$150-a-day childcare that may come with a concierge
Daily Telegraph - Boel Eriksson - April 6, 2013

A CHILDCARE centre is boosting its daily fees to $150 for children under two to pay for late-night opening hours, a concierge service, allergy screening and an in-house general practitioner. In an email from the privately owned Only About Children Centre in Fairlight sent on March 28, parents...

Perfect match: au pairs and parents link up on internet
Sydney Morning Herald - Sarah-Jane Collins - April 6, 2013

Stressed-out families are turning to young travellers to solve their childcare problems, using online social networks to find live-in au pairs from around the world. Livia McKinley has two children and a busy job that sometimes calls for extra hours or last-minute travel. Childcare centres were...

Expand Vic children checks: commissioner
The Age - Genevieve Gannon - April 5, 2013

Parents who volunteer with their own children and members of religious groups should no longer be exempt from working with children checks, Victoria's children's commissioner says. Commissioner for children and young people Bernie Geary wants the checks expanded to all religious personnel...

National child protection standards needed
NEWS.com.au - April 5, 2013

AUSTRALIA needs national child protection standards for organisations that work with children, a leading children's charity says. Child Wise trainer and counsellor Adrian Campion told a child abuse inquiry there were standards for various areas that work with children but no overarching...

'More needed' to find childcare solutions
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - April 5, 2013

THE childcare sector needs "an ongoing solution" to the challenges of retaining staff as well as a full review of the amount of investment in early learning and care, according to the nation's biggest childcare provider. Chief executive of Goodstart Early Learning Julia Davison told The Australian...

First year school kids get better report card
ABC News - Lexi Metherell - April 4, 2013

Research into the health and wellbeing of children in their first year of schooling has found improvements in childhood development. The Australian Early Development Index measures children in five categories including physical health, general knowledge and communication skills...

Juggling a career with the burden of childcare
The Daily Telegraph - Sarrah Le Marquand - April 4, 2013

AS anyone who's ever been on the receiving end of an accusation about how the ability to hold down a job makes them a bad parent knows only all too well, childcare is not the most sympathetic of causes. Don't have kids if you can't afford them, sniff the critics. Why should I be forced to...

Preschool children suffer puberty blues
NEWS.com.au - Clifford Fram - April 3, 2013

CHILDREN with early onset puberty start suffering emotional and social issues from preschool age, several years before the first physical indications are visible, a major Australian research project shows. The study, which followed almost 3,500 children from the age of four through to 11, found...

Kids Korner: the first Australian owned daytime childcare franchise
Franchising - Brea Carter - April 3, 2013

In June 2010, Debbie Pham sold off her 11 centre strong childcare business, yet retained its original name and created a new franchised childcare company. Debbie says she sold her childcare centres and started afresh because it would not have been possible to bring them in line with one another...

Autism early learning centre opens in Perth
ABC News - April 2, 2013

An Autism Specific Early Learning Centre has opened in Perth to provide day care for children with autism. The centre is a partnership between MercyCare and the Autism Association of WA and is federally funded. MercyCare chief executive Chris Hall says the centre provides a specialist...

Push for a minister for children
The West Australian - Cathy O'Leary - April 2, 2013

A respected WA paediatrician wants the State Government to set up a new portfolio and appoint a minister for children, saying bandaid measures are not fixing worrying shortfalls in early childhood services. Trevor Parry, who headed the State's child development centre until 2004, said despite...

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...