Taxpayers to fund childcare workers' costs to avoid staffing crisis
NEWS.com.au - Natasha Bita - January 17, 2013

TAXPAYERS would refund childcare teachers' study costs, under a new plan to deal with a daycare staffing crisis. Treasury calculates the "forget-the-debt" scheme would cost about $10m over the next four years. The Greens will ask the federal government today to waive a year's university...

Funding 'loophole' prompts warning from childcare centres
The Australian - Rosanne Barrett -January 17, 2013

SOME kindergartens may be forced to turn away children with a disability as funding cuts leave them without extra staff to assist, a provider has warned. The director of Sunshine Coast kindergarten and long-daycare provider Immanuel Early Learning Centre, Annette Enright, said...

Greens plan to boost childcare by wiping uni debts
The Age - Stephanie Peatling - January 17, 2013

EARLY childhood teachers who work in childcare centres rather than schools would have their university fee debts wiped out under a Greens proposal being considered by the federal government. On January 1 next year all childcare centres must employ at least one teacher as...

Childcare centres split over new regulations mandating higher number of carers
NEWS.com.au - Emma Altschwager & Ken McGregor - January 16, 2013

CHILDCARE centres are split over the impact of tough new regulations mandating a higher number and better qualified carers. Messenger Community News has spoken to several eastern and western suburbs' centres about the new national standards. Under the changes, the ratio of...

Child services lagging, say advocates
The West Australian - Cathy O'Leary - January 10, 2013

Child development services are failing to keep up with WA's baby boom and the 8000 children a year who need extra help, advocacy groups say. Children and Young People Commissioner Michelle Scott and the WA Council of Social Service say a surge in births means WA needs to expand...

World first study to prevent child obesity
Newcastle Herald - Alison Branley - January 8, 2013

CHILDCARE centres will be the target of obesity prevention measures under world first study at the Hunter Medical Research Institute. Public health program manager Luke Wolfenden will study the impact of diet and exercise strategies at 200 pre-schools and long day care centres around NSW...

SA Lib blocks changes to childcare staffing
The Australian - Sarah Martin - January 8, 2013

THE Gillard government's plan to increase the number of staff in childcare centres faces obstacles in South Australia, as a state Liberal MP flags legislation to delay the federal reforms at the request of industry. The promise by MP Martin Hamilton-Smith came as childcare operators accused…

Blaming NSW for crisis in preschool
The Daily Telegraph - Katherine Danks - January 8, 2013

SOARING preschool fees were the state government's fault, federal Education Minister Peter Garrett said yesterday. Firing the latest salvo in an escalating row between the state and federal governments over the provision of early childhood education programs in NSW, Mr Garrett said…

MP bids to delay costly new childcare changes
AdelaideNow - Lauren Novak - January 7, 2013

AN Opposition MP will introduce legislation to give childcare centre operators more time to meet stricter staff-to-child ratios the industry says will drive up costs. Liberal MP Martin Hamilton-Smith has drafted laws, which he intends to introduce to Parliament this year, to delay...

Childcare industry warns of cost blowout
ABC News - January 7, 2013

The Federal Childcare Minister has hit back at claims parents are facing a blow-out in childcare fees. South Australia''s childcare industry has warned parents could pay $30 more per day under proposed new regulations. The changes backed by both the Federal and State Governments will...

Child care adds appeal for CBD mums
The West Australian - Kim Macdonald - January 7, 2013

The first child care centre to open on St Georges Terrace in the central business district has highlighted the workplace advances that have been made to accommodate corporate mothers. City-based child care has traditionally focused on casual shoppers but Buggles in Brookfield Plaza...

Children victims of a preschool fee battle
The Daily Telegraph - Bruce McDougall - January 7, 2013

SOARING fees of up to $55 a day are forcing families to pull children out of preschools, depriving thousands of three and four-year-olds preparation for their first school year. Parents and community-based preschools angered by a 23-year "funding freeze" have launched a grassroots...

Childcare rates to hit $100 a day amid new care regulations
AdelaideNow - Daniel Wills - January 6, 2013

PARENTS have been warned to brace for childcare costs of more than $100 per child a day, as the industry accuses the State Government of breaking a pledge to slow the start of onerous new regulations. Childcare SA president Kerry Mahony said many centres were at risk of going broke...

Editorial: High childcare costs must be addressed
AdelaideNow - January 6, 2013

CHILDCARE costs are a sleeper cost-of- living issue that is increasingly eating into household budgets. While there is heavy focus on the impact of water and power bills, $80 a day for child care is hard to meet. A daily bill of more than $100 would lead many parents to reconsider if it is...

Childcare workers need English
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - January 4, 2013

MIGRANTS applying for jobs in childcare must meet tougher English-language requirements under new national standards beginning this week, outraging the industry, which says it will make it even harder to attract workers. Under the changes, authorised by the Australian Children's Education...