Books, docos and devices help kids to stay with science lessons
Sunday Telegraph - Bruce McDougall and Wes Hosking - July 26, 2014

CUTTING edge technology is driving a major surge in enthusiasm for science lessons by thousands of children from preschool age to the senior secondary years. Educators are combining the use of digital devices such as electronic tablets, smart phones and laptops with hands-on field studies...

Aussie nannies forced to fill dog bowls with bottled water, wash sheets on clean beds and dress down for sleazy hubbies
Sunday Herald Sun - Ruth Lamperd - July 26, 2014

IT conjures images of Frane Fine or Mary Poppins, but as Ruth Lamperd reveals, the real world of nannying is far less glamorous. For starters, here's a few reasons why: NANNY TALES Most parents who employ nannies get it right. But when they don't, their oddest demands surface in coffee...

Proposal backs short-term sublet of childcare places
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland, Rachel Browne - July 26, 2014

Parents would be able to sublet their precious childcare places while they are on holiday or on maternity leave under a Productivity Commission idea that has been backed by the federal government. The federal minister with responsibility for childcare, Sussan Ley, has come out...

Tony Abbott's get out of jail free card on PPL
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 26, 2014

Childcare is the burning issue that remains the Prime Minister's biggest social policy challenge this term. It is the test he himself set when he first floated the idea taxpayers should fund nannies for modern families work­ing around the clock. Childcare is the modern barbecue stopper and...

Eventual saving in childcare reforms
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 26, 2014

THE Productivity Commission has vowed to rein in the ballooning cost of childcare, arguing that the new "deemed" cost model it has proposed will save taxpayers significant money in the long term. This is despite the commission report, released this week, suggesting childcare spending increase...

Childcare fees v mum’s working future: why it’s no laughing matter
The Australian - Natasha Bita - July 26, 2014

BUSINESSWOMAN Tara Platell counts the true cost of childcare in terms of her career. A year-long waiting list for daycare was the last straw for the busy mother of two, who sold her real estate business in May to stay home with the kids when "it just got too much". Three-year-old son...

Backing for $300-a-week au pairs over $800 nannies
Financial Review - Joanna Mather - July 26, 2014

The Siregars have churned through nine au pairs in four years. Indonesian-born Sherly Siregar pays just over $300 a week for up to 45 hours of care by a German au pair who lives with the family in Caulfield North in Melbourne. That figure includes a fee for an au pair agency and a...

Opinion: Productivity Commission gives Tony Abbott chance to rethink parental leave scheme
Courier Mail - Paul Syvret - July 26, 2014

THE Productivity Commission has delivered Prime Minister Tony Abbott a "get out of jail free" card when it comes to substantially modifying (or preferably ditching) his controversial paid parental leave scheme. The Commission's report into Childcare and Early Childhood Education (CECE)...

The granny nannies: it's a labour of love, not money
Sydney Morning Herald - Harriet Alexander - July 26, 2014

The army that powers the nation's workforce by taking care of its young is not so much devoted to duty, for the most part, as it is devoted to grandchildren. I do it for me… I absolutely love it. Susie Balderstone begins her pilgrimage in the dark, rising before 5am at her home in MacMasters…

New app lets parents know whether the kids are all right
Sydney Morning Herald - Rachel Browne - July 26, 2014

When Matthew Whisker picks his children up from their north shore childcare centre he doesn’t automatically have to ask how their day went - he already knows. The Neutral Bay father has an app which alerts him to the daily activities and achievements of his children Harry, 11 months...

Richard Glover's guide to raising babies
Sydney Morning Herald - July 25, 2014

The government, we've learned this week, might be willing to pay for at-home childcare from qualified people - so why shouldn't parents themselves be eligible? Sure, we'll need to take the requisite TAFE course, but the basic information can't be that hard to master. Here's a quick...

Childcare training scam uncovered in Vic
NEWS.com.au - July 25, 2014

A SCAM in which migrant women paid up to $3000, and studied for up to a year, only to be handed fake childcare qualifications has been uncovered in Melbourne. UP to 100 women are thought to have received fake Diploma in Children''s Services qualifications in the scam, which ran from...

Nannies better off at fast-food outlet
The Examiner - Isabel Bird - July 25, 2014

NANNIES are heralded as the future of affordable and quality childcare yet questions are raised about who will fill these roles when childcare workers are the least paid in the country. The Productivity Commission's draft report into Childcare and Early Learning recommended that...

Parliamentary childcare closure threat blamed on communication breakdown
Canberra Times - Primrose Riordan - July 24, 2014

Anglicare has agreed to continue providing childcare at Parliament House until the end of the year after a communication "breakdown" was blamed for this week's threat to close the service. Meetings on Thursday between Anglicare, the Department of Parliamentary Services and...

Working Australian mums struggle to find childcare, national survey reveals
Herald Sun - Jessica Marszalek - July 23, 2014

HALF of working women say difficulty finding childcare "always" impacts on their ability to go to work, according to a national survey. The Greens' annual childcare questionnaire this year found difficulties were on the rise, and one in five women at least "sometimes" found it a problem...