Coalition to consider delaying new childcare standards
Financial Review - Emma Connors - June 23, 2012

A Coalition federal government would consider delaying new standards in childcare, arguing that affordable services are crucial both to working families and the economy. A week before the carbon tax begins, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott stepped up his call for a Productivity Commission…

Abbott gets new take on nannies
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - June 23, 2012

TONY Abbott has been urged to adopt similar nanny schemes to those in Britain and New Zealand to allow the government to subsidise in-home care. The Opposition Leader held a roundtable with childcare providers in Sydney yesterday and invited the newly incorporated Australian Nanny…

Big fines for childcare centres
The West Australian - Beatrice Thomas - June 23, 2012

Fifty WA childcare providers breached State regulations in the past year, with legal action or licence suspensions pursued against 11 services for problems including inadequate supervision and failing to report a child's hospital visit to authorities. Figures provided by the Department for…

Childcare better under coalition-Abbott
Sky News - June 22, 2012

Improved childcare facilities are essential to ensure Australia's future prosperity, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says. Speaking at a Sydney childcare centre where he'd played with children by imitating farmyard animals, Mr Abbott was not horsing around when he called for the sector...

Nit police sick of head hunting
Herald Sun- Susie O'Brien - June 21, 2012

PARENTS are sick of nit-picking, and want schools and childcare centres to go back to checking kids' heads for the pesky creepy-crawlies. Ninety-two per cent of parents want teachers to be allowed to look for nits on children's heads, according to a survey of more than 400...

Union urges government to fix childcare crisis
The Australian - June 18, 2012

THE childcare sector is urging the federal government to provide $1.4 billion every year to lift wages for its workers. Representatives from trade union United Voice will meet various ministers, Australian Greens MP Adam Bandt and Independent MP Tony Windsor this week to discuss...

Kids need more fish and fibre
Adelaide Now - Clare Peddie - June 17, 2012

CHILDREN under five are headed for a life of chronic disease because they are not eating enough fibre and omega-3 acids, Adelaide research shows. Dr Shao Zhou from the Women's and Children's Health Research Institute studied 300 Adelaide preschool children and found they were eating...

Childcare operators call for rebate means test
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - June 17, 2012

CHILDCARE operators are pushing the federal government to consider a means test on the childcare rebate as part of its policy shake-up. The rebate is the only family assistance payment that is not subject to an income test and pays parents up to $7500 a year for each child to help...

Shut those noisy children up, say killjoys
Herald Sun - John Masanauskas - June 16, 2012

CHILDCARE centres have been warned to limit the noise of kids shouting and running around to avoid annoying neighbours. VCAT has ruled that because kids in centres play outdoors much more than years ago, the noise impacts had to be considered. In a landmark 1970s decision, the...

Schools for at-risk students miss mark
The Canberra Times - Noel Towell - June 13, 2012

An ACT government schools program, meant to help vulnerable children get a good start, risks creating "schools of choice" for middle-class families, according to the Auditor-General Maxine Cooper. Dr Cooper found that an indigenous pre-school program has a "disproportionately low"...

Daycare shifts to flexibility
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - June 12, 2012

THE Gillard government is looking to grow family daycare, a home-based childcare alternative, in a bid to offer parents more options and flexibility. Family Day Care Australia is pushing the government to consider a range of funding options for the sector, including out of standard work...

Families slugged for missed jabs
The Australian - Natasha Bita - June 11, 2012

THE federal government has stopped the childcare subsidies of more than 23,000 families for refusing or forgetting to vaccinate their children over the past year. But more than 16,000 other families avoided the financial penalties by signing conscientious objection forms. Data from…

Unions push for councils
The Age - Michelle Grattan - June 11, 2012

Secretary of the ACTU Dave Oliver said the recent approach adopted in manufacturing, with a tripartite taskforce, should be used elsewhere. Councils should be set up in, for example, the retail and hospitality, construction and childcare sectors. "We are keen to promote collaboration...

Childcare tax breaks only help the rich: Treasury
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - June 10, 2012

TAX-DEDUCTIBLE childcare would benefit only high-income families and leave low- and middle-income parents thousands of dollars a year worse off, Treasury modelling has found. Some industry and business groups have called for tax-deductible care costs as an incentive to increase...

Preschool mental health checks
Sydney Morning Herald - Jill Stark - June 10, 2012

THREE-YEAR-OLDS will be screened for early signs of mental illness in a new federal government program that will consider behaviour such as sleeping with the light on, temper tantrums or extreme shyness as signs of possible psychological problems. The Healthy Kids Check - starting...