Child care costs prohibitive for women returning to work
7News Sydney - Paul Kadak - July 8, 2013

A new study has found what many parents already suspect: the high cost of child care makes it prohibitive for many women to return to work. Business groups like the Women’s Chamber of Commerce want both sides of politics to commit to lowering childcare costs in the run up to the...

Vicious dog attacks soar, but kids learn to avoid danger
Herald Sun - Peter Mickelburough - July 8, 2013

TENS of thousands of kindergarten and primary school children and parents are being schooled on dog safety in a bid to reduce the growing number of serious dog attacks. In the past year, 2200 visits to kindergartens and 922 to primary schools have seen almost 100,000 youngsters...

Kindy staff too busy reporting to care
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 6, 2013

CHILDCARE centres are being forced to employ extra staff above the legal requirement just to get their paperwork done. The drastic action comes with workers having to spend increasing amounts of time "reporting" on children -- including in daily "reflective journals" and "folios" with photos...

Hidden crisis in before- and after-school care
Sydney Morning Herald - July 6, 2013

Childcare services for school-age children in some parts of Sydney are in crisis. Parents are being forced to take extreme measures in an attempt to manage their work and family responsibilities. In one case, reported by the Herald this week, a family moved from Artarmon to North Ryde "solely...

Call over resort child care
Sydney Morning Herald - Cosima Marriner - July 6, 2013

Parents love the kids clubs and creche services provided by holiday resorts because it means that they might get a bit of a holiday themselves. But few families realise that these services are not subject to the same stringent regulations as regular child care operators. Australian child...

60 centres join trial to better after-school care
Sydney Morning Herald - Amy McNeilage - July 4, 2013

After-school care that is open until 7pm and places reserved for children in an emergency situation are just two of the ideas that could be trialled as the federal government looks at creative ways to increase access to out of school hours care. Fairfax Media revealed this week some areas of...

Liquor stores shine at auction
Financial Review (Property) - Rebecca Thistleton - July 4, 2013

"Childcare centres have become the latest asset people are looking at. They have developed quite a following," he said. "They generally have a good track record; people see a future need for childcare and they’re a good way for people who have already bought a fast-food outlet or a...

Child care worker charged for assaulting young girl
ABC News - July 3, 2013

Police have arrested a trainee child care worker who is alleged to have indecently assaulted a four-year-old girl under his care in Sydney's north west. The Child Abuse Squad launched an investigation into the 20-year-old man's actions during his time working at the child care centre...

Petty rules keep children out of after-school care
Sydney Morning Herald - Steph Croft - July 3, 2013

Let me guess, you're reading this "working from home" because you couldn't get your children a space at a vacation care program for the school holidays. Or you're a working parent who at the beginning of the year took your five-year-old to kindergarten orientation at your local public...

Under-fives soak up all the attention
Sydney Morning Herald - Matt Wade - July 3, 2013

Formal care for school-age children gets less attention than it deserves. It's often overshadowed by its high-profile counterparts, the long daycare centres and kindergartens that cater for under-fives. But a significant portion of families rely on before- and after-school care. For many families with...

Childcare: What good's a rebate when you can't even get a place?
Women's Agenda - Kate Ashmor - July 2, 2013

Just about every time I click on a YouTube video, watch television or open a newspaper, I'm confronted with federal government advertisements informing me that we can claim a non-means tested childcare rebate. That's fantastic, except my daughter is still on multiple waiting lists for...

Childcare yields for those keen on income
The Australian - Adrian Ezquerro - July 2, 2013

ARF is a real estate investment trust comprising 172 childcare centres and five childcare land development sites. The trust only recently listed on the ASX in a move that raised $75 million of new capital. ARF now has a market capitalisation of about $215m. ARF is managed by specialist...

After-school care crisis hits working parents
Sydney Morning Herald - Amy McNeilage - July 1, 2013

Parts of Sydney are experiencing an after-school care crisis, with children spending years on waiting lists for limited places and stressed-out working parents calling for the state and federal governments to intervene. Rozelle Public School's out of school hours care, commonly known...

Coalition Senator Michaelia Cash attacks Penny Wong for betraying Julia Gillard and the sisterhood
NEWS.com.au - Jessica Marszalek - June 28, 2013

Attacking Government legislation that will deliver pay rises to only some childcare workers, the Opposition spokeswoman for women, Michaelia Cash, said the Rudd Government had tricked staff into believing a pay rise was coming. "The current Rudd Government, who we all know Senator...

Preschool rates lag world but graduates set the pace
The Australian - Julie Hare - June 28, 2013

AUSTRALIAN three- and four-year-olds are engaged in formal preschool education at one of the lowest rates in the world. But a major report from the OECD also found education attainment improves with qualification level, with 38 per cent of the working population holding a degree...