Childcare subsidy plan unaffordable - Abbott
NEWS.com.au - Malcolm Farr - September 19, 2012

THE Government today is fending off calculations that it is promising more than it can pay for without dumping its promised surplus and sending the Budget into deficit. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is arguing the Government is raising expectations that it cannot afford to deliver...

No decision yet on child care pay rises: Swan
ABC News - Simon Cullen - September 19, 2012

The Government is trying to hose down speculation that it is planning to spend billions of dollars topping up the private sector wages of child care workers, on the back of a concerted union campaign. Prime Minister Julia Gillard will meet with the United Voice union this afternoon to...

Childcare workers win $1.4bn subsidy
Financial Review - Laura Tingle, Marcus Priest and James Massola - September 19, 2012

Prime Minister Julia Gillard is expected to announce a deal that will lead to childcare workers' pay in effect being subsidised by the budget amid increasing tensions within the federal government about its unfunded spending spree. Ms Gillard is expected to meet today with the United Voice...

Labor to announce childcare worker wage boost
Business Spectator - September 19, 2012

Concerns over the federal government's ability to fund its spending promises are poised to escalate, with Prime Minister Julia Gillard expected to announce a plan that would see the government pay $1.4 billion annually to subsidise the salaries of private childcare workers…

Child forgotten in van
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty - September 19, 2012

TRAUMATISED toddler was trapped in a locked van for almost two hours after a childcare worker left her behind in the centre's carpark. Ezra De Silva's mother feared her three-year-old had been kidnapped when she discovered she was not inside the Pied Piper Child Care centre, shortly after…

Time-wasting red tape leads to exodus of childcare managers
AdelaideNow - Katrina Stokes - September 18, 2012

CHILDCARE centre managers are quitting because new regulations are creating unnecessary red tape. The industry says it fears the exodus could force inexperienced people into management roles, leading to untrained workers caring for children. The Advertiser has been told some...

$23.8 million for early childhood education in WA
Invest In Australia - September 18, 2012

Western Australian pre-school children will benefit from an additional $23.8 million in funding for early childhood education after the state met targets through the Early Childhood National Partnerships Agreement. Western Australia had a 25 percentage point increase in children…

Labor pushes release of land for childcare
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - September 17, 2012

THE Gillard government has declared it is prepared to audit and release crown land to allow for the establishment of more childcare centres in areas where there are chronic shortages. Childcare Minister Kate Ellis said the identification of spare land was an option that would be explored...

Labor's $70m for school upgrades
The Canberra Times - Lisa Cox - September 17, 2012

This follows Labor's announcement yesterday of a $5.5 million plan to create hundreds of new childcare places across the territory. Labor has promised to release land for new centres in Belconnen, Tuggeranong and Woden. If re-elected, the party will spend $4.5 million to expand...

SA to roll-out 15 hour per week programs across remaining pre-schools
AdelaideNow - Katrina Stokes - September 17, 2012

THE number of disadvantaged children enrolled in early childhood education programs across South Australia has decreased, a new report shows. The report, released by the South Australian Department of Education and Children's Services today, reveals the state's progress in meeting...

Working parents spend thousands on holiday care for children
Sunday Mail (SA) - Callie Watson - September 15, 2012

WORKING parents unable to get time off during the school holidays will spend thousands of dollars on out of school care for their children. Mums and dads who are employed casual and part-time - but decide to take leave in the break - are also expected to be out of pocket from lost wages...

Time for hanky panky? It's great to be a Dane
Sydney Morning Herad - Helena Kaznowska - September 16, 2012

A GROUP of Danish nurseries has come up with a novel way to help the country's low birth rate - offering parents an evening of free childcare so they can go home and make more babies. Seven Danish kindergartens are taking part in the scheme, offering two free hours in the hope it...

Skills shortage hits child care
The Mercury - Elizabeth Lord - September 15, 2012

THE Tasmanian early years educator sector faces a skills shortage crisis as childcare centres battle to attract and retain staff. With workers paid as little as $18 an hour, the sector is struggling to maintain its workforce as Tasmanian parents endure long waits for childcare positions…

Number of kids in childcare places jumps to record high
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - September 12, 2012

NEW figures reveal the number of Australian kids in childcare last financial year reached a new high of 1.3 million, an increase of 20.6 per cent in five years. The figures, which will be officially released later this year in the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations'...

Is 'philanthrocapitalism' the future of Australian charities?
The Conversation - Nicholas Reece - September 10, 2012

Colourful Queensland businessman Eddy Groves, built the world's largest publicly listed child-care operator only to see it blow up after it borrowed too much and expanded too quickly. But what happened next was perhaps even more extraordinary – and opened a new chapter in philanthropy and social investment in Australia....