Can't wait to find budget breadcrumbs
The Australian - Judith Sloan - March 30, 2015

Selectively quoting the Productivity Commission report on childcare and early childhood learning, he informs the partyroom there are 165,000 parents with children aged under 13 who would like to work but are unable to. Apart from the unreliability of this figure - answers to hypothetical...

Harper's competition a threat to public services: ACOSS
Financial Review - Katie Walsh - March 30, 2015

"Experiences of privatisation in health, childcare and employment services point to price inflation, higher costs to government, less collaboration and questionable outcomes for the community," she said. Dr Goldie said competition could result in a "race to the bottom on price", forcing providers...

Axe swings on family day care in Frankston, carers up in arms
Herald Sun - Christian Tatman - March 30, 2015

FAMILY day care providers are in tears after Frankston Council effectively axed its program. Several providers, who asked not to be named, told the Leader they were stunned by the decision. "It's just not fair. Those kids are part of my family and I know a lot of educators feel the same...

Childcare pricing plan lags behind real fees
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - March 29, 2015

The Abbott government is considering how to limit extra spending on childcare while minimising the number of families left worse off. Three out of four childcare centres in Sydney are charging well above the Productivity Commission's proposed "benchmark" fees, new analysis reveals, as the...

Melbourne childcare centres charge well above Productivity Commission's proposed 'benchmark' fees
The Age - Judith Ireland - March 29, 2015

The vast majority of childcare centres in Melbourne are charging well above the Productivity Commission's proposed "benchmark" fees, a new analysis reveals, as the federal government prepares to overhaul its $7 billion-a-year policy. In a report released last month, the commission...

Family day-care numbers explode across Victoria
The Age - Alana Schetzer - March 29, 2015

The number of childcare educators operating out of family homes across the country has skyrocketed in the past year, as more parents struggle to find a place for their child in a traditional facility. The number of services rose 40 per cent in the 12 months to June 30, 2014, with most...

Morrison talks up childcare in budget
The Australian - Andrew Drummond - March 27, 2015

SOCIAL Services Minister Scott Morrison has thrilled toddlers with the tale of a didgeridoo-playing kangaroo. BUT Australian families will hope he was not telling stories regarding his commitment to deliver improved childcare services in the May budget. The federal MP visited an early-learning...

Picking the right childcare centre
7News - Damien Hansen - March 27, 2015

The building blocks of a bright future are laid in early childhood, which is why finding the right childcare centre is such an important and daunting task. There are 518 services across Queensland which are exceeding the National Quality Standard set by the Government. Wynnum Family Day...

Autism centres get $16m boost from Abbott government
The Australian - Rosie Lewis - March 27, 2015

The Abbott government has announced more than $16 million for six autism-specific child care centres around the country, saying it will help the businesses adapt for a "successful and smooth transition" to the National Disability and Insurance Scheme. Speaking in Tasmania to launch...

G8 equity raising concerns overdone, Bank of America Merrill Lynch says
Financial Review - March 27, 2015

Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts have come out in support for G8 Education, saying an underwritten dividend reinvestment plan and strong free cash flow would be enough to see off fears about an equity raising. G8 shares have been heavily sold over the past six weeks on fears about...

Call for Joe Hockey to ease tax burden on stay-at-home mums
The Australian - Sid Maher - March 26, 2015

Joe Hockey faces internal pressure to provide tax relief for stay-at-home mothers as the government frames the May budget and its childcare package. Queensland Nationals senator Matthew Canavan says the current tax structure disadvantages single-income families compared...

Preschool for all 3 year olds?
Natasha Mitchell - ABC Radio - March 25, 2015

Should Australia introduce universal, government funded, part-time preschool places for all Australian children from their third birthday? Professor Edward Melhuish of Wollongong University argues yes. He says many northern European countries, some US states as well as the UK and...

Scott Morrison does the Wombat Wobble
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - March 25, 2015

The Social Services Minister, who is the father of two young girls, busted out all his best dad moves at a Geelong childcare centre last week, leading the children in a rendition of the Wombat Wobble. Written by Johnny Huckle and Helen Moran, the Australian-themed song, (that can also be...

Push for increase in childcare funding for babies and toddlers to urgently address shortage
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - March 25, 2015

Pressure is growing on the Abbott government to fund new childcare spots for children under three years old, in a bid to fix a crisis in childcare availability. A group of the country's biggest childcare providers is calling for a one-off funding boost for zero to three-year old places, arguing it would...

Some childcare centres in Australia are sending kids home with their poo in labelled plastic bags
NEWS.com.au - Em Rusciano - March 23, 2015

Some childcare centres in Australia are sending kids home with their poo in labelled plastic bags. Yes, you read that correctly. Take home turds. Let me explain. Late last week a lady sent me a message on my Facebook page: "Em - help me. You have the BEST answers! I am a young mum...