CBA led banks' charge on ABC Learning
The Age - Michael West - July 7, 2014

The banks did a sneaky thing as Eddy Groves' childcare empire was teetering at the precipice of collapse in 2008, a thing which may begin to unravel in proceedings before the Federal Court on Monday morning. Led by Commonwealth Bank, the syndicate took a charge over $1.25 billion in...

Government rejects Liberal Democrat Senator's call for complete deregulation of childcare sector
ABC News - Andrew Greene - July 5, 2014

The Government has ruled out complete deregulation of the childcare sector after a crossbench senator suggested the idea to help combat the affordability crisis. Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm wants to see fewer checks and rules around childcare, particularly when children are...

Asbestos fears close Goodstart childcare centre in Aranda
Canberra Times - Jil Hogan - July 5, 2014

The Goodstart Early Learning childcare centre in Aranda has been closed for a week after an asbestos risk was identified on Thursday night. During a routine check to the building, which has asbestos in it, pinholes and nail holes were detected in the walls. ACT Work Safety Commissioner...

Department of Education investigation cases of childcare fraud in Australia
NEWS.com.au - July 5, 2014

THE federal government is investigating fresh allegations members of some ethnic communities are rorting the family daycare system to pocket generous taxpayer funded subsidies. News Corp Australia has confirmed the federal Department of Education's compliance team is investigating...

Uncertainty about kinder funding causes headaches for Victorian families
ABC News - Stephanie Ferrier - July 5, 2014

Victoria has promised to continue funding 10 hours of kinder every week for four-year-old children next year. But the Federal Government is waiting on the results of a review before deciding whether to fund an extra five hours per week. An independent report was due by the end of June...

Bold, brave plan needed for childcare, says Sussan Ley
The Australian - Rick Moreton and Patricia Karvelas - July 4, 2014

ASSISTANT Education Minister Sussan Ley wants the Productivity Commission to deliver a "bold and brave" blueprint for the future of childcare that radically departs from the current, broken system. Ms Ley would not directly comment on revelations in The Australian that the...

Childcare solutions: Nannies and means testing need safeguards
Sydney Morning Herald - July 4, 2014

A single means-tested government payment to parents for formal, family-based and even nanny-delivered childcare makes sense on the face of it. A Productivity Commission report due this month will argue for just such a scheme by telling parents what they already know. It is often too hard...

Childcare fees growing like tots
The Australian - July 4, 2014

IN an era when families in our largest cities struggle to live on $150,000 a year and many pay $40,000 or more in childcare fees, any push to means test access to the childcare rebate of $7500 a year needs to be treated with caution. As a rule, means testing of government benefits should...

Most children think a mother who works less than 24 hours a week and a father who works less than 44 hours a week is "about right"
Courier Mail - Laura Chalmerspeter Hall - July 4, 2014

CHILDREN don't like it when their parents' work has impacts on their home life, they don't want their parents staying back late at work and they can sense when it is making Mum or Dad stressed. That's the view of Australian children when it comes to their working parents. New research by the…

Fears for family day care as funding is cut
NT News - Christopher Walsh - July 4, 2014

Federal cuts to family day care funding will force local child care providers to close their doors or increase already high costs to parents in the area, say local providers. Heather Havens, director of Darwin Family Day Care, says Abbott Government cuts to administrative funding could place...

The preschool gender gap hurting Australian girls
Women's Agenda - Lisa Bryant - July 3, 2014

What is surprising is that in Australia there is also a significant gender educational disparity - especially in access to preschool education. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has recently released indicators that show that 3.4% fewer girls than boys attended a preschool…

Hornsby Council to look at privatising its childcare services
Sydney Morning Herald - Heath Gilmore - July 3, 2014

A Sydney council is investigating whether to privatise its childcare centres, reigniting concerns that local authorities are looking to exit the sector. Hornsby mayor Steve Russell has announced that his council was reviewing its operation of four childcare facilities after an unnamed private operator...

Childcare means test affects participation, Chris Bowen told
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 3, 2014

LABOR'S Treasury spokesman Chris Bowen has admitted he looked at putting a means test on the childcare rebate when in government but was given advice that it would adversely affect women's work participation. But Mr Bowen has also said Labor is prepared to consider any proposal for...

Jumbled mess: spending up 300 per cent for no return
The Australian - Judith Sloane - July 3, 2014

HERE'S a quiz: what's something on which the government can increase real spending by more than 300 per cent and get virtually nothing in return? The answer is childcare. In 2000, the government handed out $900 million in childcare subsidies. Last year, the figure was $6.5 billion...

Labor has seized on reports the Federal Government is considering simplifying the childcare system with a single payment to cover nannies
Courier Mail - Jason Tin - July 3, 2014

ALMOST 130,000 Queensland families will be hit by the Abbott Government's changes to the Child Care Benefit, Labor will today claim. Of the top ten Australian electorates with the greatest number of families accessing the benefit, five are located in Queensland, with Rankin topping the list at...