Daycare phonetics the perfect preparation for school
The Australian - Natasha Bita - March 5, 2015

A SCHOOL that gives free phonics lessons to kids in daycare has boosted its NAPLAN performance by giving young children a headstart in reading. Enoggera Primary School in Brisbane's north has achieved one of the strongest improvements in the National Assessment Program in Literacy...

Fact file: 11 facts about child care in Australia
ABC News - Fact Check - March 4, 2015

Following the scrapping of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's signature paid parental leave scheme, the Federal Government is now expected to turn its attention to child care. A Productivity Commission report released in February identified both access and affordability as major issues. "The...

Forget complicated reports, just make childcare tax deductible
The Australian - Richard Holden - March 4, 2015

IF you want a recipe for a bad public-policy debate then combine the following ingredients: taxes, government spending, children's welfare, gender equity and jobs. However, there is one simple answer to the debate on childcare in Australia: taxation. The Productivity...

Voters prioritise more money for childcare and preschools over business tax cut: poll
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - March 3, 2015

Australian voters think increased funding for childcare and preschools is more important than a tax cut for big businesses, a new poll has found. It comes as cabinet considers boosting childcare funding and Social Services Minister Scott Morrison devises a new approach to families policy...

Why the Productivity Commission's childcare report is a positive step forward
Women's Agenda - Claire Braund - March 3, 2015

Goodstart Early Learning's claim that the cost of childcare will universally rise under the model proposed by the Productivity Commission Report into Childcare and Early Learning (covered in Women’s Agenda Monday), needs to be viewed in context. Goodstart is a not-for-profit company...

Fact check: Did the Abbott Government cut $1 billion from child care?
ABC News - March 2, 2015

Child care is shaping up to be a key area of Federal Government reform in coming months, with Social Services Minister Scott Morrison nominating it as a priority. The Productivity Commission released a report into child care and early childhood learning on February 20, 2015 which said...

Music to no one's ears: The cost of childcare to increase
Women's Agenda - Georgina Dent - March 2, 2015

The cost of childcare in Australia is expensive, inconsistent and fraught, much like the conversations that often surround it. What it costs to have a child in day care around Australia varies from as little as $60 to as much as $160 a day. Due to short supply and long wait lists...

Former ABC Learning Centres chief financial officer James Black pleads guilty to 1 charge after ASIC probe
Courier-Mail - Liam Walsh - March 2, 2015

THE corporate watchdog has claimed its first criminal scalp from ABC Learning Centres, almost six and a half years after the Brisbane-based childcare empire collapsed. ABC's former chief financial officer James Black on Monday pleaded guilty in Brisbane's District Court to one charge of...

Soft evidence of the need for hard tax reform
Financial Review - Alan Mitchell - March 2, 2015

The release of the McClure report on welfare reform and the Productivity Commission's report on childcare exposed all the conflicting objectives that politicians bring to these kinds of events. The hard truth is that welfare reform almost certainly will end up saving less, and childcare reform will...

Scott Morrison to ask cabinet to support additional spending on childcare
The Guardian - Lenore Taylor - March 1, 2015

Scott Morrison will ask federal cabinet to give in-principle approval for additional spending on childcare on Monday as he begins consultations with the industry about his soon to be released families and childcare policy. Morrison has previously said any increase in the $7.7bn a year...

Luke Foley has pledged an extra $1.3 billion to build schools and TAFEs at Labor campaign launch
Daily Telegraph - Andrew Clennell - March 1, 2015

Labor leader Luke Foley has pledged an extra $1.3 billion to build schools and TAFEs and promised every primary school will have its own childcare centre in his campaign launch this morning in Campbelltown. As Labor looks to win back Campbelltown, which the Liberal Party holds by 6.8...

Childcare funding proposals may hit families they aimed to help
Herald Sun - Phillippa Butt - March 1, 2015

MOST families will be worse off if proposed changes to childcare funding are adopted, new modelling shows. The detailed analysis by Goodstart Early Learning shows low-income earners will be among thousands of Australian families worse off if the Federal Government adopts the…

Day care fails the grade: WA childcare centres fail to meet new national standards
PerthNow - Claire Bickers - March 1, 2015

ALMOST half of the WA childcare services assessed against new national standards are not making the grade. And 13 centres are currently listed as failing to meet the ­national standards in every quality area assessed despite already meeting WA standards, an analysis of the latest data shows…

Parents face childcare centre ban if immunisations are not up to date
Herald Sun - Matt Johnston - February 28, 2015

PARENTS will be turned away from childcare centres next year if their child’s immunisations are not up to date and they refuse to be counselled by a doctor. State health and education departments have begun drafting new laws so the Andrews Government can enforce its no jab, no play policy…

Focus on those most in need of child welfare
The Australian - Angela Shanahan - February 28, 2015

In one week two reports have appeared, each advocating contradictory policy. Childcare and Early Childhood Learning, by the Productivity Commission, advocates expanding a means-tested childcare allowance to nannies for employed mothers; A New System for Better Employment…