Call for cops to get nannies
The Australian - Patricai Karvelas - March 9, 2013

ABOUT 2000 part-time emergency services workers would be provided with a government-funded nanny under a proposed pilot program aimed at a long-term increase in subsidised in-home childcare. The National In-Home Childcare Association will today release details of its budget...

Moved by nappy that bowels them over
Financial Review - Peter Roberts - March 9, 2013

Kimberly-Clark claims to have pulled off the childcare equivalent of cracking the enigma code: creating the first nappy that absorbs what are known in the industry as runny BMs. The US paper products giant's plant in Ingleburn, western Sydney, makes 1 billion nappies a year, including its...

How childcare costs strangle the pipeline of female leaders: P&G's Maile Carnegie
Leading Company - Myriam Robin - March 8, 2013

When it comes to gender diversity, companies have been talking the talk for years. However, progress has been slow, and whenever there's a little of it, the urgency to fix the problem fades. Maile Carnegie has worked for Proctor & Gamble in several countries over her 22 years with the...

Australia lags developed world on preschool enrolment: OECD
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - March 8, 2013

Australia has one of the lowest rates of enrolment in preschool in the developed world and spends less on early childhood education than any other comparable country, the OECD says. In a research brief, the OECD noted the growing number of studies pointing to the importance of...

Time for women to make their vote count
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - March 6, 2013

Then there is the morass that is childcare. Trying to get a place in inner-city areas is all but impossible unless you put your name down on a waiting list at the time of conception and have an employer who will tolerate not being given an exact return-to-work date until your number in the...

Childcare worker's unfair dismissal case highlights crucial need to document disciplinary action
Smart Company - Patrick Stafford - March 6, 2013

A successful appeal of a recent unfair dismissal case in which a childcare worker was fired after leaving a child unattended has highlighted the need for businesses to document discussions about performance – and make sure it stays on file. The incident comes as legal experts stress the...

Parents bled dry for childcare
NT News - Nigel Adlam - March 6, 2013

DARWIN parents are paying up to $500 a week for childcare - 30 per cent more than other Australians. A CommBank survey found costs in the city centre averaged $2176 a month compared with a national spend of $1664. The bank based its findings on credit card data gathered from its...

Not as easy as ABC
Sydney Morning Herald - Scott Phillips - March 6, 2013

We all remember the collapse of the early childhood education aggregator, ABC Learning, and the subsequent (and much more recent) bankruptcy of its founder, Eddy Groves. The company collapsed in 2008, having taken on excessive debt and amid substantial profit declines. Groves...

Profit from Asia's coming childcare boom
Money Week - Matthew Partridge - March 4, 2013

However, there's one sector that looks recession-proof – childcare. Better yet, there are huge opportunities in this sector across the rest of Asia. And one Australian company is well-placed to benefit... Australia needs more babies. Like most developed countries, Australia is worried about...

More men needed to work in childcare industry to balance female-dominated workforce
AdelaideNow - Martina Simos - March 4, 2013

MORE men are being encouraged to work in the childcare industry to help the balance in the largely female dominated workforce. Latest figures show only 5.6 per cent of the national early childhood education and care workforce is male. Childcare SA president Kerry Mahony believes the number...

Childcare franchise expands to UK
Franchising - Sarah Stowe - March 4, 2013

An after-hours childcare business, Sherpa Kids, has extended its reach to the UK with the first British franchise opening early this year. London-based investor John Geers flew to Adelaide to finalise arrangements of the UK master franchise that will enable him to introduce Sherpa Kids to...

'Negative impact' on under-fives
The Australian - Pia Akerman and Verity Edwards - March 04, 2013

PARENTS trying to escape the rising cost of childcare are sending their children to school earlier, prompting warnings that an early start could negatively affect their development. Evidence from families and schools indicates the number of children starting school before they are five is...

Proof of benefits of reading to children
The Age - John Elder - March 3, 2013

MELBOURNE researchers have proven what parents have intuitively known all along - the more often you read to your children from an early age, the greater the positive effect on their reading and thinking skills. The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research has not only...

Agencies can't meet soaring demand for au pairs to take childcare strain
Sun Herald - Cosima Marriner - March 3, 2013

AU PAIR agencies have been forced to close their books to new customers, unable to keep up with the soaring demand from families for low-cost live-in help. To counter the seasonal shortage of au pairs, the industry is lobbying the federal government to introduce a specific au pair working...

Government 'losing tax opportunities'
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - March 02, 2013

THE federal budget stands to gain from allowing families to claim childcare benefits for their nannies as it will force the system to become regulated and employees working underground will start paying taxes. In its budget submission ahead of the May budget, the Australian Nanny Association...