Women's groups call for relief from taxing child-care expenses
The Canberra Times - Peter Trute - October 3, 2011

The cost and complexity of child care have been named as barriers to women returning to work and will be the target of calls for more government support at this week's tax summit in Canberra. A new report has identified child care as the biggest obstacle for women returning to work...

APY child centres stalled for six years
The Australian - Mark Schiebs - October 3, 2011

FEDERALLY funded childcare centres "critical" to families in the troubled Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands have not been built -- six years after millions of dollars was handed out for their construction. The federal government provided $2.1 million...

Wine, banks and childcare on forum agenda
Australian Financial Review - Tax Forum - October 1, 2011

Submissions to the forum have flowed in over the pastfortnight. Businesses want inefficient state taxes to go and company tax to drop; health groups want a wine tax overhaul; the banking industry wants a deduction for childcare; for others, it's a congestion charge...

Relief sought for taxing childcare costs
Ninemsn - September 30, 2011

The cost and complexity of child care have been named as barriers to women returning to work and will be the target of calls for more government support at next week's tax summit in Canberra. A new report has identified child care as the biggest obstacle for women returning to work...

Toddlers with tablets
Courier Mail - Anthony Gough - September 29, 2011

Inner-northside children will be on the cutting edge of technology from next year, with a Clayfield early learning centre using next generation teaching tools for the next generation of kids. Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre will start using Apple iPads in its curriculum...

Taxpayers urged to subsidise childcare workers
The Australian - Natasha Bita - September 29, 2011

AUSTRALIA's biggest childcare chain, ABC Learning, has called for more taxpayer subsidies to fund wage rises for childcare workers on the minimum wage. Nearly three years after its collapse into receivership, ABC Learning has delivered a modest $5.6 million surplus...

It's not that taxing - we can do better
Sydney Morning Herald - Tony Nicholson - September 29, 2011

The fourth reform is to make sure that childcare subsidies provided through the tax system support the development of an early childhood education and care system that works for disadvantaged children and their families. While investment in early childhood education...

As fight against child obesity intensifies, experts say kids' gyms go to far
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty - September 29, 2011

Child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg said the only gyms children should be using were jungle gyms. "Little children shouldn't be spending time using gyms," he said. "People have got to be kidding. Children should be running around playing in the mud, sandpits and jungle gyms."

Disease a risk to Gold Coast kindy kids
Gold Coast Bulletin News - Stephanie Bedo - September 29, 2011

THE highly contagious hand, foot and mouth disease is spreading through Gold Coast childcare centres. The Gold Coast Public Health Unit is warning children to stay indoors until the outbreak has subsided after receiving several reported cases of the disease, mostly stemming from childcare...

Banks in $500m ABC Learning Centres legal wrangle
Australian Financial Review - Samantha Bowers - September 29, 2011

The banking syndicate that financed collapsed childcare group ABC Learning Centres could be forced to give back more than $500 million in payments made by the company before its collapse...

Early Use of Non-Parental Childcare Is Not Harmful for Most Children, Norwegian Study Finds
ScienceDaily - September 27, 2011

The report indicates that there is no evidence that early centre-based childcare is harmful for most children. Most pre-school children in Norway attend different types of childcare arrangements on a daily or weekly basis, and by far the majority are in centre-based...

Crisis in childcare industry
Queensland Times - Megan Kinninment - September 26th, 2011

EARLY childhood workers are in crisis, an industry summit in Lismore heard on Saturday, with 15,000 leaving the profession each year as they struggle with low wages and increasing stress. Childcare workers are passionate about their vocation, but many can't afford to stay...

Tax break urged for childcare, including nannies
The Age - Stephanie Peatling - September 25, 2011

Canberra's tax summit will look at current childcare payments. To be held next month, it will also examine how the tax and family payment systems interact, after Treasury research found returning to work was often financially unattractive for parents...

Nannies give gift of freedom
Sydney Morning Herald - Melissa Davey - September 25, 2011

She said it would free up spaces in childcare centres and prevent ''cash in hand'' nannies from operating, who were often not as qualified as those from professional agencies...

Victorian childcare centres to face squeeze for spots
Herald Sun - Terry Brown - September 24, 2011

VICTORIA could lose 4000 childcare spots next year under new Government rules to boost staff-to-child ratios at child care centres. And those parents who can find a place for their child could be slugged as much as $13 a day more for the service...