Early funding favours four-year-olds
Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Patty - October 25, 2013

High demand for already stretched childcare services is expected to rise even further after the state government withdraws preschool subsidies for most three-year-olds. The government will phase out subsidies for all but the most disadvantaged three-year-olds in two years to boost the...

Anxious wait for parents amid NSW preschool funding delays
ABC News - Mhairi McClymont - October 23, 2013

The New South Wales Education Minister has assured parents and preschools a new funding model will be released soon as uncertainty forces one local council to delay its enrolment process for next year. Under the new arrangements, funding will be prioritised for four and five-year-olds...

Melbourne has the highest inflation as rates, childcare and petrol costs rise
Herald Sun - Phillip Hudson - October 23, 2013

MELBOURNE has the highest inflation rate in the nation with households paying sharply more for property rates, childcare, petrol and sewerage charges. The cost of living in Melbourne jumped by 1.4 per cent in the September quarter - the biggest quarterly increase since March 2011...

David O'Byrne enters stoush over eviction of Lady Gowrie childcare from Lindisfarne North Primary School
The Mercury - Helen Kempton - October 23, 2013

AN appeal from the child care sector and Tasmanian parents for a government decision to be reversed has created a ministerial stoush in Hobart. United Voice, the union which represents the early years sector, and concerned parents met Member for Franklin and government minister...

Uniting Church to close four childcare centres in Gippsland
ABC News - October 23, 2013

The Uniting Church is pulling out of four childcare centres in Gippsland, calling for a review of childcare funding. Childcare centres at Foster, Cowes, Lakes Entrance and Mirboo North will be closed unless another operator takes over. Together they employ 45 people and look after...

Childcare workers may not receive pay rise after Early Years Quality Fund (EYQF) put under review
ABC News - Norman Hermant - October 22, 2013

Childcare workers may not receive a promised pay rise after news the Federal Government will review a dedicated fund to boost wages. Sussan Ley, the Assistant Minister for Education, has levelled her harshest criticism yet at the $300 million Early Years Quality Fund (EYQF), rolled out...

Childcare lobby targets O'Byrne in bid to keep Lindisfarne North service open
The Mercury - Helen Kempton - October 22, 2013

PARENTS and child carers are rallying this morning in a bid to avert the closure of the Lady Gowrie Tasmania service at Lindisfarne North Primary School. United Voice secretary Helen Gibbons said the decision to end Lady Gowrie's lease at Lindisfarne early next year had made other families...

Child abuser Jonathan Lord lied to YMCA about his background, Royal Commission told
ABC News - Thomas Oriti - October 21, 2013

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard that the largest provider of out-of-school care in New South Wales did not properly investigate the background of an employee who is now serving a jail term for abusing 12 boys. The...

Childcare fund drained in hours
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - October 21, 2013

A $300 MILLION Labor government fund for childcare workers to receive wage increases was "exhausted within 12 hours" of applications opening, the new Coalition minister has revealed. Assistant Education Minister Sussan Ley told The Australian the government believed the system...

Royal commission into child sexual abuse to examine YMCA, including response to paedophile Jonathan Lord
ABC News - Philippa McDonald and Rebecca Armitage - October 21, 2013

Jonathan Lord "seemed to be ideal" as a childcare worker at the YMCA, the organisation that will be the focus of this week's public hearing at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The chief executive officer of the YMCA NSW, Phillip Hare, says that for...

Degree of difference pays off at preschools
Sydney Morning Herald - Cosima Marriner - October 20, 2013

Children who attended preschool score higher in NAPLAN tests than their peers who did not - but only if their preschool teacher was highly qualified. The Melbourne Institute's national study is the first of its kind in Australia to prove the long-term academic benefits of preschool education...

Government must end education wars and focus on children
Sydney Morning Herald - October 20, 2013

The Coalition is discovering how the delivery of policy solutions in government is much harder than raising the problems in opposition. This time the challenge is finding ways to ensure cheap, quality care for preschool children while maximising their opportunities. A new study by the Melbourne...

Taking those vital big steps in childcare
Sydney Morning Herald - Rachel Browne - October 19, 2013

Lyn Connolly is a childcare veteran. She's been involved in the sector since the 1970s and heard every side of the debate about cost and quality but believes there is one salient fact often overlooked by the public and policy makers. "If every single childcare provider shut up shop...

Is childcare doing more harm than good?
NEWS.com.au - October 18, 2013

CHILDREN who spend time in childcare centres or with childminders are more likely to have behavioural issues such as hyperactivity, researchers have found. Youngsters who were cared for away from their parents also had a higher chance of "peer problems", said Oxford University...

New program targets Indigenous pre-school literacy
SBS News - Shalailah Medhora - October 17, 2013

Giving Indigenous children better access to pre-school education is one of the cornerstone policies of the Closing the Gap goals. Indigenous youngsters in one of New South Wales' most disadvantaged regions are benefitting from a literacy program that boasts amazing results...