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...

Call to delay kinder changes rejected
The Age - Rachel Wells - June 2, 2012

CALLS for the federal government to extend the June 2013 deadline for when Victorian kindergartens must provide 15-hour programs for four-year-olds appear to have fallen on deaf ears. Representatives from Kindergarten Parents Victoria met with School Education Minister Peter Garrett and and Minister for Early Childhood and Childcare Kate Ellis...

Childcare: One in four providers 'make loss'
BBC News (UK) - ‎Jun 1, 2012‎

Almost a quarter of childcare providers are making a loss despite fees in England being among the highest in the world, a report has suggested. In the poorest areas the proportion making a loss stands at 31%, according to a government survey. The report also suggests 60% of child minders...

Childcare centres to get funds boost
Canberra Times - Lisa Cox - May 31, 2012

The ACT government will boost its budget for childcare services by $3.5 million in the next financial year to upgrade childcare centres and help the sector meet national regulations introduced by the federal government. The figure is in addition to last year''s injection of $60 million over...