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...

Why you might be paying more than other families for childcare
BRW - Michael Bailey - December 11, 2012

Childcare centres are one year into a three-year implementation of national quality standards that some feared would send costs skyrocketing for working parents, however as centres this month advise customers of their rates for 2013, price rises are varying widely. The biggest increases...

Universal pre-school education leads to greater educational equality, study claims
Nursery World - Catherine Gaunt - December 10, 2012

The Institute of Education concludes that universal pre-school education raises standards and leads to greater equality in how well children do at school. The study also concludes that while all social groups benefit from pre-school provision, children from the poorest families gain the most...

Leaders blocking childcare proposal
The Australian - Justine Ferrari and Patricia Karvelas - December 8, 2012

THE federal government yesterday accused the states of blocking a push to create more childcare places after the biggest states rejected its plan to establish a taskforce to deal with the issue. Early Childhood and Child Care Minister Kate Ellis attacked the NSW, Queensland, West Australian and...

Minister urges fast-tracked planning to beat place shortfall
The Courier-Mail - Natasha Bita - December 8, 2012

DEMAND for day care is surging 13 times faster than supply, leading to longer waits for a childcare place. More than 50,000 extra children poured into long-daycare centres last year - yet only 44 new centres were built across Australia. The number of children in day care grew 9.1 per cent...

The modern nanny is a legitimate and cost-effective parenting tool for many working families
Herald Sun - Kathleen Cuthbertson - December 7, 2012

NOTICE that woman pushing the double stroller down the street towards you, groceries hanging off one handle bar, scooter stacked on top? Is that the mother or the nanny? And really, why would you ever think to ask? Once upon a time, unless you lived in certain suburbs ("the nanny belt"…

Backload of paperwork is just one issue crippling childcare system
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas, Verity Edwards - December 7, 2012

SEX Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick has called for a broad-ranging inquiry into the nation's childcare system, as state and federal ministers meet today to map out a plan to resolve some of the issues crippling the sector. "There would be great benefits from Australia...