Nursery staff to be forced to report toddlers at risk of becoming terrorists
The Independent (UK) - Ben Tufft - January 4, 2014

Nursery staff will be forced to report toddlers at risk of becoming terrorists under plans drawn up by the Home Office. It is part of the department's consultation over ways to enhance its anti-terrorism strategy, Prevent. Critics have dismissed the proposals as being unnecessarily draconian…

Property stocks set to surge further in 2015 on low interest tide
Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - January 6, 2015

The favourable outlook for the childcare sector and the increasing appeal of childcare centres as high-yield, low-risk property investments drove up the share price of the two biggest listed childcare landlords, the Folkestone Education Trust and Arena REIT...

Support, childcare needed for mothers of kids with intellectual disability
Science Network Western Australia - Michelle Wheeler - January 3, 2015

EXTRA support, education and childcare services are needed to address a high rate of mental health problems in mothers of children with intellectual disabilities, research suggests. A study of WA women who gave birth between 1983 and 2005 found those who had a child with a mild intellectual…

Opinion: Tony Abbott to spend summer break contemplating how to move forward his government's agenda
The Courier-Mail - Steven Scott - January 3, 2015

Abbott has set himself a deadline of the end of the summer to come up with a new "comprehensive families package" to help with the number one complaint of working parents - the cost and availability of child care. The help could come in the form of higher rebates or subsidies for a wider range…

Japan turns to Supermums to revive the economy
Sydney Morning Herald - Jonathan Soble - January 2, 2015

In a country where juggling work and family has long been especially difficult, Abe has pledged to ease the way for women like Kitajima, with more state-funded child care and other measures to foster "a society where all women shine." Tackling the nation's shrinking population and declining labor...

Cabinet papers 1988-89: Hawke rejected well-off subsidised childcare ban
The Australian - Natasha Bita - January 1, 2015

BAN on well-off families and stay-at-home parents using cheap childcare centres was rejected by the Hawke cabinet for fear it would "segregate" poorer children. The Labor government in 1988 was agonising over the very same childcare policy dilemmas that face the Abbott administration...

'Means-test childcare fees', say childcare operators
The Australian - Rick Moreton - December 29, 2014

CHILDCARE operators are calling for a means test of the childcare rebate after revelations fees would rise by at least 30 per cent over the next four years. Social Services Minister Scott Morrison yesterday said the government would not be "bullied" into making snap decisions about a solution…

Barnardos Australia claims proposed overhaul of the early childhood system could see vulnerable children moved into foster care
NEWS.com.au - December 29, 2014

THE federal government has been warned a proposed overhaul of the early childhood system could inadvertently lead to a greater number of vulnerable children being placed into foster care. Barnardos Australia has told a Senate inquiry into out of home care arrangements that the Productivity...

Childcare fees to rise by 30 per cent, predicts Department of Education
The Age - Latike Bourke - December 28, 2014

Labor has not ruled out supporting means testing the childcare rebate, with spokeswoman Kate Ellis saying the Opposition is in favour of reforming the sector to improve "access, affordability and quality". Ms Ellis was responding to figures from the Department of Education, which is...

For towns like Walla Walla in regional NSW, childcare on wheels is a godsend
9News - Lauren Gianoli - December 29, 2014

While the cost of childcare could be on the rise - spare a thought for families in the bush, where options are limited or just non-existent. But mobile child care centres are increasingly trying fill that gap, as they roll - literally - into towns across regional Australia to offer a...

Childcare fees set to explode with parents facing huge fee increases of up to 30 per cent by 2016
Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - December 28, 2014

PARENTS face huge increases in childcare fees of 30 per cent - or more - that will force more families to hit the childcare rebate cap and receive no further government assistance. Despite pledging to address childcare affordability for parents, new figures confirm that the Abbott Government's…

Scott Morrison faces tough job stopping the welfare
The Australian - Adam Creighton - December 27, 2014

Projected to grow 25 per cent to $8bn across the next three years, federal spending on childcare is another area where benefits could be distributed more tightly. About 750,000 families receive both of the two existing payments - the childcare benefit and childcare rebate. The first is not…

Cheaper childcare ahead, Sussan Ley says
Financial Review - Joanna Mather - December 24, 2014

The government's families policy, to be announced in the first half of 2015, will put downward pressure on childcare fees, newly promoted frontbencher Sussan Ley says. Government subsidies are also likely to be extended to in-home care by registered nannies as the government tries to...

Morrison links PPL to family package
The West Australian - Andrew Probyn - December 24, 2014

Scott Morrison has flagged significant changes to Prime Minister Tony Abbott's "signature" paid parental leave scheme in a bid to win Senate approval. In an interview with The West Australian, the new Social Services Minister said he would "fuse" the new-look PPL with improved childcare...

Soft focus order of the day as Tony Abbott presents his new line-up
The Australian - Stefanie Balogh - December 24, 2014

TONY Abbott's desire to place families at the centre of his agenda next year was on clear display at Yarralumla, but all eyes were on a beaming Sussan Ley. Spouses, parents, children and an array of Bibles, including ­Senator Scott Ryan's oversized family heirloom, filled the drawing room at...