Double trouble for childcare centres
The West Australian - Angela Pownall and Natalie Brown - August 4, 2014

The number of WA childcare services breaking regulations and failing to protect and properly supervise young children has more than doubled over the past year. Breaches include children leaving centres unsupervised - one as young as two years old and two six-year-olds found...

Mums-to-be register before getting pregnant
The West Australian - Grace Millimaci - August 4, 2014

The waiting list at a group of western suburbs childcare centres is so long that parents considering getting pregnant in 2015 are already registering their interest. Family-operated Schools of Early Learning in Nedlands, Subiaco and West Leederville are among Perth's most-expensive childcare...

Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme deferred with no due date in sight
Sydney Morning Herald - Latika Bourke - August 3, 2014

Legislation for Prime Minister Tony Abbott's prized $5.5 billion paid parental leave scheme has been quietly shelved and is unlikely to be put to Parliament this year, sources have revealed. The move is aimed at quelling backbench dissent on the issue and is also a recognition it may be voted...

Parents struggle to secure help
The West Australian - Rhianna King - August 2, 2014

As lists grow, a number of centres now charge a fee for parents to register their children. Some Mulberry Tree centres in Perth charge a $20 registration fee which is taken off the bill if parents accept a place at the centre, but is non-refundable if they don't. Lobby group The Parenthood...

Childcare report has come up with some lame ideas
The Australian - Judith Sloane - August 2, 2014

I felt a sense of real anticipation leading up to the release of the Productivity Commission's draft report on childcare and early childhood learning. At last, there could be some rational discussion about the issues, including the need for more competition, choice and deregulation. The PC would...

Long wait list for child care places
The West Australian - Rhianna King - August 2, 2014

Families in some Perth suburbs are facing an 18-month wait to access child care and about 40 per cent of the city's long daycare centres are booked out. An investigation by The Weekend West has found that the number of childcare places available according to the Federal Government's online...

A mother's preference for child care
Canberra Times - Karen Hardy - August 1, 2014

Buried deep inside the Productivity Commission's 900-page draft report on Childcare and Early Childhood Learning is a little subtitle: "Mothers' preferences." It’s in the chapter about Workforce Participation, in the section about drivers of the workforce participation of mothers, and heads a...

Pittwater parents paying up to $35 a week extra for family day care
Daily Telegraph - Kat Adamski - August 1, 2014

Parents at Sydney child care centres will pay up to $35 a week extra to keep their children in family day care next year. From July 1, the Federal Government is tightening ­eligibility for the Community Support Program (CSP), which helps family day care operators pay for administration and quality...

Spend $100m on child care, not paid parental leave, says outgoing bank chief
Sydney Morning Herald - Clancy Yeates - July 31, 2014

The outgoing chief executive of National Australia Bank, Cameron Clyne, has criticised the government's paid parental leave scheme as too costly and said the money would be better spent on child care. In his last day in the job, Mr Clyne this morning hit out at the policy, which will pay...

ACT government steps up awards for preschool teachers
Canberra Times - Primrose Riordan - July 31, 2014

The ACT government is offering new cash for childcare workers to upgrade their skills and become preschool teachers, assistance the union says is welcome news for professionals it believes are under paid. The government announced 25 scholarships worth $1500 a year over four years so...

Lady Gowrie childcare celebrates 75 years of operation
The Mercury - Alice Claridge - July 31, 2014

MUCH has changed in Hobart since Lady Gowrie opened its first childcare facility 75 years ago, but one thing that hasn't changed is the institution’s focus on caring for children. In 1939 the first centre was opened at Battery Point, now there are 13 centres. "Our focus also remains the same...

Senators tell Hockey to axe parental leave
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey - July 31, 2014

Key Senate crossbenchers say the government must scrap Tony Abbott's prized paid parental leave scheme if it is serious about securing support to fix the budget. Senators Nick Xenophon and Bob Day singled out the scheme ahead of separate meetings in Adelaide on Wednesday with...

Frankston Council gives controversial kindergarten ballot system tick
Herald Sun - Lucy Callander - July 31, 2014

FRANKSTON Council is ­declaring the controversial kindergarten ballot a success, with 96 per cent of children who registered on time offered their top pick. Deputy Mayor Rebekah Spelman said 1131 children received their first choice, with a further 19 offered their second or third preference...

Western Sydney kids take the long road to care
Daily Telegraph - Adam Bell - July 30, 2014

THE squeeze on childcare in inner Sydney is worsening as more and more working parents who commute from western Sydney bring their children in with them to centres near where they work. The trend was a surprise finding published in the Productivity Commission's report into the...

Axe may fall on 200 jobs
The West Australian - Bethany Hiatt - July 30, 2014

More than 200 education jobs may be under threat if Federal Government funding for extra kindergarten hours is withdrawn. Education Department director-general Sharyn O'Neill said preliminary budgets released to schools yesterday funded kindergarten students for only 11...