Too many vacancies at several childcare centres becoming an issue
Daily Telegraph - Chris Georgakapoulos - April 8, 2015

CHILDCARE centres have saturated the market, leading to vacancies at more than half of the centres in the Canterbury region. Canterbury Council released a report into the long-term planning of children's services, showing vacancies at 52 of the region's 80 childcare centres. It includes...

Anti-vaccination parents could be refused government benefits
ABC News PM - Bridget Brennan - April 7, 2015

The Federal Government is planning to change laws so that parents who refuse to vaccinate their children won't be able to claim benefits. The Social Services Minister Scott Morrison wants to close loopholes which allow parents to claim subsidies while refusing to immunise. The benefits of...

AMA calls for government action on conscientious vaccine objectors
SBS News - Stephanie Anderson - April 7, 2015

The Australian Medical Association has called for government action as new data showed the number of children registered as conscientious objectors to vaccinations is at record levels. Doctors fear diseases that belong in "history books" may make a comeback, as the number of children...

Nationals demand child care trade-off for stay-at-home mums
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey - April 7, 2015

Federal Nationals backbenchers are demanding more money for stay-at-home parents in return for supporting the revamped child care package, which will be a centrepiece of next month's budget. In arguments similar to those mounted against the now-scrapped paid parental leave scheme, the...

Childcare and pregnancy remain obstacles to diversity
Lawyers Weekly - Amanda Davidson - April 7, 2015

Boardroom diversity, and the progress of working women into senior roles, remains a hot topic - not just in Australia, but also globally. The issue was brought front of mind for me very recently, after receiving the Order of Australia in this year's Australia Day Honours List. Much of the...

Anti-vaxxers believe "junk science", not real science: doctor
Sunshine Coast Daily - Bill Hoffman - April 7, 2015

CARROTS and education, not threats, should be used by governments to improve vaccination rates, according to the spokesman for the Australian Medical Association on the Sunshine Coast, Doctor Wayne Herdy. The personal comments from Dr Herdy come as Social Services Minister Scott...

Foundation Early Learning to boost number of centres to 100
Courier Mail - Emma Williams - April 6, 2015

QUEENSLAND based company Foundation Early Learning wants to spread their brand of luxury childcare across the country, with a plan to own and operate 100 childcare centres by the end of the year. Managing Director John Wall said with over 40 years of childcare experience...

Anti-vaccination parents may face welfare bans
NEWS.com.au - April 6, 2015

PARENTS who philosophically object to giving their children lifesaving vaccines could be prevented from accessing welfare payments and childcare subsidies. Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed the Abbott Government is reviewing a loophole which continues to allow mums and…

Shorten backs push for affordable childcare, but foreign nannies not the solution
The Australian - Stefanie Balogh - April 6, 2015

Bill Shorten has offered bipart­isan support to solve the challenges of providing affordable childcare to Australian families, but says recruiting foreign nannies is not the solution. The government is considering the findings of a Productivity Commission report into childcare and early…

Call for more au pairs from Asia, as government considers extending Australian visas for live-in nannies
Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - April 5, 2015

FOREIGN au pairs who earn $250 a week as live-in nannies could have the length of their working visas doubled, amid calls to tackle the childcare shortage by flying in low-cost workers from Asia. While the federal government is cautious about extending childcare rebates to nannies…

Galaxy Poll: 86 per cent of Australians want childhood vaccination to be compulsory
Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - April 5, 2015

AUSTRALIANS want Prime Minister Tony Abbott to make childhood vaccination compulsory and close loopholes that allow vaccine refusers to put all children at risk. An exclusive national Galaxy poll commissioned by The Sunday Telegraph has revealed overwhelming support to ensure…

Scott Morrison says Abbott government won't rush in on funding for nannies in May budget
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - April 3, 2015

There is uncertainty over whether the federal government will include funding for nannies in its upcoming childcare package. As Social Services Minister Scott Morrison prepares a new families policy for release "around" the May budget, there are doubts within the early childhood sector...

Preschool and kindergarten fees could dramatically increase under funding cut
NEWS.com.au - April 2, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: PARENTS could be hit with a 70 per cent increase in preschool and kindergarten fees or a reduction in hours if the government refuses to fund a key program beyond this year. More than $1.6 billion of funding for the Universal Access to Early Childhood Education scheme could be...

Minimum work test will block childcare for 100,000 mothers, Scott Morrison warned
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - March 31, 2015

There are fears more than 100,000 mothers will be forced to give up work if the Abbott government cracks down on the number of hours parents have to work in order to receive childcare subsidies. The country's peak children's body, Early Childhood Australia, is calling on the government....

Former ABC Learning CFO James Black cops 18 month sentence but will spend it out of jail
Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - March 31, 2015

THE former chief financial officer of collapsed childcare giant ABC Learning Centres has copped an 18-month sentence - but will spend it out of jail - after pleading guilty to providing $46 million worth of misleading information. The District Court conviction against James Black marks the sole...