Arena plans to float social assets trust
Financial Review - Ben Wilmot - May 7, 2013

Morgan Stanley-controlled Arena Investment Management is planning to float a real estate investment trust specialising in social infrastructure, seeded with about $240 million of assets. While the initial focus is childcare centres, the fund will have a broad mandate to venture into newer...

Grant scheme could push up SA child care fees, workers say
AdelaideNow - Liz Walsh - May 6, 2013

THE state's childcare sector will be divided, fees will rise and children will be the losers if a Government grant scheme goes ahead, the Australian Childcare Alliance has warned. Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced last month that the Government was providing $300 million in...

Play fair on wages: Childcare providers
Herald Sun - May 6, 2013

THE federal government isn't playing fair with its new wage grants for childcare workers, providers say. Prime Minister Julia Gillard in March announced new grants for childcare providers to boost workers' wages so the sector can attract and retain professionals. The $300 million Early Years...

Australian Medical Association angered over claims by president of the Australian Vaccination Network
NEWS.com.au - Sue Dunlevy - May 6, 2013

A LEADING anti-vaccination group has sparked alarm by warning parents not to trust their doctor's advice on whether to have their children vaccinated. The new president of the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN) Greg Beattie says parents should instead consult books and "health...

No jab, no play campaign reveals vaccination refusals high as babies die
The Daily Telegraph - Jane Hansen - May 6, 2013

CHILDCARE centres should have the right to ban unvaccinated kids from childcare centres and preschools under a proposed "no jab, no play" policy. The Sunday Telegraph and The Daily Telegraph are today launching a campaign to stop the rise in the number of children succumbing...

Is your baby ready to read at three months?
The Age - Marika Dobbin - May 6, 2013

A product that says it can teach babies to read from three months old is being sold to parents and used in childcare centres in Australia despite its makers being prosecuted for misleading claims in the United States. Child development experts have warned against the "Your Baby Can Read"...

Unvaccinated children risked life of young cancer survivor
The Sunday Telegraph - Jane Hansen - May 5, 2013

MARITA Howell can ban parents bringing peanut butter sandwiches to her childcare centre, but she cannot ban kids who are not vaccinated. Last year, those unvaccinated children risked the life of Ms Howell's son Jonathon, a cancer survivor. The Maroubra mother is the operator of...

No jab, no play campaign launched to ban unvaccinated kids from childcare centres and preschools
The Sunday Telegraph - Jane Hansen - May 5, 2013

CHILDCARE centres should have the right to ban unvaccinated kids from childcare centres and preschools under a proposed "no jab, no play" policy. The Sunday Telegraph and The Daily Telegraph are today launching a campaign to stop the rise in the number of children succumbing...

Most ACT childcare centres fail to meet benchmarks
The Canberra Times - Ewa Kretowicz - May 5, 2013

Canberra childcare centres are falling behind the rest of the nation with more than 70 per cent failing to meet Australian quality benchmarks. Nationally 44 per cent of centres have been rated as "working towards" the new standards but in the ACT 35 of the 51 centres assessed failed to meet...

Drivel getting in the way of early learning
Sunday Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - May 4, 2013

THEY'RE not celebrating Mother's Day this year at a growing number of kinders and childcare centres. No, it's Special Person's Day instead. And forget about Easter - that's being replaced by Harmony Day, which is a celebration of many different cultures. Christmas is also on the way out...

Childcare costs tipped to surge
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - May 4, 2013

PARENTS are being warned their childcare fees will rise by $10 a day because the Gillard government's wage boost to workers in the sector is badly designed and rewards only some providers. In a letter sent to centres and to be passed on to parents, the peak body representing...

Out of the box: escaping disadvantage in remote communities
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - May 4, 2013

PUPPET shows, singalongs and a bus to and from preschool have helped to give these kids access to an education revolution sweeping remote indigenous communities. A study of census and survey data to be released today reveals an explosion in preschool participation in remote Aboriginal...

Grandparents under pressure
The West Australian - Elle Farcic - May 4, 2013

A Perth academic wants to investigate the value of child care provided by grandparents amid claims they are under increasing pressure to provide free child care during their "golden years" of retirement. With figures showing about a quarter of Australian children under 12 receive regular...

Six childcare gurus that have changed parenting
BBC News (UK) - Alex Campbell - May 3, 2013

It's been 70 years since the idea of the "good enough mother" was popularised by psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott. Since then, there's been a plethora of parenting advice, with everything from the naughty step to a time limit on cuddling catching on. History has provided no shortage of...

People power saves park
Hobart Mercury - Linda Smith - May 2, 2013

CHILDCARE provider Lady Gowrie Tasmania has scrapped plans to build a new headquarters on a popular West Hobart recreation ground after an outcry from park users. Lady Gowrie board of directors chairman Scott Adams confirmed the $4 million child and family centre would not go...