New Education Minister Simon Birmingham out to lift status of vocational training
Sydney Morning Herald - Matthew Knott - September 22, 2015

Senator Birmingham said he was committed to implementing the government''s childcare reforms, which would see most families $30 a week better off, but would introduce tougher work activity tests for parents. The changes have been linked to cuts to family payments opposed by...

Education Minister Simon Birmingham on early learning curve
The Australian - Sarah Martin - September 22, 2105

New Education Minister Simon Birmingham will drive reforms to the childcare sector with an emphasis on early learning and productivity, as he takes over the revamped portfolio in Malcolm Turnbull's new cabinet. Senator Birmingham, whose cabinet responsibilities will take childcare...

Anchorage Capital Partners on track to buy Affinity Education
Financial Review - September 21, 2015

The private equity firm bidding for childcare centre operator Affinity Education has secured financing and is on track to complete its $208.3 million takeover. Affinity says Anchorage Capital Partners has confirmed the financing for the 92 cents per share deal, which it recommends shareholders accept...

Parents' groups praise Malcolm Turnbull for moving childcare back into education portfolio
News.com.au - Lauren Wilson - September 20, 2015

CHILDCARE has been moved out of social services and back into the education portfolio in a move welcomed by the sector as recognition that early learning is an not just a welfare issue. Simon Birmingham has been appointed Minster for Education in Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's new look...

Childcare worker charged with attempted rape of two-year-old boy
The Sunday Mail - Kay Dibben - September 20, 2015

A CHILDCARE worker has been charged with the attempted rape of a two-year-old boy in the laundry of a Brisbane centre. It will be alleged a woman who went to the centre on Friday to pick up her friend’s child claims she found the boy being forced to give the man oral sex. The woman had arrived…

Children's diets increasingly restricted due to over-cautious parents
News.com.au - Jackie Sinnerton - September 18, 2015

Nutritionist Kate Di Prima said parents were self-diagnosing food allergies in their children without seeking medical help. Ms Di Prima said it was becoming more difficult for schools and childcare centres to cater to children's dietary needs because of pushy parents demanding a strict organic diet...

Free preschool hours now guaranteed for another year by ACT Government
ABC News - September 17, 2015

Canberra families will now be able to rely on 15 hours of free preschool a week, following an announcement from the ACT Government. The future of the current preschool funding arrangement had been in doubt, creating uncertainty for families. But today the territory's Education Minister....

Australia to block government benefits for unvaccinated children
Yahoo News - September 16, 2015

Australia Wednesday introduced a "no jab, no pay" law which would block parents who refuse to vaccinate their children from accessing some government benefits. The new legislation introduced to parliament was announced by the government in April. It was prompted by growing concern...

G8 Education bows out as Anchorage Capital buys Affinity
The Australian - Kylar Loussikian - September 16, 2015

Affinity Education will be sold to Anchorage Capital Partners after the private equity firm lobbed a higher bid yesterday afternoon, securing the support of one of Australia's largest childcare operators, G8 Education, which owns more than a quarter of its smaller rival. Anchorage...

Ditch parental leave changes and make childcare affordable, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urged
News.com.au - Lauren Wilson - September 15, 2015

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Kate Carnell said her powerful lobby group would be urging the Turnbull Government to ditch its proposed changes to so-called double-dipping arrangements. Parenting groups and a member of the crossbench also expressed...

G8 backs $213m Affinity takeover
The Australian - Michael Roddan - September 15, 2015

Listed childcare centre operator and takeover target Affinity Education has received an increased $213 million takeover offer from Anchorage Capital Partners, which has been backed by rival suitor and key shareholder G8 Education. Queensland-based Affinity, which owns and operates a...

Government seeks nannies for 10,000 kids
News.com.au - September 10, 2015

Wanted: nannies for 10,000 adorable children. The federal government has started its search not for Mary Poppins, but for service providers who can supply taxpayer-subsidised nannies to take part in a trial of new childcare arrangements. The year-long nanny trial will help the government...

Financial literacy and childcare changes will help women's super
SuperReview - Jassmyn Goh - September 10, 2015

The Association of Financial Adviser's (AFA) national president, Deborah Kent, said moving the issue along starts with incentives around childcare. "One key thing would be around 'how do we get better plans around childcare?', keeping women in the workforce, and helping them out when it...

Sceptics, experts warn on Qld vax laws
SBS.com.au - September 10, 2015

But Sydney University immunisation expert Associate Professor Julie Leask warns the law could have unintended consequences. She says they could lead to further clustering of unvaccinated children in "pop-up childcare arrangements" if they are turned away. "By doing that it intensifies...

Senate rejects Newstart changes but Scott Morrison vows to fight
The Australian - Sid Maher - September 10, 2015

Last night, Tony Abbott said the Senate would have to pass savings measures before the government would bring forward its families and childcare package. "And so far, the Senate has not been prepared to pass the savings measures that we think are important if this very, very...