High-quality childcare helps kids be more attentive and better deal with their emotions, study shows
The Advertiser - Katrina Stokes - August 25, 2014

PARENTS who choose high-quality childcare for their children are better ensuring their kids will be attentive and able to deal with their emotions when they start school, University of Adelaide research reveals. A study of more than 1000 Australian two- and three-year-olds found high...

Arena to spin off childcare management
The Australian - Ben Wilmot - August 25, 2014

THE Morgan Stanley Real Estate-owned Arena Investment Management this morning took a step towards determining the future of the $900 million property funds business by announcing plans to spin off the management of its listed childcare property trust. The Arena REIT fund, announced a...

ACT has highest demand for childcare in country as supply slips
Canberra Times - Primrose Riordan - August 25, 2014

The ACT has had the greatest enrolment boom in childcare in the country, jumping by nearly 70 per cent in six years, new analysis from the Department of Education shows. More than 23,160 Canberran children were enrolled in formal childcare services in September last year, a 69.2 per...

Clouds remain over the future of childcare in Parliament House
Canberra Times - Primrose Riordan - August 25, 2014

Clouds remain over the future of Parliament House childcare after the provider of the service confirmed it will pull out after the end of this year and the centre will go to tender. The Department of Parliamentary Services and Anglicare broke the news to parent representatives at meetings...

Child carers tell Productivity Commission to leave ratios alone
Canberra Times - Matthew Raggatt - August 23, 2014

Canberra childcare managers have warned draft recommendations to overhaul the system's qualifications and ratios would compromise children's safety. Suggested changes which would allow staff to child ratios to be averaged, potentially across a week, and lower education standards…

Education Minister Peter Collier says new guidelines will improve kindergarten standards
PerthNow - Claire Bickers - August 24, 2014

THE expectations on children and teachers at kindergarten are being raised significantly under new guidelines. WA's first curriculum guidelines for kindergarten include a set of criteria kids should be able to meet before they turn 6, including: STARTING conversations with teachers. LOOKING…

Goulburn dangles childcare carrot in advertising campaign to lure Canberrans to the municipality
Canberra Times - Julieanne Strachan - August 23, 2014

Goulburn is trying to tempt Canberrans to up stumps and move to NSW, with an advertising campaign hitting the ACT where it hurts - in the childcare shortage. It has taken print ads in ACT publications boasting a solution, within a "short drive to Canberra", to long waiting lists at…

Labor willing to back change in childcare, says Kate Ellis
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - August 21, 2014

LABOR childcare spokeswoman Kate Ellis has declared the opposition is open to embrace big changes in the childcare system. However she says the recommendations by the Productivity Commission will increase out-of-pocket fees for most families and hurt children by offering...

First three years crucial in a child's life: childcare hearing told
The Age - Miki Perkins - August 18, 2014

The first three years of a child's life are the period of greatest developmental plasticity, and disruption at this age can have lifelong consequences to their physical or mental health, medical experts have told a hearing into the future of childcare in Australia. "It's no longer appropriate or...

G8 Education issues debt securities offshore
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald and Gretchen Friemann - August 18, 2014

G8 Education has dispelled any thoughts it may be about to launch an equity raising, instead opting for an offshore issue of debt securities. Eyebrows were raised when G8 accelerated its half-year results last week, timing the announcement with news it had scooped up another 25 childcare...

Stay-at-home mums to keep childcare right
The Australian - Natasha Bita - August 18, 2014

CHEAP childcare for stay-at-home parents is likely to be ­rationed but not cut off entirely, after Assistant Education Minister Sussan Ley declared daycare important for children's socialisa­tion and learning. The Productivity Commission recommended the federal government restrict subsidised...

Childcare tax rules too complex
Financial Review - Kelly O'Dwyer - August 18, 2014

What is holding back mothers who want to work from re-entering the workforce or working extra days after having children? Ask most Australians, and the most likely answer you'll get is childcare. Or, to be more specific, the availability of quality, affordable and flexible childcare. That's part of...

Hundreds of childcare workers underpaid
The Age - Nick Toscano - August 18, 2014

Hundreds of Australia's lowest-paid workers have been ripped off by two childcare centre operators in Melbourne and Perth. An investigation by the federal workplace watchdog has discovered that 114 minimum wage-earning childcare workers at Melbourne's Wonderkindy centres were denied...

Garden guru Wes Fleming gives kindergarten play areas a makeover
The Age - Miki Perkins - August 18, 2014

Last year Fleming joined with early childhood researchers at Deakin University to transform a "concrete prison"-style playground at the Eumemmerring Early Childhood Centre. Donating plants and landscaping expertise, his nursery turned a bland area dotted with uninspiring plastic toys...

Reforms mean more funding for NSW children with disability
Northern Star - August 17, 2014

NEW South Wales children living with disability in regional and rural areas of the state will be given more support to attend community preschool under a suite of new reforms. The Preschool Disability Support Program, announced on Sunday, will see $17 million made available to community...