Parents complain as preschool hours are halved to 15 a week
Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Patty - October 19, 2012

PARENTS of young children are angry with a government decision to reduce preschooling hours by half. Public schools that provide 30 hours of preschooling each week must cut it by 50 per cent to meet a government agreement to provide all children with at least 15 hours by next year...

Child care centre fined for discrimination
ABC News - October 18, 2012

The operator of a Perth child care centre has been fined $13,000 and ordered to pay $5,000 compensation to an employee pressured into resigning after she became pregnant. The Federal Court in Perth has imposed the penalty and compensation order against W.K.O Pty Ltd, which...

Australia's women most empowered in world
Sydney Morning Herald - Clay Lucas - October 17, 2012

Australia topped a list of 128 countries for women's access to education, equal pay, childcare and anti-discrimination policies. The study, by international consulting and management firm Booz & Company, found Australia was the global leader despite its women still being paid 17 per cent...

Childcare workers launch ad for better pay
The Australian - October 14, 2012

A NEW television advertisement calls on the federal government to stump up funding to fix the nation's childcare crisis by boosting wages. The United Voice union says childcare workers are being paid "poverty wages", forcing organisations to employ people who aren't up to scratch...

Calls for increased childcare funding
Sky News - October 14, 2012

The federal government needs to inject $1.4 billion annually into the childcare system to increase wages and halt the exodus of staff, a union says. The inability to retain workers in the childcare sector is not caused by the imposition of new staff standards on the industry, but because...

Inclusion gets a tick at preschools
Sydney Morning Herald - Sarah Whyte - October 14, 2012

Gary is one of 361 Aboriginal students, including his brother Cody, 3, who have attended a mainstream preschool through a program called Ngroo. The program, which has been running for four years, trains mainstream preschool teachers in cultural awareness and encourages...

Childcare centres allowed to flout the rules
The Daily Telegraph - Natasha Bita - October 13, 2012

SUBSTANDARD childcare centres will be kept open despite strict new quality controls that are driving up the cost of care. Babies falling off nappy change tables, toddlers wandering into carparks and a failure to lock away poisons are among the shocking breaches prosecuted by authorities...

State Government exempts 41 operators from meeting new national standards
Herald Sun - Natasha Bita - October 13, 2012

SUBSTANDARD childcare centres will be kept open despite strict new national quality controls that are driving up the cost of care. Under the standards, even centres judged to be only "working towards" the requirement that children are adequately supervised at all times would receive the…

Family day care gives job options to refugee women
The World Today (ABC Radio) - Miriam Hall - October 8, 2012

For many refugees in Australia, getting a job can be difficult. One Somali refugee has now tried to address that by setting up a family day care program in Sydney's west to provide refugee women with training and skills to work in child care. The scheme now employs more than 100 people...

Labor backbenchers angry over changes to parenting payment
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - October 8, 2012

THE Gillard government will this week seek to rush through changes to push 100,000 single mothers off parenting payments and on to the dole, despite two inquiries recommending the plan be delayed, with Labor backbenchers angry they have failed to win any concessions despite...

US researchers assert pretend play is not linked to creativity
AdelaideNow - Martina Simos - October 7, 2012

PRETEND play does not contribute to creativity, intelligence or problem solving, American research claims. A University of Virginia review of more than 150 studies, published online in the journal Psychological Bulletin, looked for clear contributions of pretend play to children's mental...

Learning gaps in pre-primary
The West Australian - Bethany Hiatt and Phoebe Wearne - October 6, 2012

The release of results of from the "on-entry assessment program", now in its second year, has prompted concerns from early childhood experts that the increased emphasis on formal learning in kindergarten and pre-primary is robbing children of their childhood. Changes inspired by...

Childcare cash needs reviewing
The Australian - October 3, 2012

A RETHINK is needed on the way tax dollars are distributed for childcare, the national auditor says. The Australian National Audit Office released its report on improving access to childcare on Wednesday. The report said the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations...

One in five preschoolers overweight
The World Today (ABC Radio) - Sarah Dingle - October 2, 2012

One in five preschool aged Australian children are overweight or obese, and a high proportion of those children will have a television in their bedrooms. That's the findings of a wide-ranging study by the University of Sydney. The study's lead author says parents are getting confused with the...

Push on childcare wages as staff shortage hurts
Inner West Courier - Rashell Habib - October 2, 2012

Early years educators from six inner-west centres met with federal MP Anthony Albanese last week on the sector's staffing crisis. With a waiting list of 400, Ms De Souza said it was essential for the government to understand how important the early stages of a child's development were for their...