jab no pay" policy at the start of the year, which withholds childcare and family tax benefits from parents who do not immunise their children, according to doctors...

Childcare inquiry - why Canberra parents pay more for less
Sydney Morning Herald - Emma Macdonald - February 18, 2016

Mr Rattenbury announced on Thursday that he had established an internal review team within the Education Directorate to assess issues arising from the most recent Report on Government Services "in relation to costs, service spread and qualifications within ACT Early Childhood Education providers"...

Patchwork of informal childcare to make busy family lives work
Sydney Morning Herald - Barbara Drury - February 17, 2016

While every family's childcare needs are different, as kids settle in to the new school year the frantic search for flexible, affordable, quality childcare is all too familiar. Despite the increased use of formal childcare outside the home for children up to age 12, informal care is still the most commonly used...

Folkestone in surprise profit boost
The Australian - Samantha Hutchinson - February 16, 2016

Folkestone Education Trust has delivered interim earnings ahead of estimates, prompting analysts to reconsider full year forecasts following a surprise boost in net profit and a steep increase in NTA. The child care centre owner (FET) posted a 13.9 per cent increase on earnings to $59.5 million at the...

Eddy Groves, ex ABC Learning boss, out of bankruptcy
The Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - February 16, 2016

FALLEN childcare mogul Eddy Groves, accused of being the "architect" of a major Queensland corporate crime, has emerged from bankruptcy. The 49-year-old is now free to run a company in Australia or travel overseas without seeking permission after being discharged from bankruptcy over the weekend...

Business group ACCI calls for reform to avoid Greek-style debt crisis
ABC News - Peter Ryan - February 15, 2016

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is warning that is a real risk down the track unless the May budget curbs what it calls "runaway spending" on the aged pension, family tax benefits and childcare. There are some contentious recommendations in an election year - abolishing Family Tax...