Babes in the city
Sydney Morning Herald - Jade Warne - June 28, 2013

The inner city is home to a growing number of young families and it's a trend that is set to skyrocket. Facilities are already stretched and as Jade Warne reports, the battle over limited space is just beginning. You've seen them on buses - tucked in at the front whispering in soothing tones...

False claims, multiple enrolments net some childcare centres millions
Herald Sun - Alex White - June 27, 2013

INSIDERS are warning that dodgy Victorian daycare centres are rorting millions of dollars from the Federal Government. More than $350,000 has been clawed back from nine shonky daycare centres falsely claiming childcare rebates in Victoria. However, department staff warned the issue was...

Pay rise for some child-care workers
Sydney Morning Herald - June 26, 2013

Some childcare workers are set for a pay rise under a new government scheme to attract and retain qualified early childhood teachers. But the opposition objects that many would miss out while the union covering childcare workers, United Voice, would benefit from an increase in...

New vaccinations needed for govt payments
NEWS.com.au - Clifford Fram - June 26, 2013

THE criteria for children to be considered fully immunised have been expanded to include two meningitis vaccinations and one for chicken pox. Most children are up to date with the vaccinations, which have been encouraged for some time, but from July 1 they will be compulsory for family...

Early talkers benefit from non-verbal clues
ABC Science - Rachel Sullivan - June 25, 2013

Giving toddlers non-verbal cues about words can have a big impact on their vocabulary three years later, according to new research. The work, which was carried out by a research team from the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania, found that differences in what...

Union 'harassed' childcare worker
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - June 25, 2013

BRISBANE childcare worker Pamela Parfitt says industry union United Voice harassed her after she decided to quit the union and repeatedly told her she should go to a larger childcare centre, Goodstart Early Learning, if she wanted a pay rise. Ms Parfitt decided to go public because she...

Pacific Islanders struggling to find appropriate childcare
Radio Australia - June 24, 2013

Although the Melbourne City Council has set up many different culturally-specific playgroups for families, there are none that cater to Pacific Islanders. Pacific Island parents are struggling to find childcare centres and services that support their culture, identity and family values. While existing...

Childcare centres missing tougher targets
Sydney Morning Herald - Cosima Marriner and Conrad Walters - June 23, 2013

More than half of NSW childcare centres assessed so far have failed to meet new national benchmarks under the federal government's push to improve the standard of early childhood care. One in four NSW childcare centres has been assessed against the national quality standards that...

Unvaccinated workers risking children's lives
Sunday Telegraph - Jane Hansen - June 23, 2013

CHILDCARE workers should face mandatory vaccination off the back of new laws that require children to show proof of vaccination before they enrol in child care. At present childcare workers are not required to be vaccinated despite a NSW Health report recommending the move four...

Common playground illness has its lethal side
Sydney Morning Herald - Melissa Davey - June 23, 2013

Like many in childcare, Nathanael Cachia contracted hand, foot and mouth disease when he was 16 months old. The doctor told his mother Caileen that it was a mild illness and to keep him quarantined until it cleared. By the next day, Nathanael was paralysed in his right leg. "He was...

Chase the funding, childcare staff told
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - June 22, 2013

PRIVATE childcare providers have revealed they have already lost staff to large operations such as Goodstart because workers have been told by the union that it is the only way they'll get government-funded pay rises. The news came as The Weekend Australian obtained a template...

Childcare centre cheats rob taxpayers of more than $1 million in fraudulent claims
Courier Mail - Renee Viellaris - June 22, 2013

CHILDCARE centres have been caught creating phantom children to fraudulently claim taxpayer-funded subsidies. The cheats have created false attendance records, forged the signatures of parents and pressured parents to manipulate attendance logs. Seven people have been charged...

Early childhood diet linked to heart condition
Business Standard (UK) - June 20, 2013

Researchers in Canada have observed that a child's diet at the age of three could determine its risk of heart disease as an adult. In a study, the researchers found that the effects of unhealthy eating commence at an early age, with the tell-tale signs of cholesterol noticeable in children aged...

Acquisition numbers add up for G8 Education
Financial Review - Sally Rose - June 19, 2013

The share price of Queensland-based childcare provider G8 Education last week reached $2.52, its highest point since the company listed on the ASX in December 2007. The peak on June 11 followed ­company announcements it had acquired 17 ­childcare centres and would increase its dividend by...

Childcare wage rise bill a recruitment drive, says Coalition
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - June 19, 2013

THE Coalition has used its role in a Senate committee looking into the federal government's bill to give some childcare workers wage rises to argue for it to be dumped, calling it "a shallow attempt by the government to reward their union supporters". Labor have produced a report that...