Don't Pressure Preschoolers to Overeat, Experts Say
Health Day - February 8, 2014

Young children will better learn to recognize when they're full if they serve themselves instead of being given a plate with food already on it, a new study reveals. Researchers examined the feeding practices among children aged 2 to 5 at 118 child-care centers in the United States. The...

Care plea as grandparents left holding the baby
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - February 8, 2014

GRANDPARENTS will tell a Productivity Commission they are exhausted from having to spend too many hours caring for their grandchildren because their families are unable to find affordable and flexible care. In a submission to the Abbott government's inquiry into the childcare sector...

Petrol bomb containing nails found near Morley childcare centre
PerthNow - February 7, 2014

BOMB squad technicians have been called after a suspicious item, believed to be a molotov cocktail, was found metres from a Perth child care centre. The partially burnt bottle, containing nails, was found shortly before 11am today. The bomb squad was immediately called and set up...

Childcare body in U-turn on nannies
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - February 7, 2014

NANNIES should be included in the nation's childcare system if they meet the requirements of the new National Quality Framework, says the peak body previously resistant to their inclusion. Early Childhood Australia, in its submission to the Productivity Commission inquiry into childcare...

Sterling brings forward IPO plans
Business Spectator - Amanda Saunders - February 7, 2014

Childcare centre roll-up Sterling Education will push to price its float before the end of the month and aim to list in early March, after sounding out fund managers during a roadshow in Sydney and Melbourne this week ahead of a $200 million IPO. Fund managers questioned the timetable for...

Launa Inman wants nanny tax breaks for working mums
Financial Review - Nassim Khadem and Joanna Mather - February 6, 2014

Australia shouldn't be "picking winners" by speci­fying which types of childcare should be tax deductible, Commonwealth Bank director and former Billabong CEO Launa Inman says. One of Australia's top businesswomen, Ms Inman, says she personally supported tax deductions for...

Childcare subsidy plea for shift workers
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - February 6, 2014

FAMILIES that receive childcare outside of normal work hours should be paid a higher childcare subsidy, according to the peak body representing the family day care sector. Family Day Care Australia has also asked the Productivity Commission to ensure that the nation's spending...

Child care should be tax-deductible, Tax Institute of Australia says
ABC News - February 6, 2014

Child care should be tax-deductible in order to get more people back into the workforce, the Tax Institute of Australia says. The Productivity Commission is already conducting a wide-ranging review of Australia's childcare system and there is a childcare rebate of up to $7,500 which is not...

Childcare workers driven out by pay
NT News - February 6, 2014

ABOUT 20 Territory childcare workers leave the job every week because of poor pay, and this turnover could increase because of the Federal Government's retraction of a proposed pay rise last year, the sector's union body said. It was also claimed that some childcare workers were...

Want cheap, plentiful, quality childcare? Go to Finland
Women's Agenda - Lisa Bryant - February 5, 2014

When a government calls upon its people for ideas about how to fix a pressing policy problem, it is inevitable that the call will be answered by a variety of people, with a variety of opinions. This was certainly the case for the Productivity's Commission Childcare Inquiry, which closed for public...

Rule change trips up schools
The Australian - Andrew Trounson - February 5, 2014

THE national teaching standards body is forcing some universities to revise their early childhood courses by cracking down on the number of practical placement days required. The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership said it was simply taking a more "explicit...

Women still battling for a seat at the top table
The Australian - Michael Bennett - February 5, 2014

But Mr Narev said solving issues like flexible work arrangements and affordable childcare would take time. Mr Rothery said retaining senior women in Goldman's Asia business was not an issue because of affordable childcare, emphasising how "absolutely critical" it was. In contrast to senior...

Call to dump generous paid parental leave
The Australian - February 5, 2014

MORE child-care access outside of business hours is needed to accommodate growing numbers of shift workers, a leading business group claims. The Australian Industry Group wants barriers to affordable and accessible childcare addressed to boost workforce participation and address skill...

Dump 'gold-plated' baby pay plan: AiG
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey - February 4, 2014

The Australian Industry Group has called on the Abbott government to dump its "gold-plated" $5.5 billion paid parental leave scheme and devote the money to improving childcare. In a submission into the Productivity Commission review into childcare, AiGroup chief executive Innes Willox...

Korea Adopts Name-and-Shame Tool to Boost Jobs for Moms
BusinessWeek - Eunkyung Seo and Cynthia Kim - February 4, 2014

South Korea will adopt a name-and-shame policy, publicly identifying companies with low female employment levels, as President Park Geun Hye targets 1.65 million extra jobs for women. Policy steps will include increased subsidies for parents on childcare leave and preferential treatment for...