SA childcare centres fail mattress audit
7News - February 20, 2015

Children at more than a dozen Adelaide childcare centres were placed at greater risk of sudden death by sleeping on cot mattresses that were too soft, researchers say. The University of Adelaide researchers tested the softness of mattresses at 28 centres across metropolitan Adelaide…

Parents need to get real about childcare subsidies
Financial Review - Jennifer Hewitt - February 20, 2015

The changes to childcare proposed by the Productivity Commission attempt to put some realistic financial constraints onto unrealistic community expectations. These expectations are that increased taxpayer support can substantially reduce the high cost of quality childcare for families while...

PC recommends maximum rebate of 30pc of childcare fees for high-income earning families
Financial Review - Jennifer Hewitt and Joanna Mather - February 20, 2015

The federal government is attempting to pressure the Opposition into supporting a more generous childcare package than the one recommended by the Productivity Commission - but only in exchange for Labor agreeing to budget savings elsewhere. The commission's long-awaited final...

Child care: Productivity Commission recommends single means-tested subsidy paid directly to provide
ABC News - Chris Uhlmann and Emma Griffiths - February 20, 2015

Social Services Minister Scott Morrison says his aim in redesigning the childcare system is to help make it easier for women to return to the workforce, and is open to broadening subsidised services to include nannies. Releasing the Productivity Commission's final report into Childcare and...

Nannies and a single payment recommended by childcare report
The Age - Judith Ireland - February 20, 2015

The Abbott government should extend federal funding to nannies and prioritise childcare support to lower and middle income families with a single, means-tested payment, a major review has found. But Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has cautioned that while the government is...

Low-paid win from childcare overhaul
The Australian - Stefanie Balogh - February 20, 2015

A SINGLE means-tested subsidy to help parents meet the costs of childcare, including the use of accredited nannies, would boost workforce participation and target more taxpayer-funded assistance to low and middle-income families. The findings of the long awaited Childcare and...

Nannies covered under Productivity Commission proposal
Financial Review - Lucille Keen - February 20, 2015

Nannies are no longer for the rich and famous. Most work now for average Australian families, many of whom do shift work and don't fit into the regular childcare system. Melbourne nanny Tracey McDermott said Australia was "a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week society" and...

Australian Childcare Projects plans to open 100 new centres
The Australian - Greg Brown - February 19, 2015

CRAIG Napier, chief executive of childcare developer and operator Australian Childcare Projects, says the group will aim to open 100 centres over the next five years, taking advantage of a lack of childcare services in many parts of the country. "While there is continuing demand for mums...

Hedge funds keep watch on G8 balance sheet
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald and Jake Mitchell - February 19, 2015

G8 Education management is getting used to quashing investor questions about equity raisings. They have once again been forced to defend their capital position to doubters this week, highlighting the $220 million previously raised through debt issuances in Singapore last year as...

Mothers can get what they want when they return to work
NEWS.com.au - February 19, 2015

She would also like to see day care treated as more than just a babysitting service and merged into the education system. ACTU president Ged Kearney said that providing family friendly hours would increase women's participation in the workplace, help end pregnancy discrimination and boost...

Afternoon naps may be bad for kids' sleep
The Australian - Leah McLennan - February 18, 2015

YOU could be doing yourself a disservice by encouraging your toddler to have an afternoon nap, according to new research that indicates this can result in poor sleep at night. PARENTS and childcare workers might love the reprieve an afternoon nap gives but researchers have found...

Hep A berry fears for SA school children
The Advertiser - February 18, 2015

CHILDREN at nine South Australian primary schools and child care centres may have been served frozen berries from the batches at the centre of the hepatitis A scare. PRINCIPALS and directors at the sites are contacting parents to notify them of the possible risk and provide them with SA...

Is childcare valuable to the economy? Absolutely
Women's Agenda - Conrad Liveris - February 18, 2015

The importance of affordable childcare unites many working parents. Most people recognise that access to childcare is a policy that can support a large number of families but particularly women. When parents have to choose between working and caring responsibilities, the latter...

Auditor damning on childcare wages fund
NEWS.com.au - February 17, 2015

LABOR ministers and their advisers should have known a grants program to give money to some childcare workers was going to run out quickly, according to an audit. THE audit of the Early Years Quality Fund is damning of the education department, saying it didn't tell ministers of its...

Scott Morrison's rules of engagement for childcare debates
3AW - Neil Mitchell - February 17, 2015

Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has told Neil Mitchell the childcare payment system needs an overhaul. "I've invited the Opposition to be part of that and had some good initial exchanges with (Shadow Minister for Education and Early Childhood) Kate Ellis on that and I look forward to...