Record number of kids in child care: study
The Australian - March 31, 2013

MORE Australian families than ever are using childcare services, with nearly one million children in approved centres nationwide, a federal government report has found. The latest Child Care Update, released on Sunday, showed more than 700,000 families were accessing childcare services in...

Fees for night childcare scare off parents
Sydney Morning Herald - Cosima Marriner - March 31, 2013

The operator of Sydney's only 24-hour childcare centre has warned the federal government trial of around-the-clock childcare will fail if it does not subsidise the cost for parents to make it cheaper than hiring a babysitter. In July, the government will start a 12-month trial of 24-hour childcare at...

Research reveals high standard of NT child care
Charles Darwin University - March 28, 2013

With increasing recognition of the complexity of caring for and educating young children, research has shown the diverse Northern Territory workforce has the qualifications, skills and certainly the passion to do the job. The Northern Institute Research Fellow Alicia Boyle led the study, which...

Indigenous kids removed from families 'in record numbers'
SBS News - Geremy Geia - March 27, 2013

The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care says says Australia is at risk of creating another stolen generation. Muriel Bamblett from the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency says Indigenous Australia is over-represented in child protection and under-represented in family...

Health service faces long assessment delays for autistic children
Herald Sun - Shelley Hadfield - March 27, 2013

A MAJOR public health service has been called to an urgent meeting today after turning away pre-schoolers at risk of autism and developmental problems. The Children's Allied Health Service, at Sunshine Hospital, has written to local kindergartens saying it can't accept any more referrals...

Labor wage deal 'a gift to unions'
The Australian - David Crowe - March 27, 2013

The Australian has obtained United Voice material sent to childcare and aged-care centres around the country to convince workers to join the union in order to gain pay increases. The campaigns build on two government announcements in the past month, the first to spend $1.2bn on salary...

New government policies create massive, tiring workload for preschool directors, childcare workers and teachers
AdelaideNow - Martina Simos - March 26, 2013

PRESCHOOL directors, teachers and childcare workers are being pushed to the brink of exhaustion by longer hours resulting from new policies, a survey has found. The Australian Education Union (SA) found nearly 90 per cent of early childhood staff surveyed identified increased workloads as...

Families 'struggle' to afford childcare
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - March 26, 2013

AUSTRALIA will face an "exodus of mostly women" from the workforce if dramatic changes are not made to the childcare system, according to a board member of the nation's largest childcare chain. Toby Hall is on the board of Goodstart -- the nation's largest childcare provider -- and is chief...

Blacktown's $6m plan to privatise centres
The Daily Telegraph - Caroline Marcus - March 24, 2013

SYDNEY'S biggest council is planning to save ratepayers up to $6 million by selling off its network of childcare centres, prompting warnings of fee increases and lost jobs. Blacktown Council is one of the state's largest childcare providers, with 27 centres catering to 1339 children. The council has...

Night care lets mums and dads go out to play
The Sunday Telegraph - Laura Speranza - March 24, 2013

KEEPING the romance alive has become a whole lot easier and cheaper thanks to a childcare centre which offers an evening service to enable couples quality time together. The lovebirds special, which costs $95 and operates from 5pm to midnight at the NSW Academy of Early...

Childcare wage reforms stop short of real change
The Conversation - Chris Peers - March 22, 2013

The federal government's announcement this week on pay equity for the early childhood workforce is an important step for the childcare sector. But in the long term, it will provide little more than a stop-gap measure for improving wages among early childhood professionals. Without a plan to...

Who pays for what's best for our kids
The Daily Telegraph - Natasha Bita - March 21, 2013

CHILDCARE workers deserve a pay rise. Their minimum-wage work is tiring, stressful, snotty - and essential. But who should pay? Parents are already coughing up the equivalent of private school fees for daycare. They need it so they can go to work - and contribute taxes to pay for the $5bn...

Families to get discount on preschool fees
Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Patty - March 21, 2013

Families will get a discount of up to $900 on preschool fees this year as a result of a one-off $20 million boost in Commonwealth funding. The announcement accompanies the release of a report which reveals that one in seven children in NSW are missing out on early childhood education...

Childcare wage subsidies tied to fee restraint, EBAs
Financial Review - Fleur Anderson - March 20, 1013

Owners of childcare centres will get wage subsidies from the federal government for two years if they limit fee increases and comply with enterprise agreements that ensure workers receive minimum pay rates and employment conditions, under a new $300 million fund. As reported in...

IPO mooted for Guardian Childcare
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson and Anthony Macdonald - March 20, 1013

It's understood that as Wolseley Private Equity prepares to front investors for a new fund, it's looking at its existing portfolio companies and what could be realised. Attention has turned to Wolseley's Guardian Childcare Alliance, which is the third largest childcare operator in Australia...