Vermont babysitters' club ready to open ranks to next generation
NEWS.com.au - June 30, 2014

ASK any time-poor, overworked and frazzled parent on a tight budget about what makes it hard to get adult-only time out from the kids, and often the answer is a lack of available and affordable babysitters. About 30 years ago a resourceful group of kinder mums from the Legend Park...

Federal government accuses Labor of "tricking families" with its childcare letter campaign
NEWS.com.au - June 30, 2014

THE federal government has hit back at a Labor campaign against changes to childcare subsidies, accusing the Opposition of trying to "trick families" into blaming Tony Abbott for rising childcare prices. Opposition leader Bill Shorten and Labor’s childcare spokeswoman Kate Ellis today…

Labor misinterpreted our child care modelling: Early Childhood Australia
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - June 30, 2014

BILL Shorten's Labor has been accused of misrepresenting modelling provided by peak advocacy group Early Childhood Australia on the freeze to indexation of childcare payments. Labor cited figures from the group to accuse the Abbott government of attacking support for child care...

Federal government budget cuts spur childcare crisis nationwide
NEWS.com.au - June 30, 2014

CHILDCARE providers are warning they will close their doors unless a federal government funding cut from the Budget is reinstated. Family Day Care Australia said the Community Support Program was vital for many family daycare centres - ensuring educators were properly recruited, trained...

Whitehorse Family Day Care loses $140,000 a year with parents facing a heftier bill
Herald Sun - Sally Heppleston - June 29, 2014

FAMILIES could lose ­affordable and accessible childcare next year, with Whitehorse Council's high-demand Family Day Care program under threat. Municipal Association of Victoria president Bill McArthur said a new eligibility criteria for the Federal Community Support Program (CSP), which..

Parents in froth over real milk ban at NSW childcare centres
Sunday Telegraph - Jane Hansen - June 29, 2014

IT'S a storm in a sippy cup. New guidelines suggest toddlers should only get low-fat milk in daycare centres to help tackle obesity. The National Health and Medical Research Council has recommended children over the age of two be served light milk with 2 per cent fat, rather than full-fat milk...

Parents under the pump are paying for holiday childcare programs, new study shows
NEWS.com.au - June 26, 2014

TIME-POOR parents are spending up to $140 a day on school holiday programs, a new study shows. According to a survey of 8000 six to 11-year-olds, nearly one-third raised by single mums are sent to formal holiday care, compared with 16 per cent of others. The survey, done by the...

Tony Abbott won't hear a word from his wife all day as childcare director Margie goes mute
Daily Telegraph - Danielle Nicastri - June 26, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott will not be able to talk politics with his wife or even ask how her day was when she takes a vow of silence. For 24 hours, Margie Abbott will only be able to gesture to her husband as the St Ives childcare centre director gives up her ability to speak. Mrs Abbott...

Average 6.9% yields as Arena REIT childcare centres sell
Property Observer - Jonathan Chancellor - June 26, 2014

The recently floated Arena REIT sold 10 Victorian and NSW childcare centres at Burgess Rawson auction today for a combined $14.2 million reflecting an average 6.9% net yield. Given 16% projected growth in number of children 0-4 years from 2013-2025, yields were as low as 5.4%...

Childcare costs are the biggest obstacle for WA parents, accordings to WA Speaks survey
PerthNow - Katie Robertson - June 26, 2014

THE cost of childcare is the biggest obstacle for West Australian parents, according to The Sunday Times' WA Speaks survey. Nearly a third of respondents with children said fees at centres were too high. The survey, conducted by Galaxy Research, revealed that the availability of places at...

Demand driving childcare industry boom
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - June 25, 2014

CHILDCARE is booming with over 800 new services opening in the past six months. Since November, 840 services have opened bringing the total across the country to 14,425, ­according to the Australian Children's Education and Care Authority National Register. Early Childhood...

The real cost of childcare
Financial Review - Andrew Podger - June 25, 2014

Caring for young children is perhaps society's most critical responsibility. It also costs a lot, however families choose to arrange the care. If only public policy on childcare, family assistance and paid parental leave focused on these two points. The NATSEM paper released this week...

Why federal government subsidies for childcare only add to price pressures
NEWS.com.au - Jessica Irvine - June 25, 2014

CRITICS of Tony Abbott's parental leave scheme argue the money would be better spent on childcare. More money for childcare! What feminist could possibly object to that? Unfortunately, it turns out that simply throwing more money at the problem is no solution at all. An excellent...

Renewed investor interest in childcare centres
The Age - Simon Johanson - June 25, 2014

Childcare centres are again in the sights of investors six years after the $1 billion collapse of entrepeneur Eddy Groves' ABC Learning sent shudders through the sector. The aggressive expansion of Australia's largest listed childcare operator G8 Education and other players in the...

All options on the table for review of Labor's childcare reforms
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - June 24, 2014

A REVIEW of the National Quality Framework - introduced by the previous Labor government to lift standards at the nation's childcare centres - will consider "all options", including delaying -reforms. The childcare industry had hoped the review would largely look at red tape and leave the timing...