FactCheck: has there been a massive increase in child care costs under the Coalition government?
The Conversation - Robert Breunig & Susan Krieg - March 18, 2016

Labor's shadow minister for early education, Kate Ellis, said there's been a "massive increase" in child care costs since the 2013 election of the Coalition government. Is it fair to link rising child care costs with the election of the Coalition government in 2013? When asked for data to support her assertion...

Childcare 'squatters' keep waiting lists full
The West Australian - Angela Pownall - March 18, 2016

Rachelle Tucker, executive director of the Australian Childcare Alliance WA, said it was a problem reported by many WA childcare services. "Unreliable waiting lists result in unnecessary administration costs because services could contact up to 50 families before they find a family...

Crackdown uncovers more breaches of childcare rules
The West Australian - Angela Pownall - March 17, 2016

A crackdown on compliance in WA's growing childcare sector has seen an increase in services being caught breaking the law and breaching regulations this year. Inspectors have uncovered 449 offences and breaches in 38 per cent of 1171 spot checks of childcare services carried out over...

Childcare sales heat up on tight yields
Financial Review - Su-Lin Tan - March 16, 2016

Fierce competition for childcare properties has compressed yields further in the relatively new asset class. Colliers International's new childcare division handled the sale of a two-storey purpose-built childcare centre at 63 Lynwood Avenue in Dee Why on Sydney's northern beaches for $6 million...

Labor Unveils Social Equality Policy
Huffington Post - Josh Butler - March 16, 2016

In early childhood policy, the report flags the possibility of setting up child and maternal health services in "alternative settings" like shopping centres or schools to promote ease of access for families, as well as committing to improving perinatal mental health services, affordable child care for every child...

Roundtable to address concerns about Federal Government child care changes
ABC News - Julie Doyle - March 16, 2016

Child care providers will convene a roundtable at Parliament House in Canberra this morning in a bid to convince the Federal Government to change its plans for the sector. The Federal Government wants to overhaul child care rebates paid to more than 1 million families who use the system. As part...

WA languishes close to foot of childcare league
The West Australian - Angela Pownall and Shannon Hampton - March 16, 2016

Only one in five children goes to a childcare service in WA, giving the State one of the lowest participation rates in the country. The statistic has raised fears that many WA children are missing out on the social, developmental and educational benefits of early childhood care. In its Report on...

Offshore money targets childcare centres
Sydney Morning Herald - Simon Johanson - March 15, 2016

Competition for childcare centres has intensified as a Chinese investor pays $6.82 million, more than $400,000 over the reserve, for a Camberwell centre in Melbourne's eastern suburbs. Local institutional and non-profit organisation investors have long focused on the sector. However, offshore...

Bill Shorten says Labor spend would be different, not larger
Financial Review - Laura Tingle - March 15, 2016

"We are not in the business of just increasing the size of government per se. So that's why we have been making choices about what we spend taxpayer dollars on," he said. "This country's spending more money supporting a few people negatively gearing their properties than we are spending on childcare...

Imagine childcare spending paying for itself
The Australian - Judith Sloan - March 15, 2016

Jobs for Families uses one of the most defective reports issued by the Productivity Commission, Childcare and Early Childhood Learning, to make the case for an additional spend of $4.4 billion over the forward estimates. At present, annual government spending on childcare is more than $7bn...

Families face long wait lists for child care
The West Australian - Angela Pownalland Shannon Hampton - March 15, 2016

Families are facing waits of up to two years to get child care in some Perth suburbs and one in three of the city's long daycare centres is booked out. The situation raises questions about how WA's childcare sector will cope when the Federal Government launches its single-subsidy system next year...

Thousands at risk of unfairly losing welfare benefits because of "no jab no pay"
Sydney Morning Herald - Julia Medew - March 14, 2016

Thousands of Australians are at risk of having their welfare payments unfairly slashed because of inaccuracies in Australia's immunisation register, which is being used to process the Turnbull government's new "no jab, no pay" rules, health care workers say. There are also fears that children are...

Folkestone Education Trust 1H 2016 results
Finance News Network - March 14, 2016

Transcription of Finance News Network Interview with Folkestone Education Trust (ASX:FET) CEO, Nick Anagnostou

Kids' safety at risk amid childcare funding squeeze
The Australian - Natasha Bita - March 14, 2016

Childcare inspectors have cut back on spot safety checks as state governments demand more federal funding to regulate the booming daycare sector. Queensland Education Minister Kate Jones yesterday said childcare centres that were ­inspected three times a year in 2010 were now being checked...

Establishing sleep patterns early in life key to avoiding future problems
Brisbane Times - Dan Seed - March 13, 2016

Research published in 2015 led by QUT researcher Dr Sally Stanton showed mandatory naptimes at daycare centres had the potential to cause issues as children transitioned to school. "I do believe there is a role for these daycare and early learning centres to support parents around developing...