Fortnightly payment options are assisting busy working families
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - August 6, 2013

THE fortnightly childcare rebate has become the payment method of choice for new families entering the system, as mothers and fathers face cost-of-living pressures and rising fees. Childcare Minister Kate Ellis will today reveal that about 80 per cent - 145,000 - of Australian families who...

The Coalition's specific number on soaring care costs based on bureaucracy are only "half true"
The Age - Peter Martin - August 6, 2013

The Claim. The Liberal Party's spokeswoman on childcare Sussan Ley has blamed bureaucracy for rising childcare fees. And she is very specific. Extra requirements, such as those needed to put childcare centre ratings on the MyChild website, has "pushed your fees up [by] 22 per cent in...

Government spends $450m on after hours school care
The Age - Judith Ireland - August 5, 2013

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced $450 million to improve before and after hours school care in one of his last acts before the Parliament is dissolved and the government goes into caretaker mode. In his first press conference on day one of the election campaign, Mr Rudd said...

Childcare figures disputed
The Australian - Rebecca Puddy - August 5, 2013

THE childcare industry has accused the federal government of double-counting following claims by Kate Ellis of record growth in the sector. Ms Ellis, the Minister for Early Childhood, Childcare and Youth, yesterday released a government report that found the number of children in childcare...

Daycare crisis hits new high in Sydney
Daily Telegraph - Vikki Campion - August 5, 2013

SYDNEY'S baby boom has created a childcare crisis with one council trying to double the number of family daycare educators in a bid to address a 900-child waiting list. With waiting lists stretching for years and leaving Sydney families stripped of an income, Waverley Council is calling on new...

Family day care right on target in Victoria
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - August 4, 2013

FAMILY day care is booming in Victoria, with more working parents seeking around-the-clock, home-based care for their children. This form of childcare, in which a trained educator looks after up to four preschoolers in their own home, has grown by 18 per cent in the last quarter. Family...

Childcare surge but city places hard to find
The Age - Rachel Browne - August 4, 2013

Families in parts of Sydney and Melbourne are still struggling to find childcare vacancies despite a surge in new providers and a record number of children in centres. One million children use childcare according to figures being released on Sunday, which also show a 40 per cent increase...

Childcare splits parents, experts
The Australian - Justine Ferrari - August 3, 2013

PARENTS see childcare centres as a babysitting service allowing them to work, with their main concern being the safety of their child rather than the quality of education provided in the most crucial years of development. Research commissioned by the Centre for Community Child Health...

The $250bn cost of Kevin Rudd: a tale of waste and spending
The Australian - Henry Ergas and Judith Sloan - August 3, 2013

Childcare is a striking case in point, where the net effect of imposing an expensive national regulatory framework and upping the subsidies paid to parents using formal childcare centres has been an explosion of commonwealth spending. But while outlays have risen threefold and are...

Anger as the fun police take over
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - August 3, 2013

THEY have been part of life for the past 40 years -- volunteer mums, dads, grandparents and their young children meeting each week at their local community playgroup. But they are under threat from a new model pushed by the Rudd government, which has taken control from families...

Childcare operators 'drowning in red tape'
Parramatta Sun - Nick Soon - August 2, 2013

FEDERAL Opposition spokesman for Families, Housing and Human Services Kevin Andrews attacked the government for increased costs and shortages of qualified staff after promising to address childcare affordability in 2007. "There is great pressure on childcare centres to increase fees over...

Childcare centres get report card
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - August 2, 2013

CHILDCARE centres in the most disadvantaged areas of Australia are just as likely to be rated "Exceeding" as those in areas of greatest social advantage. The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority yesterday released its second "snapshot" showing how childcare centres...

The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority says childcare centres are not meeting standards, rules bent for one in 20
News.com.au - Natasha Bita - August 02, 2013

HUNDREDS of Australian childcare centres are looking after kids without the required space or staffing - and nearly half have flunked national quality standards. State and territory governments have bent the rules for 559 childcare centres - or nearly 5 per cent of the total - so they can stay...

Guaranteed daycare for under-threes starts in Germany
Deutsche Welle - July 31, 2013

As of August 1, children in Germany aged one to three are guaranteed a spot in daycare. But there is a shortage of places, especially in the big cities. The new law allows parents to sue if they cannot get a place. From Thursday, parents in Germany have a legal right to a spot in a daycare center...

Childcare workers to get $118k for reading program translations
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 31, 2013

CHILDCARE workers from non-English backgrounds will receive federal funding to translate the government's early learning framework being introduced across the country. The sector has a high number of workers, largely women, with poor English skills. Early Childhood and Child Care...