New staff-child ratios for childcare operators
AM Radio - Timothy McDonald - January 2, 2012

Peter Cave: New regulations have come into effect which will require one staff member for every four babies at child care centres around Australia. A new national quality standard has also come into effect. One advocacy group says it's a good move that will improve quality in the sector...

Childcare reforms force three in four centres to lift fees
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - December 31, 2011

PARENTS face large increases in childcare costs next year, as a major survey of centres reveals three-quarters will increase their fees to meet new requirements for educated workers and more staff per children, while a majority are not able to find qualified staff...

National laws to cover all child-care centres
The Canberra Times - Katina Curtis - December 30, 2011

Child-care centres will be governed under a national framework for the first time from Sunday. The first stage of the Federal Government's national quality framework starts in 2012, with the rest of the scheme to be phased in by 2020. From Sunday, child-care centres must...

Reforms leave childcare centres in state of confusion
Sydney Morning Herald - Jessica Wright - December 28, 2011

Childcare centre operators in NSW say they are ill prepared to implement the federal government's sweeping reforms which will come into effect on January 1. The first stage of the childcare reforms require one carer for every four children aged up to two...

Minister rejects plea for delay on potential childcare price increase
The Age - Jessica Wright - December 28, 2011

THE childcare lobby has launched a final plea to the federal government to delay introducing reforms to the sector, warning the cost of fees will rise due to new staffing ratio requirements...

$47m plan to help get teenage parents through school
The Australian - Lanai Vasek - December 27, 2011

Teenage parents in 10 local communities around Australia will find it easier to complete their year 12 or equivalent qualification from next month through greater access to child care, improved Centrelink services and guaranteed training places...

Female entrepreneurs free to network after-hours
Sydney Morning Herald - Mahesh Sharma - December 22, 2011

Childcare strategy to help women in male-dominated tech sector. Female technology entrepreneurs will soon be able to join the after-hours networking scene with a special childcare initiative set to remove one of the biggest obstacles for working mothers...

Preschool crucial to bridge indigenous education gap
The Australian - Justine Ferrari - December 13, 2011

INDIGENOUS students progress through school at the same rate as their classmates but tend to score lower on average because they start school further behind and are never able to catch up. But a seven-year study tracking indigenous students...

Coalition wants to beef up nanny home-help program
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - December 10, 2011

THE Coalition wants to dramatically expand the nannies-at-home program, splitting it to better target shiftworkers as well as families with special needs. The Weekend Australian can reveal only 5840 children benefited in the 2011 March quarter from the In Home Care program...

Family daycare sex danger from boy, 13
The Daily Telegraph - Janet Fife-Yeomans - December 9, 2011

A FAMILY daycare provider has been allowed to continue looking after young children in her home despite police warning they were in danger of "significant harm" from her teenage son. The boy, 13, remains on a "person causing harm" Community Services database...

Families turn to daycare in the home as centre costs too expensive
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - December 8, 2011

THE number of children attending family daycare has risen for the first time since Labor took power. There are predictions the home-based alternative will boom as fees for long-daycare centres skyrocket next year. While new data shows a decline in the...

Lack of affordable childcare keeps 70000 mothers at home
Sydney Morning Herald - Kelly Burke - December 7, 2011

ALMOST 70,000 women are locked out of the workforce solely because they cannot get affordable childcare. The group makes up 15 per cent of all unemployed women who say they want to work but cannot, according to the Bureau of Statistics. A further 13 per cent...

Salvos centre punts on funding childcare reforms
The Australian - Natasha Bita - December 5, 2011

The director of the Balga Early Learning Centre in Perth, Jo Ineson, proposed the lottery funding in a letter to the Child Care Association of Western Australia, in an effort to prevent fee increases for some of the nation's poorest parents...

Women CEOs need nannies and housekeepers, not cars as part of their salary package, says Ita Buttrose
Courier Mail - Helen Pow - December 4, 2011

WOMEN should demand nannies and housekeepers as part of their salary package to keep their careers on track, Ita Buttrose says. The publishing queen said if Australia adopted more of a nanny culture, it would help women stay in work, continue to climb the corporate...

Childcare 'hot potato' for governments
Perth Now - Cora-Ann Wilson - December 3, 2011

EARLY childhood education and care is big business in Australia and a political hot potato for governments as evidenced by the debacle over the failure of ABC Learning. In Western Australia, despite twists and turns, child care and kindergarten provision has...