Disabled scheme to anchor welfare budget
SkyNews - Thursday May 3, 2012

In the lead-up to the May 8 budget, Childcare Minister Kate Ellis has so far declined to rule out a means test on the 50 per cent childcare rebate, which is capped at $7500. While the idea is not new - the government hosed down the proposal before last year's budget - it could create a voter backlash...

Budget boost to save kids from drugs
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - May 3, 2012

MORE parents on welfare will get childcare almost free if they sign up for training or look for work, under a bold expansion of a program in Tuesday's federal budget. But those who receive the free childcare will face tougher tests that they are genuinely looking for work, to ensure the program...

Abbott's fly-in nanny pledge
The West Australian - Daniel Emerson - May 2, 2012

Families of fly-in, fly-out workers told Opposition Leader Tony Abbott at a morning tea in Rockingham yesterday they needed more flexible child care. On his second day in the Federal electorate of Brand, Mr Abbott repeated his pledge that a coalition government would direct the Productivity Commission ...

Plea for focus on Australia''s most vulnerable children with national deputy commissioner
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - April 30, 2012

Secretariat of National Aboriginal & Islander Child Care Chairwoman Dawn Wallam said the government must go one crucial step further and create a national deputy children''s commissioner with a specific focus on Aboriginal children and young people - the most vulnerable and...

Children abused at daycare centres and neglected at home
The Sunday Mail (Qld) - Thomas Chamberlin, Jackie Sinnerton - April 29, 2012

PEOPLE working with children are being banned every two-and-a-half days in Queensland for serious offences including child sex, violent and drug-related crimes. The hundreds of Queenslanders caught through stringent daily checks had been granted blue cards...

Middle-class welfare? Give single-income families a tax break
The Australian - Angela Shanahan - April 28, 2012

Few women work full time when their children are young. That is not because they cannot find care; it is because they don't want to. In Australia, most institutional childcare is subsidised by the state. Before and after-school care is subsidised, as is care for infants, through the tax rebate and…

AFL players and fans push for childcare at the footy
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - April 28, 2012

AFL players and footy fans have called for childcare centres at the MCG and Etihad Stadium to make games more family-friendly. Hawk Sam Mitchell, a father of three, said a creche at major stadiums would "help families get to go to the footy together". "Having on-site childcare could…

Cost of childcare soars by 13pc in Adelaide
The Advertiser - Catherine Hockley and Martina Simos - April 27, 2012

ADELAIDE families already battling rising energy and water bills have been hit with a 13 per cent jump in childcare fees over the past year. New Consumer Price Index data shows the cost of childcare in Adelaide jumped by 13.6 per cent over the past 12 months - the highest rise of all…

Minister dismisses cost claim as 'utter rubbish'
The Australian - Michael Owen - April 26, 2012

CHILDCARE Minister Kate Ellis has accused a national lobby group for the professional carers of children of spreading "utter rubbish and misinformation" about the reasons for a spike in costs. Ms Ellis yesterday said she was outraged by claims made by Child Care National Association...

Timing proves key on childcare rebate
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - April 25, 2012

MORE than a quarter of families have chosen to receive a rebate on their childcare fortnightly since the option was introduced in July last year, following a pledge by the Gillard government to ease the cost-of-living pressures for families with young children. New fortnightly payments...

Education costs outstrip inflation
The Age - Bianca Hall - April 25, 2012

Nor were parents of young children spared the price rises, with childcare costs rising by 9.7 per cent in the past year, and by 4 per cent in the four months to March alone. The Australian Bureau of Statistics quarterly inflation figures, released yesterday, calculated the cost of...

Incomes can't keep pace with hikes in living costs
The Australian - Michael Owen - April 25, 2012

Child Care National Association president Chris Buck was scathing of the federal government after the release of the CPI data, saying no one, least of all Wayne Swan, should be surprised by the sharp rise in childcare costs. "The federal government has been pushing in this direction since…

Hyperactivity link with before-school care
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - April 24, 2012

CHILDREN who go to before-school care early in their first year of school have been found to have higher levels of hyperactivity and behaviour such as hurting others, tantrums and fighting. A controversial study by Kay Margetts of Melbourne University's Graduate School of Education...

Childcare charity 'in the dark' after failed tender
ABC News - April 23, 2012

A national childcare provider is facing an uncertain future after the Government chose not to review a key Defence contract. The charity B4Kids runs 21 Australian Defence Force childcare centres around Australia, including four it took over in the Northern Territory after...

Hands up for your favourite teacher
The Advertiser - Sheradyn Holderhead - April 22, 2012

Nominations are open today for seven award categories recognising the top preschool teacher, primary school teacher, high school teacher, school leader, early career teacher, support staff member and the most innovative engagement with business and the community by a school…