Students to be protected if Vocation private training colleges close, minister says
ABC News - November 27, 2015

The move affects about 12,000 students across the country, including 2,000 in Victoria. Vocation was forced to recall more than 1,000 of its qualifications, including hundreds in child care and aged care, after Victorian regulators found the courses were substandard. It is understood the company...

Hand schooling and childcare over to states, says Jay Weatherill
The Australian - Michael Owen - November 27, 2015

Under the proposal to be ­announced in detail today, state governments would have responsibility for children from birth to the end of secondary school, with the federal government in charge of everything beyond, such as universities, vocational education and training. The proposal will be presented...

Baby death stops family care service
The Courier Mail - David Murray - November 27, 2015

A SERVICE overseeing 60 family daycare educators has been suspended following the death of a five-month-old boy in a run-down Brisbane home last week. Police are understood to have found at least six children under school age at the family daycare house in Wallace St, Moorooka, where the...

Australian childcare system among world's most expensive: OECD
The Australian - Natasha Bita - November 25, 2015

Australia's childcare system is one of the most expensive in the industrialised world, with toddlers and preschoolers costing more to educate than school students, a new OECD report shows. The OECD education report, released in Paris last night, shows that Australia lags the rest of the developed world...

Preschool hours funding dispute settled, SA children entitled to 15 hours per week
ABC News - November 24, 2015

Four-year-old South Australian children will remain entitled to two-and-a-half days per week of government-funded preschool next year, after a funding dispute between the state and federal governments was settled. The South Australian Government has accepted the Commonwealth's formal offer...

'Your kids are not our problem': Senator David Leyonhjelm lets fly over Australia's 'obsession' with families
News.com.au - November 24, 2015

LIBERAL Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm believes it's unfair for childless Australians to be subsidising the lifestyles of those who choose to have "little blighters". Speaking in support of legislation which would strip childcare and other benefits from parents who don't immunise their children...

Flexibility key to reforming childcare sector
The Courier Mail - Trisha Jha - November 24, 2015

But there is no question that centres could be doing more to accommodate parents' and children's needs. At the very least, part-time blocks that fit neatly into the fulltime day - four or six hours for centres open for 12 hours; five for centres open for 10 - have the capacity to better suit parents' different work...

Childcare changes: Warnings over push for hourly billing
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - November 23, 2015

Ms Page warned that while parents might be "seduced" by the idea of hourly billing, ultimately it could see centres reduce their opening hours to only cover times when there were lots of children in care, or fee increases. "[The government] needs to do some proper analysis on what will be the likely impact,"...

No jab, no pay laws pass parliament
SBS News - November 23, 2015

The federal government's no-jab-no-pay laws will remove childcare benefits, rebates and the Family Tax Benefit A end-of-year supplement from parents who don't immunise their children. The changes start on January 1, 2016, with exemptions for medical reasons, after legislation passed the Senate...

Simon Birmingham flags paying for childcare by the hour
The Australian - Natasha Bita - November 23, 2015

Families will be able to cut childcare costs by sending children to daycare for shorter sessions, as the federal government forces centres to bill by the hour and abolish flat daily fees. Education Minister Simon Birmingham flagged the controversial change yesterday, declaring that young children with a...

Childcare crackdown: Hunt for parents rorting $283m from the family daycare system
The Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - November 22, 2015

In some extreme cases large-scale child swapping has occurred, with operators maximising their income by claiming childcare payments for their employees' children being looked after by other family daycare educators. However, no childcare was ever provided. New figures reveal that an investigation...

No Jab, No Pay: 8000 more conscientious objectors vaccinate children in past year
The Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - November 22, 2105

AUSTRALIA'S small but dangerous army of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children is finally in retreat, with thousands of parents dumping their "conscientious objection" excuses. As federal parliament prepares to pass No Jab, No Pay laws this week that will strip parents of childcare and welfare...

Canberra childcare provider points to oversupply of places
Canberra Times - Matthew Raggatt - November 21, 2015

Canberra's largest provider of paid childcare has claimed the city has an oversupply of more than 1300 long day care places. The figures come as the ACT government revealed there had been an increase of more than 1100 long day care places in the last year. Communities@Work deputy chief...

Affinity shareholders endorse takeover
The Australian - Michael Roddan - November 20, 2015

Affinity shareholders have backed the takeover bid from Anchorage Capital Partners, which will see the private equity firm's new childcare business acquire all of Affinity's shares. Affinity shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favour of the deal today, with 99.91 per cent of vote endorsing the Anchorage's bid...

Lachlan's parents plea to change day care pool laws after tragedy
Perth Now - Alyesha Anderson - November 15, 2015

In an exclusive statement to The Sunday Times, Lachlan's parents said this week's announcement of a ban on pools at family daycare centres didn't go far enough and was just a "quick-fix solution". "What about if your kids are in the care of a family member, friend or babysitter who also happens...