Senate committee calls on government to halt childcare budget cuts
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 17, 2014

A SENATE committee looking into childcare has called on the Abbott government to stop its budget cuts on childcare and to continue the national quality framework. The Education and Employment References Committee has handed down two reports, one on the delivery of quality and...

Childcare experts slam plan to restrict funding for vulnerable children
Sydney Morning Herald - Rachel Browne - July 14, 2014

A proposal to restrict childcare subsidies for stay-at-home mothers has been slammed by children's advocates who say it will penalise vulnerable youngsters. The means-tested childcare benefit (CCB), which offers 24 hours a week of subsidised care regardless of whether a parent is working…

Family-sized daycare rip off bleeding taxpayers for millions
Courier Mail - Renee Viellaris - July 14, 2014

FAMILY daycare providers will be targeted by the Abbott Government for gouging taxpayers millions of dollars. An internal government investigation has found assistance for low-income families is being rorted, with family daycare services charging the Government up to $100 an...

Nanny's not happy with 'ignorant' childcare union
The Australian - Rick Morton - July 14, 2014

THE national childcare union has made disparaging, irresponsible remarks about nannies out of ­"ignorance" and a devotion to self-interest, says the country's peak nanny body. The union has also been slammed by its own supporters on a social media page it controls, for seeking to divide the...

Give working mums child care spots: Labor
Nine News - July 13, 2014

Labor is urging the government to enforce existing child care guidelines to make sure children whose parents both work get priority access to places ahead of stay-at-home mothers. Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley says she's heard from many frustrated parents who can't find...

Bid to kick stay-at-home mums out of childcare
Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - July 13, 2014

STAY-at-home mums face cuts to cheap childcare under a reform push designed to ­ensure working parents are the first priority for taxpayer-funded subsidies. Childcare Minister Sussan Ley said one of the reasons working parents struggle to find a childcare place for ­babies and toddlers is that…

Battle to recruit childcare teachers
The West Australian - Bethany Hiatt - July 11, 2014

WA childcare centres are struggling to compete with schools to hire qualified teachers, six months after rules came into force requiring them to employ more university-trained early childhood teachers. Under Federal Government requirements introduced in January, all long daycare...

G8 pays $25.7m for 19 childcare centres
Financial Review - Jessica Gardner - July 9, 2014

G8 Education chairman Jenny Hutson says the childcare outfit has no plans to slow down its aggressive centre roll-up and the arrival of a listed rival has not hurt the company's ability to find and buy good quality operators. The Gold Coast business has added 19 centres to its growing...

It is childcare costs, not paid leave, that is confronting new parents
Sydney Morning Herald - Jonathan Hastie - July 8, 2014

There is a growing divide between the reality of raising a family and the political language associated with it. Paid parental leave is an excellent example of this, and recent calls by the Centre for Independent Studies to replace it with a HECS-style loan scheme demonstrate how...

Bank battle over ABC Learning finally settled
Sydney Morning Herald - Clancy Yeates - July 8, 2014

Australia's big banks have finally settled in a legal battle over a move that put them at the front of the creditor queue when childcare giant ABC Learning collapsed in 2008. Litigation funder Bentham IMF on Monday said it had settled with seven lenders for an undisclosed sum over a charge the...

G8 Education to buy 19 childcare centres for $25.7m
MyWealth - Emily Guterres - July 8, 2014

G8 Education (GEM) has maintained its aggressive expansion strategy with the purchase of another 19 childcare and education centres for approximately $25.7m. The Queensland based childcare operator will purchase the new centres from a number of different vendors and will fund the deals...

Childcare centres fail to stay open late due to lack of demand
The Age - Miki Perkins - July 7, 2014

Round-the-clock childcare centres would be neither practical nor in demand, according to a nationwide childcare survey. Despite Prime Minister Tony Abbott's call for childcare centres to provide greater flexibility for the "24/7 economy", less than 1 per cent of centres are open after...

'Replace paid parental leave with loan scheme', says Centre for Independent Studies
The Australian - Rick Moreton - July 7, 2014

TONY Abbott should abandon his "unfair" paid parental leave scheme and replace it with a loan scheme similar to HECS at scarcely more than one-tenth the cost, according to a proposal from a ­libertarian think tank. Centre for Independent Studies research fellow Matthew Taylor wrote the...

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...