Childcare costs too high: SA opposition
Adelaide Now - February 20, 2013

SPIRALLING childcare costs should be investigated, the South Australian opposition says. Opposition frontbencher Martin Hamilton-Smith says child care costs are almost $110 a day and for two children in care that could present families with a $1000 weekly bill. "Who can afford that?"...

Quality costs force parents out
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - February 20, 2013

PARENTS have reduced and plan further cutbacks to the time their children attend long daycare centres because of fee rises flowing from federal government reforms. Centres in three states have warned they will need to raise fees again across the next year to pay for the National Quality...

Children missing out on disability services
The Age - Jewel Topsfield - February 19, 2013

MORE than 1000 Victorian preschool children have been on waiting lists for early intervention services such as speech and occupational therapy for longer than three months, with some missing out altogether before they start school. Early childhood intervention services, funded by the...

Childcare centres offer self-defence classes for youngsters
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty - February 18, 2013

CHILDREN as young as three are being taught self-defence techniques used by the Israeli military. Melbourne childcare centres are offering a modified version of Krav Maga, using play, games and self-defence moves to increase children''s safety awareness and protect them from paedophiles...

Certain Television Fare Can Help Ease Aggression in Young Children, Study Finds
New York Times - Catherine Saint Louis - February 18, 2013

Experts have long known that children imitate many of the deeds - good and bad - that they see on television. But it has rarely been shown that changing a young child’s viewing habits at home can lead to improved behavior. In a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, researchers...

Sweet treats can't hold a candle to fun police playing the heavy
The Age - Danny Katz - February 16, 2013

EXTRACT from the latest edition of Staying Healthy In Child Care, published by the Australian Government Health And Safety Tribunal (AGHAST). Note to childcare staff: while reading this brochure, please wear latex germicidal gloves. BIRTHDAY CAKES (Recommendation: banned)...

Fallen childcare ex-mogul 'homeless', broke
Sydney Morning Herald - Lucy Battersby and Ben Butler - February 15, 2013

EDDY Groves once owned property across three continents, but now the bankrupt childcare czar claims he is homeless – although he expects to find a permanent address "in the next two weeks". In a statement of his financial affairs provided to Insolvency Trustee Services Australia, the...

Obama proposal reflects shift in views on early childhood education
Washington Post (US) - Lyndsey Layton and Susan Svrluga - February 14, 2013

President Obama's call for universal preschool in his State of the Union address underlines a national shift in thinking about early childhood education, driven by advances in neuroscience and a growing urgency about the need to close the achievement gap between poor and privileged...

Childcare recovery adds value to Folkestone education fund
The Australian - Sarah Danckert - February 14, 2013

THE Folkestone-controlled property fund Australian Education Trust has reported a 26 per cent lift in half-year net profits to $14.9 million after a $4.8m increase in the valuation of 71 of its properties tenanted by childcare centres. The former Austock-controlled fund, which took a hammering...

Issues around right to request flexible hours not simple
Financial Review - Geoff Winestock - February 12, 2013

When the Labor government introduced a right to request flexible working arrangements to deal with child care, business feared it would be deluged with a wave of vexatious demands for time off. Yet the opposite appears to have occurred. Since the Fair Work Act came into force in 2010, the...

Beware of flexibility ruses: Childcare reform is the real key for women
Women's Agenda - Kate Ashmor - February 12, 2013

Australian women are a cluey lot. We're the most educated among our female peers in the OCED and we comprise well over 50% of the graduates from Australian universities. Millions of us run our own businesses and deftly manage our families and households. We're articulate, resourceful and...

Call for child centres on school sites
The West Australian - Bethany Hiatt - February 11, 2013

Primary school principals want childcare centres built on school sites to relieve a shortage of places for babies and toddlers. WA Primary Principals' Association president Stephen Breen called on local, State and Federal governments to cut red tape to allow the Education Department to join private...

Night nannies saving the day for parents who cannot sleep
NEWS.com.au - Elissa Doherty - February 11, 2013

IT'S the high cost of a good night's sleep. Desperate, weary parents are increasingly willing to fork out thousands of dollars a week for "night nannies" to help settle their babies. Long wait times to access sleep schools, mums returning to work earlier and a need for flexible childcare are among...

Childcare industry pushes direct rebate to centres
The Age - Stephanie Peatling - February 9, 2013

CHILDCARE operators are pushing the federal government to have the multibillion-dollar rebate paid directly to them and to fund a series of capital expenditure grants as part of a plan to tackle the cost and availability of care. Early Childhood Australia, which represents most private long...

Parenting News: More Nannies are Being Recruited Online Through Unregulated Websites
Female First (UK) - February 8, 2013

Ways of finding family childcare has drastically changed over the years and now, with the introduction of technology, more mums and dads are relying on the internet to find a nanny. New research from Nannytax, a UK payroll service for nanny employers, has revealed a radical...