NSW preschools face closure due to state government funding shake-up
Sydney Morning Herald - Rachel Browne - August 31, 2015

NSW preschools are starting to close their doors following a funding shake-up in the early childhood education sector that has stripped government subsidies from most three-year-olds to focus greater resources on four-year-olds. Support funding offered to preschools that are...

Treasurer Joe Hockey's cash bonanza to get women back to work after children
The Australian - Renee Viellaris - August 30, 2015

FAMILIES would keep welfare payments even if they returned to work or boosted their working hours under a plan to supercharge the economy. The Abbott Government White Paper - to be released before the next election - will include options that would allow low to middle-income...

Childcare and aged care mixed in trial of benefits to elderly
The Australian - Jessica Grewal - August 29, 2015

At Griffith University, three of the state's brightest researchers are leading a nationwide study into the benefits of mixing aged care and childcare in an inter-generational setting. With rising dementia numbers and a looming ageing boom expected to place untold pressure on the nation's respite...

Why the Australian economy is going to hell in a handbasket
The Australian - Judith Sloan - August 29, 2015

But the deterioration in the quality of the Productivity Commission's output has become more marked in the past year or two. The ridiculous report on childcare conflated the benefits of childcare for a small number of children from disadvantaged backgrounds with the case for...

SA children could miss out on preschool because of funding shortfall for staff
The Advertiser - Tim Williams - August 28, 2015

CHILDREN will miss out on preschool or face travelling to centres far from home because a lack of State Government funding will force enrolment cuts under national staffing rules, operators and unions warn. Preschool directors contacted by The Advertiser said they may have to turn dozens...

From the mouths of babes: reversing Australia's declining foreign language learning
ABC News - Melanie Pearce - August 28, 2015

The software has been developed and rolled out along with ipads to 41 child care centres around Australia under the year-long Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) trial. The Australian government announced the $9.8 million scheme late last year and the trial pre-school sites...

Tears in playground from childcare rivals Affinity, G8
The Australian - Tim Boreham - August 28, 2015

The takeovers umpire has been called in to adjudicate this bitter sandpit war, with childcare provider target Affinity alleging foul play on the part of rival and jilted bidder G8. But don't be surprised if G8 troubles the Takeovers Panel with its own submission on aspects of Affinity's...

VET info withheld by federal government, Victoria claims
The Australian - John Ross - August 26, 2015

Victorian Skills Minister Steve Herbert said the federal government's delay in releasing a "scathing" report on childcare training could have seen as much as $70 million of the state government's training funds channelled to unworthy providers. "The audit of 77 childcare training providers was...

Folkestone Education Trust keen on Arena merger
The Australian - Samantha Hutchinson - August 26, 2015

Childcare centre owner Folkestone Education Trust is believed to be once again stalking rival childcare Arena REIT, after releasing full-year results revealing it had snatched a 4.5 per cent stake in the smaller competitor. FET yesterday revealed a 64.7 per cent lift in statutory profit to $88.6...

Asset valuations boost child care A-reit profits
Sydney Morning Herald - Nicole Lindsa - August 26, 2015

Asset re-valuations have boosted strong profit growth at childcare centre owners Folkestone Education Trust and Arena REIT. FET reported a 64 per cent increase in profit to $88.6 million following its merger with the Folkestone Social Infrastructure Fund at the start of the year...

Aussie families set to be hit by Abbott Government's cuts to multiple childcare benefit
Herald Sun - Lanai Scarr - August 25, 2015

CLOSE to 400,000 families will be hit with a cut to the multiple childcare benefit as the government tries to quietly axe the payment. News Corp Australia can reveal the Department of Social Services has confirmed in private briefings that the payment currently received by families with two...

Childcare workers may soon have to report abuse
Sunshine Coast Daily - Geoff Egan - August 25, 2015

REQUIRING childcare workers to report suspected child abuse could lead to reports being made out of fear rather than based on evidence, a legal expert has warned. A Queensland Law Reform Commission discussion paper has proposed early childhood educators and carers be legally...

Anchorage lobs bid for Affinity
The Australian - Michael Roddan - August 24, 2015

Affinity Education has entered into exclusive talks with Anchorage Capital Partners, which is planning to buy Australia's second-largest childcare group for $208 million, trumping the sweetened takeover bid of Affinity's larger rival G8 Education. Affinity Education told shareholders today to...

Affinity Education rejects sweetened G8 offer
The Australian - Kylar Loussikian - August 24, 2015

Childcare provider Affinity Education has rejected a takeover offer from its larger peer G8 Education, despite the Jenny Hutson-chaired company sweetening its bid earlier this month. In a widely anticipated move, Affinity chairman Stuart James recommended shareholders reject the...

'Policy paralysis': Tony Abbott's government the slowest for nearly five decades
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland & Fergus Hunter - August 24, 2015

There is also uncertainty over the status of the Coalition's childcare reforms. The Coalition had planned to mount a comeback campaign in 2015 by focusing on families, but the reforms have slipped from top of the government's agenda. Those in the childcare sector expected the reforms...