Dodgy family day care operators facing tough new laws
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - December 4, 2014

DODGY family day childcare services exploiting "legislative loopholes" costing millions will be dealt with by tough new laws. Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley has announced the Government's plan to make changes to Commonwealth Family Assistance Law as part of its...

Family day care operators will face new rules to stamp out dodgy operators
Courier Mail - Lauren Wilson - December 4, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Dodgy childcare operators reaping millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies face a crackdown from today under tough new federal government rules. The fraud clampdown will target family day care workers who swap their own children between each other and centres billing the...

Tony Abbott's PPL under the microscope in childcare overhaul
The Australian - David Crowe - December 4, 2014

A LOOMING overhaul of childcare funding will be used to reshape Tony Abbott's controversial paid parental leave scheme, as ministers review flagship policies in response to a sinking budget outlook. The government has begun work on changes to the Prime Minister's signature PPL policy...

G8 Education set to beat earnings, dividend forecasts
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald and Jake Mitchell - December 03, 2014

Small-cap fund managers struggle to recount the last time a company went into a trading halt when it had good news to report. But it has happened with G8 Education. G8's five-person board met on Tuesday and the directors thought it prudent to go into a halt while management came up with...

Indiana Hicks: Daycare death could force childcare industry to develop written policies on sleep and rest
Courier Mail - Brooke Baskin - December 02, 2014

THE death of a little baby in daycare on Queensland's Sunshine Coast could force childcare industry operators to develop written policies on sleep and rest time to prevent more deaths. Baby Indiana Rose Hicks was five months old when she was found not to be breathing and lying tummy down...

Childcare fees: Why city families pay more for childcare
Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - November 30, 2014

CHILDCARE fees in Australian cities' CBDs are rising by 10 per cent a year - twice the rate of fees in regional areas. New research has revealed a growing divide between the city and the bush on childcare fees. Underlying the massive task ahead for the Abbott Government as it prepares...

Juggling paid work and childcare
The Age - Zoe Gray - November 29, 2014

The study revealed that 44 per cent of Australian workers are juggling paid work and childcare, and nearly 20 per cent are caring for an elderly person or someone with a chronic illness or disability. It also indicated that those combining two types of caring responsibilities, for example caring for...

Why some grandparents don't want to be exploited as unpaid nannies
The Australian - Nikki Gemmell - November 29, 2014

WANDERING the neighbourhood one Monday morning, I came across an elderly acquaintance weeping beside a garbage bin overflowing with nappies and weekend mess. It was the look of a woman who'd had enough. She was swamped, overwhelmed; had no one to lift her burden...

Education and care workers' passion awarded
Canberra Times - November 28, 2014

Some of Canberra's most passionate childcare, early learning and after-school care workers have been recognised for their contributions to education and care in the ACT. The Communities@Work bi-annual ACT Education and Care Gala Awards on Friday night celebrated the achievements...

Cap'n Abbott and crew must get shipshape
Herald Sun - Ellen Whinnett - November 28, 2014

After Parliament rises, the Government will respond to a Productivity Commission report into the nation's childcare and early education funding. It’s likely that response will see a simplification of subsidies and payments, and more subsidies for nannies and childcare in the home...

Defence conducts study into effects of aircraft noise on children's hearing at RAAF childcare centres
ABC News - Xavier La Canna - November 27, 2014

Children exposed to loud noise even once could have their hearing damaged, a hearing expert says, as a study begins into the impact of jet aircraft noise on kids in childcare centres on Air Force bases. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) said it was conducting a study at childcare centres on...

Time for a new path to equality, says public health advocate Fiona Stanley
Sydney Morning Herald - Michael Gordon - November 26, 2014

Australia needs to dramatically "scale up" its investment in early childhood and parental support to underpin the country's future prosperity, says public health advocate and former Australian of the Year Fiona Stanley. Professor Stanley says she is "appalled" that Australia did not submit data...

Workplace gender equality report presents case for action
Sydney Morning Herald - Michael Gordon - November 24, 2014

From almost the moment Tony Abbott announced it, his generous paid parental leave scheme was a policy in need of third-party endorsements. Hardheads said it was overly generous; pointy heads said the money would be better spent on childcare; and critics said it was more about softening...

Folkstone launches $42m equity raising
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan and Sam Hutchinson - November 24, 2014

Folkestone Property Group has launched a $42 million equity raising to bolster its control of a childcare property trust it manages, and to secure new development opportunities. The raising supports the acquisition of a further $21.7 million stake in the Folkestone Education Trust...

Australian parents work harder than mums and dads anywhere else in the world
NEWS.com.au - November 24, 2014

Australian women increasingly want to have careers, and are expected to work, with most households needing two incomes in today's economic climate. Yet their childcare demands are the highest in the world. Since daycare is so expensive, parents are forced to work longer hours...