Liberal aide sells childcare centres to 'premium' provider
Sydney Morning Herald - Kirsty Needham - February 2, 2014

NSW Liberal Party figure Damien Tudehope has sold his chain of daycare centres located on Catholic Church land to premium childcare entrepreneur Brendan McAssey for an undisclosed sum. The Early Achievers centres located next to Glebe, Leichhardt and Enmore Catholic schools will...

Childcare rebate should extend to au pairs, commission to hear
The Age - Daniella Miletic - February 2, 2014

The childcare rebate should be extended to au pairs and a specific working holiday visa is needed to help make it easier for foreign carers to work in Australia, according to au pair agencies. They say the shortage of childcare is forcing an increasing number of Australian parents to hire...

Coaching: Parents send children to school before preschool
Sydney Morning Herald - Cosima Marriner - February 2, 2014

One in five of the English students at tutoring company Kumon are preschoolers, as parents increasingly seek to give their children a head start on their peers when they reach school. Despite early childhood educators saying most children do not need to attend anything more than a...

Little cash value in mums taking on extra work
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - February 1, 2014

WOMEN with children face a strong deterrent to work because the financial incentives of taking on extra days are too low, with household income increasing by as little as 1.6 per cent when a secondary earner takes on an extra day''s work a week. In a submission to the Productivity...

Childcare costs are hitting parents with an unofficial second mortgage after costs skyrocketing by 50 per cent in just six years
NEWS.com.au - February 1, 2014

Hourly fees at traditional long day care centres increased by 50 per cent under the Rudd-Gillard government according to new data and continue to rise faster than inflation. But in a reality check for those calling for at the means testing of the childcare rebate, a new report to be released...

PARENTS who refuse to vaccinate their children may lose their family benefits payments or child care rebates
NEWS.com.au - February 1, 2014

The Abbott government has confirmed it is currently conducting an audit with a view to use a carrot and stick approach to address low immunisation rates. Almost half of the 80,000 children who are not vaccinated in Australia are the children of conscientious objectors. Department of Health...

Daycare Working With Children loophole putting kids at risk
PerthNow - February 1, 2014

CHILDREN in home day-care centres are at risk because of a loophole allowing adults living in the same house as the operator to avoid a major security check. Family Day Care WA president Sue Fielding said people over 18 who live in homes where someone offers a childcare service are...

Ley eyes childcare tax perks
Financial Review - Joanna Mather - January 31, 2014

Companies that sponsor childcare places to encourage mothers to return to work should receive more help through the tax system, Assistant Education Minister Sussan Ley said. A Productivity Commission inquiry into childcare is considering ways to promote employer-provided creches...

Grandparents propose "Mason's Law" after toddler's death
ABC News - Allyson Horn - January 31, 2014

Allyson Horn talks to the Townsville grandparents who are leading a crusade to make it mandatory for Queensland Childcare workers to report suspicions of abuse after the death of their 16-month-old grandson Mason John Parker...

Childcare 'should be on building plans'
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - January 30, 2014

PLANNING regulations for commercial developments should require a certain percentage of floorspace to be allocated for the provision of childcare and tax incentives should be provided so employers build childcare centres, a major review of the sector has been told...

Parents of nearly one in six children are looking for a childcare place
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - January 29, 2014

A NEW Productivity Commission report reveals that more than 16 per cent of children need but cannot access a childcare place, with parents of just over half these cases - 51 per cent - saying the main reason they want additional access to education and care is to allow them to meet...

Fire alert hits home in wooded areas
The Age - Marc Moncrief - January 29, 2014

The credo "work in the city, live in the country" draws families to the wooded villages of Melbourne's commuter belt but fear of fire and the love of children is keeping many workers at home. Childcare providers in bushfire areas have special provisions for high-risk days and in...

Families want Productivity Commission to review more flexible child care arrangements
Herald Sun - James Twining - January 28, 2014

PARENTS want more flexible childcare options to allow professional mums and dads to stay in the workforce for longer. Financial incentives for stay-at-home parents and government rebates for nannies are some of the ideas put forward in a Productivity Commission review into child care...

Financial burden of childcare revealed
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - January 28, 2014

FAMILIES with two kids in childcare are spending up to one-sixth of their take-home pay on care after government assistance. A Productivity Commission Report on Government Services, to be released today, reveals that government spending on early childhood education and care...

Cost of childcare hitting families
Herald Sun - Katrina Curtis - January 28, 2014

CHILDCARE costs have risen at almost double the rate of inflation over the past year, with parents now shelling out about $364 a week. The Productivity Commission's 2014 report on government services shows that more than a million children aged under 12 were in childcare in the March...