Childcare rates to hit $100 a day amid new care regulations
AdelaideNow - Daniel Wills - January 6, 2013

PARENTS have been warned to brace for childcare costs of more than $100 per child a day, as the industry accuses the State Government of breaking a pledge to slow the start of onerous new regulations. Childcare SA president Kerry Mahony said many centres were at risk of going broke...

Editorial: High childcare costs must be addressed
AdelaideNow - January 6, 2013

CHILDCARE costs are a sleeper cost-of- living issue that is increasingly eating into household budgets. While there is heavy focus on the impact of water and power bills, $80 a day for child care is hard to meet. A daily bill of more than $100 would lead many parents to reconsider if it is...

Childcare workers need English
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - January 4, 2013

MIGRANTS applying for jobs in childcare must meet tougher English-language requirements under new national standards beginning this week, outraging the industry, which says it will make it even harder to attract workers. Under the changes, authorised by the Australian Children's Education...

Private childcare operatiors struggling with reforms, mounds of paperwork
AdelaideNow - Belinda Willis - January 02, 2013

PRIVATE childcare operators say they are struggling to remain viable as they deal with red tape and extra costs linked to reforms. Childcare SA president Kerry Mahony said the association, which represents 60 childcare operators in the state, will soon launch a campaign to lobby against the...

Cubbyhouse concerns after worker accused of child sex charges
The Sunday Telegraph - Caroline Marcus - December 30, 2012

PARENTS at a Sydney public school are furious a childcare centre on the school grounds - where a worker was recently arrested on child sex charges - is in the running for a new tender. The school and the before-and-after school care centre cannot be named due to suppression orders...

Toddlers' Early Language Skills May Influence Later Anger Management
TIME - Laura Blue - December 27, 2012

In a new study published in the journal Child Development, researchers draw links between communication skills that kids develop as toddlers and the emotional development that occurs during early childhood. The findings suggest that language and vocabulary at the earliest ages...

Early Childhood Obesity Rates Might Be Slowing Nation-Wide
Scientific American (USA) - Katherine Harmon - December 25, 2012

About one in three children in the U.S. are now overweight, and since the 1980s the number of children who are obese has more than tripled. But a new study of 26.7 million young children from low-income families shows that in this group of kids, the tidal wave of obesity might finally be...

Preschool mental health toll at 10pc
The Australian - Verity Edwards and Sarah Martin - December 24, 2012

ONE in 10 children under five experiences mental health problems, a landmark study has found, with early intervention by childcare staff proving to have a significant impact. The Flinders University study, funded by the federal government and Beyondblue, assessed the mental health...

High childcare costs mean 'not worthwhile' for mothers to return to work
Nursery World (UK) - Vesela Gladicheva - December 19, 2012

Rising childcare costs mean that it is not economically viable for mothers to work full-time, as they strive to find the right balance between work and family. The report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said that mothers are unable to work more...

Kate Ellis calls for action across all three tiers of government to tackle waiting lists
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - December 19, 2012

THE peak body representing nannies has seized on the news childcare centres are considering closing down their baby rooms to push for subsidies to be given to families who want their children looked after at home. The push came as new figures show an explosion in the industry, with 1716...

Costly baby rooms go out with bathwater
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - December 18, 2012

CHILDCARE centres are considering closing down their baby rooms because the cost of providing the care is too high, and operators are calling on the Gillard government to lift childcare subsidies for babies to maintain places and create incentives for more. Gwynn Bridge, chief executive...

Asbestos found by childcare centres
Sydney Morning Herald -December 16, 2012

THE environment regulator has been called in after two tonnes of asbestos sheeting was found metres from two childcare centres in inner Sydney. It was found by Fire and Rescue NSW crews and a hazardous materials team at Wattle Lane, Ultimo, on Friday night. Two childcare centres...

New weaning guidelines in response to increase in child allergies
NEWS.com.au - Natasha Bita - December 15, 2012

BABIES would be fed solid foods sooner under new health guidelines to slow an alarming surge in the number of children with life-threatening food allergies. Anxious parents are giving toddlers their first taste of peanuts in hospital carparks and doctors' surgeries, for fear they might suffer an...

First on 7: Dangerous Child Care Centres
7News Sydney - Sean Berry - December 14, 2012

A 7News investigation has uncovered the dozens of accidents injuring children at daycare centres across the state every day. Documents obtained by 7News show more than 300 children were injured in New South Wales daycare in just three months from April to July. The most, 92, were...

Childcare centres 'exempt' from noise laws
The Canberra Times - Michael Inman and Christopher Knaus - December 12, 2012

Noise from child care centres could be exceeding suburban sound limits, but ACT law exempts the facilities from the restrictions. The ACT Environmental Protection Agency's limit for daytime noise levels in residential areas is 45 decibels. An Association of Australian Acoustic Consultants...