Foreign granny au pairs being blocked from Australia as there is no visa to accommodate them
Sunday Telegraph - Jane Hansen - April 26, 2014

THEY are a grey army, ready and willing to take care of your kids, but foreign granny au pairs are being blocked from plugging the nation's childcare gap because there is no visa to accommodate them. Traditionally the domain of young foreign travellers, an au pair can be a cost-effective...

Care for poorest 'should be free', says Children''s Commissioner
The Australian - Natasha Bita - April 26, 2014

DYSFUNCTIONAL families should get free childcare to give kids a safe haven from neglectful homes, National Children's Commissioner Megan Mitchell said yesterday. Ms Mitchell said childcare must not be a middle-class privilege, as poor or neglected children, as well as Aboriginal and...

Welfare needs a total overhaul
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - April 25, 2014

While the results of the Productivity Commission's review of childcare will not be known in time for this year's budget, the Prime Minister has rightly grasped that this issue is the ­present generation's new barbecue stopper. But we are getting mixed messages on childcare. The government has...

Mums must come back to work
The Australian - Phillip Hudson - April 25, 2014

MUTUAL obligation conditions will be placed on the government's paid parental leave scheme to require women to return to work as Joe Hockey tries to make the controversial policy part of a wider jobs compact. There will also be a campaign to encourage employers to change their...

Fears for childcare quality in overhaul
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - April 24, 2014

THE nation's biggest childcare provider believes a new streamlined assessment of childcare centres will water down the national system set up by Labor. Goodstart Early Learning wants urgent talks with the Abbott government because it fears that centres may not get the information they need...

Sussan Ley's early learnings unlikely to save preschool funding
The Age - Lisa Bryant - April 23, 2014

Rarely do we know what influences a politician’s decision about what policy issues will define them. Bob Hawke saw starving children at the gates of an Indian palace as a 23-year-old. Was this what made him promise some 35 years later that under his government "no child would live in poverty...

Importing nannies is not the right solution for Australia's childcare crisis
The Age - Maria Platt - April 22, 2014

The first thing I notice is the car out the front. Once I'm inside the large single-level house I spy a small flat-screen TV and enough kitchen appliances to make Martha Stewart envious. For many Australians this is the norm. But in an Indonesian rural village this type of house means...

Affinity Education Group's Laboo confident of public listing
The Australian - Bridget Carter - April 21, 2014

THE Affinity Education Group's chief executive, Justin Laboo, said the first thing he had to do before the company recently went public was fend off questions from prospective investors as to why it would be any different to ABC Learning Centres. "I can tell you, it was the first question," Mr...

Whistleblowers make 100 complaint a month against childcare
Daily Telegraph - Alicia Wood - April 19, 2014

PARENTS and staff whistleblowers are making an average 100 complaints a month against NSW childcare centres. Figures from the Department of Education and Communities showed more than half of complaints made to the department about childcare centres were concerns a child's...

Child care centre certification scheme cut by Federal Government
NEWS.com.au - April 19, 2014

A TROUBLED certification scheme which had forced child care centres to sideline experienced staff and direct valuable time away from childminding has been wound back under a federal and state government deal to slash red tape. The deal means parents could be in line for some hip-pocket...

Childcare tax deductibility 'a loser for everyone'
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - April 17, 2014

AUSTRALIAN families will be significantly worse off if childcare is made fully tax-deductible ­rather than removing the cap on current government subsidies, ­according to a new analysis. The proposal to scrap subsidies and make approved care tax-deductible has been suggested by several...

Childcare game becomes aggressive
Financial Review - Trevor Hoy - April 16, 2014

Some recent large childcare centre acquisitions and the seemingly unstoppable share price run of G8 Education bring back memories of the rise and rise and eventual demise of ABC Learning. However, to date G8 appears to have taken a measured approach in expanding its child centre...

'Too much' childcare takes toll on learning
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - April 15, 2014

CHILDREN who spend more than 21 hours a week in long daycare are at greater risk of performing below average in maths, literacy and overall academic achievement, a new study finds. The Australian National University work, based on four waves of longitudinal data over six years...

Jolene Vella says up to half children at daughter's early development centre aren't vaccinated
Courier Mail - Laura Chalmers - April 15, 2014

IT WAS only after speaking to parents at her daughter's early development centre Jolene Vella realised how few of the children her daughter was playing with were vaccinated. Jazmine, 6, has autism and attended a specialist group for children with autism. Ms Vella estimated that at least...

Childcare demand drops because of high jobless rate
ABC News - Claire Todd - April 14, 1014

There is concern the high jobless rate in Tasmania's north-west is putting pressure on the viability of childcare centres. The region's population is declining rapidly as the unemployment rate hovers about 9 per cent, putting pressure on household budgets. Steph Rubock who runs a centre in...