Queensland childcare reforms to hit families with higher costs
Courier Mail - Kris Crane - May 11, 2013

QUEENSLAND families will be slugged with increased childcare costs as the industry struggles to meet new reforms. From January 2014, long-day care facilities will require an early childhood teacher to be in attendance and at least 50 per cent of staff to have - or be working towards...

Rolling back government handouts won't be easy
The Australian - Judith Sloan - May 11, 2013

Take also the case of childcare. Many voters have had children and gone out to work without any assistance from the taxpayer. Admittedly, the real cost of childcare was lower because the government had not begun the long march of over-regulation, which dramatically has driven up...

Prove vaccinations or no enrolment
NEWS.com.au - Sue Dunlevy - May 11, 2013

PARENTS will face tough new hurdles if they want to enroll unvaccinated children at school, under a crackdown being planned by Health Minister Tanya Plibersek. Making the improvement of vaccination rates a national priority, the minister says it time for a "rigorous" national policy...

Sydney's childcare crisis
7News Sydney - Chris Maher - May 10, 2013

Plans are being drawn up to ease Sydney''s crippling shortage of childcare centres. While some suburbs have dozens of children waiting for each vacancy - centres are becoming more expensive to set up, with some built in the wrong areas. Like many working mothers Linda Scott she's...

Former chief financial officer James Black in court over collapse of childcare group ABC Learning Centres
Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - May 10, 2013

A FORMER chief financial officer of ABC Learning Centres has faced criminal charges relating to the collapsed childcare chain. James Black, the former CFO, appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning on three charges following an investigation by the corporate watchdog...

Child care and parental leave: where the parties stand
ABC News - Naomi Woodley - May 10, 2013

Child care and paid parental leave are major issues in which everyone has a stake, from parents and families, to employers and business groups, to governments and taxpayers. How should Australia balance the personal needs of families and the national benefits of productivity? What...

How can we value Abbott's leave scheme when we don't value child care?
Sydney Morning Herald – Stephanie Peatling – May 10, 2013

Timing is a wonderful thing. Mother's Day is on Sunday and has had its usual build up via patronising advertisements and stories in which people talk about the enormous sacrifices their mothers made for them – all in exchange for an annual gift of a pair of flannelette pyjamas…

Minister Kate Ellis lends hand to family day care's record cut-out bid
The Advertiser - Liz Walsh - May 8, 2013

MANY hands make light work - and they can create world records. Thousands of children attending family day care services across Australia, along with their families, educators and supporters, are creating cut-out handprints to be brought together at the end of May in an attempt to break a...

Aid for disabilities
The Age - May 8, 2013

The state government will spend $34.3 million over five years to support children with disabilities and developmental delays before they reach school age. The funding will pay for 1000 early childhood intervention places, including the 500 places already announced in November...

Whooping cough - it's a deadly loophole
The Daily Telegraph - Sue Dunlevy - May 8, 2013

CHILDREN who have been fully vaccinated against deadly whooping cough are still catching the disease because new vaccines don't protect for as long and the government doesn't pay for booster shots. Almost 2000 of the 3000 children aged under five who contracted whooping cough in 2010...

Promised boost to family tax benefits axed
NEWS.com.au - Malcolm Farr - May 7, 2013

THE Government is abandoning its promised boost to family tax benefits because the mining tax meant to fund it has been a dud. Finance Minister Penny Wong today confirmed the planned $600-a-year top-up pledged in the last Budget would be scrapped in the Budget next week. "We are...

Vaccine refusers to still claim benefits
The Daily Telegraph - Lanai Scarr - May 7, 2013

A LOOPHOLE that allows parents who call themselves "vaccine refusers" to receive family benefits will not be closed amid fears the move could be a breach of anti-discrimination laws. But the federal government's refusal to act on the issue, such as stopping the 50 per cent childcare rebate for...

Bankrupt Groves seeks move to Canada
Gold Coast Bulletin - Matthew Killoran - May 7, 2013

FALLEN childcare tycoon Eddy Groves wants to leave Australia for good. The former ABC Childcare Centres founder was declared bankrupt in January, with a net debt of $23 million. Currently in Nevada in the US, Mr Groves will be required to return to Australia later this month to appear in...

Childcare workers' funding 'doesn't make sense'
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas and Rosie Lewis - May 7, 2013

THE federal government has admitted "many" childcare providers are not interested in enterprise agreements in their centres, but they will continue to have them if they want commonwealth money to boost workers' wages. Childcare workers and advocates have labelled the government's...

Arena plans to float social assets trust
Financial Review - Ben Wilmot - May 7, 2013

Morgan Stanley-controlled Arena Investment Management is planning to float a real estate investment trust specialising in social infrastructure, seeded with about $240 million of assets. While the initial focus is childcare centres, the fund will have a broad mandate to venture into newer...