Pacific Islanders struggling to find appropriate childcare
Radio Australia - June 24, 2013

Although the Melbourne City Council has set up many different culturally-specific playgroups for families, there are none that cater to Pacific Islanders. Pacific Island parents are struggling to find childcare centres and services that support their culture, identity and family values. While existing...

Childcare centres missing tougher targets
Sydney Morning Herald - Cosima Marriner and Conrad Walters - June 23, 2013

More than half of NSW childcare centres assessed so far have failed to meet new national benchmarks under the federal government's push to improve the standard of early childhood care. One in four NSW childcare centres has been assessed against the national quality standards that...

Unvaccinated workers risking children's lives
Sunday Telegraph - Jane Hansen - June 23, 2013

CHILDCARE workers should face mandatory vaccination off the back of new laws that require children to show proof of vaccination before they enrol in child care. At present childcare workers are not required to be vaccinated despite a NSW Health report recommending the move four...

Common playground illness has its lethal side
Sydney Morning Herald - Melissa Davey - June 23, 2013

Like many in childcare, Nathanael Cachia contracted hand, foot and mouth disease when he was 16 months old. The doctor told his mother Caileen that it was a mild illness and to keep him quarantined until it cleared. By the next day, Nathanael was paralysed in his right leg. "He was...

Chase the funding, childcare staff told
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - June 22, 2013

PRIVATE childcare providers have revealed they have already lost staff to large operations such as Goodstart because workers have been told by the union that it is the only way they'll get government-funded pay rises. The news came as The Weekend Australian obtained a template...

Childcare centre cheats rob taxpayers of more than $1 million in fraudulent claims
Courier Mail - Renee Viellaris - June 22, 2013

CHILDCARE centres have been caught creating phantom children to fraudulently claim taxpayer-funded subsidies. The cheats have created false attendance records, forged the signatures of parents and pressured parents to manipulate attendance logs. Seven people have been charged...

Early childhood diet linked to heart condition
Business Standard (UK) - June 20, 2013

Researchers in Canada have observed that a child's diet at the age of three could determine its risk of heart disease as an adult. In a study, the researchers found that the effects of unhealthy eating commence at an early age, with the tell-tale signs of cholesterol noticeable in children aged...

Acquisition numbers add up for G8 Education
Financial Review - Sally Rose - June 19, 2013

The share price of Queensland-based childcare provider G8 Education last week reached $2.52, its highest point since the company listed on the ASX in December 2007. The peak on June 11 followed ­company announcements it had acquired 17 ­childcare centres and would increase its dividend by...

Childcare wage rise bill a recruitment drive, says Coalition
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - June 19, 2013

THE Coalition has used its role in a Senate committee looking into the federal government's bill to give some childcare workers wage rises to argue for it to be dumped, calling it "a shallow attempt by the government to reward their union supporters". Labor have produced a report that...

Labor push for care bargaining
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - June 18, 2013

THE Gillard government has admitted it wants a dramatic expansion of enterprise bargaining in the childcare sector because it will lead to higher wages and conditions. The admission from School Education Minister Peter Garrett came as new figures revealed there were only 102 enterprise...

Mission Australia manifesto seeks 'radical' reform
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - June 18, 2013

"In terms of early childhood education and childcare, whichever side's in government post-September needs to have a serious think about the health and future of the system. Costs are spiralling out of control. Lack of affordability is driving parents to drop out of work and stay home...

Mass exodus of overworked kindergarten staff feared
The Advertiser - Callie Watson - June 16, 2013

OVERWORKED kindergarten teachers and directors are considering leaving the industry in growing numbers, the state's education union says, amid calls for better support for early learning staff. Australian Education Union SA branch president Correna Haythorpe said Federal Government...

United Voice union wants child care workers to get $10 per hour pay rise
NEWS.com.au - Natasha Bita - June 15, 2013

CHILDCARE workers are demanding taxpayers give them a $10 per hour pay rise - on top of the $300m wage increase just granted by the federal government. The United Voice union has declared it "will not rest until every educator receives at least $26 an hour or higher". And it wants...

G8 success lifts it to upper echelon
Gold Coast Bulletin - Jenny Rogers - June 14, 2013

GOLD Coast-based childcare operator G8 Education has marked itself as a true Gold Coast success story being elevated to the ranks of the top 200 listed companies in Australia and admitted to the S&P ASX200. The company's market capitalisation this week also hit $669 million, giving it the...

Asbestos dumped near childcare centre
Daily Telegraph - Ian Walker - June 14, 2013

ASBESTOS was illegally dumped on two roads in western Sydney just metres from a childcare centre early this morning. Sheets of the deadly material were found lying in the middle of the road on Wilson Avenue and Wilson Lane just off Canterbury Road in Belmore about 2.15am. The...