Kate Ellis eyes councils on childcare
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - September 07, 2012

SUBURBS with childcare shortages face an overhaul of planning, land and tax laws as the government widens its reforms to push state and local governments to address the crisis. Childcare Minister Kate Ellis told The Australian she would write to state, territory and local governments...

Child care centre to face court over 'discrimination'
The West Australian -Kim Macdonald - September 6, 2012

A Perth child care centre and its part-owner face fines of up to $45,000 for allegedly discriminating against an employee after she became pregnant. W.K.O Pty Ltd, which operates the Dinki Di Child Care Centre at Innaloo, and the manager and part-owner Orieta O'Leary, will face Federal Court...

Childcare costs key for mums, research shows
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - September 06, 2012

MOTHERS rank affordability in childcare far more importantly than its accessibility and quality as the key policy to help them return to work after having a baby. Researcher Guyonne Kalb says affordable childcare was ranked by 40 per cent of mothers as the most important aid to returning...

1100 Childcarers working without security checks
ABC Radio 702 - Ella Kennedy - September 05, 2012

More than 1100 New South Wales child care centre workers have not had mandatory working with children checks. The NSW Education Department is writing to every childcare centre in the state after it was discovered that 1100 childcare workers at Goodstart Childcare Centres had not gone...

Shift workers driving family day care growth
Herald Sun - Lisa Power - September 4, 2012

Record levels of Australian children are now in enrolled in childcare and demand has seen the number of children in Family Day Care and in-home care swell to 115,660 – a rise of 7% over the last year. Family Day Care Australia said an increase in parents needing care outside...

Asthma campaign targets schools
The Canberra Times - Peter Jean - September 3, 2012

The arrival of spring is annoying for many allergy sufferers but it can also be a health hazard for asthmatics whose symptoms are triggered by allergens. And not being there if something goes wrong can prey on the minds of parents whose children with severe asthma are at school or child care...

NSW Labor defends council care centres
The Daily Telegraph - August 29, 2012

NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson is urging Liberal candidates in local government elections to oppose privatising council-run child care centres. Mr Robertson on Wednesday launched Labor's campaign to keep council-run childcare in public hands. "The Liberals in NSW are cutting jobs...

Childcare is key to women's workplace participation
Financial Review - Catherine Fox - August 29, 2012

The core conversation about better productivity and access to the best talent in Australian business has come a long way in recent years. As Credit Suisse's chief executive David Livingstone and Rio Tinto Australia's managing director David Peever made clear to a forum in Sydney this week...

Employers push for subsidies to adapt childcare to modern workforce
The Australian - Natasha Robinson - August 29, 2012

EMPLOYERS have asked the federal government to consider subsidising more flexible childcare arrangements for workers, amid concerns that care arrangements have not kept pace with the changing nature of work. Representatives from some of the nation's biggest companies...

Obese preschoolers the target of new child development policy
The Australian - Mark Schliebs - August 29, 2012

OBESE preschoolers will be targeted in a new child development policy drafted by the South Australian Labor government, which says about 20 per cent of young children are overweight. Child Development Minister Grace Portolesi said focusing on obese children before they were...

What men want: flexible work
Financial Review - Rachel Nickless - August 29, 2012

Men are increasingly wanting work flexibility to care for their children, but many are afraid to ask for fear of career penalties, according to two studies of Australian fathers released this week. Launching a report for the Diversity Council of Australia in Melbourne yesterday, comedian and...

Govt 'open' to childcare tax ideas: Ellis
The Australian - August 28, 2012

SOME of Australia's largest companies are expected to push for better tax breaks for employees' childcare needs at a meeting with the federal government in Sydney. Minister for Employment Participation and Child Care Kate Ellis told AAP she expected big employers to raise the...

Gastro epidemic hits NSW
The Daily Telegraph - August 28, 2012

AN outbreak of gastroenteritis has landed more than 3500 people in NSW hospitals over the past fortnight. NSW Health says primary school-aged children and people in aged care facilities, hospitals and child care have been struck down by the epidemic. NSW Health Director of Health...

Rebate push targets 30,000 nannies
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas and Sophie Gosper - August 27, 2012

UP to 30,000 subsidised nanny-style places could be created for families needing childcare during non-traditional working hours, under a plan before the federal government. Under the plan, developed by the National In-home Childcare Association -- the only subsidised nanny scheme...

Childcare workers graduate with no experience of kids
Sunday Herald Sun - Sue Dunlevy - August 26, 2012

CHILDCARE staff have been dismissed after turning up to work with only a few weeks' training and without ever having had contact with children. The workers are obtaining express certificates within weeks, as the Federal Government moves to increase quality in the sector by requiring...