'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...

Record number of kids in child care: study
The Australian - March 31, 2013

MORE Australian families than ever are using childcare services, with nearly one million children in approved centres nationwide, a federal government report has found. The latest Child Care Update, released on Sunday, showed more than 700,000 families were accessing childcare services in...

Fees for night childcare scare off parents
Sydney Morning Herald - Cosima Marriner - March 31, 2013

The operator of Sydney's only 24-hour childcare centre has warned the federal government trial of around-the-clock childcare will fail if it does not subsidise the cost for parents to make it cheaper than hiring a babysitter. In July, the government will start a 12-month trial of 24-hour childcare at...

Research reveals high standard of NT child care
Charles Darwin University - March 28, 2013

With increasing recognition of the complexity of caring for and educating young children, research has shown the diverse Northern Territory workforce has the qualifications, skills and certainly the passion to do the job. The Northern Institute Research Fellow Alicia Boyle led the study, which...

Indigenous kids removed from families 'in record numbers'
SBS News - Geremy Geia - March 27, 2013

The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care says says Australia is at risk of creating another stolen generation. Muriel Bamblett from the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency says Indigenous Australia is over-represented in child protection and under-represented in family...

Health service faces long assessment delays for autistic children
Herald Sun - Shelley Hadfield - March 27, 2013

A MAJOR public health service has been called to an urgent meeting today after turning away pre-schoolers at risk of autism and developmental problems. The Children's Allied Health Service, at Sunshine Hospital, has written to local kindergartens saying it can't accept any more referrals...

Labor wage deal 'a gift to unions'
The Australian - David Crowe - March 27, 2013

The Australian has obtained United Voice material sent to childcare and aged-care centres around the country to convince workers to join the union in order to gain pay increases. The campaigns build on two government announcements in the past month, the first to spend $1.2bn on salary...

New government policies create massive, tiring workload for preschool directors, childcare workers and teachers
AdelaideNow - Martina Simos - March 26, 2013

PRESCHOOL directors, teachers and childcare workers are being pushed to the brink of exhaustion by longer hours resulting from new policies, a survey has found. The Australian Education Union (SA) found nearly 90 per cent of early childhood staff surveyed identified increased workloads as...

Families 'struggle' to afford childcare
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - March 26, 2013

AUSTRALIA will face an "exodus of mostly women" from the workforce if dramatic changes are not made to the childcare system, according to a board member of the nation's largest childcare chain. Toby Hall is on the board of Goodstart -- the nation's largest childcare provider -- and is chief...