Arena completes $75m capital raising ahead of IPO
Financial Review - Nick Leneghan and Jake Mitchell - June 8, 2013

Morgan Stanley-controlled Arena In­vestment Management has successfully completed a $75 million capital raising ahead of the listing of its $228 million childcare property fund next week. Bill Halmarick, National Australia Bank's head of property equity, who worked on the raising with…

After-hours childcare to be trialled
SBS News - Cassandra Hill - June 6, 2013

In tough economic times, with irregular working hours, finding affordable childcare is a constant dilemma for working parents. Shift workers find it particularly difficult. In tough economic times, with irregular working hours, finding affordable childcare is a constant dilemma for working...

What it costs you to hold down your job
NEWS.com.au - Sarah Michael - June 6, 2013

Child care costs hit hard. The most recent government statistics on the cost of childcare show that out-of-pocket costs for families with one child in long day care ranges between 8.2 per cent and 9.4 per cent of gross family income, depending on the income bracket. Parents of young children...

SA Budget 2013: What's in it for you?
ABC Radio Adelaide - Brett Williamson - June 6, 2013

South Australia's Education budget will reach $3.2 billion. $32.7 million will be spent over five years to upgrade and relocate 15 preschools, $109 million to upgrade or expand public schools and $31.1 million to renew and relocate special schools. $15.9 million will be allocated to relocate Lockleys...

Charts: Australia's Tax System Could Be Discouraging Women From Returning To Work After Childbirth
Business Insider - Liz Tay - June 6, 2013

Family tax arrangements and high costs of childcare in Australia could be discouraging women from returning to work after childbirth, industry group CEDA has warned. CEDA today released a 145-page report stating that women were being discriminated against in Australian workplaces...

Looming childcare closures to hit Ellis on home front
The Australian - Sarah Martin - June 05, 2013

AT least 14 childcare centres are set to close in South Australia because of federally imposed reforms, a peak industry body says. This will increase pressure on Childcare Minister Kate Ellis, who holds the seat of Adelaide with a margin of 7.5 per cent, ahead of September's federal...

Non-government schools win big but PS staff feel the pinch
Canberra Times - Emma Macdonald - June 5, 2013

Childcare centres and childcare workers received added support through a $2 million upgrade of government childcare centres and $240,000 for childcare workers to complete their qualifications under new Commonwealth requirements. Non-government preschools will receive $5 million over...

Julia Gillard unveils new Closing the Gap target
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - June 4, 2013

A NEW Closing the Gap target has been unveiled by Julia Gillard to ensure indigenous children attend preschool or kindergarten. In a statement the Prime Minister said the new target would drive efforts to ensure 90 per cent of enrolled indigenous children across Australia attend a quality...

Prep students' behaviour would improve with more play, says C&K
Courier Mail - Brittany Vonow - June 4, 2013

QUEENSLAND'S Prep year should be more play-focused to improve children's behaviour, one of Queensland's biggest not-for-profit kindergarten providers has warned. C&K acting chief executive officer Mel Comerford said the new national curriculum was unsuitable for young students, who...

Screening of child workers 'misleading'
Sydney Morning Herald - Catherine Armitage - June 3, 2013

The system of compulsory background checks on the "millions" of people who work with children needs an overhaul because it misleads people into thinking children are safe, misses some targets, wrongly catches others, and may be a "very costly sledgehammer to crack the wrong nut"...

Girl abused by child at day care wins payout
The Age - Adrian Lowe - June 3, 2013

A five-year-old girl has won the right to ongoing counselling and a $9000 payout for being sexually abused by another child at a Victorian day care centre. The girl was suffering considerably and blames herself for what happened, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal was recently...

Prep school bans soar amid rise in classroom violence
Courier Mail - Tanya Chilcott - June 3, 2013

A RECORD number of suspensions have been handed out to violent and unruly Prep students as principals warn that boys who aren't ready for school should be held back. More than 580 suspensions were issued to state school Preps last year - up from 406 in 2011. The four to six...

Libs promise not to means-test childcare rebate
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - May 30, 2013

THE Coalition has pledged not to means-test the childcare rebate, in a move aimed at blunting a Labor campaign to raise fears among parents that childcare payments will be pared back. Opposition childcare spokeswoman Sussan Ley said an Abbott government had no intention of...

Children just want to have fun, experts say
Herald Sun - Wes Hosking - May 29 2013

AMBITIOUS parents are expecting four-year-olds to solve basic equations and learn phonics at kinder. But experts say children need time to be kids and develop skills through play. University of Melbourne Early Learning Centre director Jan Deans said NAPLAN and an explosion in educational...

Anti-vax parents may join 'dubious' church
NEWS.com.au - May 29, 2013

AN anti-vaccination group is encouraging parents to circumvent the NSW government's crackdown on unvaccinated children by joining a "dubious" religious organisation. The Australian Anti-Vaccination Network (AVN) is telling supporters to join the Church of Conscious Living to get their...