'Negative impact' on under-fives
The Australian - Pia Akerman and Verity Edwards - March 04, 2013

PARENTS trying to escape the rising cost of childcare are sending their children to school earlier, prompting warnings that an early start could negatively affect their development. Evidence from families and schools indicates the number of children starting school before they are five is...

Proof of benefits of reading to children
The Age - John Elder - March 3, 2013

MELBOURNE researchers have proven what parents have intuitively known all along - the more often you read to your children from an early age, the greater the positive effect on their reading and thinking skills. The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research has not only...

Agencies can't meet soaring demand for au pairs to take childcare strain
Sun Herald - Cosima Marriner - March 3, 2013

AU PAIR agencies have been forced to close their books to new customers, unable to keep up with the soaring demand from families for low-cost live-in help. To counter the seasonal shortage of au pairs, the industry is lobbying the federal government to introduce a specific au pair working...

Government 'losing tax opportunities'
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - March 02, 2013

THE federal budget stands to gain from allowing families to claim childcare benefits for their nannies as it will force the system to become regulated and employees working underground will start paying taxes. In its budget submission ahead of the May budget, the Australian Nanny Association...

Childcare Crisis
Sky News - Paul Murray - February 27, 2013

Paul Murray and the panel discuss the rising cost of childcare and who should pay for it...

Pay for childcare reforms or fees will rise, Labor warned
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - February 27, 2013

THE nation's biggest childcare provider has delivered an ultimatum to the Gillard government that it must use the May budget to pay for national quality reforms - which include increased staff-to-child ratios and staff qualifications - or parents will be slugged with an increase in fees by an average...

KU - the pre-school that's in a class of its own
The Daily Telegraph - Lisa Power - February 27, 2013

DIGGING in sandboxes, splashing in water and climbing over obstacle courses never go out of fashion for four-year-olds. This week marks 110 years of preschoolers enjoying simple outdoor games and fun in the grounds of KU's pioneering preschool. Thought to be one of Australia's...

Funding real costs of caring
The Australian - February 26, 2013

WORKING parents whose childcare costs are growing more quickly than their toddlers and who struggle to find quality childcare outside standard hours and for school-aged children on holidays will appreciate Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick's call for a Productivity...

Elizabeth Broderick issues rallying call for overhaul of care
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - February 26, 2013

SEX Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick has called for a broad Productivity Commission inquiry into childcare and the care sector generally, to investigate a range of bold options to overhaul the system. Ms Broderick argues that changes delivered in federal budgets...

Kate Ellis faces poll fight on cost of childcare
The Australian - Michael Owen - February 25, 2013

INDUSTRY has warned Childcare Minister Kate Ellis it will make the spiralling costs of care an election issue in her seat of Adelaide and campaign against her re-election. Childcare SA president Kerry Mahony said the minister was refusing to accept the Gillard government's childcare reforms...

Federal Child Care Minister Kate Ellis marries Sunday Mail editor David Penberthy
AdelaideNow - Helene Sobolewski - February 24, 2013

IT WAS the worst-kept secret in Adelaide when Federal Child Care Minister Kate Ellis and Sunday Mail editor David Penberthy wed on Saturday. The couple thanked their family, friends and high-profile guests - including Premier Jay Weatherill - for feigning surprise when they turned their...

Brace for preschool pinch
Sydney Morning Herald - Cosima Marriner - February 24, 2013

Children who attend childcare centres that are staffed by more and better qualified educators start school with superior language, literacy and numeracy skills, and are more co-operative and attentive, research shows. The findings are from research by Early Childhood Australia...

Little Australians benefit as teachers move into childcare
The Age - Maxine McKew - February 24, 2013

Every Australian child should be learning from birth, and long daycare and preschool services are gearing up to meet that challenge. PET Boles always wanted to teach, but remembers being told that she was "way too brainy to just be a teacher". These days she''s more amused than indignant…

Lighting a candle under bureaucratic bombast
The Australian - Chris Kenny - February 23, 2013

A RIPPING tabloid yarn in Sydney's The Daily Telegraph this month forced two prominent ministers to front the cameras and discuss the relative merits of birthday cakes and cupcakes. "Kids will be banned from blowing out candles on communal birthday cakes," reported Natasha Bita, "under ...

Kindergarten cop-out: early childhood reforms must continue
The Conversation - Susan Krieg - February 21, 2013

The Labor government is not often celebrated for its policy achievements, but there has been one area where it deserves some recognition – early childhood education. It started reforms to the sector in 2007, and has made gains towards a better quality, more accessible, affordable and...