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...

Queensland 'should stop circulating incorrect information'
The Sunshine Coast Daily - Daniel Burdon - January 17, 2013

A STOUSH has erupted between the Federal Government and the Queensland Government over a subsidy which helps child care centres care for young disabled children. State Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek yesterday attacked the Gillard Government, saying it had withdrawn funding...

Childcare union opposes proposal to waive uni fees
ABC News - January 17, 2013

The union representing childcare workers has criticised a Greens proposal to give workers in the sector free university degrees. The Greens are proposing to waive a year's university debt for every year a graduate works full-time in a long day care centre. The party says the scheme...

Children 'may grow out of autism'
BBC News - Michelle Roberts - January 16, 2013

Some young children accurately diagnosed as autistic lose their symptoms and their diagnosis as they get older, say US researchers. The findings of the National Institutes of Health study of 112 children appears to challenge the widely held belief that autism is a lifelong condition. While...

Taxpayers to fund childcare workers' costs to avoid staffing crisis
NEWS.com.au - Natasha Bita - January 17, 2013

TAXPAYERS would refund childcare teachers' study costs, under a new plan to deal with a daycare staffing crisis. Treasury calculates the "forget-the-debt" scheme would cost about $10m over the next four years. The Greens will ask the federal government today to waive a year's university...

Funding 'loophole' prompts warning from childcare centres
The Australian - Rosanne Barrett -January 17, 2013

SOME kindergartens may be forced to turn away children with a disability as funding cuts leave them without extra staff to assist, a provider has warned. The director of Sunshine Coast kindergarten and long-daycare provider Immanuel Early Learning Centre, Annette Enright, said...

Greens plan to boost childcare by wiping uni debts
The Age - Stephanie Peatling - January 17, 2013

EARLY childhood teachers who work in childcare centres rather than schools would have their university fee debts wiped out under a Greens proposal being considered by the federal government. On January 1 next year all childcare centres must employ at least one teacher as...