Bid to trial late-night childcare
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 31, 2012

THE nation's largest childcare group is working with the Gillard government to offer late-night and weekend childcare in a move to revolutionise the nation's childcare industry by providing around-the-clock care. The Australian understands the government is considering a proposal to allow a...

Reducing childcare wait list high on Waverley Council's agenda
Wentowrth Courier - Shae McDonald - July 30, 2012

IT may take years, but childcare waiting lists could be slashed after Waverley Council voted to look at "carving up" its land to build more centres. Councillors unanimously committed to providing more places at last week's council meeting. It provides assistance to more than 400 children but the...

Parents blind to learning benefits
The Australian - Pia Akerman - July 30, 2012

PARENTS who keep their children out of valuable early childhood education programs often do so because they see parental care as better. This suggests evidence showing the benefits of preschool for a child's development may not be getting through to families. The Australian Institute of...

Minister Kate Ellis reveals plan to allow childcare centres to open all hours
The Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - July 29, 2012

CASH fines for parents who run late for childcare pick-ups could be eased under a plan to allow operators greater flexibility in opening hours - including at weekends. Childcare Minister Kate Ellis has revealed she wants to investigate removing restrictions on childcare centres being open…

Mix of care ruled best for children
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 28, 2012

CHILDREN who are in medium levels of daycare show the best socio-emotional outcomes, according to a major study revealing any formal childcare is associated with higher outcomes for children. The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research has released its findings...

Attempted abduction charges laid
The Mercury - Helen Kempton - July 26, 2012

A MAN has been charged with attempted abduction after he allegedly tried to take two toddlers from a Devonport childcare centre yesterday. The 44-year-old man, from Boat Harbour, has been charged with two counts of attempted abduction and one count of common assault. Police...

OECD urges Aussies to learn lessons of Europe
The Australian - Pia Akerman - July 26, 2012

AUSTRALIA is falling behind other developed countries' public spending on childcare and could increase female participation in the workforce by encouraging greater use of nannies and family daycare. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development senior economist Willem...

Childcare kids on par with those who stay home
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 26, 2012

IN what will come as a relief for parents who put their babies into childcare, a study has found that by the age of two or three the children will be no worse off emotionally than those kept at home. But the study of 5000 infants found boys sent as babies to both family daycare (or grandparents)...

First-year childcare harmless: study
Sydney Morning Herald - Adele Horin - July 26, 2012

CHILDCARE use in the first year of life has no discernible bad effects, according to a series of Australian studies that track children through to age eight or nine. Early use of centre-based childcare in particular has long been a contentious issue. The associate professor of early...

Flexibility sought in childcare
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 25, 2012

SINGLE parents forced on to the dole and made to look for work from January next year will be asked to "consider" informal arrangements such as care by family or friends or allowing an older child to be "unsupervised for a time" if formal childcare cannot be found. The government...

Kate Ellis says the Coalition has misunderstood childcare regulations
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 24, 2012

TONY Abbott's Coalition is claiming a NSW childcare centre is facing a $50,000 fine after two babies had their nappies changed at the same time, briefly disrupting the strict worker to child ratio rules. Opposition spokesperson for childcare Sussan Ley says the case backs her push for an urgent...

Work & Family Juggling Finds a Balance - Report
Pro Bono Australia - July 24, 2012

Many Australian families are juggling their working lives without using formal child-care services, according to new research by the Australian Institute of Family Studies. Australian Institute of Family Studies Senior Research Fellow, Dr Jennifer Baxter said the study showed that two out of...

Flying into smoky haze at Melbourne Airport as smoking is banned at Melbourne play areas
Herald Sun - Kate Jones, Michelle Ainsworth - July 24, 2012

SMOKING has been banned in and around Melbourne playgrounds and childcare centres after tougher laws were introduced by Melbourne City Council. It comes as the Herald Sun revealed Melbourne Airport would crack down on smokers after complaints travellers were being forced to...

Broken puzzle of childcare
The Australian - Adam Creighton - July 21, 2012

One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results. - Milton Friedman. JUDGED by its intentions, the Australian government's childcare policies are superb. "Gone are the days when this sector was considered a babysitting service,"…

Nanny rebate battle stepped up
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 21, 2012

THE newly incorporated Australian Nanny Association will meet Childcare Minister Kate Ellis's advisers next month to push its case for taxpayer subsidies and warn the government that the family daycare model will not solve the nation's childcare woes. The news comes after Ms Ellis...