Police investigate allegations child had legs taped together at central Queensland childcare centre
The Courier-Mail - Brooke Baskin - September 28, 2012

A WORKER has been sacked as police investigate allegations a child had her legs taped together during afternoon nap time at a central Queensland childcare centre. Police have charged a 21-year-old woman with torture, two counts of assault and deprivation of liberty in relation...

WA moves to make pre-school compulsory
Ninemsn - September 26, 2012

Western Australia has moved to make pre-primary school compulsory for local students, bringing it in line with other states. Education Minister Peter Collier introduced the amended legislation to parliament on Wednesday, saying the move would guarantee pre-primary places...

$1.5m arson attack on NACYS childcare centre at Davoren Park
AdelaideNow - Thomas Conlin and Chloe Kennedy - September 26, 2012

A DELIBERATELY-LIT fire has caused about $1.5 million damage to a childcare centre at Davoren Park. Fire crews are investigating the cause of the blaze after being called to the scene about 2.15am, but a spokeswoman said it was believed the fire had been deliberately lit. Sixteen...

Tough benchmarks for nannies register
The Australian - Sophie Gosper - September 26, 2012

NANNIES will need to have a teaching qualification and first-aid training and pass police and working-with-children checks to join a national register run by the Australian Nanny Association. The ANA has established the register to distinguish professional nannies from grandparents...

Caltex lures new parents back
Financial Review - Rachel Nickless - September 26, 2012

Caltex Australia will on Wednesday unveil an Australian-first program designed to stop women walking out the door for good once they have children. The Caltex "BabyCare" initiative provides workers with four 3 per cent return-to-work bonuses spread out over the first year a parent...

G8 Education seeks $34.5m after childcare and education centre acquisition
The Wall Street Journal - Gillian Tan - September 24, 2012

G8 Education is seeking to raise up to $34.5 million through an equity placement, according to a term sheet seen by Deal Journal Australia. A total of 30 million shares are to be placed by the childcare operator at $1.15 each, representing 14.6 per cent of the stock on issue, the term...

Parents' 3am queues for care places
The Daily Telegraph - Bruce McDougall - September 24, 2012

DESPERATE working parents are queuing as early as 3am to secure a place for their children in before and after school care under a first-come, first-served policy. They arrive in the middle of the night with deck chairs, blankets, beanies and flasks of coffee while they wait to be first in line...

Childcare policies on table
The Canberra Times - Ewa Kretowicz - September 23, 2012

CANBERRA has the most expensive childcare in the country according to the childcare workers' union, United Voice, but only the Labor and Pirates parties have released specific policies to address issues affecting working parents. There is also a shortage of childcare places across...

Terrible twos and puberty blues cause frazzled parents the most stress
The Sunday Telegraph - Natasha Bita - September 23, 2012

AUSTRALIA'S biggest time-lapse study of 8000 families reveals that boisterous little boys and hormonal schoolgirls stretch their frazzled parents to breaking point. Toddler and preschool boys top the list of Australia's most challenging children - with one in three mothers reporting...

Devil in detail of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's grand plan
Sunday Herald Sun - Samantha Maiden - September 23, 2012

CHILDCARE The policy: 1. The Coalition has pledged to ask the Productivity Commission to review childcare if elected. 2. Extending the 30 per cent childcare rebate to nannies would also be considered. Concerns that quality and safety reforms and red tape are driving up costs would also…

Former ABC Learning Centres boss Eddy Groves fights CBA bankruptcy bid in court
The Courier-Mail - Liam Walsh - September 22, 2012

THE Commonwealth Bank has threatened to bankrupt Eddy Groves, the former childcare tsar whose wealth once extended to Ferraris and basketball teams. Mr Groves, who co-founded the now collapsed ABC Learning Centres chain, is battling the bankruptcy attempt. Lawyers for Mr Groves...

Federal MP Kate Ellis urges government to ease planning barriers and release more land for child care centres
Herald Sun - Phillip Hudson - September 21, 2012

MORE child care centres could be opened to meet rapidly rising demand in Victoria if state and local governments eased planning barriers and freed up more land, says federal Child Care Minister Kate Ellis. Ms Ellis said a new report showed Victoria had an "astonishing increase" in child care…

Parents face sting from labour costs
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - September 20, 2012

PARENTS could face higher fees if the nation's childcare workers are awarded a government-funded pay rise because centres will be forced to pass on the significant additional "on costs", the peak body representing childcare centres has warned. Private childcare providers met yesterday...

Childcare workers stake their claim for wage boost
The Australian - September 20, 2012

Nobody would argue that childcare workers should not be adequately rewarded for the valuable work they do in the community. But it is another step altogether to suggest the government should subsidise the pay of workers in the private sector. As The Australian reported yesterday...

Unpaid grandparents the unsung heroes of a nation's childcare
The Australian - Bernard Salt - September 20, 2012

ONE of the key issues in modern Australia is childcare. Generally the discussion centres on the number of places (too few) and the cost (too much). But there is another story: the extent of childcare/minding that is provided without payment; this is the informal network of care that...