Productivity commission encourages mediocrity: Anagnostou
Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - October 7, 2014

Nick Anagnostou has concerns about the Productivity Commission's proposal to introduce a "deemed cost of care" model for childcare that would replace the current benefit system. Under the commission's preferred model, the government would subsidise 90 per cent of childcare costs for a...

Sydney childcare vacancies: City parents face huge waiting lists while west struggles to fill places
Daily Telegraph - Adam Bell - October 7, 2014

When it comes to finding childcare in Sydney, it really is a tale of two cities. Exclusive figures obtained from the Department of Education under Freedom of Information laws reveal that while some local government areas are still suffering from a chronic shortage of childcare, others have hundreds...

How Folkestone's Nick Anagnostou turned around the 'childcare GFC'
Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - October 7, 2014

Nick Anagnostou has impeccably bad timing. In August 2008, Mr Anagnostou, a real estate valuer and former JLL director, was appointed to run -Austock's property funds management business. This included the Australian Education Trust, which at the time owned 437 childcare centres, nearly all...

We can learn a lot about public policy from the Nordic nations
The Conversation - Andrew Scott - October 7, 2014

At the end of this month Australia's Productivity Commission will issue the final report of its inquiry into Early Childhood Education and Care. The inquiry was limited from the outset by the requirement that changes must be within existing funding parameters. Although asked to review alternative...

Call for return to life in slow lane
7News - David Eccleston - October 6, 2014

here is a growing movement for a return to traditional toys so that children can learn for themselves and develop their imaginations. When one toy manufacturer released a bassinet complete with a tablet holder, it triggered a revolt from parents demanding the product be pulled. Now early childhood...

Families SA to notify 77 workers about concerns raised in audits of their employment histories
The Advertiser - Lauren Novak - October 6, 2014

FAMILIES SA will notify 77 carers that they are the subject of concerns raised in an audit of employment histories. The child protection agency will also begin further investigations this week into staff suspended from working alone with children as result of the audit. On Friday, the Government...

Sitting can be a trap for children: They're inactive up to 50 per cent of the time in supervised care
Daily Telegraph - Lisa Mayoh - October 6, 2014

KIDS can spend half their day at NSW childcare centres sitting - and that doesn't even include nap time. With sitting for too long considered as dangerous as smoking, research by Wollongong University has found children are inactive 50 per cent of the time when in supervised care. Researchers…

FOCUS | Sussan Ley safe as houses and destined to stay
Border Mail - Natalie Kotsios - October 4, 2014

THE children look up eagerly as the door to Mulwala Preschool slides open, lunches temporarily forgotten - visitors are far more exciting than Vegemite sandwiches. Some smile shyly as Sussan Ley walks in and offers a warm hello before launching into conversation with the preschool's director...

Gender stereotypes: meet the men finding success in traditionally female workplaces
Herald Sun - Sarah Marinos - October 3, 2014

IN the 21st century there are still some professions that are predominantly seen as either a "job for the boys" or as "women's work". So while some women do become electricians and plumbers, professionally umpire footy games and lead trade unions, they still find themselves outnumbered…

Concerns raised over 100 childcare workers
Seven News - October 3, 2014

At least 25 Families SA workers will be stood down after an audit raising questions about their suitability for working with children. Education and Child Development Minister Jennifer Rankine on Friday said 25 residential carers would be immediately suspended from working one-on-one with…

Tasmania's autism-specific early learning centre in Burnie waits on decision over federal funding
The Mercury - Helen Kempton - October 3, 2014

TASMANIA'S only autism-specific early learning centre will be put under the microscope as it, and five others around Australia, wait to learn if federal funding will continue after next year. The centre, in Burnie, was established four years ago during an election campaign and after lobbying from…

Glut of childcare vacancies in Parramatta
Daily Telegraph - Adam Bell - October 2, 2014

These are the numbers that prove when it comes to finding a childcare place in Sydney, it really is a tale of two cities. In Parramatta, according to exclusive figures obtained from the Department of Education under Freedom of Information laws, hundreds of places go unfilled, while some local...

Taking baby steps
Sydney Morning Herald - Colin Kruger - October 2, 2014

If you missed out on the opportunity of investing in Eddy Groves' ABC Learning Centres last time round, there's another chance with the planned IPO of Think Childcare. Well, sort of. Some of the assets in the $30 million float are childcare centres owned by the Groves former plaything, although…

What could childcare changes mean for Australian parents?
ABC 7.30 Report - Adam Harvey - September 30, 2014

The Federal Government is set to introduce major changes to Australia's childcare system. A review of a system in crisis has recommended ditching complicated payments and subsidising alternatives to childcare centres, such as nannies. It says 160,000 Australian parents want to work but can't…

States warn against watering down regulations overseeing childcare standards
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - September 30, 2014

TWO of the largest state governments have urged against watering down childcare centre standards as part of a push to ­address affordability concerns, and warned that they will need stronger regulations to police the proposed use of taxpayer-funded nannies. In a submission to a Productivity...