Victorian State Election: Napthine offers cash to kindergarten parents
ABC News - November 8, 2014

The Federal Government has selected 40 preschools across the country to take part in a trial of teaching a second language to young children. Assistant Education Minister Sussan Ley said the $9.8 million program will use play-based learning to help generate interest in language studies...

Preschools will teach a second language through play-based learning under new government trial
ABC News - November 8, 2014

The Federal Government has selected 40 preschools across the country to take part in a trial of teaching a second language to young children. Assistant Education Minister Sussan Ley said the $9.8 million program will use play-based learning to help generate interest in language...

Childcare regulations report proposes raft of changes
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - November 7, 2014

CHILDCARE educators should become legally liable for not adequately supervising children under their care or where they do not take every reasonable precaution to protect children from harm or hazard that is likely to cause injury, according to huge proposed changes to national laws...

Poll shows planned childcare reforms could cost the Abbott government votes: 70 per cent rank childcare issues as key issue
Daily Telegraph - Simon Benson - November 7, 2014

AUSTRALIAN families have sent the Abbott government a blunt warning over planned childcare reforms, declaring they will make it a key election issue ­unless more money is provided to help mums who want to return to work. An exclusive poll obtained by The Saturday Telegraph ­revealed more…

Promise check: Ensure child care is more affordable and accessible
ABC News - FactCheck - November 7, 2014

Before the 2013 federal election the Coalition promised to review and reform the child care sector, after mounting pressure from working families about the cost and availability of childcare. The Coalition's policy document released in September says "we will help ensure that childcare is...

'Junk science' behind criticism of quality childcare, experts claim
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - November 6, 2014

A report by a free market think tank that found little evidence to support improving childcare quality has been rejected by academics and experts. University of Toronto professor Charles Pascal, who is in Brisbane meeting with childcare experts, said that "good evidence needs to...

Preschool funding fight leaves SA parents in limbo
ABC News - November 6, 2014

South Australian parents of preschool-aged children are in limbo over the number of hours they can expect kindergartens to provide next year. The Federal and South Australian Governments are at odds over the future of funding that currently provides 15 hours per child each week. Federal...

Dumbing down childcare won't fix fees, say childhood experts
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - November 6, 2014

SCRAPPING Labor's childcare reforms, judged an expensive failure and of little benefit to children, would do nothing to bring costs down for struggling families, experts say. Responding to a report from the Centre for Independent Studies, Early Childhood Australia chief executive Samantha...

What would Whitlam have done?
The Age - Lisa Bryant - November 6, 2014

Clive Palmer reckons it can "set women free" and is much more valuable than paid parental leave. At least three publicly listed companies, including one associated with Liberal Party powerbroker Michael Kroger think it holds the key to untold wealth for their shareholders. Clubs think provision...

Paramor launches full offer bid to secure Arena REIT
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan and Robert Harley - November 6, 2014

Property veteran Greg Paramor has stepped up his campaign to merge a listed education trust, managed by his Folkestone platform, with Arena REIT. The battle for Arena’s $310 million childcare property trust spilled into the open on Wednesday, just one day after Arena outlined its plan to...

Childcare reforms are failing to benefit children
The Australian - Trisha Jha - November 5, 2014

THE cost of childcare to Australian families and taxpayers has ballooned in recent years, largely because of changes to regulations and standards. Sadly, making childcare less affordable has effectively become a bipartisan project. A Labor government, in concert with the Council...

Nation has little to show for Labor's childcare reforms, says expert
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - November 5, 2014

THERE is little evidence of any benefit from Labor childcare reforms that reduce staff-child ratios but lead to an increase in costs and red tape. A report by the Centre for Independent Studies, to be released today, debunks the research and political arguments of the early childhood sector...

It’s time to fix childcare
Women's Agenda - Kate Ashmore - November 5, 2014

Last Friday, the Productivity Commission's report into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning was delivered to the Federal Government, who must table the report in Parliament within 25 sitting days. Finally, after years of bubbling away, childcare has reached centre stage as a national...

Arena rebuffs Folkestone in favour of in-house management deal
The Australian - Sarah Danckert - November 5, 2014

CHILDCARE centre owner, the $310 million Arena REIT, is pushing ahead with buying the management rights to the trust from its parent after rebuffing an offer from listed rival Folkestone Education Trust. Morgan Stanley-managed Arena revealed yesterday in an announcement to the...

Let's scratch chickenpox from our children
Daily Telegraph - Lisa Mayoh - November 5, 2014

I am happy that new laws in NSW mean a child can't be enrolled at childcare unless they are fully vaccinated - and I am proud that happened after the Daily and Sunday Telegraph's No Jab No Play campaign, which highlighted how communities in NSW had vaccination rates below 50 per cent...