Unions push for higher child care pay rises
Queensland Times - Daniel Burdon - September 25, 2013

A MAJOR fight is brewing over pay rates in the child care industry, with unions pushing for pay rises up to 70% above current rates in long day care centres. The Fair Work Commission case, brought by the Australian Education Union and United Voice, also involves the new Coalition Government...

Family sues ABC Learning Centres after baby bitten by another child
The Advertiser - Tessa Akerman - September 25, 2013

A MOTHER has settled a District Court lawsuit with a childcare centre after her then-infant son was bitten on the face and body by a toddler. Chandra Aitkin and her son Jovan Kelly took legal action against ABC Learning Centres in the District Court following an incident at Brighton in 2007...

Parents and older workers are dropping out of sight, but employers and employees don't agree on why
Smart Company - Myriam Robin - September 25, 2013

Businesses think the cost of childcare is holding back parents from the workforce, but employees disagree, according to a study released yesterday. More than 80% of businesses surveyed by human resource service provider Kronos said the high cost of childcare was the most pressing...

Police called in after four-year-old found with meth at daycare centre
ABC News - September 23, 2013

Police and child protection authorities have been called in after a quantity of methamphetamine was found on a four-year-old at a Perth childcare centre. Staff at the Tuart Hill Baby and Childcare Centre in Main Street, Osborne Park, found the boy playing with a bag containing a white crystal...

Brisbane mum Rebecca McIntosh plans to set up Day Care Decisions to rate childcare centres
Courier Mail - Jacinda Tutty - September 22, 2013

PARENTS  will be able to rate and review Brisbane childcare centres with a new website aimed at raising the bar for early learning. Yeronga mum Rebecca McIntosh plans to use funding awarded through the Lord Mayor's Entrepreneurs Program to help establish Day Care Decisions, which...

Child Care Services in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld
PR Web - September 22, 2013

Continued growth of the Child Care Services industry in Australia will be contingent on operators accepting smaller profit margins. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated its report on the Child Care Services industry in Australia. In 2011-12, over one million children...

Libs' baby pay scheme a winner, says Elizabeth Broderick
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - September 20, 2013

SEX Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick has strongly backed Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme but has urged companies that abandon their schemes to redirect the funds to better support childcare and out-of-school-hours care. Ms Broderick has broken her silence...

One child, multiple childcare centres
Gold Coast Bulletin - Jessica Elder - September 20, 2013

BUSY Gold Coast parents are being forced to book their children into multiple chilcare centres across the city in a bid to secure a week's worth of care. The city's childcare centres have been operating at capacity for years with parents forced to put their children on waiting lists years...

Affordable childcare tops list for Ley
The Border Mail - Nigel McNay September 19, 2013

SUSSAN Ley will get down to the business of government straight away. As assistant minister for education, the member for Farrer will receive her first departmental briefings today. "I'll be meeting with my senior Minister Christopher Pyne in the next couple of days and we had our first...

Logistical challenge of ECE shift from 'care' to 'education'
Australian Teacher Magazine - Rachel Flottman - September 18, 2013

OVER the past decade, children's learning, development and social participation in the years before school have been increasingly recognised as critical — not only to the child’s own success, but also to broader social and economic prosperity. Education systems internationally have responded...

Parents turn to day care as WA teachers strike
WA Today - Aleisha Orr - September 18, 2013

Parents and schools are scrambling to ensure they have plans in place to cater for students when teachers strike on Thursday morning. Almost 14,000 West Australian teachers and other school staff will strike on Thursday morning over planned cuts to the education system, which would see...

Lend Lease squeezes Barangaroo
Sydney Morning Herald - Nicole Hasham - September 18, 2013

Lend Lease is pushing to limit space for childcare centres, recreation facilities and art galleries at Barangaroo, further "chipping back" the public benefit of developing the prime waterfront site, critics say. The City of Sydney council has opposed the plan, saying James Packer's planned...

Cabinet announcement lacks detail, substance
Financial Review - Laura Tingle - September 17, 2013

According to Abbott, he still has to work out with Education Minister Christopher Pyne just how exactly the workload in the education portfolio will be divided between Pyne, his assistant minister Sussan Ley and parliamentary secretary Scott Ryan. Ley will be responsible for early childhood...

Unions push for aged-care increases
The Australian - Ewin Hannan - September 16, 2013

The union also backed a report in The Australian that the new government separately faced having to spend $300 million promised by Labor to increase the wages of childcare workers or face legal action from providers who had been given "conditional offers" of funding. A spokesman for prime...

Kids free to get into the swing of things at top-rating childcare centre in Brisbane
Courier Mail - Ellen-Maree Elliot - September 16, 2013

SWINGING to new heights as one of the best childcare centres in the country, Karana Early Childhood Education Centre is focused on putting the youngsters first. The Karana Downs centre, in western Brisbane, is one of just four childcare providers in the country to have achieved the...