Never mind the parents' payday, children simply need better care
The Australian - Judith Sloan - October 8, 2013

HERE'S my advice to Tony Abbott. Forget your souped-up paid parental leave scheme; focus on the cost and availability of childcare. Last month, my older daughter received an email from a nearby childcare centre. She had placed her baby son's name on the waiting list when he was born...

Review call after baby's death
The Australian - Rosie Lewis - October 7, 2013

MEMBERS of Australia's childcare sector are calling for a national review of industry procedures after the death of a West Australian toddler who was due to be in care but was instead left in the back of his father's car. The tragedy, which police are treating as an accident, unfolded last...

Tony Abbott broadens childcare review
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - October 05, 2013

MAJOR childcare reform will be delivered after the 2015 budget, with the Abbott government revealing it is now looking at including new elements into its broad-ranging Productivity Commission review. The nation's largest childcare provider, Goodstart Early Learning, has also confirmed it...

SA Public Teaching Awards honour state's educationists
The Advertiser - Jordanna Schriever - October 4, 2013

PARENTS are being urged to take more control over setting their local school or kindergarten's teaching hours to better suit their community's needs. The push from politicians and the peak school parents' group follows a successful program which school leader of the year Kerryn Jones...

Little brains suffer with too much screen play
Sydney Morning Herald - Lucy Battersby - October 4, 2013

Too much time in front of the screen playing the wrong kind of computer games can delay a child's development or lead to serious damage in adults, according to new research on the impact of media and technology on the brain. Lecturer at the Institute of Early Childhood at Macquarie...

Major child care provider underpaid workers more than $2.5m
Brisbane Times - Kristian Silva - October 3, 2013

National child care provider Camp Australia has been ordered to pay $2.6 million to staff that were underpaid for more than two years. The Fair Work Ombudsman on Wednesday ordered the out-of-school hours care provider to pay the 3,251 current and former employees by the end of October...

Staff praised for attempts to save baby
The West Australian - Tayissa Barone and Phoebe Warne - October 3, 2013

The general manager of a daycare centre in Helena Valley where a child was found dead in a father's car has praised workers for attempting to resuscitate the child. The 11-month-old boy was found in the back seat of a dark-grey Honda Civic being driven by the baby's father about 4pm...

Baby found dead in car outside daycare centre in Helena Valley
ABC News - October 3, 2013

Police are interviewing the parents of an 11-month old boy whose body was discovered in a car outside a day care centre in Perth's eastern suburbs. It is understood that the child's father arrived at the LadyBugs Day Care Centre in Helena Valley to collect the boy at about 4:00pm (AWST)...

Children of working mums do better at school
Sydney Morning Herald - September 29, 2013

Denmark has invested heavily in its childcare system, which has become internationally renowned for high quality, easy access and low cost. This first-class childcare seems to have been a factor in the superior academic results achieved by year 9 students with working mothers. There's an...

Libs seeks to claw back childcare millions
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - September 28, 2013

THE Abbott government has ordered a month-long review of whether it can claw back $300 million allocated by Labor for pay rises in the childcare industry. Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley has set a deadline of the end of next month for an independent report on whether the...

Study backs childcare rebate for babysitting to help mums
Herald Sun - Evonne Barry - September 27, 2013

BABYSITTING should be covered by the childcare rebate to help mothers get back to work, a new report has recommended. The first major study into the working hours of mothers using childcare has revealed the extent of the juggle facing Australian families. It found almost 40 per cent of...

Social skills 'key to good start at school'
BBC News - Hannah Richardson - September 27, 2013

Childcare workers are calling for more play in the early years after a survey suggested social rather than academic skills were key to school readiness. The survey of more than 2,000 UK childcare workers, parents and teachers rated social skills and independence more highly than...

Childcare centres in class action threat over grants approved by Labor Government
NEWS.com.au - Natasha Bita - September 27, 2013

CHILDCARE centres are investigating a class action against the Federal Government unless it pays $300 million in grants for staff wage rises. Thousands of childcare workers may miss out on a promised pay rise of up to $200 per week, after the Coalition Government on Thursday refused...

Anti-Vaccine activists beat school ban
Brisbane Times - Amy Remeikis - September 27, 2013 - 12:01AM

Unvaccinated children will not be stopped from entering Queensland child care centres after a parliamentary committee rejected a bill calling for their exclusion. But in its report, the LNP dominated committee has not ruled out supporting a similar bill if it follows the NSW government...

Guidelines seek to ensure talented students get their chance to excel
Herald Sun - Wes Hosking - September 26, 2013

CHILDREN as young as three will be assessed for being gifted in a statewide initiative to begin within weeks. New guidelines will help educators identify the signs of advanced development including complex language skills, unusual ideas, an extraordinary memory and mature social...