G8 Education seeks $34.5m after childcare and education centre acquisition
The Wall Street Journal - Gillian Tan - September 24, 2012

G8 Education is seeking to raise up to $34.5 million through an equity placement, according to a term sheet seen by Deal Journal Australia. A total of 30 million shares are to be placed by the childcare operator at $1.15 each, representing 14.6 per cent of the stock on issue, the term...

Parents' 3am queues for care places
The Daily Telegraph - Bruce McDougall - September 24, 2012

DESPERATE working parents are queuing as early as 3am to secure a place for their children in before and after school care under a first-come, first-served policy. They arrive in the middle of the night with deck chairs, blankets, beanies and flasks of coffee while they wait to be first in line...

Childcare policies on table
The Canberra Times - Ewa Kretowicz - September 23, 2012

CANBERRA has the most expensive childcare in the country according to the childcare workers' union, United Voice, but only the Labor and Pirates parties have released specific policies to address issues affecting working parents. There is also a shortage of childcare places across...

Terrible twos and puberty blues cause frazzled parents the most stress
The Sunday Telegraph - Natasha Bita - September 23, 2012

AUSTRALIA'S biggest time-lapse study of 8000 families reveals that boisterous little boys and hormonal schoolgirls stretch their frazzled parents to breaking point. Toddler and preschool boys top the list of Australia's most challenging children - with one in three mothers reporting...

Devil in detail of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's grand plan
Sunday Herald Sun - Samantha Maiden - September 23, 2012

CHILDCARE The policy: 1. The Coalition has pledged to ask the Productivity Commission to review childcare if elected. 2. Extending the 30 per cent childcare rebate to nannies would also be considered. Concerns that quality and safety reforms and red tape are driving up costs would also…

Former ABC Learning Centres boss Eddy Groves fights CBA bankruptcy bid in court
The Courier-Mail - Liam Walsh - September 22, 2012

THE Commonwealth Bank has threatened to bankrupt Eddy Groves, the former childcare tsar whose wealth once extended to Ferraris and basketball teams. Mr Groves, who co-founded the now collapsed ABC Learning Centres chain, is battling the bankruptcy attempt. Lawyers for Mr Groves...

Federal MP Kate Ellis urges government to ease planning barriers and release more land for child care centres
Herald Sun - Phillip Hudson - September 21, 2012

MORE child care centres could be opened to meet rapidly rising demand in Victoria if state and local governments eased planning barriers and freed up more land, says federal Child Care Minister Kate Ellis. Ms Ellis said a new report showed Victoria had an "astonishing increase" in child care…

Parents face sting from labour costs
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - September 20, 2012

PARENTS could face higher fees if the nation's childcare workers are awarded a government-funded pay rise because centres will be forced to pass on the significant additional "on costs", the peak body representing childcare centres has warned. Private childcare providers met yesterday...

Childcare workers stake their claim for wage boost
The Australian - September 20, 2012

Nobody would argue that childcare workers should not be adequately rewarded for the valuable work they do in the community. But it is another step altogether to suggest the government should subsidise the pay of workers in the private sector. As The Australian reported yesterday...

Unpaid grandparents the unsung heroes of a nation's childcare
The Australian - Bernard Salt - September 20, 2012

ONE of the key issues in modern Australia is childcare. Generally the discussion centres on the number of places (too few) and the cost (too much). But there is another story: the extent of childcare/minding that is provided without payment; this is the informal network of care that...

Childcare subsidies would be great for G8
The Australian - September 20, 2012

The rebates also were manna from above for Eddy Groves's ABC Learning, fuelling the group's acquisitive growth before its debt-inspired implosion. Now the Gillard government is mulling a plan to subsidise childcare workers' pay to the tune of $1.4 billion. We await Canberra also topping up...

Childcare subsidy plan unaffordable - Abbott
NEWS.com.au - Malcolm Farr - September 19, 2012

THE Government today is fending off calculations that it is promising more than it can pay for without dumping its promised surplus and sending the Budget into deficit. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is arguing the Government is raising expectations that it cannot afford to deliver...

No decision yet on child care pay rises: Swan
ABC News - Simon Cullen - September 19, 2012

The Government is trying to hose down speculation that it is planning to spend billions of dollars topping up the private sector wages of child care workers, on the back of a concerted union campaign. Prime Minister Julia Gillard will meet with the United Voice union this afternoon to...

Childcare workers win $1.4bn subsidy
Financial Review - Laura Tingle, Marcus Priest and James Massola - September 19, 2012

Prime Minister Julia Gillard is expected to announce a deal that will lead to childcare workers' pay in effect being subsidised by the budget amid increasing tensions within the federal government about its unfunded spending spree. Ms Gillard is expected to meet today with the United Voice...

Labor to announce childcare worker wage boost
Business Spectator - September 19, 2012

Concerns over the federal government's ability to fund its spending promises are poised to escalate, with Prime Minister Julia Gillard expected to announce a plan that would see the government pay $1.4 billion annually to subsidise the salaries of private childcare workers…