Is 'philanthrocapitalism' the future of Australian charities?
The Conversation - Nicholas Reece - September 10, 2012

Colourful Queensland businessman Eddy Groves, built the world's largest publicly listed child-care operator only to see it blow up after it borrowed too much and expanded too quickly. But what happened next was perhaps even more extraordinary – and opened a new chapter in philanthropy and social investment in Australia....

States cool on plan to create more childcare centres
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - September 10, 2012

THE Gillard government's plan to overhaul planning and tax laws to create more childcare places has been dealt a blow by the states, with only NSW welcoming the move. Queensland has its own plans under way and does not trust the federal government to reduce planning red tape, while...

Labor targets needy students
The Canberra Times - Emma Macdonald - September 10, 2012

ACT Labor will today announce an $18.5 million package for non-government schools - targeting students most in need and funding non-government preschool education for the first time. ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher will sell the package as Labor's commitment to begin funding all...

ASIC chills out on Eddy Groves' asset freeze
Sydney Morning Herald - Colin Kruger - September 10, 2012

FAILED childcare entrepreneur Eddy Groves finally seems to be getting the better of corporate pup ASIC. Earlier this year he beat the travel ban that was in place for three years while the Australian Securities and Investments Commission sifted through the ABC wreckage. ASIC dropped charges...

Childcare fees on rise but parents will pay for quality, says MP
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - September 9, 2012

PARENTS are willing to pay more for childcare and prefer to have government rebates paid directly into their accounts, according to a survey by the Labor MP and economist Andrew Leigh. The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, is considering a shake-up of the system including paying childcare…

Kate Ellis eyes councils on childcare
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - September 07, 2012

SUBURBS with childcare shortages face an overhaul of planning, land and tax laws as the government widens its reforms to push state and local governments to address the crisis. Childcare Minister Kate Ellis told The Australian she would write to state, territory and local governments...

Child care centre to face court over 'discrimination'
The West Australian -Kim Macdonald - September 6, 2012

A Perth child care centre and its part-owner face fines of up to $45,000 for allegedly discriminating against an employee after she became pregnant. W.K.O Pty Ltd, which operates the Dinki Di Child Care Centre at Innaloo, and the manager and part-owner Orieta O'Leary, will face Federal Court...

Childcare costs key for mums, research shows
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - September 06, 2012

MOTHERS rank affordability in childcare far more importantly than its accessibility and quality as the key policy to help them return to work after having a baby. Researcher Guyonne Kalb says affordable childcare was ranked by 40 per cent of mothers as the most important aid to returning...

1100 Childcarers working without security checks
ABC Radio 702 - Ella Kennedy - September 05, 2012

More than 1100 New South Wales child care centre workers have not had mandatory working with children checks. The NSW Education Department is writing to every childcare centre in the state after it was discovered that 1100 childcare workers at Goodstart Childcare Centres had not gone...

Shift workers driving family day care growth
Herald Sun - Lisa Power - September 4, 2012

Record levels of Australian children are now in enrolled in childcare and demand has seen the number of children in Family Day Care and in-home care swell to 115,660 – a rise of 7% over the last year. Family Day Care Australia said an increase in parents needing care outside...

Asthma campaign targets schools
The Canberra Times - Peter Jean - September 3, 2012

The arrival of spring is annoying for many allergy sufferers but it can also be a health hazard for asthmatics whose symptoms are triggered by allergens. And not being there if something goes wrong can prey on the minds of parents whose children with severe asthma are at school or child care...

NSW Labor defends council care centres
The Daily Telegraph - August 29, 2012

NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson is urging Liberal candidates in local government elections to oppose privatising council-run child care centres. Mr Robertson on Wednesday launched Labor's campaign to keep council-run childcare in public hands. "The Liberals in NSW are cutting jobs...

Childcare is key to women's workplace participation
Financial Review - Catherine Fox - August 29, 2012

The core conversation about better productivity and access to the best talent in Australian business has come a long way in recent years. As Credit Suisse's chief executive David Livingstone and Rio Tinto Australia's managing director David Peever made clear to a forum in Sydney this week...

Employers push for subsidies to adapt childcare to modern workforce
The Australian - Natasha Robinson - August 29, 2012

EMPLOYERS have asked the federal government to consider subsidising more flexible childcare arrangements for workers, amid concerns that care arrangements have not kept pace with the changing nature of work. Representatives from some of the nation's biggest companies...

Obese preschoolers the target of new child development policy
The Australian - Mark Schliebs - August 29, 2012

OBESE preschoolers will be targeted in a new child development policy drafted by the South Australian Labor government, which says about 20 per cent of young children are overweight. Child Development Minister Grace Portolesi said focusing on obese children before they were...