$400m brawl over childcare: Doubts over preschool subsidy
Daily Telegraph - Matthew Benns - September 9, 2014

NSW's reluctance to commit to the new terms of a $400 million national partnership deal with the federal government could cost battling Sydney parents two days of preschool subsidised by the Commonwealth. Under the extension to an existing deal, the federal government would provide a...

Think seeks to raise $22m for IPO
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald and Jake Mitchell - September 9, 2014

Think Childcare and Education is seeking to raise $22 million for an initial public offering scheduled for next month. The childcare centre operator has appointed Morgans and Patersons Securities to run the float, which will value the company at $40 million. The share price of $1 reflects a forward price to...

Abbott open to more flexible childcare
The Australian - September 7, 2014

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott says his government will seriously consider any Productivity Commission recommendation to help more parents hire nannies. A 50 per cent rebate is already available for family day care providers who look after children in the childcare worker's home, but the same...

Activity test: Working mums may lose cheap childcare
Herald Sun - Lauren Wilson - September 7, 2014

UP to one in six working mums could be denied cheap childcare under a proposal to limit taxpayer-funded subsidies to parents who are working or studying for at least 24 hours a fortnight. Australia's largest childcare provider, Goodstart Early Learning, will tell the Prod­uctivity Commission's inquiry...

More poor NSW families locked out of childcare
Sydney Morning Herald - Kirsty Needham - September 7, 2014

Soaring childcare costs and long waiting lists are locking out the poorest NSW families at a far higher rate than the rest of Australia. Only 2 per cent of the poorest NSW families are using childcare to get mothers back into the workforce, compared to 22 per cent of the poorest households nationally...

Father's Day: They need more support
Sydney Morning Herald - September 7, 2014

Our workplaces, welfare policies, and inadequate childcare encourage this gender imbalance by making the male main breadwinner, part-time working mother the most practical and financially sustainable model for raising a family in Australia, despite evidence showing many men are...

Tax cuts and childcare reform on the agenda as Prime Minister Tony Abbott marks first anniversary
Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - September 7, 2014

TAX cuts and childcare reform are on Tony Abbott's agenda as he marks the first anniversary of his election as Prime Minister. Vowing his tough budget will deliver future dividends, Mr Abbott has pledged to "do even better for the next year". In an exclusive interview with The Sunday Telegraph...

When 'qualified' is no guarantee of competence
The Australian - Natasha Bita - September 6, 2014

Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley says new training standards require students to carry out 120 hours of work placement at a childcare centre before graduating with a Certificate III, or 240 hours for a diploma. She has asked ASQA to crack down on the sector. "It is important that we...

Funding for 15 hours of preschool four-year-old to continue, says Sussan Ley
The Age - Jewel Topsfield - September 5, 2014

The federal government will continue to subsidise 15 hours of preschool for four-year-olds for another year, Assistant Education Minister Sussan Ley has announced. About 10 hours are funded by the Victorian government and five hours by the Commonwealth. But the agreement was to expire at...

Early childcare's '$20bn return'
The Australian - Justine Ferrari - September 4, 2014

INCREASING the number of children from the poorest families in early childhood education and improving the quality would add more than $20 billion to the Australian economy over the next four decades. While the childcare debate has focused on the benefits of increasing the participation...

Parents want PPL money channelled into childcare
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - September 4, 2014

MORE than eight out of 10 parents believe funding for the government's proposed $5.5 billion paid parental leave scheme should be diverted into the childcare sector. One of the largest parent surveys into the changes found parents overwhelmingly supported retaining the existing childcare system...

Childcare centre faces legal action for paying workers $2 an hour
Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Patty - September 4, 2014

A school principal who operated a Sydney childcare centre will face court for allegedly paying his staff as little as $2.15 an hour. The Fair Work Ombudsman is taking legal action against Mark Edward Myles, who allegedly paid workers between $2.15 and $3.98 an hour at a childcare centre in...

Kid whisperer Diane Mirabito teaches preschoolers good manners
Sydney Morning Herald - Rachel Browne - September 4, 2014

Diane Mirabito has the close attention of her class of preschoolers as she explains the concept of magic, in particular the enchanting properties of two very special words. "Please and thank you - those words are very magical," she said. "They make things happen, they open doors." Then the teacher...

More Victorians than ever in childcare as family needs rise
Herald Sun - Jessica Marszalek - September 2, 2014

ABOUT 100,000 more Victorian children are in childcare now than just six years ago as more and more families rely on care to go back to work. New government figures show the state had the highest growth in hours of childcare used each week by families across the nation - more than twice...

Inquest to consider day care baby monitors
SBS News - September 2, 2014

A coronial inquest into the death of a five month old infant will hear expert opinion about whether electronic baby monitors should be mandated in day care facilities. Emma Hicks dropped her baby daughter Indianna off at the home of Tracey Cross, who provided services for the Sunshine Coast...