Criminal checks for volunteers
Sydney Morning Herald - Jim O'Rourke - February 26, 2012

More than 1.3 million volunteers in junior sport and community groups involving children will be forced to undergo criminal history checks to weed out potential abusers and molesters. At the same time, job seekers who want to work with children will, for the first time, have to pay for their own background test before applying for a job...

Nits dilemma a head-scratcher for schools
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - February 25, 2012

Guidelines also say teachers should "exercise sensitivity" towards children with nits for fear of upsetting them. But schools, preschools and childcare centres across the state are flouting these policies by immediately asking parents to collect their children. Children are often isolated from...

Childcare's so yesterday. See these companies making a play in new market
News.com.au - February 21, 2012

Organised sport for preschoolers is turning into a serious business with the more savvy operators tapping into parents' needs for high-quality activities. As leading sport organisations such as the AFL use the market power...

New chief brings hope of less grief
The Age - Caroline Milburn - February 20, 2012

The government is also considering whether to expand the institute's role to register and accredit Victoria's 3630 early-childhood teachers who work in kindergartens and childcare centres. Mr Paproth replaced Susan Halliday, the agency's inaugural chairman...

New rules 'won't hit' childcare places, fees
The Canberra Times - Noel Towell - February 20, 2012

The ACT government has hit back at claims of reductions in numbers of childcare places and higher fees under national quality standards for the industry introduced by the federal government...

Babies look out for mates according to remarkable new study
The Daily Telegraph - Susie O'Brien and Rosemarie Lentini - February 18, 2012

Babies too young to talk still know how to be good mates, make jokes and take care of each other, new research has revealed. In a unique study offering a baby's eye view of the world, Australian experts strapped cameras to the heads of children...

CFO Fast track
The Australian Financial Review - Sally Rose - February 16, 2012

Childcare provider G8 Education has appointed Damien Peters as its new chief financial officer effective next month. Peters’s last day in his current role as CFO of Retail Foods Group – a collection of fast-food franchise brands – will be February 28...

Securing place at a private school can be costly lesson in economics
Sydney Morning Herald - Alexandra Smith and Kim Arlington - February 17, 2012

Parents are spending hundreds of dollars on non-refundable deposits to put their children's names on waiting lists for childcare spots they are unlikely to get. Childcare centres, particularly in Sydney's inner suburbs...

Childcare payment meltdown hits 1000’s
Sussan Ley MP - Shadow Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care - February 17, 2012

Questioned in Senate Estimates today, DEEWR officials confirmed they had received an average of 77 complaint calls per day since early January from childcare operators concerned with payment delays and anomalies. Complaints peaked at over 350 calls received on both January 31st & February 6th...

Opposition must stop getting their facts wrong on child care
Kate Ellis MP - Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care - February 16, 2012

The Opposition's false and misleading claims on child care were exposed yet again in a Senate Estimates hearing today. In recent days the Opposition have unnecessarily alarmed parents across the country by claiming that families are being charged $40 000 rather than $40 because of technical issues...

All care, but still no relief on IT bungle
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - February 15, 2012

Parents with children in childcare face delays in getting accurate information about how much money they owe for care following the breakdown of the national IT system, which the government is still battling to fix. Departmental bureaucrats face a grilling in Senate estimates this week...

Childcare costs rise
Melbourne Weekly - Rhiana Whitson - February 14, 2012

The changes are designed to create a better caring and learning environment for children and relieve pressure on staff. MW surveyed 20 Whitehorse and Manningham childcare centres and found 18 had raised their fees because of the changes...

Ms Ellis, the buck stops with you
Sussan Ley MP - Shadow Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care - February 13, 2012

The critical breakdown of the computer system which manages Government payments to and from childcare centres and families, is yet another stuff-up under the watch of childcare Minister, Kate Ellis. Opposition spokesperson for Childcare, Sussan Ley, says "I have examples of families...

Statement on Child Care Management System
Kate Ellis MP - Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care - February 11, 2012

An article that appeared in today's edition of The Australian newspaper about the Child Care Management System is misleading and fails to mention critical facts. The vast majority of payments to child care centres are being made as usual through the Child Care Management System...

Childcare in crisis as systems crash
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - February 11, 2012

The nation's childcare data and payment systems are in crisis, with at least one child's confidential information sent to the wrong centre, some families charged $40,000 when they owed closer to $40, and data being wiped altogether. The government has failed to get the system...