Anti-vaxxers now keeping silent about kids' immunisation status
Sydney Morning Herald - Cosima Marriner - January 24, 2016

Parents who choose not to immunise their kids are keeping it a secret from family and friends, rather than have to justify their controversial decision. Edith Cowan University researchers interviewed a group of parents from an anti-vaccination cluster area about their reasons for not immunising their children...

Gastro outbreak hits Canberra childcare
Sydney Morning Herald - Clare Sibthorpe - January 19, 2015

It was the first outbreak of 2016 to involve ACT Health. "But the year is young, and we do have an upsurge at this time of year, particularly in childcares," Dr Kelly said. Despite being highly infectious, norovirus doesn't tend to amplify from childcares into the community. But even one case could become...

'No jab, no pay': Why some parents are still ignoring the Turnbull Government's vaccine pleas
The Advertiser - Lauren Wilson - January 17, 2015

With government handouts to be cut in coming weeks, AMA president Dr Brian Owler said the laws were "already having a beneficial effect" on immunisation numbers. "In NSW we are already seeing a significant increase in people coming in, not only with one child, but groups of children, to get vaccinated...

One in five Australian children starting school 'developmentally vulnerable'
Sydney Morning Herald - Tom Joyner - January 17, 2016

One in five Australian school kids is starting school "developmentally vulnerable" in at least one area such as language, cognitive skills or communication, new research shows. It also found a major factor in determining a child's "preparedness" for school is socio-economic background as well as language...

Low paid workers $10,000 worse off under Turnbull parental leave cuts: research
Sydney Morning Herald - Fergus Hunter - January 14, 2016

New parents in low-paid jobs stand to be $10,500 worse off under a Turnbull government paid parental leave plan intended as a compromise on cuts proposed by Tony Abbott, according to new university research. The research, commissioned by women's group Fair Agenda and conducted by...

Early childhood teachers in NSW to be accredited like their primary school counterparts: Minister
Sydney Morning Herald - Phoebe Moloney - January 12, 2016

Early childhood teachers will be required to have qualifications from government approved universities and complete ongoing professional development to maintain their accreditation. NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli announced on Tuesday that early childhood teachers will be subject to...

Australian preschoolers take to Indonesian quicker than Japanese or French
The Daily Telegraph - Lauren Wilson - January 12, 2016

An interim report into the federal government's early learning language app suggests preschoolers are finding it easier to learn Indonesian and Japanese than French. The report, by auditing firm Deloitte, found the language learning iPads apps, developed by the government, are easy for children to use...

Childcare centres have emerged as a new playground for investors
The Courier Mail - Phil Bartsch - January 8, 2016

Childcare centres have emerged as a new playground for investors and are tipped to become one of the most sought-after asset classes. The lure of lucrative long-term leases, future upside from underlying land value growth and a rising rate of childcare use backed by government incentives have...

Childcare centres to keep doors open for unvaccinated children
Brisbane Times - Cameron Atfield - January 6, 2016

A second childcare provider in the space of a week has announced it would welcome non-immunised children to its ranks. Churches of Christ Care, with its 20 childcare facilities throughout Queensland, advised parents and guardians of its decision this week. The organisation's children, youth and...

Melbourne child care struggle: Waitlists at 92pc of centres put pressure on young families
ABC News - Clare Rawlinson - January 5, 2016

An inner-Melbourne child care centre's forced closure is putting stress on young families, with a new report finding 92 per cent of Melbourne centres refer families to waitlists. The Curzon Street Children's Centre in North Melbourne has advised parents of its 75 enrolled children to seek alternative arrangements...

Childcare key to getting women back to work
Herald Sun - Julia Banks - January 5, 2016

AS the New Year breaks and January's days click over, millions of parents are agonising over the vexed question of childcare arrangements for their children. The financial burden combined with the fact that childcare arrangements are often a logistical struggle produces enormous stress. If one link...

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young warns anti-vaxxers not to try playing the system
The Courier Mail - Rhian Deutrom - January 4, 2016

It comes after reports of parents attempting to space out their vaccinations for as long as possible, with no intention of completing the regimen, in order to qualify for a place in childcare facilities. Other parents are also seeking legal advice to conscientiously object in doctor's surgeries on the basis of...

Government cracks down on daycare rort involving 11,000 parents
Herald Sun - Lauren Wilson - January 3, 2016

TAXPAYERS were losing more than $8 million a week to a 'pink batts'-style child-minding scam involving 11,000 parents, which the Greens tried but failed to keep alive. New data, obtained exclusively by News Corp Australia, reveals taxpayers have been spared $46 million in the last six weeks alone...

Govt rejects $200 per day child care claims
SkyNews.com.au - January 3, 2016

The Government is rejecting reports claiming childcare fees in parts of some capital cities will rise above 200 dollars a day. Analysis by The National Centre of Social and Economic Modelling shows charges at high-demand centres will reach just over 210 dollars a day before the Turnbull government's...

Parents must scrutinise child care: govt
9News.com.au - January 2, 2016

Australian parents must shop around for childcare providers and carefully scrutinise what they're being offered, Education Minister Simon Birmingham says. New figures suggest daily childcare costs will soar past $200 well before proposed legislation surrounding fee changes takes effect in July 2017...