Learning gaps in pre-primary
The West Australian - Bethany Hiatt and Phoebe Wearne - October 6, 2012

The release of results of from the "on-entry assessment program", now in its second year, has prompted concerns from early childhood experts that the increased emphasis on formal learning in kindergarten and pre-primary is robbing children of their childhood. Changes inspired by...

Childcare cash needs reviewing
The Australian - October 3, 2012

A RETHINK is needed on the way tax dollars are distributed for childcare, the national auditor says. The Australian National Audit Office released its report on improving access to childcare on Wednesday. The report said the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations...

One in five preschoolers overweight
The World Today (ABC Radio) - Sarah Dingle - October 2, 2012

One in five preschool aged Australian children are overweight or obese, and a high proportion of those children will have a television in their bedrooms. That's the findings of a wide-ranging study by the University of Sydney. The study's lead author says parents are getting confused with the...

Push on childcare wages as staff shortage hurts
Inner West Courier - Rashell Habib - October 2, 2012

Early years educators from six inner-west centres met with federal MP Anthony Albanese last week on the sector's staffing crisis. With a waiting list of 400, Ms De Souza said it was essential for the government to understand how important the early stages of a child's development were for their...

When your food fights back
The Canberra Times - Peter Jean - September 30, 2012

Serious allergic reactions to food are becoming so common that some Canberra childcare centres have established exclusion zones for susceptible children. Practically unheard of just a decade ago, allergy rates among children have soared over recent years to the point where two in every five...

Nannas need to find a balance
Sun-Herald - Cosima Marriner - September 30, 2012

The baby guru Robin Barker has one firm rule when it comes to looking after her grandchildren: she won't double as a nanny while their parents go off to work. The best-selling author of Baby Love and The Mighty Toddler argues that a weekly child-minding commitment is a big ask...

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...