Why feminists should support childcare deregulation
The Drum - Trisha Jha - March 27, 2014

We can't keep hoping that higher subsidies will cancel out the rising cost of childcare red tape - that's why we should support deregulation in the name of gender equity, writes Trisha Jha. It used to be petrol prices and housing affordability, but the new 'BBQ stopper' occupying the minds and...

The new philanthropy targets preschoolers for social impact bonds
The Australian - March 27, 2014

ABOUT 600 three and four-year-olds are attending preschool in Salt Lake County and Park City, Utah, this year thanks to an innovative financing model that is catching the attention of government officials and lawmakers across the country. Under results-based financing, also known as pay-for...

Traffic conditions simulated at preschool's new road-safety facility
Canberra Times - Megan Gorrey - March 27, 2014

Canberra's next generation of cyclists can build the road-safety skills and confidence they'll need to one day hit the city's streets. Children at Southern Cross Early Childhood School in Scullin took to bikes and scooters as they trialled a new, $122,000 "Learn to Ride" facility on Wednesday. The...

Affinity acquires seven child care centres
Finance News Network - March 26, 2014

Affinity Education Group Limited (ASX:AFJ) has inked deals to acquire seven childcare centres for about $8 million. The provider of education and child care services says the centres are expected to be immediately earnings per share accretive. Settlement of the transactions is still conditional on...

G8 Education to raise $100m to pay for Sterling takeover
The Australian - Brett Cole - March 26, 2014

G8 Education, the provider of childcare facilities, said it plans to raise $100 million in a share sale to fund managers and individual investors to help fund its $228 million purchase of Sterling Early Education, which was announced earlier this week. In a statement to the ASX, G8 said its shares...

There is a need to take a 'big picture' look at the entire childcare system
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - March 26, 2014

DRAMATICALLY increasing support for disadvantaged children should be a priority for the Productivity Commission in its review of the early childhood education and care sector, the national children's peak body says. Early Childhood Australia has called for an incentive program to...

Vassallo's $65m childcare network sale
The West Australian - Kim Macdonald - March 25, 2014

Entrepreneur Rory Vassallo has sold his 22 WA childcare centres to listed company G8 Education in a deal rumoured to be worth $65 million. Mr Vassallo yesterday confirmed the unconditional sale of the Vassallo Corporation's portfolio of childcare centres, which is expected to settle this week...

Childcare rebate freeze set to end
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - March 25, 2014

THE Abbott government quietly let through legislation that will end the freeze on the childcare rebate, leaving the Coalition searching for a new way to keep the payment at $7500 a child. The rebate, which is not means-tested and provides parents with 50 per cent of their childcare costs...

G8 Education snaps up Sterling
The Australian - Bridget Carter - March 25, 2014

THE owners of the childcare provider Sterling Early Education have sold the business to G8 Education just days after plans were scrapped for an Australian sharemarket listing of the recently formed company. The listed G8 is snapping up the business as part of a $228 million acquisition...

G8 Education to buy 91 centres for $228m
Financial Review - Jessica Gardner - March 24, 2014

Childcare operator G8 Education has broken its own rules on how much it is willing to pay for new centres, buying 91 from Sterling Early Education for $228 million, just a week after Sterling's float was pulled. The deal takes the number of new centres bought by G8 Education in 2014 to 154...

Baby care needs nurturing
Canberra Times - Julie Smith - March 23, 2014

It's time for a more sophisticated look at paid parental leave, to aid the health and wellbeing of society. The debate over Prime Minister Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme is focused entirely on the cost of the scheme to the bottom line rather than a more sophisticated discussion...

Parents cheat 85% of childcare centres: survey
Sun Herald - Cosima Marriner - March 23, 2014

Parents have cheated 85 per cent of childcare centres nationally by "centre hopping" without paying their bills, even though they still claim the 50 per cent federal government childcare subsidy. A survey of 700 childcare operators by industry website CareforKids found two-thirds of centres..

Almost 300 childcare centres failing to meet minimum standards
Herald Sun - Evonne Barry - March 23, 2014

ALMOST 300 Victorian childcare centres are failing to meet minimum standards under the strict new federal rating system. Eighteen months into the three-year grading process, less than two in every five centres had been assessed nationwide. And while Victoria has the best record of any state...

Childcare's in deep poo
Sunday Telegraph - Claire Harvey - March 23, 2014

Filthy, filthy little children. Snotty and pooey and dribbly and dirty, grotty and gross, smelly and stinky. Don't get too close - and if you must touch, reach for some bleach to clean off the dirt. If you have a Hazmat suit, put it on. This, believe it or not, is how your delightful little darlings are...

Nanny with no fear of challenges
The Age - Elizabeth Minter - March 23, 2014

...for the contribution she has made to the life of Ms Adams and her family, she was nominated for Australian nanny of the year by job agency Placement Solutions. Chief executive Louise Dunham encouraged Ms Carlisle Stranger to enter the competition - run by the International Nanny...