How far is too far for society to go to protect our children?
The Advertiser - November 1, 2013

SHOULD there be a witness to nappy changing in childcare centres? Is it OK to door knock neighbours to check that a potential employee will be OK around kids? Tough questions. Parents would do anything to protect their children. There''s an overriding instinct there. When children...

Halving Rates of Mental Illness
Pro Bono News - October 31, 2013

The costs of mental illness in Australia will continue to grow from the current $190 billion per annum because Australia is not investing in the social and emotional wellbeing of infants and young children (0-5 years), according to experts at a Canberra Conference. In a joint communiqué...

Measles warning after two WA children diagnosed
Perth Now - Kara Vickery - October 31, 2013

PARENTS are being urged to check their children's measles vaccinations records after two WA children were confirmed with the disease. Health Department director of communicable disease control Paul Armstrong said two unvaccinated children, aged 13 months and 15 months, had been...

Commissioner for Victims' Rights Michael O'Connell wants stringent checks on people who work with children
The Advertiser - Tory Shepherd - October 30, 2013

CHECKS on people who work with children should extend to door-knocking their neighbours if necessary, Commissioner for Victims' Rights Michael O'Connell says. In a submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, he also warns that to avoid...

States resist Coalition childcare moves
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - October 30, 2013

COALITION states have rebuffed attempts by the Abbott government to slow down national childcare reforms, but the new federal minister says she has won the battle to simplify reporting and relieve the 'red tape burden on providers'. The childcare sector was devastated during the...

Better preschools paying off, stats show
NEWS.com.au - October 30, 2013

THE evidence is in: better quality preschool education is leading to smarter primary school students. The COAG Reform Council says that halfway through the Council of Australian Governments' 10-year agreement to improve early childhood and school education, there are...

Child poverty 'can shrink brain'
NEWS.com.au - October 29, 2013

POVERTY in early childhood can shrink the brain, a study has shown. The finding may help explain links between deprivation and poor mental ability and performance at school. Scientists in the United States conducted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans on 145 children aged six...

Regional students able to study early childhood education
ABC News - October 28, 2013

For the first time, the University of South Australia will offer a degree in early childhood education at its Mount Gambier and Whyalla campuses. The four-year degree, which prepares students for careers as preschool and kindergarten teachers, will be offered from next year. The degree...

Council childcare fees up to fund new Fitzroy centre
Herald Sun - Nic Price - October 28, 2013

CHILDCARE users in Yarra will be hit with increased fees next year to pay for the council's new family and children's centre in Fitzroy. Long day care was due to cost $90 a day next year at the council's five centres, but that has been hiked to $95 after last week's unanimous council vote...

Parents protest day-care closures after consultant recommends closure of several Blacktown Council facilities
Daily Telegraph - Neil Keene - October 28, 2013

HUNDREDS of Sydney families could lose childcare places under a council's proposal to demolish two of its centres and close at least three more. Blacktown Council will this week vote on whether to drastically scale back its involvement in childcare after an independent consultant...

Find out how to run a family day care businesses from home
Daily Telegraph - October 27, 2013

To help meet the growing demand for quality childcare in the inner city, the City of Sydney is hosting free information sessions for residents interested in running family day care businesses from their own homes. Family day care is approved care for babies to school-age children in...

Children and preschools are set to struggle
Sydney Morning Herald - Lisa Bryant - October 27, 2013

For a child who has only been cared for by mum or dad, starting at preschool is a big thing. No matter how welcoming the preschool is or their attempts to ensure each child is welcomed and valued, the struggle to fit in can be seen etched on almost every young face. New changes to the...

Child education expert Professor Carla Rinaldi warns apps can kill creativity
NEWS.com.au - October 25, 2013

HOMEWORK overload and classroom rivalry are "ruining" Australian children, an international education leader warned yesterday. Professor Carla Rinaldi - president of the global Reggio Children movement, based in Italy - said children were relying too much on technological "apps"...

The childcare conundrum: who will pay?
The Drum - Norman Hermant - October 25, 2013

Everyone agrees that wages for childcare workers need to rise, but the question then is who gets slugged with the bill, writes Norman Hermant. Think explaining politics in Russia is confusing? So did I, until I waded into the quagmire that is Australian childcare. Just back from a posting for the...

Early funding favours four-year-olds
Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Patty - October 25, 2013

High demand for already stretched childcare services is expected to rise even further after the state government withdraws preschool subsidies for most three-year-olds. The government will phase out subsidies for all but the most disadvantaged three-year-olds in two years to boost the...