SA public schools angry over Education Department decision to strip support for maintaining websites
The Advertiser - Tim Williams - May 20, 2016

SCHOOL and preschool leaders are threatening to stop maintaining their websites because the Education Department is withdrawing support and expects them to do it themselves. Small schools are particularly angry over the change, saying the department does not understand their resources...

Early childhood educators lack nutritional knowledge, research finds
The Courier Mail - Rose Brennan - May 19, 2016

MANY early childhood educators lack the nutritional knowledge to help prevent obesity in youngsters. New research from the Queensland University of Technology has found worrying deficiencies among childcare workers, prompting calls for better training. "If you're not starting with the...

Federal election 2016: tax, costs 'leave mums on $5 an hour'
The Australian - Natasha Bita - May 18, 2016

Mothers with fulltime jobs are working for as little as $5 an hour once they pay tax and childcare costs, research reveals. A woman on the average wage pockets just $8 an hour on her fourth day of work and $5 an hour on the fifth day, after paying tax and daycare fees. Low-income women work...

'Absolutely shocking': $35 an hour nannies forces government scheme overhaul
Sydney Morning Herald - Cosima Marriner and Adam Gartrell - May 15, 2016

The Turnbull government has been forced to overhaul its $185 million nanny trial, which has seen nannies appointed to just 60 families who are paying an average of $35 an hour for care. In response to overwhelming negative feedback that the pilot was unaffordable, the government boosted in the...

Federal Election 2016: Government childcare policy attacked
The Australian - Rachel Baxendale - May 15, 2016

"What we want to see is a flexible child care system that is affordable, that is accessible and that helps the vast majority of families out there who are continuing to struggle." Ms Ellis said evidence showed the child care subsidies made the biggest difference to workforce participation at the...

Federal election 2016: Bill Shorten mentions $3bn childcare relief for parents
Herald Sun - Samantha Maiden - May 15, 2016

BILL Shorten has let the $3 billion cat out of the bag revealing working parents earning between $60,000 and $80,000 will secure more childcare relief under a Labor government. The Labor leader let slip during a campaign debate in Western Sydney that low- and middle-income earners are the...

Creative play: In praise of getting messy
Sydney Morning Herald - Clare Kermond - May 15, 2016

Professor Kay Margetts, an associate professor in early childhood studies at Melbourne University, says craft activities that involve children copying precisely a model presented by the teacher risk stifling creativity and imagination, as well as deterring children from experimenting with...

Childcare properties find growing favour with investors
Sydney Morning Herald - Carolyn Cummins - May 13, 2016

The battle for childcare is being fought on many fronts, one of which is at the property level, with investors jumping into the sector that they have identified as one to provide strong growth in the coming years. While it's been a bumpy road for some of the past listed businesses, which was more...

Why neither party should ignore gender in this election
The Conversation - Siobhan Austen, Rhonda Sharp and Therese Jefferson - May 13, 2016

The changes in Paid Parental Leave (PPL), included in the 2014 budget and retained in the current "economic plan", will force women to choose either government or employer-funded PPL with adverse social and economic impacts. The amount of paid leave available for many mothers to spend...

Childcare peak body calls for help for families in election
Brisbane Times - Tony More - May 12, 2016

Australia's peak childcare agency is calling on the federal government to make an urgent election promise to meet rising childcare costs. Families have shouldered seven to 10 per cent increases in childcare costs for almost five years, but childcare subsidies to help them have been frozen since...

Childcare staff exempt from 'no jab, no play' vaccination laws
The Age - Allison Worrall - May 12, 2016

Childcare workers and kindergarten teachers are not required to be vaccinated in Victoria, a parliamentary committee hearing has heard. The Department of Education and Training has confirmed staff at early childhood centres are not included in recent legislation that requires children to be....

Federal Labor MP Kate Ellis wants SA Government to consider tougher vaccination rules for childcare centres
The Advertiser - Lauren Nova - May 11, 2016

SOUTH Australia is risking the health of children and falling behind other states by allowing unvaccinated kids to attend childcare and must "urgently strengthen" its laws, according to a senior federal Labor MP. Labor's child development spokeswoman Kate Ellis has written a strongly worded letter...

Outback childcare service braces for funding changes
ABC Rural - Aimee Volkofsky - May 10, 2016

Parents on remote properties say they fear for their children's development if the Outback Mobile Resource Unit, known as the 'toy library' loses funding. The library is subsidised by the Federal Government, to deliver child care in remote and isolated areas, where there are no other services...

G8 Education hires former Super Retail Group exec Gary Carroll as new chief financial officer
Gold Coast Bulletin - Jenny Rogers - May 10, 2016

GOLD Coast childcare operator G8 Education has appointed a former Super Retail Group executive as its new finance chief. Gary Carroll will replace G8's former long-time chief financial officer and company secretary Chris Sacre. G8 managing director Chris Scott said: "Gary joins us from Super Retail...

Mothers forced out of the workplace and into self-employment
Ten News - May 9, 2016

The Mothers in Company research found a number of mothers are forced into self-employment due to the high cost of childcare and lack of availability. "And employers who are not prepared to recognise the contribution that part-time workers and flexible hours can make to business,"...