Childcare rebate faces new means test for high-income earners, under push to include nannies
Herald Sun - Samantha Maiden - October 26, 2014

JOE Hockey will be urged to means test the 50 per cent childcare rebate for the first time in a move that will force families earning more than $150,000-a-year to pay higher fees. The Treasurer faces a push from the Productivity Commission to simplify Australia's current system of multiple…

Time for Tony Abbott to rewrite the paid parental leave scheme
Sydney Morning Herald - Carolyn Cummins - October 26, 2014

If the Prime Minister really wants to help women, he needs to adopt his Commission of Audit's recommendations and lower the PPL full wage replacement cap to average weekly earnings, i.e. $57,000 and spend the savings on childcare. Or he should rediscover the pragmatist who…

Samantha Maiden: Can Tony Abbott''s big, blokey cabinet man up to fix childcare?
Daily Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - October 26, 2014

ONY Abbott's temple of cabinet blokedom has a big test looming for those who believe it's lack of women is a side issue. Can a cabinet full of older blokes and one impressive woman Julie Bishop "get it", that childcare is huge issue in the community, not a second or third order economic…

Without reserve: Folkestone Maxim A-REIT Securities Fund rating upgraded
Sydney Morning Herald - Carolyn Cummins - October 24, 2014

The merger between Winston Sammut's Maxim entity and Greg Paramour's Folkestone Group has proved successful with the joint Folkestone Maxim A-REIT Securities Fund being awarded a "Superior" 4 out of 5 star rating from SQM Research, which is an upgrade from 3.75 stars...

Kiwi invention warns teachers when it's time for sunblock
TVNZ - October 24, 2014

A Kiwi invention to help prevent skin cancer is being installed in a hundred childcare centres and kindergartens around the country. The technology reads UV levels and warns teachers when it's time to cover up young skin. "It's constantly measuring the intensity of the UV and it sends…

Child's play could be payday for Kroger
The Australian - Ben Butler - October 24, 2014

LIBERAL Party powerbroker Michael Kroger could be a lot richer at 11am today when the kid-minding venture he's behind, Think Childcare and Education, finally makes its stockmarket debut. The float was delayed because ASIC demanded the prospectus be beefed up with more...

Ombudsman should investigate child carers, not Families SA: Anglicare
ABC News - October 24, 2014

South Australian Government child protection agency Families SA should be stripped of its power to investigate complaints against its carers, according to Anglicare. Chief executive officer Peter Sandeman has told a parliamentary committee that the state's Ombudsman should be put in...

Greens childcare hysteria is making life harder for Western Sydney mums
Daily Telegraph - Sam Crosby - October 24, 2014

SYDNEY parents have grown accustomed to the shoddy state of our childcare system. For mums wanting to return to work, it's just accepted that a frustrating world of mysterious waiting lists and high fees awaits. So the suggestion you could drop your kids off easily at a quality centre for...

Supporting wellbeing in the early years
Crikey - Michelle Hughes - October 23, 2014

There is a convergence of professional opinion, science and policy that the welfare of children should be of paramount concern to everybody. Research into early childhood development has grown rapidly over the past 20 years, and we now understand that the relationships and...

Citi wary of G8 Education story
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald and Jake Mitchell - October 23, 2014

Citigroup analyst Gino Rossi has downgraded his rating G8 Education to "sell" after the company launched a $100 million equity raising to buy another 20 childcare centres. Mr Rossi said it was a "curious time" for an equity raising given the company has $240 million to run in its Singapore...

More children set to fail at school unless they are better prepared at a younger age, charity says
ABC News - Rebecca Barrett - October 23,2014

A leading charity has warned that increasing numbers of children are set to fail at school unless more is done to prepare them in the years before they reach school age. The Benevolent Society is running a program in early childhood centres in New South Wales and South Australia to try to...

$5m childcare fraud used 'phantom' kids
The Australian - Natasha Bita - October 23, 2014

CHEATING childcare providers have been fined $2.5 million and forced to hand back $5m in taxpayer funds after claiming government rebates for "phantom" children. The federal Education Department's "kindergarten cops" had taken action against 40 childcare services in the past year...

G8 Education 'knocking on the door of ASX100'
Financial Review - Jessica Gardner - October 23, 2014

G8 Education chairman Jenny Hutson says the childcare operator’s latest $100 million capital raising, its first underwritten offer, reflects its ­evolution to a large company with global standing. In the early days of its aggressive acquisition strategy, the Gold Coast-based company raised...

Greens move to outlaw childcare centres in clubs
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - October 23, 2014

Federal Parliament would ban child care centres from pokies clubs in Australia, under a new amendment to be announced by the Greens on Thursday. Clubs Australia is pushing for licensed clubs to be able to open child care centres, under a proposal currently before the Productivity...

No preschool pay deal without money state government money
The Age - Benjamin Preiss - October 22, 2014

A pay offer giving all preschool teachers immediate parity with their primary school counterparts cannot proceed unless the government contributes more funding, according to a group that represents kindergartens. An estimated 1000 preschool staff joined a strike on Wednesday after...