Increasing out-of-pocket costs for childcare putting pressure on parents
Courier Mail - Laura Chalmers - January 20, 2014

CHILDCARE subsidies are failing to keep up with the rising cost of childcare fees, leaving Australian parents up to $10,000 a year out-of-pocket. New analysis of childcare subsidies by Early Childhood Australia shows families in all income ranges are feeling the pinch, with a lower percentage of...

Family day care increasingly stretches into night
The Age - Daniella Miletic - January 19, 2014

New government figures show the number of children using family daycare jumped 15 per cent in the year to March 2013, compared to an increase of 3.8 per cent in the number attending long-daycare centres in the same period. More than 135,770 Australian children were being cared for...

Child protection checks deadline pushed back by government
Sydney Morning Herald - Kirsty Needham - January 19, 2014

New child protection checks should have been applied to the husband of a day care operator arrested in the inner west last month for child sexual assault, but the NSW government had quietly pushed back the deadline. Failure to undergo a new working-with-children check is a criminal...

Mother of all choices hits home as more mums opt to return to the workforce
NEWS.com.au - January 17, 2014

THE stay-at-home mum is becoming a thing of the past, with financial pressures and family-friendly policies luring women back to the workforce. One in five Australian mothers (19.9 per cent) chose to stay at home with their children or to knock back additional hours at work in 2012-13 - a drop...

Affinity Education gets 'overweight' rating from CBA
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson - January 16, 2014

CBA Institutional Equities has started coverage on Affinity Education with an "overweight" recommendation and $1.60 price target, and expects the childcare provider to be a hungry acquirer in coming years. CBA, which floated Affinity at $1 a share in December, said the company had...

Learning in the early years
The Age - Catriona May - January 13, 2014

Two major studies into early childhood programs underway in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education are confirming the importance of providing high quality learning experiences for disadvantaged children. "There's a real opportunity, especially if we start as early as possible...

Slash family tax benefit for more childcare help, says Business Council of Australia
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - January 11, 2014

THE nation's peak business group has told the Productivity Commission to overhaul the childcare system by spending more money on assistance to help parents work and less on family tax benefits. In a submission to the Productivity Commission inquiry set up by the Abbott government...

After-school care warning
The West Australian - Rhianna King - January 11, 2014

Children could be left to "roam the streets" because of a shortage of after-school care in Perth, the WA Primary Principals Association has warned. Demand for before and after-school care is rocketing, prompting calls for more on-site services at primary schools. Only a fifth of WA State...

New laws in NSW seek to strengthen disease prevention at childcare
Sydney Morning Herald - Catherine Armitage - January 11, 2014

Get ready for illness. That is the advice to families starting their infants in childcare over the next few weeks. Jemma Carlisle, general manager of four daycare centres serving 450 families at the University of NSW, warns parents that even at centres that emphasise best practice hygiene...

Vaccine objectors rise as parents skirt 'no jab, no play' law
Sydney Morning Herald - Cindy Ngo - January 11, 2014

Conscientious objection to childhood immunisation is on the rise as parents exploit a loophole in the new "no jab, no play" law that allows unvaccinated children to be enrolled in childcare centres. The federal Health Department says 3910 parents across Australia lodged a conscientious objection...

Man arrested for sex abuse of child at wife's day care centre
Sydney Morning Herald - Letitia Rowlands - January 10, 2014

A child attending a family day care centre has been sexually assaulted by the husband of the woman running the centre at the couple's Sydney home, police allege. The 59-year-old alleged attacker was arrested on Christmas Eve and charged with the aggravated sexual assault of a...

Dad writes honest and hilarious answers on daycare form for his baby daughter
NEWS.com.au - January 10, 2014

FILLING out forms is the world's most boring task. So when this father was asked to complete a complex daycare personality survey for his 11-month-old daughter, he decided to have some fun. Note: if you're a parent of young children this will either be the funniest thing you've read, or a...

Childcare centres hit as school changes mean only one intake in Reception from 2014
The Advertiser - Jordanna Schriever - January 5, 2014

PARENTS will have to delay returning to work or keep their children in childcare longer because of an overhaul to school enrolments beginning this year. Childcare centres are restructuring rooms and reviewing staffing levels as children stay in childcare and kindergarten longer because...

Boys are born to prefer dolls over masculine toys like cars
Sydney Morning Herald - Lucy Marks - January 5, 2014

Childcare professionals say gendered choices are definitely learnt - and most young boys enjoy playing with dolls. Aria Adams-Wilcox, of Belrose Children's Centre in Warringah, said boys and girls played social games around the age of two and all played different gendered roles...

Mums lost ground under Rudd
The Australian - Rick Morton - January 4, 2014

WORKING mothers in their early 30s were some of the hardest slugged during the Labor years as workforce participation faltered due to historical employment barriers and bungled labour policies. Women aged 35-44 were particularly affected by underemployment that was at 7.8 per cent last...