Libs put paid parental leave in the mix for childcare inquiry
The Australian - Nicola Berkovic and Patricia Karvelas - November 18, 2013

TONY Abbott has given the Productivity Commission scope to examine his pre-election commitment of a $5.5 billion paid parental leave scheme as part of a sweeping inquiry into the childcare sector. The government yesterday released terms of reference for the inquiry, which will examine...

Affinity confident float will allow deals for 68 childcare centres
Financial Review - Sally Rose - November 18, 2013

Affinity Education Group hopes a successful $77.5 million equity raising will allow it to strike deals to buy 68 childcare entities from 30 groups as part of an initial public offering opening on November 18. Affinity chief executive officer and executive director Justin Laboo said based on the...

PCYC considers childcare
The Examiner - Rosemary Bolger - November 18, 2013

TASMANIA'S largest youth organisation is considering opening up a network of childcare centres as part of a major restructure to avoid collapse. As crucial federal funding remains in doubt, the Police and Community Youth Clubs are undergoing a major restructure to make the organisation less...

Wise review of childcare
Herald Sun - November 17, 2013

AUSTRALIA spends $5 billion a year and counting on childcare assistance for working parents. But ask many parents racing to pick up children before the childcare centre closes, asking their son to eat a muesli bar in the back seat of a car for breakfast or struggling to pay rising fees and you...

Childcare: Regulator says third of centres not meeting benchmarks
Sun Herald - Cosima Marriner - November 17, 2013

Early childhood centres are struggling to meet demanding new standards for the education, health and safety of young children, according to the national regulator. But new data shows most services are rated highly for their relationships with children, staffing arrangements, and partnerships...

Childcare call to lift burden of red tape
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - November 16, 2013

PRIVATE childcare providers have delivered the government a blueprint for red-tape reform, highlighting the areas where they believe the system is broken. The areas of contention include forcing centres to spend so much time on proving they have good "sustainability" processes...

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's plan for childcare choice as parents have their say
Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - November 16, 2013

PARENTS will be asked to deliver their verdict on childcare assistance, tax breaks for nannies, workplace childcare and after-school care in the biggest childcare review in two decades. Declaring the current 9-5 model for childcare out of touch with the modern workplace, Prime Minister...

Kids taken in 'greater rates than Stolen Generations'
SBS News - Biwa Kwan - November 16, 2013

National representatives for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families says state governments, businesses and community groups must help to reduce soaring levels of Indigenous children being removed from their families. A group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

Screening baby
Sydney Morning Herald - Paula Goodyer - November 16, 2013

Television can be a sanity-saver for parents, but how much is too much for young children? How much screen time is OK for little chldren? For the under-twos, zero is the word from the Department of Health, which says no electronic media at all is best for this age group. As public health...

Folkestone in development, acquisition push
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - November 15, 2013

Property fund manager Folkestone and the listed childcare property trust it manages, Australian Education Trust, are seeking to raise a combined $70 million to pursue development and acquisition opportunities. Led by industry veteran Greg Paramor, Folkestone is tapping the market for $25...

Arena REIT shares jump 20pc
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - November 14, 2013

The $248 million Arena REIT is one of a new wave of property trusts hitting the board this year. The stock has gained about 20 per cent since it launched with a portfolio of childcare centres in June. Created from an existing unlisted fund managed by Arena, it closed at $1.22 on Thursday. The...

Daycare Costs Exceed Rent Payments In Every State In America
Business insider - Jenna Goudreau - November 14, 2013

Child-care costs can exceed rent payments for the average American family, according to a new study by Child Care Aware of America, an advocacy group working to increase affordable child care in the U.S. The report, which analysed 2012 survey data, found that daycare fees for two children...

Rights of monsters rated higher than the care of our children
Daily Telegraph - Miranda Devine - November 13, 2013

FAILED parents who have had multiple children removed by community services are still free to work at schools and childcare centres without anyone knowing their background. Working With Children background checks, which are required for all people who work with children, only...

Three benchmarks that matter most in childcare
Women's Agenda - Lisa Bryant - November 12, 2013

At a time when accessing childcare of any sort can be extremely problematic, being offered a place in a centre for your baby or child is almost akin to winning the lottery. Some would say the odds are even similar. Given the scarcity of childcare places, few parents have the luxury of...

Joe Hockey needs more women for economy's sake
Financial Review - Alan Mitchell - November 11, 2013

The Abbott government will have a Productivity Commission review of childcare, which is an important first step towards expanding the supply of that sector. But the government still faces unpopular and expensive decisions if it wants to imitate Canada’s success in increasing the...