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Sydney Morning Herald - James Adonis - September 19, 2014

How many Australian kids, according to the most recent census, have their grandparents looking after them on a regular basis? The figure is 937,000. And, if you were to glance at much of the media recently, you'd be led to believe that's a bad thing. According to Council on the Aging, grandparents...

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Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald and Jake Mitchell - September 17, 2014

It is Navis Capital's second foray into the broader education space, having snaffled Wolseley Private Equity's Guardian Childcare Alliance, the third-largest childcare operator in Australia, in September 2013. It's believed Navis plans to expand Modern Star, which makes earnings of about $20 million...

Shift workers drive a growing need across Northern Districts for 24 hour child care
Daily Telegraph - Monique Cowper - September 17, 2014

MIGRANT shift workers are leading the charge towards 24-hour child care which has resulted in a growing number of flexible family daycare centres popping up across the northern district. Advertisements for 24-hour care have just started to appear across the district but Christian...

Greenhill's Modern Star sale process gets to pointy end
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald and Jake Mitchell - September 17, 2014

Final bids for privately owned education equipment supplier Modern Star, which trades under the Modern Teaching Aids (MTA) and Modern Brands monikers, are due this week. A sale process, run by corporate advisory boutique Greenhill and law firm Norton Rose, kicked off in June. Modern Star...

Aussie payments player Ezidebit sold to Global Payments for $305m
Financial Review - Shaun Drummond and Sarah Thompson - September 16, 2014

Brisbane-based cashflow finance company Ezidebit has been sold to US-based Global Payments for $305 million. The deal was first revealed by The Australian Financial Review on Tuesday morning. Ezidebit, an electronic payments player that helps small business' cashflow by collecting and...

Police seek childcare bonuses
The Australian - Natasha Bita - September 16, 2014

POLICE are demanding bonus childcare subsidies so they can afford to hire nannies to cover their 24/7 shifts. The Police Federation of Australia has warned that women are dropping out of frontline policing because they cannot find or afford conventional childcare. It says paying officers higher taxpayer...

Expert says long day-care is a 'form of child abuse'
Sunshinecoast Daily - Kathy Sundstrom - September 16, 2014

A RESPECTED pediatrician and vice-president of the leading advocacy body for prevention of child abuse and neglect says leaving babies in long-day care can be a form of child abuse. Dr Sue Packer, Canberra's 2013 Citizen of the Year, also believes lack of communication between parents and their...

Federal Government to launch trial program to teach kids languages
NEWS.com.au - September 15, 2014

FOUR-year-olds will be encouraged to learn French, Arabic, Indonesian, Japanese or Mandarin under a new taxpayer funded initiative to get Australian kids speaking a second language. The Federal Government will today launch a new $9.8 million pilot program to deliver foreign language "apps"...

Children showing signs of alarmingly low pre-school vocabularies
ABC News - Gabrielle Burke - September 15, 2014

How many words could your children say when they started pre-school? The normal average is about a 1000 but alarmingly, children are now starting pre-school with as little as 100 word vocabularies. Steve Austin spoke with Ian Walker, Minister for Innovation and the Arts, about a new initiative...

Big data breakthrough to boost child protection services
The Age - Hannah Francis - September 15, 2014

What began as a simple administrative tool for Australian child care providers may now provide the missing link in protecting vulnerable children from abuse. More than 1500 child care services nationwide have signed up to the HubWorks portal since the federal government mandated daily...

Autism sets back families $35,000 a year, WA study finds
ABC News - Rebeca Trigger - September 15, 2014

Families of children with autism are facing tens of thousands of dollars in costs and lost income, a Western Australian researcher has found. The study - thought to be the first of its kind in WA - set out to measure whether a delayed diagnosis increased long-term costs for families. But the paper...

Vic premier rejects clubs' child care bid
Sydney Morning Herald - September 14, 2014

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has shut down a suggestion that licensed clubs could provide childcare in exchange for tax breaks. He said the Victorian coalition government would be "very dubious" about licensed clubs offering childcare services. "I think that's fraught with a lot of...

Clubs offer childcare in exchange for pokie profit tax break
Sydney Morning Herald - Kirsty Needham - September 14, 2014

More than 1000 licensed clubs can fill the childcare shortfall by opening childcare centres on their premises in exchange for tax breaks on poker machine profits, Clubs Australia has told the Productivity Commission. Clubs Australia executive director Anthony Ball has written to the commission's…

Childcare cash crisis to hit thousands of Victorian families hard
Herald Sun - Christophe Gillett - September 14, 2014

THOUSANDS of parents could be left without childcare if sweeping changes to family day care are introduced by the Federal Government. Local councils have started sending letters warning fees could jump as much as $1700 yearly for each child. Yarra Ranges Council and Monash are even...

Aboriginal family and children's centres in limbo
Sydney Morning Herald - Julie Power - September 14, 2014

The future of some of the most disadvantaged children across Australia is now in limbo, following the federal government's withdrawal of funding from 38 Aboriginal Child and Family Centres. "We are in no man's land. No one wants to take ownership," said Catherine Edwards-Bott, the executive...