'Babysitter needed' - kids posted online
Gold Coast Bulletin - Robyn Wuth - August 15, 2013

GOLD Coast parents are unwittingly offering their children to predators by posting cute pictures online as they hunt for babysitters. The pictures have been posted as part of advertisements on online buying and selling website Gumtree, as parents struggle to find carers for their children...

Sex, lies and a quick escape as election battle hits Sydney's west
The Australian - Jared Owens and Mitchell Nadin - August 14, 2013

LABOR has come under fire over "misleading" and "defamatory" advertising in several battleground electorates, after issuing leaflets warning that the Liberal Party would privatise council-owned suburban parks, childcare centres and pools in western Sydney. In Greenway, the most marginal...

Childcare chain Goodstart calls for cash boost to fund workers' pay rise
News.com.au - Natasha Bita - August 11, 2013

GOODSTART - Australia's biggest childcare chain - has applied for taxpayers' money to give its 15,000 workers a pay rise of $3 to $5 per hour. Every one of the 650 Goodstart Early Learning centres has sought a slice of the Federal Government's $300m childcare wage fund - but some...

Mini baby boom puts squeeze on parents
The Age - Cosima Marriner - August 11, 2013

Preschools offer "significantly higher quality" than long day care centres, a longitudinal study of 3000 Australian children has found. Yet pure preschool is becoming an education luxury that many working parents can't afford for their children, because of the mismatch between the eight-hour...

Budgeting for a million childcare places
Sydney Morning Herald - Peter Martin and Ellie Harvey - August 11, 2013

THE CLAIM. It has been a big week for childcare. Kevin Rudd kicked off his campaign with a promise of $450 million in extra funding to improve childcare centres. His minister Kate Ellis said: "As a result of our policies, the number of children in approved childcare has grown to more than...

Childcare centres of earning
Sydney Morning Herald - Carolyn Cummins - August 10, 2013

The low interest-rate environment has seen investors heading swiftly towards the higher-yielding bricks-and-mortar sector, with demand rising for an array of property types. These range from petrol stations and convenience stores to bank chambers and childcare centres. Most investors...

Childcare policies compared: making your vote easier
Women's Agenda - Georgina Dent - August 9, 2013

A 'game-changer' is how the Grattan Institute described the effect on productivity of addressing the availability and affordability of childcare in 2012. There is clear evidence, which Treasury agrees with, that improving the quality, availability and affordability of childcare boosts women's...

We're older and working harder
The Australian - Rick Morton - August 9, 2013

AUSTRALIANS are older, harder working and more reliant on childcare than ever before, according to a new report that takes the pulse of the nation's welfare every two years. The Australian Health and Welfare Institute's report, Australia's Welfare 2013, was launched in Sydney yesterday and...

Australian Education trust profit surges 71 per cent
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - August 9, 2013

Childcare centre landlord Australian Education Trust has forecast increased distributions in the current year, as it reaps the benefit of lower debt costs. Now part of the Folkestone stable of funds, the property trust controls a $367 million portfolio of centres across Australia and New Zealand...

Website update 'no help'
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - August 8, 2013

KEVIN Rudd's $2 million upgrade of the government's childcare website has been slammed by the opposition as another "Rudd re-run", like FuelWatch and Grocery Watch, that won't fix spiralling costs. Mr Rudd said yesterday that Labor would "make it easier for parents" to find places for...

Teachers should be trained to save lives, says NSW Asthma Foundation
Daily Telegraph - August 8, 2013

SHOCKED by the tragic death of an eight-year-old schoolboy, the NSW Asthma Foundation will consider lobbying the state government to make asthma emergency training compulsory in schools and childcare centres. The Year 2 student suffered a cardiac arrest after a suspected asthma...

Fast-food outlets, childcare centres see demand from investors
Financial Review - Rebecca Thistleton - August 8, 2013

Low interest rates and interest from self-managed superannuation funds are driving the sub-$5 million commercial investment market, with agents noting particular investor interest in childcare centres and fast-food outlets. "This interest-rate cut, combined with the others, will have a big...

University of Melbourne research finds preschool directly responsible for improvement in later NAPLAN scores
Herald Sun - Wes Hosking - August 7, 2013

CHILDREN who attend preschool are up to five months ahead of their peers in critical disciplines midway through primary school. Those whose teacher had a relevant diploma or degree gain the most according to new research. But it's feared some youngsters won't benefit from new rules...

Childcare is no child's play
The Age - Stephanie Peatling - August 6, 2013

Parents are struggling to get the childcare they need in what is an expensive and often inaccessible system, writes Stephanie Peatling. Georgia Marshall's return to work was not supposed to include tears in public and the fear that her husband might have to quit his job so that she could go back...

Fortnightly payment options are assisting busy working families
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - August 6, 2013

THE fortnightly childcare rebate has become the payment method of choice for new families entering the system, as mothers and fathers face cost-of-living pressures and rising fees. Childcare Minister Kate Ellis will today reveal that about 80 per cent - 145,000 - of Australian families who...