One mistake and budget blows up in Joe Hockey's face
The Australian - Phillip Hudson - December 15, 2014

A blowout in the cost of childcare and family payments puts means-testing on the table and the government reckons finding childcare solutions, such as nannies for families who don't work 9-5, is a winner. But with no extra cash to splash there will be losers and more tricky wires to manage...

Budget warning: Childcare and family payments explode by $5.6b despite budget cuts
Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - December 14, 2014

JOE Hockey has warned that childcare and family welfare payments are set to explode by $5.6 billion in a cost blow-out that will reignite the debate over means testing. The Treasurer's budget update will confirm on Monday that the Senate's refusal to pass budget measures to reduce spending...

How ABC Learning was given a new start
Financial Review - Joanna Mather - December 13, 2014

The man who rescued ABC Learning knows the value of being given a chance. Michael Traill's father was the principal of the local high school. He and his brother, Barry, often talk now about how privileged they were. "We had parents who valued education, who created opportunities for us...

Day care death: Coroner calls for new child care sleeping policies
ABC News - December 12, 2014

A coroner has called for a review of national laws to ensure the safety of children while they sleep at day care centres following the death of a child in Queensland. Coroner John Lock handed down his findings into the death of five-month-old Indianna Rose Hicks, who was found not breathing...

New toolkit to help kids learn from internet
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - December 11, 2014

COMMUNICATIONS Minister Malcolm Turnbull will today launch a new toolkit for the childcare and kinder sector which teaches educators how to guide young children in using technology in a way that is beneficial to their learning. The sector has been concerned that with information...

Victorian family day care cheats caught in $23 million scam
Herald Sun - Ellen Whinnett - December 9, 2014

OFFICIALS have uncovered a $23 million welfare fraud in the family day care sector, operating mainly out of Victoria. The Department of Human Services discovered 575 people - 502 from Victoria - working as family day care educators but failing to declare their income, while...

Newcastle nanny agency says childcare changes could deter black market operators
ABC News - December 9, 2014

The operator of a Newcastle nanny agency says predicted childcare changes, providing rebates for nannies, will stamp out so called 'black market' operators. The Prime Minister Tony Abbott has indicated his revamped paid parental leave scheme will provide more financial support...

Mothers would rather have affordable childcare than PPL
SBS News - Danielle Isdale - December 8, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott hasn't yet revealed the details of his revamped Paid Parental Leave scheme, but many mothers say the focus should be on affordable childcare not PPL...

Family day care threatened by budget changes
ABC Radio (PM) - David Mark - December 8, 2014

Family day care providers are scrambling to come up with new funding after Government budget cuts. The Prime Minister says he wants to put more money into child care, but the details aren't clear. The Government's changes to the Community Support Program - worth $157 million...

Peak children's body supports family package to fill PPL void
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - December 8, 2014

THE PRIME Minister's decision to redirect money saved from his paid parental leave scheme to childcare has won the endorsement of national children's peak body Early Childhood Australia (ECA). The ECA supported changes to the proposed PPL scheme in its submission to the...

Tony Abbott reframes paid parental leave scheme as 'holistic families package' following 'community concern'
ABC News - Jane Norman - December 8, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has acknowledged there has been community concern about his multi-billion-dollar paid parental leave scheme, and says it will be re-worked into a "holistic families package". Mr Abbott said yesterday that he and his ministers would spend the summer...

Paid parental leave changes: Will 'tweak' have any impact?
The Australian - Judith Sloan - December 7, 2014

THE Prime Minister has announced yet another tweak to his treasured paid parental leave scheme. Tony Abbott was a bit vague on the details, but removing high paid women from the scheme and providing more money for childcare were mentioned. He intends to follow the recommendations...

New federal government regulations will put more scrutiny on family day care
Daily Telegraph - Laren Wilson - December 7, 2014

HOME-based day care networks will be required to register in every state they operate in, and day care workers will be banned from sending their kids to other centres. The crackdown comes amid fears some suspect services are using state borders to avoid scrutiny, and some are using the...

Arena REIT wins backing for spin-off
The Australian - Ben Wilmot - December 6, 2014

CHILDCARE centre owner, the $324.8 million Arena REIT, will look to boost its development pipeline and consider shifting into other areas of social infrastructure after yesterday winning support to spin off from its Morgan Stanley-owned manger. The group’s investors yesterday approved...

Evolve shares climb 7% on NZX debut
The Age - Suze Metherell - December 5, 2014

Shares of Evolve Education Group have risen seven per cent on the childcare business's NZX debut after its initial public offer raised $NZ132.3 million ($A123.17 million). The stock first traded at $NZ1.07, up from its $NZ1 offer price, and valuing the company at $NZ189.5 million....