Inflexible childcare, welfare makes family life a big juggle
The Australian - Natasha Robinson - November 22, 2014

STAY-at-home mothers trying to retain their connection to the workforce are facing an impossible task negotiating inflexible childcare and welfare systems that are locking them out of future full job participation. The federal government will spend more than $20 billion on childcare…

Arena boss tells court of proxy bid for Austock's property arm
The Australian - Sarah Danckert - November 22, 2014

Mr Goodwin told the court that merging Austock''s childcare fund - since taken over by Folkestone - with Arena's childcare fund was a good idea. Mr Goodwin's comments at court come just weeks after Arena knocked back a merger offer from Folkestone as not "compelling"…

Global Momentum for Measuring Early Learning Outcomes and Program Quality
The Brookings Institution (USA) - Kate Anderson, Abbie Raikes and Tamar Manuelyan Atinc - November 18, 2014

The importance of early development for later school achievement, earnings, health and well-being has been clearly established, and there is international consensus that it should be seen as a priority for all countries and a goal for the post-2015 development agenda. Including early...

Future-proof Australia Against Welfare Dependency and Inequality
Pro Bono Australia - November 18, 2014

Australians should all care about the findings of the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning, recently delivered to the Federal Government and due to be tabled soon, because it affects our future prosperity as a nation, says Executive Director of The...

Services win from China deal: Robb
9News.com.au - November 18, 2014

He highlighted areas such as legal services, child care, aged care, private hospitals, health, education, engineering, mining and extraction services, manufacturing, architecture and urban planning. "If you run an aged care home in Australia, once this deal is in place … you'll be able to...

Childcare staff-to-children ratios might change in SA, centres warn parents of rising costs
ABC News - November 17, 2014

Childcare centres have warned parents might face a rise of $100 per week in fees from 2016 unless the South Australian Government delays changes to regulations to require more childcare workers. The ratio of carers to children aged two or three is to double from one-for-10 to one-for-five...

How 3 female CEOs say we can lift women's workforce participation
Women's Agenda - Georgina Dent - November 17, 2014

In Australia, for women of child-bearing age, the cry is for a universal system of accessible, affordable, quality early childhood learning and development infrastructure. We can learn much from the experiences of countries which have already gone down this path and in this regard the...

Growing children's nurseries market now worth £4.9bn
NurseryWorld (UK) - Catherine Guant - November 17, 2014

There was significant growth in the children's nurseries market last year, according to the 2014 report from market analysts LaingBuisson. The annual survey of the childcare market puts the value of day nurseries in the UK at £4.9bn, a rise of 4 per cent in real terms. The report analyses...

Online cheats a target in new rules for training colleges
The Australian - Natasha Bita - November 17, 2014

TRAINING colleges have been ordered to check the identity of online students and stop printing certificates on plain paper due to concerns over cheating. "Verify that the person you are enrolling, training and assessing is the same person that will be issued with a qualification or statement...

Childcare benefits red tape putting off low-income parents
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - November 17, 2014

LOW-INCOME and disadvantaged families use fewer childcare and preschool services because they find applying for benefits "confusing and frustrating". And some avoided services because they found providers ignored their needs, a national study has shown. These parents wanted pro­viders...

Folkestone wins supports for merger
Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - November 17, 2014

Listed fund manager Folkestone has won support from investors and analysts for a plan to merge two childcare property-based funds it controls, creating a vehicle with a $545 million portfolio. The plan may have been mulled over for some time, but it comes hard on the heels of a blunt...

Free laptops for training college dropouts thanks to taxpayers
The Australian - Natasha Bita - November 15, 2014

Training colleges and recruiters known as "brokers" have been bombarding daycare centres with offers to train workers, as they compete for a slice of the federal government's $200 million training fund for the childcare industry. The former Labor government set up the fund to give pay...

Fears over rise in no-jab kids
The West Australian - Cathy O'Leary - November 15, 2014

Almost one in 50 WA children aged under seven is not immunised, as more parents become vaccine-refusers. A record 351 new children were registered with Medicare in the June quarter by WA parents with a conscientious objection to vaccination. Frustrated doctors say they cannot...

The 'match making' service for babysitting and lift sharing
Daily Telegraph - Jenny Pogson - November 15, 2014

TWO women have created an online 'matchmaking' service for families looking to share school pick-ups and childminding responsibilities. Faced with rising childcare costs and low vacancy rates at centres across Sydney, Katrina Clark and Lisa Robertson have launched a website that helps...

Childcare centres shun 'substandard' graduates
The Australian - Natasha Bita - November 14, 2014

CHILDCARE centres are boycotting graduates of "black-listed" training colleges, citing concerns over substandard courses. The Australian Childcare ­Alliance, representing centre owners, said some daycare centres were refusing to hire staff who had studied with particular colleges, despite…