Federal Child Care Minister Kate Ellis marries Sunday Mail editor David Penberthy
AdelaideNow - Helene Sobolewski - February 24, 2013

IT WAS the worst-kept secret in Adelaide when Federal Child Care Minister Kate Ellis and Sunday Mail editor David Penberthy wed on Saturday. The couple thanked their family, friends and high-profile guests - including Premier Jay Weatherill - for feigning surprise when they turned their...

Brace for preschool pinch
Sydney Morning Herald - Cosima Marriner - February 24, 2013

Children who attend childcare centres that are staffed by more and better qualified educators start school with superior language, literacy and numeracy skills, and are more co-operative and attentive, research shows. The findings are from research by Early Childhood Australia...

Little Australians benefit as teachers move into childcare
The Age - Maxine McKew - February 24, 2013

Every Australian child should be learning from birth, and long daycare and preschool services are gearing up to meet that challenge. PET Boles always wanted to teach, but remembers being told that she was "way too brainy to just be a teacher". These days she''s more amused than indignant…

Lighting a candle under bureaucratic bombast
The Australian - Chris Kenny - February 23, 2013

A RIPPING tabloid yarn in Sydney's The Daily Telegraph this month forced two prominent ministers to front the cameras and discuss the relative merits of birthday cakes and cupcakes. "Kids will be banned from blowing out candles on communal birthday cakes," reported Natasha Bita, "under ...

Kindergarten cop-out: early childhood reforms must continue
The Conversation - Susan Krieg - February 21, 2013

The Labor government is not often celebrated for its policy achievements, but there has been one area where it deserves some recognition – early childhood education. It started reforms to the sector in 2007, and has made gains towards a better quality, more accessible, affordable and...

Tax Institute recommends tax deductions for childcare costs as key for SMEs in its 2013 budget submission
Smart Company - Patrick Stafford - February 21, 2013

State tax reform, a new small business entity and tax deductions for childcare are just a few of the ideas the Tax Institute has put to the federal government in its budget submission paper. The submission is set to be the first of many as business entities put forward their views on how the...

Lobby demands childcare pledge in budget
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - February 21, 2013

JULIA Gillard has been called on to deliver "meaningful" childcare reforms in the May budget, pledge to never means-test the rebate and increase the benefit. The Australian Childcare Alliance argues that with costs having risen 22 per cent in two years the sector needs immediate financial...

Childcare costs too high: SA opposition
Adelaide Now - February 20, 2013

SPIRALLING childcare costs should be investigated, the South Australian opposition says. Opposition frontbencher Martin Hamilton-Smith says child care costs are almost $110 a day and for two children in care that could present families with a $1000 weekly bill. "Who can afford that?"...

Quality costs force parents out
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - February 20, 2013

PARENTS have reduced and plan further cutbacks to the time their children attend long daycare centres because of fee rises flowing from federal government reforms. Centres in three states have warned they will need to raise fees again across the next year to pay for the National Quality...

Children missing out on disability services
The Age - Jewel Topsfield - February 19, 2013

MORE than 1000 Victorian preschool children have been on waiting lists for early intervention services such as speech and occupational therapy for longer than three months, with some missing out altogether before they start school. Early childhood intervention services, funded by the...

Childcare centres offer self-defence classes for youngsters
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty - February 18, 2013

CHILDREN as young as three are being taught self-defence techniques used by the Israeli military. Melbourne childcare centres are offering a modified version of Krav Maga, using play, games and self-defence moves to increase children''s safety awareness and protect them from paedophiles...

Certain Television Fare Can Help Ease Aggression in Young Children, Study Finds
New York Times - Catherine Saint Louis - February 18, 2013

Experts have long known that children imitate many of the deeds - good and bad - that they see on television. But it has rarely been shown that changing a young child’s viewing habits at home can lead to improved behavior. In a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, researchers...

Sweet treats can't hold a candle to fun police playing the heavy
The Age - Danny Katz - February 16, 2013

EXTRACT from the latest edition of Staying Healthy In Child Care, published by the Australian Government Health And Safety Tribunal (AGHAST). Note to childcare staff: while reading this brochure, please wear latex germicidal gloves. BIRTHDAY CAKES (Recommendation: banned)...

Fallen childcare ex-mogul 'homeless', broke
Sydney Morning Herald - Lucy Battersby and Ben Butler - February 15, 2013

EDDY Groves once owned property across three continents, but now the bankrupt childcare czar claims he is homeless – although he expects to find a permanent address "in the next two weeks". In a statement of his financial affairs provided to Insolvency Trustee Services Australia, the...

Obama proposal reflects shift in views on early childhood education
Washington Post (US) - Lyndsey Layton and Susan Svrluga - February 14, 2013

President Obama's call for universal preschool in his State of the Union address underlines a national shift in thinking about early childhood education, driven by advances in neuroscience and a growing urgency about the need to close the achievement gap between poor and privileged...