Report pushes single childcare subsidy
The West Australian - Rhianna King - August 6, 2014

The days of parents receiving 50 per cent rebates for fees paid to "premium" childcare centres offering iPads, handcrafted cots, European bed linen and baby massages would be over under a proposal to change the rebate system. In its draft report last month, the Productivity Commission...

Bullying behaviour starting in children as young as age three
Herald Sun - Wes Hosking - August 5, 2014

CHILDREN aged as young as three are being identified as bullies amid concern many childcare centres and kindergartens aren't doing enough to stamp out the problem. A major anti-bullying conference in Melbourne on Wednesday will be told more work is needed to stop youngsters..

Chemical that caused Clovelly Park evacuation found in vapour form at Hendon child care centre
The Advertiser - Brad Crouch - August 5, 2014

TOXIC chemicals found in groundwater at Hendon and vapours seeping into a child care centre pose "no risk" according to officials, but they will conduct further testing. More than 3000 residents in the Hendon/Albert Park/Seaton/Royal Park area are being alerted today by a letterbox...

City childcare set to cost more
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - August 5, 2014

INNER-city families spending more than $100 a day on childcare fees are likely to be worse off under the Productivity Commission's preferred new model. The commission wants to replace the present scheme with a new early care and learning subsidy, paid directly to childcare centres...

Low pay takes a toll on workers
The West Australian - Rhianna King - August 5, 2014

They educate and care for our most precious assets but childcare workers are paid more than $22,000 below the average yearly wage. As regulations are rolled out to increase the formal qualifications of the workforce, early childhood education and care workers say they are far more...

'Vulnerable' China a threat to stability
The Australian - Paul Garvey - August 5, 2014

"The big difference between Scandinavia, where there are a lot of women in the labour force and in senior positions, and other ­European countries where there aren't, is the state provision of very good childcare," he said. "It becomes a matter of norm that married women and women with...

Families say childcare cuts could cost them thousands of dollars in extra fees
Herald Sun - Kylie Adoranti - August 5, 2014

A $1700 annual hike in fees for each child in full-time family daycare will put the childcare system in jeopardy, service operators and councils say. They claim many mums and dads say parents will be left in an impossible position, facing soaring fees and possibly the closure of local services...

Child breaches attract big fines
The West Australian - Angela Pownall - August 5, 2014

It was early afternoon when a four-year-old boy wandered out of his Balga childcare centre without carers noticing. He used a planter box to climb on to pool fencing and undo the latches before walking through a gate left open by a gardener. The boy then got over the centre's perimeter...

Labor pledges to combine early childhood facilities, Footscray City Primary School, Footscray City College and Victoria University to establish a preschool to postgraduate hub
Herald Sun - Bridie Byrne - August 5, 2014

FOOTSCRAY City College could be moved under a $15 million plan to turn Footscray into an education precinct if Labor is elected. The Leader can reveal Labor has pledged to bring together early childhood facilities, Footscray City Primary School, Footscray City College and Victoria...

Rose Park Primary's governing council is asking SA court to rule on responsibility for after-hours childcare workers
The Advertiser - Megan Dillon - August 4, 2014

ROSE Park Primary's governing council is leading a legal battle to have the Education Department declared responsible for schools' after-hours childcare workers, court documents show. The school's governing council is seeking a Supreme Court ruling about which body - it or the...

Double trouble for childcare centres
The West Australian - Angela Pownall and Natalie Brown - August 4, 2014

The number of WA childcare services breaking regulations and failing to protect and properly supervise young children has more than doubled over the past year. Breaches include children leaving centres unsupervised - one as young as two years old and two six-year-olds found...

Mums-to-be register before getting pregnant
The West Australian - Grace Millimaci - August 4, 2014

The waiting list at a group of western suburbs childcare centres is so long that parents considering getting pregnant in 2015 are already registering their interest. Family-operated Schools of Early Learning in Nedlands, Subiaco and West Leederville are among Perth's most-expensive childcare...

Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme deferred with no due date in sight
Sydney Morning Herald - Latika Bourke - August 3, 2014

Legislation for Prime Minister Tony Abbott's prized $5.5 billion paid parental leave scheme has been quietly shelved and is unlikely to be put to Parliament this year, sources have revealed. The move is aimed at quelling backbench dissent on the issue and is also a recognition it may be voted...

Parents struggle to secure help
The West Australian - Rhianna King - August 2, 2014

As lists grow, a number of centres now charge a fee for parents to register their children. Some Mulberry Tree centres in Perth charge a $20 registration fee which is taken off the bill if parents accept a place at the centre, but is non-refundable if they don't. Lobby group The Parenthood...

Childcare report has come up with some lame ideas
The Australian - Judith Sloane - August 2, 2014

I felt a sense of real anticipation leading up to the release of the Productivity Commission's draft report on childcare and early childhood learning. At last, there could be some rational discussion about the issues, including the need for more competition, choice and deregulation. The PC would...