SMEs need to focus on cash flow, tax issues
Financial Review - Jessica Gardner - October 27, 2012

For example, a childcare centre that offers places to teachers' children at a discount when paid by salary sacrifice will now attract fringe benefits tax at the top marginal tax rate. Businesses will need to weigh up if the cost of a scheme is worth it, Cunningham says. The government also...

Baby bonus cut a slap at stay-at-home mums
The Australian - Angela Shanahan - October 27, 2012

The point about the baby bonus is that its beneficiaries are mostly stay-at-home mothers. There is a choice to take the government's paid parental leave or the baby bonus ; as most families with three children do not have a mother in full-time work, they opt for the baby bonus. However...

OOSH changes questioned
ABC News - October 25, 2012

The Federal Opposition's childcare spokeswoman has promised to take concerns from Riverina Out of School Hours (OOSH) co-ordinators about increasing workloads to the State. Sussan Ley met with before and after school carers in Wagga Wagga yesterday about recent industry changes...

Childcare worker pleads not guilty to torture
ABC News - October 25, 2012

A central Queensland childcare worker has pleaded not guilty to charges including child torture. The 21-year-old woman was not in the Moranbah Magistrates Court when the matter was first mentioned on Thursday. Her lawyer asked that her client be excused from appearing due to work...

Cleaners paid more than childcare workers
The Daily Telegraph - October 25, 2012

QUALIFIED childcare workers are pushing for pay parity with primary school teachers after it was revealed they earn $18.58 an hour - almost $3 less than the centre cleaners. Cleaners earn an average $21.05 an hour, leading childcare bodies to call on the government yesterday for...

ABC liquidators launch claim on banks
Financial Review - Alex Boxsell - October 25, 2012

The liquidators of ABC Learning have launched a $250 million-plus claim against a group of banks to recover money they secured from the childcare giant via a charge shortly before it went into receivership. Ferrier Hodgson has argued the charge obtained by Commonwealth Bank of...

Childcare union hopes united front will pin PM on wages
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - October 23, 2012

THE union pushing the government to fund big increases to childcare wages will today hold a summit with private and community childcare providers to try to establish a "consensus" on problems facing the sector and turn up the pressure on Julia Gillard. The Gillard government...

Parents face higher charges under daycare cuts
ABC News - October 23, 2012

Childcare centres in the New South Wales south east say forced changes to the industry are bad news for parents. Under new legislation due to come into force next year, family day-care facilities will only be able to accommodate four children for each staff member instead of five...

Childcare funds sought
Sydney Morning Herald - Dan Harrison - October 22, 2012

...building more centres would not solve the problem because the greatest demand was for places for children up to two years of age. It was unviable for centres to care for babies because they required more staff than older children, but attracted only the same level of government subsidy...

Grandparents saving families millions on child care
ABC News - Emily Bourke - October 22, 2012

Grandparents are saving parents almost $90 million a year on child care in New South Wales, according to a report released today by the Council on the Ageing. The report found between 10 and 20 per cent of people aged over 65 are providing unpaid care for their grandchildren...

Crying out for long day care
Sun Herald - Stephanie Peatling - October 21, 2012

Exclusive figures from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - obtained by The Sun-Herald under freedom-of-information laws - confirm that while some local government areas have hundreds of vacancies that may never be filled, others are suffering a chronic shortage. But with parents and childcare centre operators in sought-after areas reporting...

Misleading MyChild site riles parents
Sun Herald - Stephanie Peatling - October 21, 2012

THE federal government website that alerts parents to vacancies in their local childcare centres is often publishing misleading information, prompting complaints from those who have chased places that do not exist. The information on the MyChild site has caused confusion because centres...

After the birth, the wait begins
Sydney Morning Herald - Sarah Whyte - October 21, 2012

IN MANLY, new mothers are immediately warned about the long childcare waiting lists. Taking the advice from other new mothers seriously, Emilie Rouleau wasted no time in getting her son Timeo on a waiting list a week after he was born at the end of September 2010. But two years later...

Parents complain as preschool hours are halved to 15 a week
Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Patty - October 19, 2012

PARENTS of young children are angry with a government decision to reduce preschooling hours by half. Public schools that provide 30 hours of preschooling each week must cut it by 50 per cent to meet a government agreement to provide all children with at least 15 hours by next year...

Child care centre fined for discrimination
ABC News - October 18, 2012

The operator of a Perth child care centre has been fined $13,000 and ordered to pay $5,000 compensation to an employee pressured into resigning after she became pregnant. The Federal Court in Perth has imposed the penalty and compensation order against W.K.O Pty Ltd, which...