Long wait list for child care places
The West Australian - Rhianna King - August 2, 2014

Families in some Perth suburbs are facing an 18-month wait to access child care and about 40 per cent of the city's long daycare centres are booked out. An investigation by The Weekend West has found that the number of childcare places available according to the Federal Government's online...

A mother's preference for child care
Canberra Times - Karen Hardy - August 1, 2014

Buried deep inside the Productivity Commission's 900-page draft report on Childcare and Early Childhood Learning is a little subtitle: "Mothers' preferences." It’s in the chapter about Workforce Participation, in the section about drivers of the workforce participation of mothers, and heads a...

Pittwater parents paying up to $35 a week extra for family day care
Daily Telegraph - Kat Adamski - August 1, 2014

Parents at Sydney child care centres will pay up to $35 a week extra to keep their children in family day care next year. From July 1, the Federal Government is tightening ­eligibility for the Community Support Program (CSP), which helps family day care operators pay for administration and quality...

Spend $100m on child care, not paid parental leave, says outgoing bank chief
Sydney Morning Herald - Clancy Yeates - July 31, 2014

The outgoing chief executive of National Australia Bank, Cameron Clyne, has criticised the government's paid parental leave scheme as too costly and said the money would be better spent on child care. In his last day in the job, Mr Clyne this morning hit out at the policy, which will pay...

ACT government steps up awards for preschool teachers
Canberra Times - Primrose Riordan - July 31, 2014

The ACT government is offering new cash for childcare workers to upgrade their skills and become preschool teachers, assistance the union says is welcome news for professionals it believes are under paid. The government announced 25 scholarships worth $1500 a year over four years so...

Lady Gowrie childcare celebrates 75 years of operation
The Mercury - Alice Claridge - July 31, 2014

MUCH has changed in Hobart since Lady Gowrie opened its first childcare facility 75 years ago, but one thing that hasn't changed is the institution’s focus on caring for children. In 1939 the first centre was opened at Battery Point, now there are 13 centres. "Our focus also remains the same...

Senators tell Hockey to axe parental leave
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey - July 31, 2014

Key Senate crossbenchers say the government must scrap Tony Abbott's prized paid parental leave scheme if it is serious about securing support to fix the budget. Senators Nick Xenophon and Bob Day singled out the scheme ahead of separate meetings in Adelaide on Wednesday with...

Frankston Council gives controversial kindergarten ballot system tick
Herald Sun - Lucy Callander - July 31, 2014

FRANKSTON Council is ­declaring the controversial kindergarten ballot a success, with 96 per cent of children who registered on time offered their top pick. Deputy Mayor Rebekah Spelman said 1131 children received their first choice, with a further 19 offered their second or third preference...

Western Sydney kids take the long road to care
Daily Telegraph - Adam Bell - July 30, 2014

THE squeeze on childcare in inner Sydney is worsening as more and more working parents who commute from western Sydney bring their children in with them to centres near where they work. The trend was a surprise finding published in the Productivity Commission's report into the...

Axe may fall on 200 jobs
The West Australian - Bethany Hiatt - July 30, 2014

More than 200 education jobs may be under threat if Federal Government funding for extra kindergarten hours is withdrawn. Education Department director-general Sharyn O'Neill said preliminary budgets released to schools yesterday funded kindergarten students for only 11...

The importance of childcare - for all of us
Sydney Morning Herald - Ross Gittins - July 30, 2014

Surely the most momentous social change of our times began sometime in the 1960s or '70s when parents decided their daughters were just as entitled to an education as their sons. Girls embraced this opportunity with such diligence that today they leave schools and universities better educated...

Towards a truly even playing field in childcare
Financial Review - Andrew Podger - July 30, 2014

The Productivity Commission's discussion paper on early childhood education and care identifies some sensible principles such as "safety and quality", "family choice of care options", "efficient provision of services" and "best value for the community". Central to its approach is to create a...

Study to help kids fight obesity
The West Australian - Marnie McKimmie - July 30, 2014

Young children at child care are being fitted with accelerometers and GPS devices by the Telethon Kids Institute in a bid to find out what makes them get up and move and if they are active enough to prevent obesity and chronic disease. By tracking the group of about 100 children, researchers...

Ezidebit hires Deutsche, Macquarie for ASX listing
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald and Gretchen Friedman - July 30, 2014

Australia's answer to PayPal, Ezidebit, will introduce itself to fund managers next week ahead of a run at the ASX boards after reporting season. Electronic payments company Ezidebit, which helps companies collect and manage direct debits from customers, has hired Deutsche Bank and...

What WA billionaire Andrew Forrest thinks Australia can learn from this Armadale school
PerthNow - Katie Robertson - July 29, 2014

A NONDESCRIPT school in Perth's eastern suburbs is at the centre of a strategy touted as a shining light for education in Australia. What has happened at the Challis Parenting and Early Learning Centre in Armadale is a key part of a 230-page yet-to-be-released report to Prime Minister Tony...