Govt 'open' to childcare tax ideas: Ellis
The Australian - August 28, 2012

SOME of Australia's largest companies are expected to push for better tax breaks for employees' childcare needs at a meeting with the federal government in Sydney. Minister for Employment Participation and Child Care Kate Ellis told AAP she expected big employers to raise the...

Gastro epidemic hits NSW
The Daily Telegraph - August 28, 2012

AN outbreak of gastroenteritis has landed more than 3500 people in NSW hospitals over the past fortnight. NSW Health says primary school-aged children and people in aged care facilities, hospitals and child care have been struck down by the epidemic. NSW Health Director of Health...

Rebate push targets 30,000 nannies
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas and Sophie Gosper - August 27, 2012

UP to 30,000 subsidised nanny-style places could be created for families needing childcare during non-traditional working hours, under a plan before the federal government. Under the plan, developed by the National In-home Childcare Association -- the only subsidised nanny scheme...

Childcare workers graduate with no experience of kids
Sunday Herald Sun - Sue Dunlevy - August 26, 2012

CHILDCARE staff have been dismissed after turning up to work with only a few weeks' training and without ever having had contact with children. The workers are obtaining express certificates within weeks, as the Federal Government moves to increase quality in the sector by requiring...

A little care for refugees goes a long way
Sydney Morning Herald - Julie Power - August 24, 2012

A NEW childcare company in Sydney's west has transformed the lives of 100 refugee and migrant women, 80 of whom have found paid work for the first time in their lives as family day care providers to others in their community. Amazing Family Day Care was established just over...

The grandest job of them all?
The West Australian - Connie Clarke - August 23, 2012

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, more than a quarter (26 per cent) of children are now cared for by their grandparents on a regular basis. In 2011, that equated to 936,999 children aged up to 12. This informal care by grandparents compares with 14 per cent of children in...

Childcare worker admits molesting 12 boys
Sydney Morning Herald - Vincent Morello - August 23, 2012

An eight-year-old was the main target of a Sydney childcare worker who molested 12 young boys after gaining the confidence of their parents. Jonathan Luke Lord, 25, pleaded guilty to 29 child sex and indecent assault charges in Sydney's Central Local Court on Thursday. One of his victims...

Childcare group warns over sector wage rises
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - August 23, 2012

THE Australian Childcare Alliance has warned Labor and the Coalition to be cautious in supporting an "exorbitantly high" union wage claim, arguing it must not be at the expense of parents. The alliance, representing 70 per cent of the long-daycare sector, argues that if a wage rise is...

Childcare workers charged over toddler 'fight club'
Sydney Morning Herald - August 22, 2012

Three US childcare workers videotaped a fight between 3-year-old children in their care and encouraged the toddlers to pummel each other as they laughed about it, according to court documents. The three Delaware women were charged on Monday with assault and other...

Drop the cookie cutter to help women work
Financial Review - Kelly O'Dwyer - August 21, 2012

After having children, families rightly focus on the marginal financial benefit of the second-income earner returning to the workforce– how much extra do they have in their pocket after tax and after childcare costs? For too many women in particular, this marginal benefit is simply too low...

Teen childcare workers allegedly underpaid
Daily Telegraph - August 20, 2012

A SYDNEY childcare centre specialising in special needs children has allegedly underpaid three teenage employees. The Fair Work Ombudsman is prosecuting Gina Moelau, who owns and runs the Rainbow Paradise Pre-School childcare centre at Blacktown in western Sydney. Ms Moelau's...

Grandparents should be paid for looking after grandchildren to ease burden on busy families and improve daycare flexiblity
Sunday Herald Sun - John Dagge - August 19, 2012

PAYING grandparents for the hours they spend looking after the grandchildren should be introduced to help ease the burden on busy families and improve daycare flexibility. The suggestion comes from one of the country's leading social research centres, which says the Federal Government…

Male, presumed dangerous
Sydney Morning Herald - Debra Jopson - August 18, 2012

As a young man eager to get into a boom industry with a robust future, Craig d'Arcy spent several years as the only male studying childcare alongside more than 100 women at TAFE and university in Newcastle. Early in his career, his childcare centre boss told him parents had highlighted...

Coalition gets razors ready to slice bulky bureaucracy
Sydney Morning Herald - Lenore Taylor - August 18, 2012

COALITION frontbenchers have been instructed to slice away federal bureaucratic oversight of aged care, childcare, employment and family services in a bid to devolve government power and deliver budget savings through public service cuts. The Coalition, which needs to find more than...

Increasing numbers of children are staying in care for longer
The Australian - Rosanne Barrett - August 18, 2012‎‎

THE number of children taken from their parents and placed in out-of-home care has surpassed the adult prison population, as the child-protection crisis grows. There were 37,648 children in out-of-home care in the latest national figures -- an increase of 12,194 in five years while there were...