Childcare centres ready for fire hazards
Canberra Times - Christopher Knaus - May 31, 2012

Childcare providers assure parents that Canberra centres are safe from the kind of inferno that killed 13 children, including three New Zealand triplets, in a Qatari creche this week. The blaze broke out in a shopping mall in Doha, the Qatari capital, on Monday, killing 19 people...

Daycare 'swap' OK for rebates
Sydney Morning Herald - May 30, 2012

Family daycare operators who send their children to another creche could still claim the childcare rebate if they're eligible, a senate committee has heard. Nationals senator Fiona Nash said she had heard about day carers who sent their own children to another family day carer and then...

Smacking mum can work in childcare: court
News.com.au - May 30, 2012

A MOTHER who used an electrical cord to hit her eight-year-old twins when they refused to do the dishes has been given permission to continue working in the childcare industry. In a written judgment published today, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal returned a blue card...

Government's threat to childcare centres over fees
The Sunday Telegraph - Caroline Marcus - May 27, 2012

THE federal government warned it would publicly name childcare centres using reforms as an excuse to jack up prices after one centre tried to gouge parents an extra $46 a day. As Prime Minister Julia Gillard last week commissioned work on ways to help struggling families by capping...

Threat to Victorian kindergartens
Sunday Herald Sun - Robyn Riley - May 27, 2012

A VICTORIAN preschool was forced to close its popular three-year-old kindergarten because the Federal Government did not fully consider the consequences of its new childcare standards, management claims. Templeton Orchards Preschool in Wantirna says its three-year-old kinder...

Children to be given a taste of danger at new childcare centre
The Courier-Mail - Tanya Chilcott - May 26, 2012

CHILDREN would be given trees to climb in, a creek to explore and material to build cubby houses under proposals for a new childcare centre and kindergarten which aims to buck the trend of wrapping them in cotton wool. The proposal by C&K, which runs a string of childcare centres...

New name plan for pre-primary
The West Australian - Bethany Hiatt - May 25, 2012

WA's pre-primary school year would be renamed "foundation" from next year under a plan to bring all States into line. The Australian Government Primary Principals Association is pushing for all schools to use the same title for the year of schooling before Year 1 and it wants all States...

Depopulate and perish
Financial Review - Steven Philip Kramer - May 25, 2012

Population decline poses a grave danger to the developed world. Yet there is nothing inevitable about it. History shows governments can raise birthrates close to replacement levels if only they adopt the right kinds of pronatalist policies. This means making available high-quality and affordable childcare, offering families financial support and supporting mothers who pursue careers...

All together now - 300,000 kids in story marathon
The Daily Telegraph - Alice Coote - May 24, 2012

Nick Bland's The Very Cranky Bear was read aloud in about 2200 libraries, kindies, schools and homes across Australia yesterday in the 12th National Simultaneous Storytime. At 11am, the two- to six-year-olds heard the story of the four friends who encounter a very cranky bear in his cave...

Widening gap 'a reason' to raise childcare cap
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - May 23, 2012

TONY Abbott's Coalition has revealed it wants to lift the cap on the childcare rebate, flagging an increase on the $7500 families currently receive per child. Coalition childcare spokeswoman Sussan Ley has told The Australian a 300 per cent increase in families hitting the childcare rebate cap...

Childcare faces crisis over wages
Sunshine Coast Daily - Jorge Branco - May 23, 2012

LYNN Afotey-Otu has worked in childcare for more than 30 years but is now concerned the whole industry is in crisis, with workers leaving in droves due to poor pay. Mrs Afotey-Otu runs the Little Legends Early Learning Centre in Dakabin, where she's finding it harder to attract and keep staff...

Anthony defends silence on ABC fees
Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - May 22, 2012

FORMER federal minister and ABC Learning Centres director Larry Anthony has defended leaving out of annual reports almost $13,000 a month in fees from a contractor for the childcare giant. He also justified, in court yesterday, not declaring the fees at board meetings of the Brisbane-based...

Union warning on childcare strategy
The Age - Peter Martin - May 21, 2012

The government is reportedly considering an accord along the lines of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme that would directly subsidise childcare centres in exchange for guaranteed fees. Until now the government has paid money to parents to subsidise fees rather than fund the childcare centres themselves...

Childcarers want subsidy for fee freeze
Sydney Morning Herald - May 20, 2012

Childcare workers will quit the industry in droves unless the federal government comes up with subsidies as part of any move to cap fees, a union says. The federal government is canvassing options to freeze childcare fees, including paying direct subsidies to the industry in exchange for...

What comes after ABC?
Brisbane Times - Cosima Mariner - May 20, 2012

Julia Davison is seeking to change the focus, and the culture, of the once-troubled childcare business. "Eddy came by helicopter, I come by Mini." That's how Julia Davison, the new boss of Australia's largest childcare chain, sums up the difference between her and her predecessor...