Kids miss out as childcare workers spend four hours on paperwork
NEWS.com.au - Natasha Bita - December 21, 2013

CHILDCARE workers are spending four hours a week filling out paperwork instead of playing with children, a government report reveals. New quality rules are costing parents in a typical daycare centre about $40 a week. One chain of family daycare operators has spent $560,000 this year...

Children no longer have to perform at kindergarten Christmas concerts
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - December 20, 2013

KINDERGARTEN children are no longer required to take part in end-of-year concerts amid fears they get too stressed. New national guidelines governing the preschool sector emphasise individual choice and give children more control over their preschool education. Children were no longer...

Was Labor's childcare fund only ever about the union?
ABC News - Fact Check - December 20, 2013

The Claim: Sussan Ley says Labor's $300 million fund to subsidise childcare workers' wages was only ever about the unions. The verdict: Ms Ley's claim is in the ballpark. The fund distribution process favoured the union. A $300 million fund to subsidise childcare workers' wages set up by...

Not child's play: why Brendan McAssey is taking childcare upmarket
BRW - James Thomson - December 19, 2013

Former investment banker turned childcare centre operator Brendan McAssey knows only too well how the reputation of his sector has ebbed and flowed over the past decade. He didn't just watch Eddy Groves's infamous implosion at ABC Learning – he twice sold businesses to Groves for...

All must lean in to fix the budget
Financial Review - Editorial - December 17, 2013

Middle-class welfare measures such as the childcare rebate and superannuation tax concessions that were introduced in the Howard years will have to be reined in. The new school funding plan and national disability insurance scheme, those huge Labor monuments, need to wound back...

Sorry, what does that mean?
The Australian - Rick Morton - December 16, 2013

SORRY, not sorry. A flaring argument among early childhood educators about whether young children should apologise when they have done something wrong has raged since The Weekend Australian reported the ruminations of Early Childhood Australia on Saturday. Child psychologist...

Review: Gonski, PISA and childcare under Tony Abbott's first 100 days
Sydney Morning Herald - Gareth Hutchens - December 16, 2013

Childcare. The Abbott government threw the childcare industry into disarray when its assistant education minister, Sussan Ley, asked childcare providers to "do the right thing" and hand back $62.5 million given to them to improve wages in the poorly paid sector. The move was...

Private preschool fees higher than secondary costs
Sydney Morning Herald - Cosima Marriner - December 15, 2013

Parents are paying more for their children to go to early learning centres attached to some of Sydney's most prestigious private schools than for a year of primary, or even senior education, at the same institutions. Independent schools Shore, Kincoppal, Kambala, PLC Sydney, Reddam...

Utility and education fees hit family budgets hard
NEWS.com.au - December 15, 2013

SOARING utilities, childcare, health and education costs are bleeding budgets - but households have reaped savings from cheaper cars, electronics, computers and clothes. Australia's electricity charges have rocketed by 84 per cent in five years - seven times the inflation rate - a cost of...

Nanny slave cases highlight gap in policy
Sydney Morning Herald - Kirsty Needham - December 15, 2013

Sydney families are enslaving international students in their homes to work as nannies. The discovery of three slaves held in a "psychological cage" in a British home for 30 years created international headlines. So why so little public attention to a disturbing government agency...

Baby steps on wages front
Sydney Morning Herald - Rachel Browne - December 14, 2013

Amy Bell loves her job at an eastern suburbs childcare centre where her days involve teaching, feeding and caring for up to 26 children. But she admits the pay is not one of the best parts of the work. The 26-year-old is just two weeks off finishing a diploma which will take her wage up from...

Sorry, but is it worth making kids apologise?
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - December 14, 2013

Now childcare educators are immersed in a raging debate about whether children who break the rules, hurt each other and are generally badly behaved should be required to say sorry -- with a strong and emerging view that the word should be dumped because children don't understand...

The government got it half right
Sydney Morning Herald - Michael Pascoe - December 13, 2013

It hasn't been the best week for the Federal Government – behind in the opinion polls already and copping plenty of unfriendly headlines. It must be of little comfort to think those headlines were the result of policy that was at least half-right. For example, moving to ditch the previous Labor's...

Labor's $300m childcare fund up for probity audit
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - December 13, 2013

THE Abbott government has taken the extraordinary step of referring Labor's $300 million Early Years Quality Fund -- designed to lift some childcare wages -- to the Auditor-General, arguing that it needs to be investigated over "concerns", particularly around "probity issues". It comes after...

Tony Abbott's broken promise to early childcare workers is a cruel betrayal
The Guardian - Kate Ellis - December 12, 2013

Too scared to break yet another election commitment, the Coalition asked child care providers to break it for them. Our childhood workforce has once more been let down and ripped off. Screaming children, soiled nappies, inquisitive minds. Our early childhood workforce work incredibly hard...