G8 aims for $35m raising through Canaccord, Petra
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson and Anthony Macdonald - February 4, 2013

G8 went into a trading halt on Monday morning as the brokers contacted potential investors ahead of the raising. The company is seeking to raise $35 million at $1.45 a share, according to a termsheet sent to investors. Canaccord has been mandated to raise $15 million from offshore...

New York childcare company offers ex-Navy SEALs to work as nannies
Daily Mail (UK) - Matt Blake - February 4, 2013

A childcare company in New York is offering families the chance to hire armed US military war veterans as nannies to 'keep tragedy from happening', months after two children were stabbed to death in the bath by their carer. The no-nonsense nannies, which cost at least $1,500 a week...

Childcare costs families a small fortune
NEWS.com.au - Natasha Bita - February 2, 2013

CHILDCARE costs are chewing up a fifth of the family budget, despite $5bn a year in taxpayer subsidies. Families with two kids in full-time daycare are spending up to 20 per cent of their take-home pay on childcare, Federal Government data shows. But the Government and the Opposition...

Answers needed to childcare crisis
The Daily Telegraph - February 1, 2013

HE word "crisis" is sometimes overused in discussion of the various problems facing Australians. When it comes to the state of childcare in this nation, however, crisis is exactly the right description. As The Daily Telegraph reports today, families who have two children in full-time…

Compulsory pre-primary attendance to be enforced
ABC News - February 1, 2013

The Education Department is expecting a high level of compliance when compulsory preschool comes into effect next week. About 99 per cent of children are enrolled in preschool but many only attend sporadically. Legislation requiring all children to attend preschool classes will be enforced...

Child care most expensive in the ACT
The Australian - January 31, 2013

ABOUT one in six children who needed a child care place in 2011 couldn't access it, government data released on Thursday shows. The 2013 Report on Government Services also found that more than half of children whose parents worked and who needed to access child care to enable them...

Govt to publish childcare centre ratings
The Australian - January 31, 2013

THE federal government will publish quality ratings for childcare centres across Australia later this year. The centres will be assessed on seven criteria, including staffing arrangements and children's safety. Results will be published on the government's MyChild website later in 2013...

Childcare mogul sent to naughty corner
Sydney Morning Herald - Ben Butler - January 30, 2013

The former childcare mogul Eddy Groves was declared bankrupt in an Adelaide court on Tuesday. Mr Groves, the founder of failed childcare operator ABC Learning, failed to appear at the Federal Magistrates Court in Adelaide, prompting Registrar Patricia Christie to pursue a sequestration...

Push for $1.4b childcare pay boost
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - January 28, 2013

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard faces further pressure to take the budget into deficit, with a band of MPs saying a $1.4 billion injection into childcare to improve workers'' wages is vastly overdue. MPs say the government has required the industry to hire more staff with better qualifications, but has...

Childcare costs push some into class Save
Newcastle Herald - Amy McNeilage - January 27, 2013

THE high cost of childcare is believed to be a key reason parents in Sydney's south-west are more likely to send their children to school at a younger age than those in the more affluent northern suburbs. Kindergarten classes in south-western Sydney have twice as many children under five...

Parents asked to share about childcare
The Australian - January 24, 2013

PARENTS' experiences of finding childcare will help inform Australian Greens policy through a new survey the minor party launched on Thursday. Greens childcare spokeswoman Sarah Hanson-Young said her party wanted to know what parents thought worked and didn't work when it...

Childcare bottleneck
The Mercury - Hannah Martin - January 24, 2013

CHILDCARE shortages are forcing some Tasmanian parents to wait more than a year to secure placements. At least one Tasmanian day care centre has 400 children on its waiting list, Early Childhood Australia chief executive Ros Cornish says. Tasmania''s peak commerce group warned...

Childcare not stacking up
NEWS.com.au - Natasha Bita - January 19, 2013

The Greens survey of 231 private and community daycare centres nationally in the past week shows that vacancies for babies have fallen 10 per cent over the past three years. Half the centres in Sydney and a third of those in Canberra now have waiting lists two to three years long...

Working parents are waiting up to two years for childcare places as centres scrap care for babies
The Sunday Mail - Natasha Bita - January 20, 2013

CHILDCARE centres are scrapping places for babies as working parents wait up to two years for day care. Three in every four long day-care centres in Australia's capital cities do not have vacancies for babies, a new survey reveals. And two-thirds do not have places left for toddlers…

New Study Challenges Links Between Daycare and Behavioral Issues
Science Daily - January 17, 2013

A new study that looked at more than 75,000 children in day care in Norway found little evidence that the amount of time a child spends in child care leads to an increase in behavioral problems, according to researchers from the United States and Norway. Several prior studies in the U.S...