Liquor stores shine at auction
Financial Review (Property) - Rebecca Thistleton - July 4, 2013

"Childcare centres have become the latest asset people are looking at. They have developed quite a following," he said. "They generally have a good track record; people see a future need for childcare and they’re a good way for people who have already bought a fast-food outlet or a...

Child care worker charged for assaulting young girl
ABC News - July 3, 2013

Police have arrested a trainee child care worker who is alleged to have indecently assaulted a four-year-old girl under his care in Sydney's north west. The Child Abuse Squad launched an investigation into the 20-year-old man's actions during his time working at the child care centre...

Petty rules keep children out of after-school care
Sydney Morning Herald - Steph Croft - July 3, 2013

Let me guess, you're reading this "working from home" because you couldn't get your children a space at a vacation care program for the school holidays. Or you're a working parent who at the beginning of the year took your five-year-old to kindergarten orientation at your local public...

Under-fives soak up all the attention
Sydney Morning Herald - Matt Wade - July 3, 2013

Formal care for school-age children gets less attention than it deserves. It's often overshadowed by its high-profile counterparts, the long daycare centres and kindergartens that cater for under-fives. But a significant portion of families rely on before- and after-school care. For many families with...

Childcare: What good's a rebate when you can't even get a place?
Women's Agenda - Kate Ashmor - July 2, 2013

Just about every time I click on a YouTube video, watch television or open a newspaper, I'm confronted with federal government advertisements informing me that we can claim a non-means tested childcare rebate. That's fantastic, except my daughter is still on multiple waiting lists for...

Childcare yields for those keen on income
The Australian - Adrian Ezquerro - July 2, 2013

ARF is a real estate investment trust comprising 172 childcare centres and five childcare land development sites. The trust only recently listed on the ASX in a move that raised $75 million of new capital. ARF now has a market capitalisation of about $215m. ARF is managed by specialist...

After-school care crisis hits working parents
Sydney Morning Herald - Amy McNeilage - July 1, 2013

Parts of Sydney are experiencing an after-school care crisis, with children spending years on waiting lists for limited places and stressed-out working parents calling for the state and federal governments to intervene. Rozelle Public School's out of school hours care, commonly known...

Coalition Senator Michaelia Cash attacks Penny Wong for betraying Julia Gillard and the sisterhood
NEWS.com.au - Jessica Marszalek - June 28, 2013

Attacking Government legislation that will deliver pay rises to only some childcare workers, the Opposition spokeswoman for women, Michaelia Cash, said the Rudd Government had tricked staff into believing a pay rise was coming. "The current Rudd Government, who we all know Senator...

Preschool rates lag world but graduates set the pace
The Australian - Julie Hare - June 28, 2013

AUSTRALIAN three- and four-year-olds are engaged in formal preschool education at one of the lowest rates in the world. But a major report from the OECD also found education attainment improves with qualification level, with 38 per cent of the working population holding a degree...

Babes in the city
Sydney Morning Herald - Jade Warne - June 28, 2013

The inner city is home to a growing number of young families and it's a trend that is set to skyrocket. Facilities are already stretched and as Jade Warne reports, the battle over limited space is just beginning. You've seen them on buses - tucked in at the front whispering in soothing tones...

False claims, multiple enrolments net some childcare centres millions
Herald Sun - Alex White - June 27, 2013

INSIDERS are warning that dodgy Victorian daycare centres are rorting millions of dollars from the Federal Government. More than $350,000 has been clawed back from nine shonky daycare centres falsely claiming childcare rebates in Victoria. However, department staff warned the issue was...

Pay rise for some child-care workers
Sydney Morning Herald - June 26, 2013

Some childcare workers are set for a pay rise under a new government scheme to attract and retain qualified early childhood teachers. But the opposition objects that many would miss out while the union covering childcare workers, United Voice, would benefit from an increase in...

New vaccinations needed for govt payments
NEWS.com.au - Clifford Fram - June 26, 2013

THE criteria for children to be considered fully immunised have been expanded to include two meningitis vaccinations and one for chicken pox. Most children are up to date with the vaccinations, which have been encouraged for some time, but from July 1 they will be compulsory for family...

Early talkers benefit from non-verbal clues
ABC Science - Rachel Sullivan - June 25, 2013

Giving toddlers non-verbal cues about words can have a big impact on their vocabulary three years later, according to new research. The work, which was carried out by a research team from the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania, found that differences in what...

Union 'harassed' childcare worker
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - June 25, 2013

BRISBANE childcare worker Pamela Parfitt says industry union United Voice harassed her after she decided to quit the union and repeatedly told her she should go to a larger childcare centre, Goodstart Early Learning, if she wanted a pay rise. Ms Parfitt decided to go public because she...