Childcare safety risk
The Mercury - Hannah Martin - January 15, 2012

Tasmanian childcare operators have been busted with unregistered carers and for failing to have enough staff supervising children on excursions, a Sunday Tasmanian investigation reveals. Eleven cases of serious safety breaches were investigated by the Department...

Wealthy winners in childcare grants
Sydney Morning Herald - Misha Schubert - January 15, 2012‎

HIGH-INCOME families are receiving more than $259 million a year in childcare subsidies, prompting calls for a rethink on the level of government support. But women's workforce advocates warn against making cuts, saying the subsidy saves money...

Gillard government reforms to childcare are worth paying more money for
The Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - January 15, 2012‎

Worth paying for: New rules increasing the number of childcare workers for each toddler are good for the carers and babies. ONE toddler is eating her lunch. One is mashing banana into the carpet. One baby is sleeping, another is howling...

Parents pay anything from $62 to $130 a day
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty - January 11, 2012

The gulf between the cheapest and most expensive childcare centres has blown out to nearly $70 a day after federal reforms. Melbourne's cheapest centres, which have managed to avoid large fee rises after mandatory changes to staffing levels, are offering care...

Increased rebates helping keep childcare costs down, report reveals
Sydney Morning Herald - Adele Horin - January 9, 2012

Families spent a significantly lower proportion of their income on childcare last year than they did in 2004, an official report shows. Despite perceptions of run-away childcare fees, increased government subsidies slashed the out-of-pocket costs...

Online reviews worry some operators
The Age - Cosima Marriner - January 8, 2012

PARENTS will soon be able to rate their childcare centre online and share their reviews with others. The online childcare directory CareforKids is preparing to launch the TripAdvisor-style ratings system for users of childcare services, the first system of its kind...

Preschools flunk the test
Sydney Morning Herald - Cosima Marriner - January 8, 2012

THE standard of teaching in Australian preschools is "very poor", a government-funded national study into the quality of early education has found. The finding from the E4Kids study suggests children may be attending little more than glorified playgroup...

Where children thrive on an outside chance
Sydney Morning Herald - Cosima Marriner - January 8, 2012

It may be the depths of winter in Scandinavia, but children attending the increasingly popular outdoor childcare centres spend all day in the forest. They pitch tents, go hiking and make hot chocolate. While this freewheeling approach is a far cry from the regimented system in Australia...

Daytime naps spell trouble at night
Sydney Morning Herald - Cosima Marriner - January 8, 2012

Now for the first time research is being conducted into the daytime nap habits of preschoolers and how sleep patterns affect their behaviour and learning. There are no strict guidelines regarding nap time for preschoolers - government regulations simply state...

Babies in big school - is your child ready?
The Daily Telegraph - Bruce McDougall - January 07, 2012

IMMATURE four-year-olds are being enrolled in school before they are ready so their financially strapped parents can save thousands in pre-school and childcare fees. Many children, who often are not able to cope with the demands of "big school", then repeat their kindergarten year…

Struggling to find a caring solution
The Daily Telegraph - January 07, 2012

KATE Ellis, the federal minister for early childhood and childcare, pointed out this week in an ABC interview that "there are more children in Australian childcare centres now than at any time in our history." This is undoubtedly the case...

Childcare reform gripes 'put costs before kids'
The Australian - Justine Ferrari and Verity Edwards - January 06, 2012

The agency overseeing reforms to lift childcare quality has accused the sector of misrepresenting the impact of new standards. In answer to claims childcare fees would rise by up to $50 a week as a result of new staffing requirements, the deputy chairwoman of the ...

Income shaping children's progress at school
The Australian - Justine Ferrari - January 04, 2012

The growing difference in the income of rich and poor families is accompanied by a widening gap in the success of their children at school, with research suggesting higher-income parents are spending more on their children's early learning before they start school...

New staff-child ratios for childcare operators
AM Radio - Timothy McDonald - January 2, 2012

Peter Cave: New regulations have come into effect which will require one staff member for every four babies at child care centres around Australia. A new national quality standard has also come into effect. One advocacy group says it's a good move that will improve quality in the sector...

Childcare reforms force three in four centres to lift fees
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - December 31, 2011

PARENTS face large increases in childcare costs next year, as a major survey of centres reveals three-quarters will increase their fees to meet new requirements for educated workers and more staff per children, while a majority are not able to find qualified staff...