Childcare worker sues for compo claiming lifting children left her 'unable to continue' working
Herald Sun - Peter Mickelborough - November 6, 2016

A CHILDCARE worker who claims her job has destroyed her plans to work into her 70s now wants ratepayers to help pay for her forced retirement. Lifting children in and out of cots, comforting them, changing their nappies, helping them on to chairs and playground equipment, assisting them with...

Vaccination rates rise as effects of no jab, no pay policy begin to kick in
Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - November 6, 2016

NEARLY 100,000 families have had childcare rebates and welfare payments suspended or cancelled for failing to vaccinate kids under No Jab, No Pay reforms since January 1. The Sunday Telegraph can reveal an estimated $38 million in welfare payments for Family Tax Benefit A alone have been...

Childcare costs rising three times faster than government rebates
Daily Telegraph - Natasha Bita - November 5, 2016

CHILDCARE costs have risen three times faster than government rebates, forcing more than 110,000 families to pay full fees for part of the year. Federal Education Department data revealed hourly fees for long daycare rose 5.4 per cent in the past year, on average, across Australia. But the...

Tragedy of son's death spurs day care battle
The West Australian - Nick Butterly and Elle Farcic - November 5, 2016

A Perth couple have called for tougher monitoring of WA's growing family day care sector a year after their two-year-old son drowned in a backyard pool. The plea came as the childcare worker at the centre of the tragedy was fined for breaching rules that led to the drowning. The childcare provider...

We've abandoned gender equality and child welfare in the name of cost-cutting
The Guardian - Cassandra Goldie - November 4, 2016

Low-income parents will feel the financial squeeze at every stage of childhood if the government pushes through cuts to family payments and paid parental leave. What was once an effective family payments system – redesigned by the Hawke government to achieve a 30% reduction in child...

Study answers what's best for children - child care or home care
The Courier Mail - Jackie Sinnerton - November 4, 2016

CHILDCARE kids are as emotionally and socially healthy as children who are kept at home. Working parents can heave a sigh of relief as research found five-year-olds who went to childcare in their first three years turned out to be happy, stable kids. The five-year European study from the Economic...

Quadrant, Pacific Equity Partners line up for Camp Australia
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald & Joyce Moullakis - November 3, 2016

Two of Australia's biggest private firms are making a play for Camp Australia, which provides before and after school care in schools throughout Australia.Street Talk can reveal Quadrant Private Equity and Pacific Equity Partners are among sponsor firms that submitted an indicative bid on...

Fathers need to join the conversation on paid parental leave
The Age - Lee Gordon - November 3, 2016

I recently asked my father if he took time off work after I was born. "Nope", he replied without missing a beat. He went to work the night I was born and taught his corporation law class at a local university. He didn't take paternity leave around the time I was born, but my mother, following a well-studied...

Mayfield Childcare bets investors will return to ASX childcare
Financial Review - Simon Evans - November 2, 2016

Are investors still having bad dreams about the childcare sector as the $1.6 billion collapse of industry behemoth ABC Learning in 2008 fades into the distance? ASX aspirant Mayfield Childcare thinks the time is right for a new entrant in an industry it says is still highly fragmented. It is preparing to...

Ord Minnett, Taylor Collison on board for childcare roll-up IPO
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald & Joyce Moullakis - November 1, 2016

Childcare roll-up Mayfield Childcare is seeking to raise $24 million in an initial public offering managed by Ord Minnett and Taylor Collison. According to a prospectus lodged with the corporate regulator, Mayfield's brokers will seek to sell 24 million new shares at $1 each. The deal valued the company...

Sydney parents are being forced to fork out hundreds of dollars to get their kids into childcare
Daily Telegraph - Jillian McKee - November 1, 2016

PARENTS in the inner west are being forced to fork out hundreds of dollars just to get their children on a waiting list for child care. At some childcare centres in Leichhardt it is not uncommon to pay $100 to add your child to the waiting list - with no guarantee a position will come up. In nearby Balmain...

Mayfield Childcare fronts fundies
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald & Joyce Moullakis - October 31, 2016

Fund managers are running the numbers on a new childcare roll-up seeking to join the likes of G8 Education and Think Childcare on the ASX-boards. Mayfield Education plans to acquire 26 centres within two hours drive from Melbourne's central business district, which would have 1941 places and 19...

Two years of preschool have more impact than one, research shows
The Conversation - Stacey Fox - October 31, 2016

Providing universal access to preschool programs for all three-year-old children could improve academic results in the longer term and prevent the learning gap that sees nearly one in four children not ready for school when they start. Our research shows that it is an achievable – and high priority...

Children should be starting preschool at 3, Victoria University study says
ABC News - Julie Doyle - October 31, 2016

A new report from Victoria University has recommended universal preschool be extended to include three-year-old children. Under the current agreement between the Commonwealth and states, universal access to preschool is offered to four year olds. Dr Stacey Fox from the University's...

Overseas grandparents flying in to babysit when cost, accessibility problems arise
ABC News - Jana Black - October 30, 2016

The Rajputs are just one of many families who are turning to creative child-minding solutions, to help fill the gaps created by cost and availability issues. Australia's most recent census data showed that of the 523,300 Australian women who were mothers to children under the age of two, 39...