Birth is best time to start kids on the path of learning
AdelaideNow - Sheradyn Holderhead - April 9, 2013

SOUTH Australia needs an early childhood education system that begins at birth and recognises the early years the most important time for learning, the state's current Thinker in Residence says. In a radical rethink of South Australia's education system, Italian early childhood expert Carla Rinaldi...

Childcare centres fail to meet new quality standards
The Australian - Natasha Bita - April 7, 2013

NEARLY half the nation's childcare centres have failed to meet strict new quality standards - despite hitting parents with higher fees. Only 55 per cent of centres inspected by government assessors have met or exceeded the regulatory standards. The rest are "working towards" them - yet there...

Cost of bringing up baby will nudge $300,000
Sunday Herald Sun - Jessica Irvine - April 7, 2013

THE cost of parenting a first-born child in Melbourne has grown to $297,418, research shows. Melbourne is the third most expensive city to raise a child, according to the first state-by-state breakdown produced of the cost of kids in Australia. Childcare is the biggest single cost, setting...

Sydney's surprising baby bonus
The Sunday Telegraph - Jessica Irvine - April 7, 2013

GOOD news for young couples wondering if they can ever afford children: it might not cost as much as you think. Sydney has been ranked as Australia's cheapest city to raise children, despite having the highest house prices. A state-by-state breakdown of the cost of kids in Australia has found...

$150-a-day childcare that may come with a concierge
Daily Telegraph - Boel Eriksson - April 6, 2013

A CHILDCARE centre is boosting its daily fees to $150 for children under two to pay for late-night opening hours, a concierge service, allergy screening and an in-house general practitioner. In an email from the privately owned Only About Children Centre in Fairlight sent on March 28, parents...

Perfect match: au pairs and parents link up on internet
Sydney Morning Herald - Sarah-Jane Collins - April 6, 2013

Stressed-out families are turning to young travellers to solve their childcare problems, using online social networks to find live-in au pairs from around the world. Livia McKinley has two children and a busy job that sometimes calls for extra hours or last-minute travel. Childcare centres were...

Expand Vic children checks: commissioner
The Age - Genevieve Gannon - April 5, 2013

Parents who volunteer with their own children and members of religious groups should no longer be exempt from working with children checks, Victoria's children's commissioner says. Commissioner for children and young people Bernie Geary wants the checks expanded to all religious personnel...

National child protection standards needed
NEWS.com.au - April 5, 2013

AUSTRALIA needs national child protection standards for organisations that work with children, a leading children's charity says. Child Wise trainer and counsellor Adrian Campion told a child abuse inquiry there were standards for various areas that work with children but no overarching...

'More needed' to find childcare solutions
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - April 5, 2013

THE childcare sector needs "an ongoing solution" to the challenges of retaining staff as well as a full review of the amount of investment in early learning and care, according to the nation's biggest childcare provider. Chief executive of Goodstart Early Learning Julia Davison told The Australian...

First year school kids get better report card
ABC News - Lexi Metherell - April 4, 2013

Research into the health and wellbeing of children in their first year of schooling has found improvements in childhood development. The Australian Early Development Index measures children in five categories including physical health, general knowledge and communication skills...

Juggling a career with the burden of childcare
The Daily Telegraph - Sarrah Le Marquand - April 4, 2013

AS anyone who's ever been on the receiving end of an accusation about how the ability to hold down a job makes them a bad parent knows only all too well, childcare is not the most sympathetic of causes. Don't have kids if you can't afford them, sniff the critics. Why should I be forced to...

Preschool children suffer puberty blues
NEWS.com.au - Clifford Fram - April 3, 2013

CHILDREN with early onset puberty start suffering emotional and social issues from preschool age, several years before the first physical indications are visible, a major Australian research project shows. The study, which followed almost 3,500 children from the age of four through to 11, found...

Kids Korner: the first Australian owned daytime childcare franchise
Franchising - Brea Carter - April 3, 2013

In June 2010, Debbie Pham sold off her 11 centre strong childcare business, yet retained its original name and created a new franchised childcare company. Debbie says she sold her childcare centres and started afresh because it would not have been possible to bring them in line with one another...

Autism early learning centre opens in Perth
ABC News - April 2, 2013

An Autism Specific Early Learning Centre has opened in Perth to provide day care for children with autism. The centre is a partnership between MercyCare and the Autism Association of WA and is federally funded. MercyCare chief executive Chris Hall says the centre provides a specialist...

Push for a minister for children
The West Australian - Cathy O'Leary - April 2, 2013

A respected WA paediatrician wants the State Government to set up a new portfolio and appoint a minister for children, saying bandaid measures are not fixing worrying shortfalls in early childhood services. Trevor Parry, who headed the State's child development centre until 2004, said despite...