Kindy's haves and have nots
Brisbane Times - Freya Petersen - March 23, 2012

An uneven spread of child care and kindergarten services in Brisbane is causing anguish for parents and business owners alike, with some centres hopelessly oversubscribed while others struggle to survive...

Dads to get two weeks paid parental leave
Adelaide Now - March 22, 2012

Paid parental leave will be extended to fathers from next year once new legislation is passed. Fathers and partners, including adopting parents and same sex couples, will be able to claim two weeks pay at the minimum wage under the scheme's extension...

'No politics' in new Ashgrove facility
Brisbane Times - Freya Petersen - March 21, 2012

A new childcare "centre of excellence," part-funded by the state government, is slated to open in Ashgrove, the Brisbane suburb crucial to Labor's hopes of derailing Campbell Newman in the state election...

Gungahlin leisure centre designs unveiled
The Canberra Times - Lisa Cox - March 21, 2012

The ACT government has completed its plans for a leisure centre for Gungahlin residents and will begin construction of the long-awaited facilities in August. The government unveiled finished designs for the $28.7 million centre...

New centres to provide parental support
PerthNow - Todd Cardy - March 20, 2012

Child and Parent Centres will be built on the grounds of 10 public schools and provide services to families with young children, including children younger than school age, who need help with education, health and other support. Childcare, playgroups and...

Kate Ellis - Here's what you need to know about child care
Mamamia.com.au - Kate Ellis - March 20, 2012

Child care used to be thought of in pretty basic terms. It was simply a group babysitting service so that parents could go to work. Not anymore. We now know that child care is about so much more than that – that’s why there have been debates, reform and huge new...

Wealthy families dominate after-school care
The Sydney Morning Herald - Adele Horin - March 19, 2012

CHILDREN from well-off families are the biggest users of before-school and after-school care while those from low-income working families are missing out, a new study shows. Only 1 per cent of children in low-income working families use formal care outside school...

Gillard unveils $1.7b boost for TAFE to tackle skilled worker shortage
The Sydney Morning Herald - Phillip Coorey - March 19, 2012

She has already announced that HECS-style loans - previously provided only to university students - will be made available for advanced diploma courses in fields such as information technology, childcare, aged care, engineering and telecommunications...

Poor language skills in prep students
Herald Sun - Lisa Power - March 16, 2012

CHILDREN are starting school with the speech capacity of three-year-olds. Up to a quarter of prep students have poor language skills. Too much television and a lack of extended family may be to blame. Primary school teacher Sandra Smith has...

Kinders squeezed by shake-up
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - March 16, 2012

Three-year-olds' kinder programs at preschools around the state are under threat, new surveys show. More than half of all Victorian kinders will cut three-year-olds' programs next year as the Federal Government demand to give all four-year-olds 15 hours of preschool a week...

Sacked worker wins payout for childcare
The Australian - Stephen Lunn - March 16, 2012

Fair Work Australia has awarded a woman unfairly sacked from a Victorian gym compensation for her childcare costs while looking for a new job. In a ruling experts warn could force employers to change their attitude on future settlement payouts...

Girl, 4, in hospital after child-care accident
The Age - Mex Cooper - March 15, 2012

A four-year-old girl has been taken to hospital with serious head injuries after being knocked unconscious by a wooden television trolley at a child-care centre in Melbourne's north. The girl is believed to have pulled the wooden trolley then fallen face down...

Childcare rebate not claimed
The West Australian - Kate Bastians - March 15, 2012

Thousands of WA families are missing out on millions of dollars by failing to claim the childcare rebate. Federal Government figures show about 8000 WA families, or 12 per cent of families using approved childcare centres...

Union wants more government cash for childcare
ABC News - Gail Liston - March 14, 2012

The Childcare Educators Union says both the Northern Territory and Federal governments need to commit to investing more money on childcare in Alice Springs. Today, the union invited Labor's Lynne Walker and the CLP's Robyn Lambley...

Childcare Alliance warns of coming cost blowout
The Australian - Sue Dunlevy - March 13, 2012

The value of the Child Care Benefit has been eroded by 19 per cent in the past decade and now covers only 41 per cent of revenue in some centres. The Australian Childcare Alliance says out-of-pocket expenses faced by parents will grow by...