$400m needed for early learning
The Australian - Natasha Bita - June 6, 2014

PARENTS will pay more for kindergarten next year unless the federal government coughs up $400 million more in funding, state governments warned yesterday. Queensland Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek warned that some kids would miss out on kindy, and preschool teachers might...

Childcare centres granted grace on new staff ratios
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - June 5, 2014

A NEW three-month grace period will be given to childcare centres unable to meet the previous government's "excessive" hiring rules because of a shortage of qualified workers. Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley will announce today that the probationary period will allow all new staff...

Out-of-pocket childcare costs rose 39 per cent under Labor government
NEWS.com.au - June 4, 2014

THE out-of-pocket cost of childcare rose by as much as 39 per cent under Labor despite the former government substantially boosting subsidies to working parents. New data from the federal government's Child Care and Early Learning in Summary report, reveals Australian parents are...

Major changes for education in ACT budget
The Canberra Times - Emma Macdonald - June 3, 2014

The Early Childhood Scholarship Program for Certificate III in Children's Services will receive a $500,000 extension to assist the industry meet national standards while $545,000 will go to help the ACT implement the National Quality Framework in early education and childcare. Belconnen High...

Quality control
The Australian - Natasha Robinson - June 2, 2014

IT was the headline that filled a working parent with dread. "Too much childcare takes toll on learning," it read, and it only got worse from there. An Australian National University study had found that preschoolers who ­attended long-daycare centres for more than 21 hours a week went...

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe urges women to return to workforce amid child care crisis
ABC News - Matthew Carney - May 29, 2014

At a local council in central Tokyo, mothers have gathered to demand childcare. There is a child care crisis in Japan where 400,000 places are needed. In protest, the mothers present a petition to local councillors at Suginami declaring: "Our children are on a waiting list for day care places...

Science to be taught to young school kids to foster interest in the field
Herald Sun - Wes Hosking - May 29, 2014

SCIENCE would be taught to more Aussie kids in preschool and kindergarten amid concern many lose interest in the field during childhood. The idea aims to nurture youngster's natural curiosity so it stays with them later in life. It could help boost dwindling science graduate ranks Deakin...

More federal funding changes to hurt families
Municipal Association of Victoria - May 29, 2014

Federal Budget funding reforms will dramatically affect Victoria's Family Day Care (FDC) operators and could cause families to miss out on affordable, accessible child care from next year. ​Cr Bill McArthur, President of the Municipal Association of Victoria said a new eligibility criteria for the...

Childcare centres in race for Tony Abbott cash
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - May 29, 2014

ALMOST half of all eligible ­long-day childcare centres have already applied for a share of the government's $200 million investment in professional development for their staff, new figures reveal. Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley said that, in less than two weeks, 2852...

Those killing animals are better trained than those caring for children
Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Patty - May 29, 2014

Abattoir workers are, on average, better trained than childcare staff, Sydney researchers have found. The University of Sydney Workplace Research Centre has raised questions about the consistency and quality of training of childcare workers and has found it inferior to the more...

Kids lose swings and sandpits as play space tightens
Herald Sun - Wes Hosking - May 25, 2014

CHILDCARE centres and kindergartens are ditching swings and even sandpits amid a squeeze on space. Those in the inner city or where family numbers are booming are under the most pressure. But experts warn doing without outdoor play fundamentals could be disadvantaging kids...

WA parents pay up to $147 a day for child care as fees rise
PerthNow - Katie Robertson - May 24, 2015

PARENTS are paying up to $147 a day for childcare in WA, with 29 centres now charging three-figure fees. The state's peak childcare body said centres have been forced to push up their fees by as much as 20 per cent over the past 18 months because of the costs of implementing new...

Indexation freeze of Child Care Benefit to save $230 million, hit 500,000 families
NEWS.com.au - May 23, 2014

HALF a million families with kids in childcare will be hit by the government's decision to freeze the income eligibility thresholds for the Child Care Benefit. The means-tested payment, which helps low and middle-income families deal with the soaring costs of childcare, will go to more than 800,000...

Childcare firm raises $150m to fund deals
The Australian - Brett Cole - May 21, 2014

G8 Education, the childcare centre manager, has raised $S175 million ($150m) in a debt sale to finance future acquisitions. "We are seeking more acquisitions as the Australian market is fragmented with 6,500 long-day, day care centres," G8 managing director Chris Scott told...

NSW vaccination objector numbers surge by 15 per cent after government changed childcare rules
Daily Telegraph - Jane Hansen - May 21, 2014

Objector numbers jump from 8396 to 9681 in year to March. Overall immunisation rate up four per cent. Demands to stop objectors accessing $2100 immunisation payments. THE number of NSW parents objecting to immunisation has jumped 15 per cent in 12 months new government figures...