Mass exodus of overworked kindergarten staff feared
The Advertiser - Callie Watson - June 16, 2013

OVERWORKED kindergarten teachers and directors are considering leaving the industry in growing numbers, the state's education union says, amid calls for better support for early learning staff. Australian Education Union SA branch president Correna Haythorpe said Federal Government...

United Voice union wants child care workers to get $10 per hour pay rise
NEWS.com.au - Natasha Bita - June 15, 2013

CHILDCARE workers are demanding taxpayers give them a $10 per hour pay rise - on top of the $300m wage increase just granted by the federal government. The United Voice union has declared it "will not rest until every educator receives at least $26 an hour or higher". And it wants...

G8 success lifts it to upper echelon
Gold Coast Bulletin - Jenny Rogers - June 14, 2013

GOLD Coast-based childcare operator G8 Education has marked itself as a true Gold Coast success story being elevated to the ranks of the top 200 listed companies in Australia and admitted to the S&P ASX200. The company's market capitalisation this week also hit $669 million, giving it the...

Asbestos dumped near childcare centre
Daily Telegraph - Ian Walker - June 14, 2013

ASBESTOS was illegally dumped on two roads in western Sydney just metres from a childcare centre early this morning. Sheets of the deadly material were found lying in the middle of the road on Wilson Avenue and Wilson Lane just off Canterbury Road in Belmore about 2.15am. The...

Morgan Stanley's Arena trust rises on trading debut
The Australian - Sarah Danckert - June 14, 2013

The Australian understands that the original $75 million offer for the holder of a $228m portfolio of childcare centres was about six times oversubscribed. The stock is trading under the ticker code of ARF. Its entry came amid a minor sell-off in the property trust sector in recent weeks after the...

Education Minister Peter Garrett opens $3.6 million Christies Beach children's centre
The Advertiser - Sheradyn Holderhead - June 13, 2013

A $3.6 million children's centre with a focus on Aboriginal families has been officially opened at Christies Beach. The Taikurrendi Children and Family Centre will deliver preschool, play group programs, parenting classes and early childhood health services. Federal school Education...

Childcare union warned off over wages recruitment
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - June 13, 2013

THE childcare workers union has been warned by the Employment Department not to tell workers they need to be members to be eligible for Labor's $300 million boost to wages in the sector. In a submission to a Senate inquiry, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace...

Enterovirus outbreak prompts renewed focus on hygiene measures
The Australian - Sean Parnell - June 13, 2013

PARENTS and childcare workers are being urged to promote thorough handwashing following the deaths of four children in an outbreak of the mysterious EV71 virus in southeastern Australia. Enterovirus 71 is more common in Asia and usually causes what is known as hand, foot and...

Kids pay price as council goes campaigning
The Australian - Ben Westacott and Patricia Karvelas - June 13, 2013

A GROUP of parents in Melbourne's east are running a campaign against their local council after it abruptly ended its family daycare service but still found money to fund a campaign to change the Constitution. The City of Boroondara voted last month to cease operating the daycare service...

Hunt for REIT yield gives impetus to Arena's listing
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - June 13, 2013

The $228 million childcare property trust Arena REIT makes its debut on the boards on Thursday, after raising $75 million in new equity to bolster an existing unlisted fund. The float comes amid a broader investor quest for the dividend yield among real estate shares as the cash rate slips...

Backlash hits wage deal for childcare
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - June 12, 2013

THE Gillard government is facing a backlash to its requirement that childcare centres start enterprise agreements in order to be able to apply for funds for wage rises, with warnings that parents will face fee increases because of the pay deal. Early Childhood Australia, which has...

Search for at-risk children starts in kindergarten
Sydney Morning Herald - Jewel Topsfield and Josephine Tovey - June 12, 2013

Hundreds of thousands of children will be assessed when they start kindergarten to find out if they are at risk of falling behind and need extra help under the federal government's education reforms. The school readiness assessments will vary from school to school but are likely to test motor...

Banking on baby
Business Spectator - Brett Cole - June 11, 2013

G8's Chris Scott is an acquirer not a builder. The managing director of Australia's biggest publicly traded childcare company is looking at Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane childcare businesses as potential takeover targets. Today Brisbane-based G8 announced it plans to buy 17...

Crackdown on family daycare operators rorting childcare rebate
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - June 11, 2013

A CRACKDOWN on family daycare operators rorting the childcare rebate has recovered $350,000 through repayments from nine services in Victoria so far. After a major investigation by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, it appears the breaches are...

Parents warned to expect jump in childcare fees
The Age - John Elder - June 9, 2013

Parents of children in childcare are facing a blowout in fees because a paucity of qualified workers is expected to drive up labour costs. The national peak body for childcare providers, the Australian Childcare Alliance, is pressing the federal government to delay new regulations, scheduled to be...