Not as easy as ABC
Sydney Morning Herald - Scott Phillips - March 6, 2013

We all remember the collapse of the early childhood education aggregator, ABC Learning, and the subsequent (and much more recent) bankruptcy of its founder, Eddy Groves. The company collapsed in 2008, having taken on excessive debt and amid substantial profit declines. Groves...

Profit from Asia's coming childcare boom
Money Week - Matthew Partridge - March 4, 2013

However, there's one sector that looks recession-proof – childcare. Better yet, there are huge opportunities in this sector across the rest of Asia. And one Australian company is well-placed to benefit... Australia needs more babies. Like most developed countries, Australia is worried about...

More men needed to work in childcare industry to balance female-dominated workforce
AdelaideNow - Martina Simos - March 4, 2013

MORE men are being encouraged to work in the childcare industry to help the balance in the largely female dominated workforce. Latest figures show only 5.6 per cent of the national early childhood education and care workforce is male. Childcare SA president Kerry Mahony believes the number...

Childcare franchise expands to UK
Franchising - Sarah Stowe - March 4, 2013

An after-hours childcare business, Sherpa Kids, has extended its reach to the UK with the first British franchise opening early this year. London-based investor John Geers flew to Adelaide to finalise arrangements of the UK master franchise that will enable him to introduce Sherpa Kids to...

'Negative impact' on under-fives
The Australian - Pia Akerman and Verity Edwards - March 04, 2013

PARENTS trying to escape the rising cost of childcare are sending their children to school earlier, prompting warnings that an early start could negatively affect their development. Evidence from families and schools indicates the number of children starting school before they are five is...

Proof of benefits of reading to children
The Age - John Elder - March 3, 2013

MELBOURNE researchers have proven what parents have intuitively known all along - the more often you read to your children from an early age, the greater the positive effect on their reading and thinking skills. The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research has not only...

Agencies can't meet soaring demand for au pairs to take childcare strain
Sun Herald - Cosima Marriner - March 3, 2013

AU PAIR agencies have been forced to close their books to new customers, unable to keep up with the soaring demand from families for low-cost live-in help. To counter the seasonal shortage of au pairs, the industry is lobbying the federal government to introduce a specific au pair working...

Government 'losing tax opportunities'
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - March 02, 2013

THE federal budget stands to gain from allowing families to claim childcare benefits for their nannies as it will force the system to become regulated and employees working underground will start paying taxes. In its budget submission ahead of the May budget, the Australian Nanny Association...

Childcare Crisis
Sky News - Paul Murray - February 27, 2013

Paul Murray and the panel discuss the rising cost of childcare and who should pay for it...

Pay for childcare reforms or fees will rise, Labor warned
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - February 27, 2013

THE nation's biggest childcare provider has delivered an ultimatum to the Gillard government that it must use the May budget to pay for national quality reforms - which include increased staff-to-child ratios and staff qualifications - or parents will be slugged with an increase in fees by an average...

KU - the pre-school that's in a class of its own
The Daily Telegraph - Lisa Power - February 27, 2013

DIGGING in sandboxes, splashing in water and climbing over obstacle courses never go out of fashion for four-year-olds. This week marks 110 years of preschoolers enjoying simple outdoor games and fun in the grounds of KU's pioneering preschool. Thought to be one of Australia's...

Funding real costs of caring
The Australian - February 26, 2013

WORKING parents whose childcare costs are growing more quickly than their toddlers and who struggle to find quality childcare outside standard hours and for school-aged children on holidays will appreciate Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick's call for a Productivity...

Elizabeth Broderick issues rallying call for overhaul of care
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - February 26, 2013

SEX Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick has called for a broad Productivity Commission inquiry into childcare and the care sector generally, to investigate a range of bold options to overhaul the system. Ms Broderick argues that changes delivered in federal budgets...

Kate Ellis faces poll fight on cost of childcare
The Australian - Michael Owen - February 25, 2013

INDUSTRY has warned Childcare Minister Kate Ellis it will make the spiralling costs of care an election issue in her seat of Adelaide and campaign against her re-election. Childcare SA president Kerry Mahony said the minister was refusing to accept the Gillard government's childcare reforms...

Federal Child Care Minister Kate Ellis marries Sunday Mail editor David Penberthy
AdelaideNow - Helene Sobolewski - February 24, 2013

IT WAS the worst-kept secret in Adelaide when Federal Child Care Minister Kate Ellis and Sunday Mail editor David Penberthy wed on Saturday. The couple thanked their family, friends and high-profile guests - including Premier Jay Weatherill - for feigning surprise when they turned their...