New government policies create massive, tiring workload for preschool directors, childcare workers and teachers
AdelaideNow - Martina Simos - March 26, 2013

PRESCHOOL directors, teachers and childcare workers are being pushed to the brink of exhaustion by longer hours resulting from new policies, a survey has found. The Australian Education Union (SA) found nearly 90 per cent of early childhood staff surveyed identified increased workloads as...

Families 'struggle' to afford childcare
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - March 26, 2013

AUSTRALIA will face an "exodus of mostly women" from the workforce if dramatic changes are not made to the childcare system, according to a board member of the nation's largest childcare chain. Toby Hall is on the board of Goodstart -- the nation's largest childcare provider -- and is chief...

Blacktown's $6m plan to privatise centres
The Daily Telegraph - Caroline Marcus - March 24, 2013

SYDNEY'S biggest council is planning to save ratepayers up to $6 million by selling off its network of childcare centres, prompting warnings of fee increases and lost jobs. Blacktown Council is one of the state's largest childcare providers, with 27 centres catering to 1339 children. The council has...

Night care lets mums and dads go out to play
The Sunday Telegraph - Laura Speranza - March 24, 2013

KEEPING the romance alive has become a whole lot easier and cheaper thanks to a childcare centre which offers an evening service to enable couples quality time together. The lovebirds special, which costs $95 and operates from 5pm to midnight at the NSW Academy of Early...

Childcare wage reforms stop short of real change
The Conversation - Chris Peers - March 22, 2013

The federal government's announcement this week on pay equity for the early childhood workforce is an important step for the childcare sector. But in the long term, it will provide little more than a stop-gap measure for improving wages among early childhood professionals. Without a plan to...

Who pays for what's best for our kids
The Daily Telegraph - Natasha Bita - March 21, 2013

CHILDCARE workers deserve a pay rise. Their minimum-wage work is tiring, stressful, snotty - and essential. But who should pay? Parents are already coughing up the equivalent of private school fees for daycare. They need it so they can go to work - and contribute taxes to pay for the $5bn...

Families to get discount on preschool fees
Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Patty - March 21, 2013

Families will get a discount of up to $900 on preschool fees this year as a result of a one-off $20 million boost in Commonwealth funding. The announcement accompanies the release of a report which reveals that one in seven children in NSW are missing out on early childhood education...

Childcare wage subsidies tied to fee restraint, EBAs
Financial Review - Fleur Anderson - March 20, 1013

Owners of childcare centres will get wage subsidies from the federal government for two years if they limit fee increases and comply with enterprise agreements that ensure workers receive minimum pay rates and employment conditions, under a new $300 million fund. As reported in...

IPO mooted for Guardian Childcare
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson and Anthony Macdonald - March 20, 1013

It's understood that as Wolseley Private Equity prepares to front investors for a new fund, it's looking at its existing portfolio companies and what could be realised. Attention has turned to Wolseley's Guardian Childcare Alliance, which is the third largest childcare operator in Australia...

Editorial: Children our future
The Mercury - March 20, 1013

THE substantial pay rise announced this week for childcare and pre-school workers will affect 67,000 of the lowest paid workers in the country. The $114-a-week pay rise -- to cost the Federal Government $300 million -- will have a significant impact on those teaching and caring for our...

Families still struggling with cost
The Age - Rachel Browne, Daniella Miletic and Mark Kenny - March 20, 2013

More than one-third of families struggle to pay childcare fees despite increased federal government assistance over the past decade, according to a new report by public policy think tank The Australia Institute. The report, "Trouble with childcare", found that concerns about affordability outweighed...

Former childcare heavyweight Eddy Groves offloaded luxury homes to his wife before he was declared bankrupt
The Courier-Mail - Anthony Marx - March 20, 2013

FORMER childcare heavyweight Eddy Groves offloaded two luxury homes worth $9 million to his wife in a web of complex property deals before he was declared bankrupt. Trustees are probing more than $40 million worth of real estate sales made by Mr Groves in Australia, North America...

Govt announces $300m childcare wage boost
ABC Radio (The World Today) - Naomi Woodley - March 19, 2013

The Federal Government says $300 million in new funding will help childcare centres offset the cost of hiring more qualified staff. From the start of next year, all childcare workers will be required to hold at least a certificate three qualification, and centres will have to employ at least one...

'Absolute disgrace': asbestos dumped outside childcare centres
Sydney Morning Herald - Leesha McKenny - March 19, 2013

A truck driver captured on CCTV illegally dumping more than two tonnes of asbestos outside two childcare centres has been branded "an absolute disgrace" by the City of Sydney, which has released the footage in a bid to identify him. Security cameras captured the truck as it travelled...

Council ponders childcare plan for theatregoers
Sydney Morning Herald - Andrew Taylor - March 19, 2013

It's not quite the nanny state, but the City of Sydney will consider introducing evening childcare for parents who want a night at the theatre. The idea is contained in a discussion paper released by the council as part of the development of its first-ever cultural policy. The City of Sydney's executive...