Oppn accused of playing politics with kids
Nine News - Jacqueline Le - July 20, 2012

The union representing childcare workers says the coalition is playing politics with kids by seeking a rollback of childcare reforms. United Voice national secretary Sue Lines says the union is shocked by opposition childcare spokeswoman Sussan Ley's criticism of national childcare reforms...

Coalition plans for childcare rollback
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 20, 2012

THE Coalition will convene an emergency meeting of state and territory childcare ministers to plan a rollback and delay of key elements of Labor's childcare reforms, particularly the rules that require workers to have higher levels of education by 2014. Opposition childcare spokeswoman Sussan...

Grants inflate costs: union
Sydney Morning Herald - Dan Harrison - July 20, 2012

PUBLIC subsidies may be pushing up fees at childcare centres, the workers' union has told the Gillard government. The union, United Voice, said the government should take the childcare rebate away from parents and pay it directly to centres and regulate fees based on the true cost of care...

United Voice childcare union calls for rebate overhaul in inquiry submission
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 20, 2012

THE peak union for childcare workers has told Julia Gillard's childcare inquiry that the sector is in crisis and that the rebate paid to parents is inflationary. In its written submission United Voice argues that the childcare rebate must be radically changed and redirected to childcare centres...

Kate Ellis flags more flexible daycare plan
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 19, 2012

FAMILY daycare has been earmarked for expansion under the Gillard government's proposed reform of the childcare sector, which includes the biggest shake-up in 30 years of services for vulnerable children. Childcare Minister Kate Ellis will release a discussion paper today calling for...

Corporate takeover raises childcare fees
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - July 19, 2012

PARENTS at two bayside childcare centres will pay some of the highest fees in the state after a corporate takeover. The Sandringham and Hampton childcare centres will remain open, but fees will rise from $99 a day to $120, Bayside City Council said. It comes as the cost of new, higher...

Tuning in to what makes toddlers tick
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 18, 2012

EVEN before children can talk they are learning about physics and language and communication, but how they learn is not well understood. Childcare educators need to concentrate on how to assess the subtle signs in children up to the age of three, says a report to be released tomorrow...

Airbrushing offered for kindy photos
Herald Sun - Michelle Ainsworth - July 17, 2012

THE rough and tumble of childhood could be airbrushed out of history, a Melbourne mum fears. When her three-year-old son's professional childcare photos came home with an offer to airbrush away dirt and bruising on his face, mum Amanda Cox was saddened. The note attached to...

Should vaccination be compulsory?
ABC 612 Brisbane - Amanda Dell - 16 July 2012

Childcare centres are ripe breeding grounds for illness, but if it's more serious than a cold, should non-vaccinated children be excluded? Rebecca Levingston spoke to Peter Price from Childcare Queensland and Dr Alexandra Markwell, president of the AMAQ...

Parents who dodge vaccinating their kids are pocketing thousands of dollars
The Daily Telegraph - Renee Viellaris - July 15, 2012

While parents have been warned they will lose their payment and the childcare benefit if they do not fully immunise their children, they are also being told exemptions will be given to objectors. All they have to do to dodge the requirements and receive the money is fill out a form…

Going snotty: childhood illnesses
News.com.au - Fiona Baker - July 14, 2012

FACT: kids get sick. But does going to child care elevate their chances of falling prey to illness? It is that time of year when kids take on the look of a glazed doughnut. Faces and sleeves are shiny with excretions from noses which seem to run like a tap. Meanwhile, children are snotty...

Childcare costs hitting families
The Daily Advertiser - Jade Martin - 13 Jul, 2012

The meeting was the first in a series of regional childcare forums. Ms Ley said it was interesting to hear how the concerns of regional childcare providers differed to those in city regions, adding that most educators were keen to share how the increased amount of paperwork and administration…

Childcare giant calls for redirection of rebates from parents to providers
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 11, 2012

THE nation's largest childcare group has told the Gillard government its reforms are costing too much to implement and providers need more funding to keep price rises under control. An executive summary of the submission by Goodstart, obtained by The Australian, calls for a...

Childcare care costs will grow faster than a toddler
The Australian - Judith Sloan - July 10, 2012

CONVENING a summit on any topic almost always means politics are not running well for the government. So when Julia Gillard convened a summit on childcare in early June, we could infer there were lots of grumblings coming from elector land about the costs and inflexibility of...

Austock sells management unit
The Australian - Sarah Danckert - July 10, 2012

AILING former broker Austock has agreed to sell its property funds management business, which controls more than $500 million in childcare centres, hospitals and police stations, to listed fund manager Folkestone. In a deal worth $11m, all shares in Austock Property Funds Management...