Childcare recovery adds value to Folkestone education fund
The Australian - Sarah Danckert - February 14, 2013

THE Folkestone-controlled property fund Australian Education Trust has reported a 26 per cent lift in half-year net profits to $14.9 million after a $4.8m increase in the valuation of 71 of its properties tenanted by childcare centres. The former Austock-controlled fund, which took a hammering...

Issues around right to request flexible hours not simple
Financial Review - Geoff Winestock - February 12, 2013

When the Labor government introduced a right to request flexible working arrangements to deal with child care, business feared it would be deluged with a wave of vexatious demands for time off. Yet the opposite appears to have occurred. Since the Fair Work Act came into force in 2010, the...

Beware of flexibility ruses: Childcare reform is the real key for women
Women's Agenda - Kate Ashmor - February 12, 2013

Australian women are a cluey lot. We're the most educated among our female peers in the OCED and we comprise well over 50% of the graduates from Australian universities. Millions of us run our own businesses and deftly manage our families and households. We're articulate, resourceful and...

Call for child centres on school sites
The West Australian - Bethany Hiatt - February 11, 2013

Primary school principals want childcare centres built on school sites to relieve a shortage of places for babies and toddlers. WA Primary Principals' Association president Stephen Breen called on local, State and Federal governments to cut red tape to allow the Education Department to join private...

Night nannies saving the day for parents who cannot sleep
NEWS.com.au - Elissa Doherty - February 11, 2013

IT'S the high cost of a good night's sleep. Desperate, weary parents are increasingly willing to fork out thousands of dollars a week for "night nannies" to help settle their babies. Long wait times to access sleep schools, mums returning to work earlier and a need for flexible childcare are among...

Childcare industry pushes direct rebate to centres
The Age - Stephanie Peatling - February 9, 2013

CHILDCARE operators are pushing the federal government to have the multibillion-dollar rebate paid directly to them and to fund a series of capital expenditure grants as part of a plan to tackle the cost and availability of care. Early Childhood Australia, which represents most private long...

Parenting News: More Nannies are Being Recruited Online Through Unregulated Websites
Female First (UK) - February 8, 2013

Ways of finding family childcare has drastically changed over the years and now, with the introduction of technology, more mums and dads are relying on the internet to find a nanny. New research from Nannytax, a UK payroll service for nanny employers, has revealed a radical...

No 'cake police' in childcare centres
Herald Sun - February 06, 2013

THERE'S no danger of cake police shutting down childcare centres, Health Minister Tanya Plibersek says. The ministerial reassurance came after National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines released on Tuesday advised against blowing out candles on birthday...

No rules over child care cakes: Ellis
The Australian - February 06, 2013

THE federal government is attempting to ease fears that new hygiene guidelines will mean children cannot blow out candles on birthday cakes at child care centres. The latest National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines, titled Staying Healthy, are aimed at preventing...

Strict new hygiene rules for childcare will wrap kids in a bubble, says AMA
Herald Sun - Natasha Bita - February 06, 2013

KIDS will be banned from blowing out candles on communal birthday cakes, under strict new hygiene rules for childcare. But doctors warn the latest National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines go too far in "bubble-wrapping" children. The NHMRC is urging childcare...

The dirt on paranoid guidelines for childcare
NEWS.com.au - Susie O'Brien - February 06, 2013

YOU can always pick the kids whose parents are anti-infection freaks. They're the ones who are always sick. New guidelines covering childcare centres that stop kids from blowing out communal birthday candles are an absolute joke. What's next? Bans on playtime? Bans on hugs? Childcare...

Gap closed on indigenous preschool access
The Age - Michael Gordon and Dan Harrison - February 06, 2013

Federal and state governments have met their first target in the campaign to close the gap on indigenous disadvantage, with all Aboriginal four-year-olds in remote communities set to have access to preschool education this year. Julia Gillard will hail the achievement as the first step...

Childcare for students restored
AdelaideNow - Sheradyn Holderhead - February 05, 2013

MOTHERS on a mission to learn have overturned a Federal Government policy that was preventing them from finishing school. A policy change last year meant parents over the age of 20, who had returned to high school to complete Year 12, became ineligible for childcare assistance from...

G8 aims for $35m raising through Canaccord, Petra
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson and Anthony Macdonald - February 4, 2013

G8 went into a trading halt on Monday morning as the brokers contacted potential investors ahead of the raising. The company is seeking to raise $35 million at $1.45 a share, according to a termsheet sent to investors. Canaccord has been mandated to raise $15 million from offshore...

New York childcare company offers ex-Navy SEALs to work as nannies
Daily Mail (UK) - Matt Blake - February 4, 2013

A childcare company in New York is offering families the chance to hire armed US military war veterans as nannies to 'keep tragedy from happening', months after two children were stabbed to death in the bath by their carer. The no-nonsense nannies, which cost at least $1,500 a week...