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...

Annual inflation rate dips to 2.3 per cent as power prices fall
The Australian - Adam Creighton - October 22, 2014

The biggest rises over the quarter were fruit (up 14.7 per cent), property rates and charges (up 6.3 per cent), and child care which rose 3.1 per cent. Tobacco prices rose 2.3 per cent owing to a scheduled increase in excise. The Reserve Bank pays more attention to the "underlying"...

£66,000 for every mum lured back into work: Huge cost of childcare subsidy
Daily Mail (UK) - Steve Doughty - Ocotber 22, 2014

A childcare subsidy aimed at persuading mothers of young children to return to work has cost taxpayers an astonishing £66,000 for every woman who has taken a job, a study revealed yesterday. It said the price of extra free nursery places for three-year-olds under the part-time...

Teacher strikes to close 50 kindergartens across Victoria
Herald Sun - Wes Hosking - October 22, 2014

AT least 50 kindergartens will close on Wednesday as teachers campaigning for better pay and conditions walk off the job. Around 400 more will be affected, with many offering limited classes. It comes as kindergarten teachers ramp up a push for pay parity with their primary school...