Union warning on childcare strategy
The Age - Peter Martin - May 21, 2012

The government is reportedly considering an accord along the lines of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme that would directly subsidise childcare centres in exchange for guaranteed fees. Until now the government has paid money to parents to subsidise fees rather than fund the childcare centres themselves...

Childcarers want subsidy for fee freeze
Sydney Morning Herald - May 20, 2012

Childcare workers will quit the industry in droves unless the federal government comes up with subsidies as part of any move to cap fees, a union says. The federal government is canvassing options to freeze childcare fees, including paying direct subsidies to the industry in exchange for...

What comes after ABC?
Brisbane Times - Cosima Mariner - May 20, 2012

Julia Davison is seeking to change the focus, and the culture, of the once-troubled childcare business. "Eddy came by helicopter, I come by Mini." That's how Julia Davison, the new boss of Australia's largest childcare chain, sums up the difference between her and her predecessor...

Julia Gillard considering options to keep childcare price hikes in check
The Sunday Mail - Samantha Maiden - May 20, 2012

The options include direct subsidies to the childcare industry in exchange for price agreements, or increased childcare payments to low and middle income families. Any agreement might also encourage innovation in addressing parents' needs such as extended opening hours or greater...

Julia's childcare plan stolen from the Howard playbook
The Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - May 20, 2012

When John Howard faced political death he froze petrol prices. Julia Gillard is now considering stealing from the same playbook with a plan to freeze childcare prices. It might not save her government. But it is likely to prove political dynamite. The Howard government's extraordinary…

ABC pondered big buy in tough times
Herald Sun - Liam Walsh - May 19, 2012

ABC Learning Centres considered buying a "massive chain" of US childcare centres as the world economy was turning volatile in late 2007, it has been revealed. The plan was worth up to $3 billion and dubbed "Project Kangaroo", with revelations emerging at the Brisbane District Court...

Grandparents bear greater share of childcare duties
The Age - Rachel Wells - May 17, 2012

MORE Australian children are being cared for by their grandparents than by formal childcare providers, such as long day care, according to new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The figures show that while half of all Australian children under 12 received childcare...

Coalition plans for sweeping changes to nanny industry
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - May 15, 2012

THE Coalition has begun discussions with the nanny industry over stamping out "backyard care", as it pursues its goal of extending the childcare rebate to in-home carers, in the event of an Abbott government. Opposition childcare spokeswoman Sussan Ley said she had spoken to several nanny services about regulation...

ABC Learning chief defied embargo, court hears
Brisane Times - Marissa Calligeros - May 15, 2012

The former chief executive of ABC Learning allegedly sold three childcare centres he owned to the global chain nearly two months after the company's board of directors placed an "embargo" on new acquisitions, a court has heard. Martin Kemp is accused of arranging for ABC Learning to buy three...

Storytime comes at a cost
Sydney Morning Herald - Cosima Marriner and James Robertson - May 13, 2012

Parents once considered reading their children a bedtime story and attending free storytime at the local library sufficient for developing early literacy skills. But there is a burgeoning industry charging for reading classes for preschoolers, tapping into parents' desire to give their child a head start in life...

Nannies fight back over 'glorified cleaners' stereotype
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - May 12, 2012

STUNG by slurs depicting them as nothing more than untrained babysitters and glorified cleaners, a group of nannies has formed a professional lobby group to fight for regulation and ultimately government subsidies for the work they do caring for children in homes. The new group says...

Preschoolers to learn second language under Tony Abbott and the Coalition
Courier Mail - Steven Scott - May 11, 2012

EVERY preschool child would have to study a foreign language if the Coalition wins the next election, as part of Tony Abbott's vision to help prepare Australia for the Asian boom. And within a decade, 40 per cent of Year 12 students would be studying a second language...

Parents to go 'from welfare to poverty'
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - May 11, 2012

While the government thinks it is saving money, it may end up spending money in increased childcare rebates and childcare benefit allowances for the hours children will be forced into care. The government is hoping to save close to $700 million over four years by pushing...

Childcare - The role for nannies
ABC Radio - Daniel Horsley - May 10, 2012

Should Nannies be part of the childcare system? Tony Abbot's said recently he would offer the childcare rebate for nannies if elected. How are nannies trained and what would be the benefits of this proposal? Tony Arthur discussed this with Louise Dunham, who is Managing Director of...

Greens childcare plan passed
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - May 10, 2012

A GREENS motion that the Productivity Commission be directed by the government to inquire into childcare funding, including for nannies, has passed the Senate with Coalition support. Greens spokeswoman for early childhood education and care Sarah Hanson-Young called on the...