Territory children spend more time in child care than kids in any other state or territory
NT News - Jill Poulsen - September 1, 2014

TERRITORY children spend more time in child care than kids in any other state or territory in Australia, new figures reveal. Federal Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley, who has responsibility for child care, said almost 9000 children were enrolled in formal ­approved childcare services...

Principals call for a national standard school starting age of five-and-a-half
Daily Telegraph - Bruce McDougall - August 30, 2014

NSW children will wait up to an extra year before they can start school under a plan from the country's peak primary principals body to introduce a standard national starting age of five-and-a-half. The Australian Primary Principals’ Association wants the age to be standardised...

Mums merge office and creche
The Australian - Natasha Robinson - August 29, 2014

TWO Sydney mothers are preparing to open a childcare service that allows parents to work on-site while their children play next door at the creche. From next Monday, the co-shared workspace Bubs and Boardrooms will allow parents working flexibly, breastfeeding mothers, students and even...

Families nervous about looming changes to childcare rebate
Canberra Times - Primrose Riordan - August 29, 2014

Some Canberra families' working lives hang in the balance of the findings of the Productivity Commission's report into childcare. Kellie Gale's parents live in Merriwagga, a small town near Griffith, five hours away from her home in Nicholls where she lives with her firefighter husband...

Childcare industry set for an overhaul thanks to new babysitting app
StartupSmart - Broede Carmody - Augsut 29, 2014

A Sydney-based startup is looking to disrupt the childcare industry in the same way Uber has disrupted the taxi market. Kindy, an app that allows parents to find and contact babysitters and nannies in their area, hopes to make it easier for parents to find trusted babysitters and nannies...

NSW parents cutting back on childcare
Daily Telegraph - Daniel Myers - August 29, 2014

NSW parents are ­turning to ­informal childcare arrangements like using grandparents or in-home care because it is too expensive to make ­permanent arrangements at childcare centres. The federal government will today release figures that show NSW children spend less hours a week in...

Affinity reports $5m loss after predicting $2.6m profit
Financial Review - Jessica Gardner - August 29, 2014

Newly listed childcare provider Affinity Education Group has posted a half-year loss of $5 million, missing a forecast profit of $2.6 million outlined in its prospectus, due to the company's spending spree as it expands its centre network. Revenue hit $38.5 million in the six months ended June 30...

Rising pressure for child care
ABC Radio Brisbane - Lachlan Mackintosh - August 28, 2014

New figures from the federal government show that while the number of child care providers is rising, Queensland is not following the same trends as other states. Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley recognises the pressure on families and discusses changes on the way...

Lack of affordable childcare keeping mums out of the workplace
The Advertiser - Peter Jean - August 28, 2014

A SHORTAGE of affordable childcare places is keeping many South Australian mothers out of the workforce, according to the Federal Government. The SA childcare sector had the lowest growth in enrolments on the mainland in the six years to September 13. The number of children in formal...

WA Government commits to funding kindergarten hours if Commonwealth pulls out
ABC News - August 27, 2014

The Western Australian Government has committed to funding extra kindergarten hours if the Commonwealth fails to renew an early education funding arrangement. The national partnership agreement allocates just under $50 million to WA to help fund a 15-hour a week kindergarten...

Goodstart learning says deemed cost of childcare model will hurt thousands
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - August 26, 2014

THE nation's biggest childcare provider Goodstart early learning will today tell the Productivity Commission the new "deemed cost of care" model they are recommending will hurt thousands of families who will go backwards financially and many of their centres would become unviable if a...

Child Care NSW president warns a creche is not regulated like a daycare centre
NEWS.com.au - August 26, 2014

One of the NSW's most senior childcare experts has warned parents of the risk of using a creche to mind their children because the service is not regulated by law. The claim by Child Care NSW follows the Manly Daily's story yesterday about two-year-old Eva Ness who was bitten by an older...

Schools and sports clubs key to childcare crisis
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - August 26, 2014

LOCAL councils should co-locate childcare centres with schools, sports clubs and other community buildings or with workplaces, without requiring zoning changes, new national guidelines suggest. The guidelines also seek better co-operation between local and state governments so local land...

Parents want childcare workers to be highly qualified, says group The Parenthood
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - August 25, 2014

Australian parents do not want the qualification requirements watered down for childcare workers looking after small children, according to a survey by a leading parents group. The Productivity Commission's draft report into childcare last month recommended that educators working with...

High-quality childcare helps kids be more attentive and better deal with their emotions, study shows
The Advertiser - Katrina Stokes - August 25, 2014

PARENTS who choose high-quality childcare for their children are better ensuring their kids will be attentive and able to deal with their emotions when they start school, University of Adelaide research reveals. A study of more than 1000 Australian two- and three-year-olds found high...