Tilly Devine's patch to become childcare centre
Sydney Morning Herald - Leesha McKenny and Jonathan Swan - November 13, 2012

THE razor gangs of Sydney's past were pitted against the childcare needs of its future at the City of Sydney council on Monday night. Councillors voted to transform the former epicentre of vice queen Tilly Devine's brothel empire in Darlinghurst into a multi-level childcare centre, during a meeting...

Push for tax claim on cost of childcare
The Australian - David Crowe - November 12, 2012

FAMILIES would claim the cost of childcare as a deduction under a proposal from the Tax Institute today that steps up the debate over how to encourage more women to return to work after childbirth. The institute's senior tax counsel, Robert Jeremenko, will use a speech in Sydney to...

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore's cash for childcare
The Daily Telegraph - Vicki Campion - November 12, 2012

SYDNEY Lord Mayor Clover Moore will tonight call for six new childcare centres to be fast-tracked after a meeting last week was stormed with more than 200 parents, prams and babies. Frustrated mums and dads flooded into Town Hall to vent their anger about the lack of childcare in the city...

Grants to be tripled to staff in childcare
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - November 10, 2012

TAXPAYER grants to childcare workers will be more than tripled and rolled out nationally under a bold plan to offer employees up to $3500 to receive formal qualifications that meet tough new quality standards. The new standards are designed to transform centres into learning, rather than...

Stop welfare churn: put the nuclear family back where it belongs
The Australian - Angela Shanahan - November 10, 2012 12:00AM

Care of children by their own families is being undermined so much that the childcare industry feels entitled to have the government top up its $1.4 billion wages increase. Meanwhile there is no acknowledgment left in the tax base that a family's single income is meant to support more...

$1 billion boost for tots in preschool
The Daily Telegraph - Jessica Marszalek - November 9, 2012

PRESCHOOLS and kindergartens will get a $1.1 billion funding shot as the federal government pushes for more subsidised places for children from poorer families. Schools Minister Peter Garrett will today announce the funds he will kick into a new three-year early childhood agreement...

Childcare giant backs claim, if government pays
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - November 9, 2012

THE nation's largest childcare group has publicly backed a contentious wage claim by workers, arguing it needs to be fully funded by the federal government to ensure staff stay and parents are not penalised with higher fees. Goodstart Early Learning has told The Australian its ability to...

Hero bus driver's kid safety warning
The Daily Telegraph - Clementine Cuneo - November 9, 2012

A BUS driver has begged working parents to be vigilant about the childcare centres they trust after he rescued two runaway boys from beside a busy road. The State Transit Authority driver, who asked to only be known as Manmohan, was on his daily run through Lane Cove about 4pm...

Qualified staff improve learning of nursery children, report says
BBC News (UK) - November 8, 2012

Being taught by highly qualified staff makes a difference to the education of nursery school children in Scotland, a report has concluded. Watchdog Education Scotland studied the impact of staff qualifications on pre-school youngsters. It said staff should be given the opportunity to...

Water safety plan for childcare centres
Gold Coast Bulletin - Tanya Westthorp - November 8, 2012

A WATER safety syllabus is set to be rolled out to at least 10,000 early learning centres Australia-wide in a push to cut child drownings. Legendary Olympic swimming coach and Kids Alive founder Laurie Lawrence has secured $429,000 funding from the Australian Government to develop a...

Childcare kids went on the run
The Daily Telegraph - Richard Noone - November 8, 2012

TWO four-year-old boys who escaped a daycare centre were missing for up to 40 minutes before a bus driver spotted them beside a busy road. The boys managed to open two of three security gates at Cubbyhouse Childcare centre at Lane Cove about 4pm on Tuesday. They were found by the...

German childcare plan sparks debate on stay-at-home mums
BBC News - Georg Lentze - November 7, 2012

The German government's plan for a childcare allowance payable to parents who do not use state-subsidised nurseries has sparked fierce debate. Recently Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition reached agreement on the measure, under which eligible parents of infants aged...

Childcare shortage: councillors left holding the babies
Sydney Morning Herald - Jonathan Swan - November 6, 2012

SO DESPERATE are some inner-city parents for childcare that a group of about 200 mothers, fathers, toddlers and babies crammed into the Town Hall on Monday to give City of Sydney councillors a piece of their misery. Councillors described scenes in which toddlers crawled around...

Clegg plans to subsidise 'nightmare' costs of child care
The Telegraph (UK) - Tim Ross - November 5, 2012

LONDON - The Deputy Prime Minister said it was absurd that hundreds of thousands of women felt it was not worth returning to work after having a baby because child care was so expensive. In the first of a series of "informal" emails to party supporters, the Liberal Democrat leader disclosed...

Forget the guilt, just spend your cash on childcare, top scientist tells female high-flyers
The Independent (UK) - Laura Bates - November 5, 2012

LONDON - One of Britain's leading female scientists has urged high-flying women to "spend every penny you've got" on childcare, saying that many are held back by the guilty "burden" of feeling they constantly have to be available to look after their families. Professor Uta Frith, a Fellow of...