Parental leave scheme delays force overhaul
Sydney Morning Herald - Cosima Marriner - March 17, 2013

Almost half of all new parents receiving payments under the government's parental leave scheme have experienced problems with it, with some mothers waiting up to three months for their first payment and others not receiving any at all. The delays have forced the government into...

Strategy builds a preschool revolution
The Daily Telegraph - Katherine Danks - March 16, 2013

THE number of Australian children enrolled in preschool has jumped 60,000 in the past four years. The Australian Bureau of Statistics said 266,000 children aged four and five were enrolled in a preschool in the year before full-time school last year, an increase of 8 per cent from 81 to 89...

Affordability undercuts preschool attendance
Sydney Morning Herald - Rachel Browne - March 14, 2013

NSW children are falling behind national benchmarks for preschool despite an ambitious federal government plan to provide 15 hours a week of early childhood education the year before full-time schooling. Just over 60 per cent of NSW preschoolers are enrolled for 15 hours or more...

Victorian preschoolers missing out because of cost: experts
The Age - Rachel Browne - March 14, 2013

Victorian children are falling behind national benchmarks for preschool despite an ambitious federal government plan to provide 15 hours a week of early childhood education the year before full-time schooling. Only a third of Victorian children attending preschool are enrolled for 15 hours or more...

Greens push for inquiry into child-care funding
Sydney Morning Herald - Rachel Browne - March 12, 2013

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young will attempt to force a wide-ranging inquiry into the cost and availability of child care in Australia. Ms Hanson-Young will move an order for a production of documents in the Senate on Tuesday, which will compel the Productivity Commission to produce...

Tassie's kinder surprise
The Mercury - Matt Smith - March 11, 2013

TASMANIA is a world leader when it comes to kindergarten attendance, a new report shows. While Australia lags behind the worldwide average for kindergarten attendance, Tasmania compares favourably to leading countries, a new study from the OECD (Organisation for Economic...

G8 buys five childcare and education centres
Finance News Network - March 11, 2013

G8 Education Limited (ASX:GEM) has contracted to buy five childcare and education centres for $6.4 million from a number of different vendors. The childcare and education centre operator says the centres are located in New South Wales and Victoria. Managing Director Chris Scott says the...

We work around clock to beat childcare cost
The Sunday Telegraph - Jane Hansen - March 10, 2013

THEY call them tag-team parents - mums and dads who sacrifice time with each other to save money on childcare. With childcare in Sydney heading towards $130 a day, many parents are working flexible hours to juggle the care and ease pressure on family budgets. An upcoming...

Call for cops to get nannies
The Australian - Patricai Karvelas - March 9, 2013

ABOUT 2000 part-time emergency services workers would be provided with a government-funded nanny under a proposed pilot program aimed at a long-term increase in subsidised in-home childcare. The National In-Home Childcare Association will today release details of its budget...

Moved by nappy that bowels them over
Financial Review - Peter Roberts - March 9, 2013

Kimberly-Clark claims to have pulled off the childcare equivalent of cracking the enigma code: creating the first nappy that absorbs what are known in the industry as runny BMs. The US paper products giant's plant in Ingleburn, western Sydney, makes 1 billion nappies a year, including its...

How childcare costs strangle the pipeline of female leaders: P&G's Maile Carnegie
Leading Company - Myriam Robin - March 8, 2013

When it comes to gender diversity, companies have been talking the talk for years. However, progress has been slow, and whenever there's a little of it, the urgency to fix the problem fades. Maile Carnegie has worked for Proctor & Gamble in several countries over her 22 years with the...

Australia lags developed world on preschool enrolment: OECD
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - March 8, 2013

Australia has one of the lowest rates of enrolment in preschool in the developed world and spends less on early childhood education than any other comparable country, the OECD says. In a research brief, the OECD noted the growing number of studies pointing to the importance of...

Time for women to make their vote count
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - March 6, 2013

Then there is the morass that is childcare. Trying to get a place in inner-city areas is all but impossible unless you put your name down on a waiting list at the time of conception and have an employer who will tolerate not being given an exact return-to-work date until your number in the...

Childcare worker's unfair dismissal case highlights crucial need to document disciplinary action
Smart Company - Patrick Stafford - March 6, 2013

A successful appeal of a recent unfair dismissal case in which a childcare worker was fired after leaving a child unattended has highlighted the need for businesses to document discussions about performance – and make sure it stays on file. The incident comes as legal experts stress the...

Parents bled dry for childcare
NT News - Nigel Adlam - March 6, 2013

DARWIN parents are paying up to $500 a week for childcare - 30 per cent more than other Australians. A CommBank survey found costs in the city centre averaged $2176 a month compared with a national spend of $1664. The bank based its findings on credit card data gathered from its...