Unvaccinated children may dodge Victoria's no job, no play policy
Matt Johnson - Sunday Herald Sun - October 10, 2015

PARENTS won't need to prove up-to-date vaccinations for their child before enrolling in childcare or kindergarten under the State Government's "no jab no play" policy. A loophole in draft legislation allows enrolments regardless of vaccination records if parents hold...

Social services to subsidise home nannies
Financial Review - Christopher Jay - October 7, 2015

The federal Department of Social Services is implementing a trial program to subsidise nannies for Australian families experiencing child minding difficulties, such as parents doing shiftwork at unseasonable hours or people in regional areas lacking children's daycare facilities...

Investors target childcare centres: agents
Sydney Morning Herald - Philip Hopkins - October 7, 2015

Investors are increasingly buying childcare centres, driven by strong government support for the sector, population growth and sharemarket volatility, according to commercial agents. This is pushing prices up and yields down, say Savills Australia and Burgess Rawson. Savills say that...

Takeover panel faults G8's Affinity bid
The Australian - Prashant Mehra - October 6, 2015

THE Takeovers Panel has criticised childcare operator G8 Education's failed bid for rival Affinity Education after finding share trades by entities associated with outgoing G8 chair Jenny Hutson breached corporations law. THE panel on Tuesday made a declaration of "unacceptable...

Broker Watch: Bega Cheese, Dacian Gold, G8 Education, Japara Healthcare
Financial Review - Elise Shaw - October 5, 2015

Australian Stock Report has a "sell" recommendation on G8 Education, the largest child care centre operator in Australia. "It didn't make sense that it became a market darling through 2013 and into early 2014," said Chris Conway, head of research at Australian Stock Report. GEM's share price...

Plan to tackle soaring childcare demand in Sydney’s eastern suburbs
Daily Telegraph - Laura Aubusson - October 5, 2015

She welcomed last week’s announcement that Planning Minister Rob Stokes was forming a joint working group to make it easier to establish new childcare centres by cutting the red tape around the approval process. "The NSW Government is moving ahead on its election commitment to cut red tape...

Government to begin calling parents in vaccination push
Brisbane Times - Amy Remeikis - October 3, 2015

It comes as new legislation before the Queensland Parliament will give childcare directors the right to reject a child from enrolment if they are not up to date in their vaccinations, with Queensland the latest state to support "no jab, no play" laws. The Commonwealth has also...

Extra teachers required for kindergartens could hike fees for parents
The Age - Benjamin Preiss - October 2, 2015

New rules requiring more staff at kindergartens have sparked fears of increased costs for early learning centres and hefty fee hikes for some parents. One major operator of kindergarten education is calling for increased government funding to cope with the changes. From 2016...

Government seeks families wanting nannies
News.com.au - October 2, 2015

Families struggling to find traditional child care can now apply to be part of the federal government's nanny trial for the next two years. As part of its planned overhaul of childcare subsidies, the government is offering payments to help cover nanny fees for 10,000 children. Families interested...

Call to improve safety for childcare workers
Herald Sun - Rebecca David - October 1, 2015

MORE than 300 workers are seriously injured every year in childcare centres and preschools throughout Victoria. WorkSafe Victoria figures reveal a steady rise in the number claims made by childcare and preschool staff between 2010 and 2015, with an average of 347 claims per year...

Time spent in childcare delivers mixed results for kids, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report finds
News.com.au - Lauren Wilson - September 30, 2015

A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has found childcare centres must be delivering high quality early learning programs for 0-3 year olds, or children in care risk developing language deficiencies. The report found children from disadvantaged backgrounds...

Australia should follow the research and provide free universal childcare
The Guardian - Edward Melhuish - September 29, 2015

This attitude to childcare is driven by a false distinction between childcare and education. It is true that childcare policies are in part about looking after children to enable parents who want do work to do so. But should this be the pre-eminent goal of policy, as the recent Productivity Commission...

Sacrifices grandparents make so parents can go to work
Sydney Morning Herald - Cosima Marriner - September 27, 2015

Grandparents are sacrificing work, income, travel and recreation to care for their grandchildren so the parents can go to work. Three-quarters of grandparents believe regular childcare is a normal part of their role, according to a University of NSW study of how childcare affects grandparents' work...

Australia needs to encourage more women to work
Financial Review - Dan Tehan - September 27, 2015

There are very good economic reasons for tackling female workforce participation as a matter of priority. As a recent Grattan Institute report has shown, an increase in female workforce participation of 6 per cent in Australia, which would bring us into line with Canada, would mean the size of the our...

Cost of childcare in Brisbane rivals the price parents pay to send kids to state's top private schools
The Courier Mail - Brittany Vonow - September 26, 2015

CHILDCARE fees at some Brisbane daycare centres rival the cost of some of the city's most expensive private schools.The exorbitant fees for five-days-a-week care have hit $31,200 a year at some centres. The $7500 government subsidy available to families reduces it to $23,700...