Those killing animals are better trained than those caring for children
Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Patty - May 29, 2014

Abattoir workers are, on average, better trained than childcare staff, Sydney researchers have found. The University of Sydney Workplace Research Centre has raised questions about the consistency and quality of training of childcare workers and has found it inferior to the more...

Kids lose swings and sandpits as play space tightens
Herald Sun - Wes Hosking - May 25, 2014

CHILDCARE centres and kindergartens are ditching swings and even sandpits amid a squeeze on space. Those in the inner city or where family numbers are booming are under the most pressure. But experts warn doing without outdoor play fundamentals could be disadvantaging kids...

WA parents pay up to $147 a day for child care as fees rise
PerthNow - Katie Robertson - May 24, 2015

PARENTS are paying up to $147 a day for childcare in WA, with 29 centres now charging three-figure fees. The state's peak childcare body said centres have been forced to push up their fees by as much as 20 per cent over the past 18 months because of the costs of implementing new...

Indexation freeze of Child Care Benefit to save $230 million, hit 500,000 families
NEWS.com.au - May 23, 2014

HALF a million families with kids in childcare will be hit by the government's decision to freeze the income eligibility thresholds for the Child Care Benefit. The means-tested payment, which helps low and middle-income families deal with the soaring costs of childcare, will go to more than 800,000...

Childcare firm raises $150m to fund deals
The Australian - Brett Cole - May 21, 2014

G8 Education, the childcare centre manager, has raised $S175 million ($150m) in a debt sale to finance future acquisitions. "We are seeking more acquisitions as the Australian market is fragmented with 6,500 long-day, day care centres," G8 managing director Chris Scott told...

NSW vaccination objector numbers surge by 15 per cent after government changed childcare rules
Daily Telegraph - Jane Hansen - May 21, 2014

Objector numbers jump from 8396 to 9681 in year to March. Overall immunisation rate up four per cent. Demands to stop objectors accessing $2100 immunisation payments. THE number of NSW parents objecting to immunisation has jumped 15 per cent in 12 months new government figures...

Storytime with Margie Abbott reveals why our PM’s wife is queen of the kids
Daily Telegraph - Danielle Nicastri - May 21, 2014

Australia's most famous childcare worker proved she hasn’t strayed far from her roots during an animated story-telling session at St Ives. Margie Abbott, wife of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, delivered a spirited children's book reading, and danced and sang along to nursery rhymes...

Grandparents need to negotiate on child care
University of Adelaide - May 20, 2014

Grandparents derive great benefits from providing informal child care to their grandchildren, but often feel left out of the loop and out of pocket as a result, according to research from the University of Adelaide. In a study published in the Journal of Family Studies, researchers...

Premiers warn cuts will hurt
The Australian - Sid Maher - May 20, 2014

PREMIERS have warned indigenous childcare programs, pensioners' concessions and health programs face cuts as they continue to press Tony Abbott for an emergency meeting within the next six weeks. Queensland has warned it will have to close children and family centres including...

Soaring costs of childcare
Seven News Melbourne - Georgia Main - May 19, 2014

Soaring childcare costs are putting even more pressure on family budgets. Working mothers could soon be paying out more than half of what they earn. A situation that could force many to stay at home...

Cost of childcare centres doubles in 10 years with the most expensive a whopping $164 a day
Daily Telegraph - May 19, 2014

PARENTS are now being charged $100 or more a day for childcare at more than 15 per cent of centres across NSW - with Sydney's most expensive charging a whopping $164. As families grapple with the hip-pocket hit from last week's Budget, a Daily Telegraph analysis of the data from the...

Fees-rise fears for family day care
The Age - Matt Wade and Sherrill Nixon - May 19, 2014

Parents using family day care have been warned their childcare fees will jump by up to $35 a week and some small childcare providers could be put out of business because of federal funding cuts. The budget revealed $157 million would be saved over three years from mid-2015 by tightening...

Single mums fail to find work
The Australian - Natasha Bita - May 19, 2014

Associate professor Roger Wilkins, of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Social and Economic Research, said the lack of family-friendly jobs and affordable childcare were the biggest hurdles to mothers finding work. "The government's own projections for the next four years are slow...

Childcare costs soaring: Mums handing over half their daily wage in fees
Courier Mail - Lauren Wilson, Lisa Cornish - May 19, 2014

CHILDCARE costs have cracked $100 a day at centres in Brisbane, or half the average daily take-home pay for mums. As families face the hip-pocket hits of last week's Budget, Courier-Mail analysis of the data from the mychild.gov.au website reveals 14 long day care centres across...

Adelaide gets its first $100-a-day long-day childcare centre
The Advertiser - Lauren Wilson - May 18, 2014

PARENTS are being charged up to $100 a day for childcare at South Australia's most expensive long-day-care centre. An Advertiser analysis of the data from the mychild.gov.au website shows more than 10 per cent of long-day-care centres across the country are asking mums and dads...