Childcare review 'terrifying' - minister
Sky News - November 19, 2012

Tony Abbott's push for a review of the childcare sector highlights a 'terrifying' lack of information about what policies a coalition government would introduce, the federal government says. Childcare Minister Kate Ellis said the opposition leader's announcement about a Productivity Commission...

Abbott challenged on childcare funding
Sydney Morning Herald - November 19, 2012

The federal coalition is being challenged to commit more funding to child care after promising Australian parents a review to make childcare services more flexible and affordable. Childcare and workers groups say there can't be reform without substantial increases in benefits, but Opposition...

Coalition spells out childcare inquiry
The Australian - Sid Maher - November 19, 2012

THE Coalition's promised Productivity Commission inquiry into childcare will examine whether the system meets the the needs of shift workers and regional communities, and how it accommodates the hours parents wish to work. Tony Abbott will today release the terms of reference for the...

Review tax-deductible childcare: Abbott
Financial Review - John Kerin and Katie Walsh - November 19, 2012

Tax-deductible childcare, rebates for private nannies and the effect of federal regulation would be considered by a Productivity Commission review ordered by an Abbott government. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said six terms of reference for such a review, which he first flagged in March...

Caring for children is no picnic, say workers
Sydney Morning Herald - Melissa Davey - November 18, 2012

THOSE charged with looking after Australia''s infants and toddlers earn about $10 less than the average Australian wage. Childcare workers with their Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care earn just $18.58 a hour, which centre operators claim can lead to high staff turnover...

Low wages spark early childhood staff protest
The Age - Jill Stark - November 17, 2012

Hundreds of childcare workers have rallied on the steps of the Victorian Parliament as part of a national day of action to protest low wages. Parents also joined the rally, claiming their children's education is being undermined by poor pay that sees a up to a third of early early childhood...

Child care workers march for better pay
Sunday Mail (SA) - Thomas Conlin - November 17, 2012

CHILD care workers, parents and families have marched through Adelaide to lobby the Federal Government to fund higher wages for qualified child care workers. About 2500 people, all wearing red, turned out in Adelaide as part of the national Big Steps Day event organised by child care…

Law passed to make pre-school compulsory
The Australian - November 14, 2012

PRE-PRIMARY education has been made compulsory in Western Australia after a bill was passed in parliament to ensure 13 years of compulsory schooling. The School Education Amendment Bill 2012 will come into effect on January 1 next year. Education Minister Peter Collier said pre-primary...

Parents to join rally for childcare worker wages
Herald Sun - November 14, 2012

HUNDREDS of mums and dads are expected to join childcare workers in a rally outside Parliament House on Saturday over wage concerns. Jess Walsh, Victorian secretary of United Voice - the union representing early childhood workers - said low wages were responsible for a third of childcare...

Care worker charged with raping children
ABC News - Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop - November 14, 2012

A man has faced court accused of raping children at an after-school care centre in Sydney's north-west. The 27-year-old staff member was arrested on Tuesday and charged with nine offences, including sexual intercourse with a child and persistent sexual abuse. The offences were allegedly...

Safe card for child carers
The Mercury - Philip Heyward - November 14, 2012

TASMANIA needs a compulsory and comprehensive "working with children" licence to protect young people, says Children's Commissioner Aileen Ashford. Tasmania is the only state without such a check, known elsewhere as a Blue Card. It is designed to reduce the possibility of unsuitable...

G8 buys childcare centres for $28m
Gold Coast Bulletin - Martin Rasini - November 13, 2012

CHILDCARE specialist G8 Education has taken the reins at 16 centres established by late Australian football legend Jim Stynes after settling a $28 million deal, the company's largest purchase to date. The centres have been operated by Pacific Early Learning Group, associated with Stynes...

'Mega-childcare centre' approved at at Fitzroy Gardens
The Daily Telegraph - Vikki Campion - November 13, 2012

A PLAYGROUND and a childcare centre that caused parents to storm Sydney Town Hall last week have been passed despite calls to delay them to address "slapdash community consultation". Councillors called for the proposed park at Fitzroy Gardens to be re-exhibited because...

Children died in fire while carer was shopping, court hears
Sydney Morning Herald - November 13, 2012

A young US woman is waiting to find out if she will be found guilty of murder by a jury, after four unsupervised children died when a fire broke out at her home day care centre while she was out shopping. Jessica Tata, 24, of Houston, is charged with four counts of felony murder but is...

The wearying wait for inner-city childcare
Brisbane Times - Clarissa Keil - November 13, 2012

There are about 300 children on the waiting list at Kindy Patch Child Care Centre in Brisbane's Paddington – proof aplenty that scoring a childcare spot in the inner city is a competitive business. Parents are expected to keep in touch with their preferred centres – to show they are really keen...