G8 Education first half profit soars 73pc
The Australian - John Conroy - August 10, 2015

Australia's largest listed childcare centre operator G8 Education has lifted its first-half profit after a rapid expansion in its site numbers. For the six months to June 30, the group's profit rose 73 per cent to $28.24 million compared to the prior corresponding period. Revenue increased 63 per...

Day in the life of a kindergarten teacher
Sydney Morning Herald - Julia Proctor - August 9, 2015

In the year before they begin school, children at kindergarten learn a little more about how to learn and they continue developing the skills they will need for the next 13 years. Justine Wickham is a kindergarten teacher at Shelford Girls' Grammar School's Early Learning Centre, responsible for...

Working mums to lose some or all of their government paid parental leave payments under new changes
The Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - August 9, 2015

WORKING mums stand to lose $4000 on average under Tony Abbott's decision to scrap double dipping in both an employer and a government paid parental leave scheme. The majority are public servants. Almost 80,000 parents will lose some or all of their government parental leave...

Play clothing could face overhaul after child found hanging at play centre
Sydney Morning Herald - Leesha McKenny - August 8, 2015

The incident may mean that the rules governing what children are permitted to wear at play centres could face an overhaul after the child was discovered hanging by her scarf, a child safety expert says. A NSW Police spokesman said officers had been told the girl was attending before-school...

The Abbott government's evidence allergy
The Age - Judith Ireland - August 7, 2015

Look around the government's wider activities and you see a repeating pattern of either ignorance or ignoring of evidence. In answers submitted to the Senate over the winter break, the Department of Social Services says it has not modelled (i.e. doesn't know) how families will be hit by changes...

Parents of five in six unvaccinated kids support vaccination. So why no jabs?
News.com.au - Sue Dunlevy - August 6, 2015

THE majority of unvaccinated children have parents who do not object to immunisation groundbreaking new research has found. Adelaide University researchers analysed the 9.3 per cent of children who are partially immunised or not immunised, and found only one in six had parents...

Why Australia's parental leave scheme is a 'joke'
The New Daily - Rose Donohoe - August 6, 2015

When it comes to paid parental leave, Australia's current policy is laging well behind other OECD countries. And with an election looming next year - or perhaps this year - the issue of paid parental leave could prove to be a key battleground. But a look at economically-comparative countries...

Tony Burke's adventures in the Middle Kingdom
The Australian - Ben Butler & Christine Lacy - August 6, 2015

Childcare in China is exciting. Labor frontbencher Tony Burke, who's visited the People's Republic twice in the past 10 months to visit kiddie care facilities, believes it's "a significant growth area for Australian investment in China". So significant that we can’t find a word he’s spoken of the...

Coveted childcare spots could soon become even harder to find
News.com.au - Lauren Wilson - August 5, 2015

PRIZED childcare spots for babies under one will become even harder to secure if changes to parental leave entitlements force mums back to work earlier, a lobby group has warned. The federal government's bid to stop so-called double-dipping - a term coined to describe new mums...

All volunteer work should qualify parents for childcare payments, providers say
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - August 4, 2015

Volunteering for activities such as Meals on Wheels and at school tuck shops should count as "work" that will qualify parents for childcare payments, major childcare providers say. Australia's largest childcare provider, Goodstart Early Learning, along with the Australian Childcare Alliance and...

It's time to get serious about real economic reforms
The Australian - Judith Sloan - August 4, 2015

The trouble is the Coalition is planning to use these savings on FTBs to splurge on childcare assistance in a completely unaffordable and ineffective way. In fact, families on very high incomes stand to gain $2500 a year per child in the new childcare package, something that looks like a...

Anchorage courts Affinity Education with alternative offer
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald & Jake Mitchell - August 4, 2015

Private equity firm Anchorage Capital Partners is believed to be the second party stalking childcare operator Affinity Education Group, having submitted a proposal aimed at addressing the company's funding hole. Takeover target Affinity told its shareholders not to accept an improved 80¢ a share...

Tony Abbott's childcare changes will 'reduce access and add complexity'
Sydney Morning Herald - Matt Wade - August 3, 2015

The childcare package at the heart of the Abbott government's May budget will diminish access to childcare services, reduce flexibility and introduce baffling complexity, experts have warned. A submission to a government-sponsored industry consultation by Professor Deborah Brennan and...

G8 Education lobs $185m cash takeover offer for Affinity Education
Financial Review - Jessica Gardner - August 3, 2015

Childcare operator G8 Education has sweetened its takeover bid for smaller rival Affinity Education, increasing its price to 80¢ a share and allowing investors to take up the offer in cash or shares. The $1.2 billion company put out a supplementary bidder statement on Monday morning, which...

G8 Education shores up Affinity bid
The Australian - Michael Roddan - August 3, 2015

Child care operator G8 Education has reinforced its takeover bid for rival firm Affinity Education, securing new debt with the Bank of Western Australia to help pay down Affinity's debts in the case of a successful acquisition. G8 Education today bolstered its approach for its proposed takeover...