Parents in froth over real milk ban at NSW childcare centres
Sunday Telegraph - Jane Hansen - June 29, 2014

IT'S a storm in a sippy cup. New guidelines suggest toddlers should only get low-fat milk in daycare centres to help tackle obesity. The National Health and Medical Research Council has recommended children over the age of two be served light milk with 2 per cent fat, rather than full-fat milk...

Parents under the pump are paying for holiday childcare programs, new study shows
NEWS.com.au - June 26, 2014

TIME-POOR parents are spending up to $140 a day on school holiday programs, a new study shows. According to a survey of 8000 six to 11-year-olds, nearly one-third raised by single mums are sent to formal holiday care, compared with 16 per cent of others. The survey, done by the...

Tony Abbott won't hear a word from his wife all day as childcare director Margie goes mute
Daily Telegraph - Danielle Nicastri - June 26, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott will not be able to talk politics with his wife or even ask how her day was when she takes a vow of silence. For 24 hours, Margie Abbott will only be able to gesture to her husband as the St Ives childcare centre director gives up her ability to speak. Mrs Abbott...

Average 6.9% yields as Arena REIT childcare centres sell
Property Observer - Jonathan Chancellor - June 26, 2014

The recently floated Arena REIT sold 10 Victorian and NSW childcare centres at Burgess Rawson auction today for a combined $14.2 million reflecting an average 6.9% net yield. Given 16% projected growth in number of children 0-4 years from 2013-2025, yields were as low as 5.4%...

Childcare costs are the biggest obstacle for WA parents, accordings to WA Speaks survey
PerthNow - Katie Robertson - June 26, 2014

THE cost of childcare is the biggest obstacle for West Australian parents, according to The Sunday Times' WA Speaks survey. Nearly a third of respondents with children said fees at centres were too high. The survey, conducted by Galaxy Research, revealed that the availability of places at...

Demand driving childcare industry boom
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - June 25, 2014

CHILDCARE is booming with over 800 new services opening in the past six months. Since November, 840 services have opened bringing the total across the country to 14,425, ­according to the Australian Children's Education and Care Authority National Register. Early Childhood...

The real cost of childcare
Financial Review - Andrew Podger - June 25, 2014

Caring for young children is perhaps society's most critical responsibility. It also costs a lot, however families choose to arrange the care. If only public policy on childcare, family assistance and paid parental leave focused on these two points. The NATSEM paper released this week...

Why federal government subsidies for childcare only add to price pressures
NEWS.com.au - Jessica Irvine - June 25, 2014

CRITICS of Tony Abbott's parental leave scheme argue the money would be better spent on childcare. More money for childcare! What feminist could possibly object to that? Unfortunately, it turns out that simply throwing more money at the problem is no solution at all. An excellent...

Renewed investor interest in childcare centres
The Age - Simon Johanson - June 25, 2014

Childcare centres are again in the sights of investors six years after the $1 billion collapse of entrepeneur Eddy Groves' ABC Learning sent shudders through the sector. The aggressive expansion of Australia's largest listed childcare operator G8 Education and other players in the...

All options on the table for review of Labor's childcare reforms
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - June 24, 2014

A REVIEW of the National Quality Framework - introduced by the previous Labor government to lift standards at the nation's childcare centres - will consider "all options", including delaying -reforms. The childcare industry had hoped the review would largely look at red tape and leave the timing...

Are subsidies the reason the cost of childcare is soaring?
Women's Agenda - Samantha Page - June 24, 2014

Early childhood education and care must be both high quality and affordable if we are to achieve the dual objective of supporting women's participation in the workforce and amplifying children's development for long-term educational and productivity benefits. We should not have to choose...

Govt passes one saving, postpones another
Brisbane Times - June 23, 2014

The Abbott government has had to temporarily ditch one childcare-related budget savings measure to get another through parliament. The coalition wants to continue a pause on the childcare rebate of $7500 a child a year, as well as freeze childcare benefit income thresholds. Labor agrees with...

Sussan Ley: Mums must have say in work return
The Border Mail - Natalie Kotsios - June 23, 2014

STAY-at-home mums should be able to return to work "when it suited their circumstances", assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley has said. Ms Ley was responding to data released at the weekend that showed childcare costs have increased 150 per cent in a decade, hitting the...

Babysitting children with smartphones, tablets stunts our kids' speech
The Advertiser - Tim Williams - June 22, 2014

MORE children are starting school with serious speech problems because parents relying on smartphones and iPads as "babysitting" tools are allowing excessive use, education leaders have warned. Up to one in eight children in some preschool and Reception classes need speech...

Childcare Affordability report: Some mums return to work for $3.44 an hour
Daily Telegraph - Lauren Wilson - June 22, 2014

SOME Aussie mums are working for as little as $3.44 an hour when they return to full-time work after having children. A new report out today into the soaring costs of childcare in Australia has revealed some full-time working mums are pocketing less than $5 an hour, the equivalent of…