Parents want PPL money channelled into childcare
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - September 4, 2014

MORE than eight out of 10 parents believe funding for the government's proposed $5.5 billion paid parental leave scheme should be diverted into the childcare sector. One of the largest parent surveys into the changes found parents overwhelmingly supported retaining the existing childcare system...

Childcare centre faces legal action for paying workers $2 an hour
Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Patty - September 4, 2014

A school principal who operated a Sydney childcare centre will face court for allegedly paying his staff as little as $2.15 an hour. The Fair Work Ombudsman is taking legal action against Mark Edward Myles, who allegedly paid workers between $2.15 and $3.98 an hour at a childcare centre in...

Kid whisperer Diane Mirabito teaches preschoolers good manners
Sydney Morning Herald - Rachel Browne - September 4, 2014

Diane Mirabito has the close attention of her class of preschoolers as she explains the concept of magic, in particular the enchanting properties of two very special words. "Please and thank you - those words are very magical," she said. "They make things happen, they open doors." Then the teacher...

More Victorians than ever in childcare as family needs rise
Herald Sun - Jessica Marszalek - September 2, 2014

ABOUT 100,000 more Victorian children are in childcare now than just six years ago as more and more families rely on care to go back to work. New government figures show the state had the highest growth in hours of childcare used each week by families across the nation - more than twice...

Inquest to consider day care baby monitors
SBS News - September 2, 2014

A coronial inquest into the death of a five month old infant will hear expert opinion about whether electronic baby monitors should be mandated in day care facilities. Emma Hicks dropped her baby daughter Indianna off at the home of Tracey Cross, who provided services for the Sunshine Coast...

Territory children spend more time in child care than kids in any other state or territory
NT News - Jill Poulsen - September 1, 2014

TERRITORY children spend more time in child care than kids in any other state or territory in Australia, new figures reveal. Federal Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley, who has responsibility for child care, said almost 9000 children were enrolled in formal ­approved childcare services...

Principals call for a national standard school starting age of five-and-a-half
Daily Telegraph - Bruce McDougall - August 30, 2014

NSW children will wait up to an extra year before they can start school under a plan from the country's peak primary principals body to introduce a standard national starting age of five-and-a-half. The Australian Primary Principals’ Association wants the age to be standardised...

Mums merge office and creche
The Australian - Natasha Robinson - August 29, 2014

TWO Sydney mothers are preparing to open a childcare service that allows parents to work on-site while their children play next door at the creche. From next Monday, the co-shared workspace Bubs and Boardrooms will allow parents working flexibly, breastfeeding mothers, students and even...

Families nervous about looming changes to childcare rebate
Canberra Times - Primrose Riordan - August 29, 2014

Some Canberra families' working lives hang in the balance of the findings of the Productivity Commission's report into childcare. Kellie Gale's parents live in Merriwagga, a small town near Griffith, five hours away from her home in Nicholls where she lives with her firefighter husband...

Childcare industry set for an overhaul thanks to new babysitting app
StartupSmart - Broede Carmody - Augsut 29, 2014

A Sydney-based startup is looking to disrupt the childcare industry in the same way Uber has disrupted the taxi market. Kindy, an app that allows parents to find and contact babysitters and nannies in their area, hopes to make it easier for parents to find trusted babysitters and nannies...

NSW parents cutting back on childcare
Daily Telegraph - Daniel Myers - August 29, 2014

NSW parents are ­turning to ­informal childcare arrangements like using grandparents or in-home care because it is too expensive to make ­permanent arrangements at childcare centres. The federal government will today release figures that show NSW children spend less hours a week in...

Affinity reports $5m loss after predicting $2.6m profit
Financial Review - Jessica Gardner - August 29, 2014

Newly listed childcare provider Affinity Education Group has posted a half-year loss of $5 million, missing a forecast profit of $2.6 million outlined in its prospectus, due to the company's spending spree as it expands its centre network. Revenue hit $38.5 million in the six months ended June 30...

Rising pressure for child care
ABC Radio Brisbane - Lachlan Mackintosh - August 28, 2014

New figures from the federal government show that while the number of child care providers is rising, Queensland is not following the same trends as other states. Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley recognises the pressure on families and discusses changes on the way...

Lack of affordable childcare keeping mums out of the workplace
The Advertiser - Peter Jean - August 28, 2014

A SHORTAGE of affordable childcare places is keeping many South Australian mothers out of the workforce, according to the Federal Government. The SA childcare sector had the lowest growth in enrolments on the mainland in the six years to September 13. The number of children in formal...

WA Government commits to funding kindergarten hours if Commonwealth pulls out
ABC News - August 27, 2014

The Western Australian Government has committed to funding extra kindergarten hours if the Commonwealth fails to renew an early education funding arrangement. The national partnership agreement allocates just under $50 million to WA to help fund a 15-hour a week kindergarten...