Gillard forms childcare task force
The Australian - June 7, 2012

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard says she will act on ideas from a childcare forum within the "next few months". Ms Gillard met with childcare providers and unions in Sydney today to discuss the next stage in reform of the sector. "What is clear from today's meeting is if we are going...

Childcare reform to appease unions: Libs
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - June 7, 2012

THE Opposition has accused Julia Gillard of having a secret agenda to give the childcare industry more layers of regulation and red tape in a bid to appease childcare unions rather than giving parents more support. The Coalition's Childcare spokeswoman Sussan Ley said the Coalition...

Julia Gillard presides over question time for mums
The Australian - Ben Packham - June 7, 2012

JULIA Gillard took her cost of living campaign directly to Australian mothers today, blogging about rising childcare costs on popular women's website Mamamia. Bypassing the mainstream media, the Prime Minister fielded questions from more than 400 mums on childcare cost, quality...

Childcare providers meet PM in hurried summit
The Age - Rachel Wells, Michelle Grattan - June 7, 2012

THE Prime Minister will meet childcare providers and unions at a national summit today - to which they were invited on Tuesday. "We weren't expecting it at all, and we don't know why it was called on such short notice," said Barbara Romeril, executive director of the Community...

Childcare strategy to limit fees and up pay
Sydney Morning Herald - Phillip Coorey - June 7, 2012

THE federal government could subsidise the wages and other costs of childcare providers in return for them keeping their fees contained, as part of a planned structural shake-up of the sector to keep it affordable. The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, will meet childcare providers and...

Julia Gillard calls crisis meeting to tackle childcare costs
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - June 7, 2012

JULIA Gillard will convene an emergency summit with the childcare sector and unions today to discuss big changes to the system, after she conceded parents needed help from rising costs. The Prime Minister will face calls for radical reforms and an overhaul of the system...

Nanny push at childcare summit
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - June 7, 2012

JULIA Gillard will be urged to extend the in-home nannies program to help families balancing child care with shift work when she holds her emergency childcare summit today. President of the National In-Home Care Association (NICA) David Wilson said that an essential part of...

The Prime Minister is here right now
Mamamia - June 6, 2012

The Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Child Care Minister Kate Ellis are at Mamamia HQ to have that same conversation with you, answering your questions and replying to your comments live right here...

Kemp not guilty of ABC Learning breaches
Brisbane Times - Christine Flatley - June 5, 2012

A former ABC Learning Centres director has been cleared of breaching the Corporations Act when he arranged for the childcare chain to purchase three centres he owned. Martin Kemp was found not guilty in the Brisbane District Court on Tuesday afternoon of one count of...

Pay rises, rebate erosion pushing childcare costs out of reach
The Australian - Christian Kerr - June 4, 2012

UNREASONABLE union demands and inadequate government support are squeezing families out of childcare, the sector's peak body says. A survey issued yesterday by the union representing childcare workers, United Voice, found fees had increased 11 per cent in the past year to more...

ACT childcare fees highest in country
The Canberra Times - Belinda Merhab, Catherine Best - June 4, 2012

Canberra has the most expensive childcare in the country, the childcare workers' union United Voice says. Issuing its 2011-12 childcare fees report yesterday, the union said fees had increased 11 per cent in the past year, leaping to more than $70 a day. The report showed that in...

Kids robbed of playtime in pursuit of academic excellence
The Sunday Telegraph - Jane Hansen - June 3, 2012

FEARFUL parents are unnecessarily sending pre-schoolers to early learning classes to give them an academic edge. That's the warning from educators who say an atmosphere of parental panic has arisen about the expectations on kindergarten and pre-school children since the introduction of...

Parents pay for childcare on credit
The Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - June 3, 2012

SYDNEY parents are using credit cards to cover the rising cost of childcare, with the city's soaring prices the most expensive in the country. Daily fees in Sydney's CBD are now $113 on average - more than $22 higher than the national capital city average of $90.97- according to a new report...

Childcare fees soar but staff move on
Herald Sun - Samantha Maiden - June 3, 2012

CHILDCARE fees have skyrocketed 13 per cent in one year, threatening to make the vital service a luxury available only to the rich. A national survey of price hikes by the childcare workers' union United Voice has revealed that Victoria is the second worst state in the country for childcare…

Soaring childcare costs hit budgets, with Brisbane parents paying $84 a day for care of a single child
The Sunday Mail - Samantha Maiden - June 3, 2012

CHILDCARE costs are skyrocketing, with new data showing fees have risen more than 11 per cent across Australia in the past year. A national survey by the childcare workers' union United Voice has revealed the hike, which compares with an increase of 3.9 per cent the previous year...