Fix childcare before superannuation: Perpetual
Financial Review - Bianca Hartge-Hazelman - March 16, 2014

Perpetual's head of equities Matt Williams has called for improvements to the nation's childcare framework to be prioritised ahead of government plans to raise the superannuation levy over the next decade. Speaking on the Financial Review Sunday show on Channel 9, Mr Williams said...

Goodstart's bad news over red-tape 'nightmare'
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - March 15, 2014

THE nation's biggest childcare provider predicts more than 5000 families at its centres will exceed the rebate cap in the next year, forcing many mothers to drop or reduce work. Goodstart Early Learning says the complex childcare payment system has become a red-tape nightmare, with a...

Beware childcare centres' claims to educate
The Australian - Angela Shanahan - March 15, 2014

THE other day I was intrigued by a news item marked "exclusive" which announced that six months with mum was, according to an academic expert imported by a leading childcare provider, not enough for infants. My initial response to this exclusive revelation was "duh"; blind Freddie...

Sydney couple turns adversity into opportunity with daycare for children with autism
ABC News - Sharon O'Neill - March 14, 2014

A Sydney couple has opened the doors of Australia's first family daycare service for children with autism. Dennys Martinez and his wife Maria Huayllasco say they were devastated when doctors diagnosed their two children Eric and Maya, now aged 5 and 7 respectively, with the condition...

Sterling seeks $200m float cornerstone backers
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson - March 13, 2014

Sterling Early Education has fixed its initial public offering at $2 a share and is seeking cornerstone backers to support its $200 million float. Sources said Sterling was locked in one-on-one meetings with potential investors on Thursday, after revising its prospectus forecasts to account for recent...

Push continues for mandatory reporting of suspected kindy child abuse
ABC News - March 13, 2014

Two Townsville grandparents say they are disappointed with the Queensland Government's response to their petition calling for mandatory reporting by child care workers who suspect cases of child abuse. John and Sue Sandeman started the petition after the death of their 17-month-old...

Demand falls for childcare across the state
The Mercury - Anne Mather - March 13, 2014

DEMAND for childcare is sliding in some pockets of the state - with one childcare centre closing its doors and others amalgamating rooms because of shrinking numbers. While some of the fall in demand appears to be because of unemployment, childcare experts have also noted a surplus of...

Fundies shy on Sterling over childcare acquisition concerns
The Australian - Amanda Saunders - March 12, 2014

Fresh doubt has been thrown over the float of childcare company Sterling Early Education, after fund managers were spooked by reports that listed rival G8 Education bought some of the 77 childcare centres that Sterling had options to acquire. A spokesman for Sterling said the claims...

Reporting of suspected child abuse by childcare centre workers not mandatory in Queensland
Courier Mail - Kelmeny Fraser - March 12, 2014

REPORTING by childcare centre workers of suspected child abuse will not be made mandatory in Queensland, with the Newman Government instead opting for stronger reporting guidelines. A petition to the State Government by the grandparents of murdered north Queensland toddler...

Sterling IPO delayed
The Australian - Amanda Saunders - March 12, 2014

In a move likely to send jitters through the IPO market, ASX hopeful Sterling Early Education is delaying its $200 million bookbuild as it runs further due diligence on some of its childcare centre acquisitions. Macquarie Group's bookbuild for the childcare centre roll-up was set down for...

App-tapping tots need cyber bully lessons
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - March 12, 2014

THE growing popularity of apps, tablets, smartphones and computers among toddlers has triggered a call for them to be taught about the dangers of cyber bullying in childcare. In a submission to a federal government inquiry, Early Childhood Australia has called for education on online safety to...

Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority asked to explain backlog
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - March 11, 2014

ASSISTANT Education Minister Sussan Ley has ordered the national childcare regulator responsible for assessing all centres to urgently address its huge backlog in a strongly worded letter reprimanding the authority. The Australian has learned the minister has issued the Australian...

Abbott's paid parental leave will do little to bring women to the workforce
The Guardian - Greg Jericho - March 10, 2014

A review of research and data suggests Tony Abbott's proposed paid parental leave (PPL) scheme will probably fail to achieve any significant lift in women's participation in the workforce. More worrying is that spending on childcare, which is much more likely to achieve this aim, is to be...

Why the posh London set all want an Aussie nanny
The Australian - Damian Whitworth - March 10, 2014

THE immigration debate has taken one of its stranger turns with calls for David Cameron to explain why he employed an Australian nanny rather than a British one. Talk to weary veterans of the childcare market, however, and they would wonder why he hadn't done it sooner. An informal...

Limited childcare a major productivity issue for Australia
The Age - Georgia Wilkins and Colin Kruger - March 9, 2014

According to think tank The Australia Institute, the number of households reporting difficulties with the cost of childcare for a child under five stands at more than three out of 10. Then there is the problem of what it dubs the "uneven availability of childcare places", that sees acute shortages...