Anger over likely cuts to kinders in new plan
The Age - Misha Schubert - August 14, 2011

SCORES of kindergarten programs for three-year-olds in Victoria could close, as a national plan to mandate 15 hours of preschool for every four-year-old by 2013 could strip younger children of teacher time and classrooms. Some rural communities...

It's never too early to start teaching
The Australian - Justine Ferrari - August 13, 2011

We know absolutely that learning starts at birth. The first five years before kids get to school are probably the most important years in terms of education. But we're still having a debate about access and quality of childcare. It's crazy." Oberklaid was...

Education Trust pays distribution despite profit drop
The Australian - Sarah Danckert - August 09, 2011

AUSTRALIAN Education Trust, owner of the properties affected by the collapse of ABC Learning Centres, has posted a 36 per cent fall in net profit after tax for the 2011 fiscal year, but has resumed paying distributions to unitholders...

Hundreds of blue card holders caught committing offences against children
Courier Mail - Renee Viellaris - August 07, 2011

People who work or volunteer with children, such as daycare operators, coaches or people who live with a foster carer, require a blue card, and applicants are screened via police checks and for disciplinary actions noted by government agencies...

Confirmed case of meningococcal in Western Sydney
The Daily Telegraph - August 04, 2011

A Two-year-old boy from Western Sydney is currently being treated for meningococcal disease at the Children's Hospital at Westmead. The Children's Hospital at Westmead issued a statement to remind all members of the community to remain alert to the signs...

Meningococcal scare at child care centre
Brisbane Times - Marissa Calligeros - August 2, 2011

Meningococcal disease has been detected at a child care centre in Townsville, the same city in which a medical student died of the illness last week. Queensland Health has confirmed a child at the centre had fallen ill on July 21 and was admitted to...

Child carers desert jobs
The Mercury - Danielle McKay - August 1, 2011

United Voice childcare union secretary Helen Gibbons said the industry was in crisis, with almost one in three carers leaving every year because of low wages that failed to acknowledge the valuable educational role they played in the formative years...

Another top executive from ABC Learning to go to trial
The Australian - Jamie Walker - July 30, 2011

A TOP executive of the failed ABC Learning childcare group will stand trial over an alleged deal with the company's kingpin, Eddy Groves. Martin Kemp, who was chief executive of ABC Learning's Australian and New Zealand operations, was committed for...

Day carer fined for leaving toddler behind
The West Australian - Michelle Ridley - July 29, 2011

Acting YMCA Perth chief executive Jennie Burns said it was the first time YMCA Perth had been prosecuted for a breach of childcare licensing provisions in more than 30 years of involvement in children's services...

Artwork drawn in battle for childcare
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty - July 29, 2011

THE big guns have been drawn in the battle of the mums versus the government - the children. In the David and Goliath fight to reinstate government financing for occasional childcare, angry Victorian mothers are turning to...

Support for Occasional Childcare goes National
Sussan Ley MP - Media Release - July 29, 2011

A nationwide petition, calling on the Gillard Government to restore occasional childcare funding across the country has been launched in South West Victoria. Anger at the withdrawal of Federal support sparked the move, with thousands of parents in...

Working mums the big losers
Financial Review - Geoff Winestock - July 29, 2011

They might face a relatively low marginal tax rate of zero or 15¢ or 34¢ but for every extra dollar they earn they also lose 20¢ or 30¢ or 60¢ of benefits. This creates a huge disincentive for people, mostly women, to return to work, especially child care is factored in...

Exclusive creche aims to ease childhood trauma
The Age - Michelle Griffin - July 29, 2011

IT'S ONE of the most exclusive childcare centres in Australia, funded to provide the lowest child-staff ratios, a top-flight early education curriculum and three gourmet meals a day. But the Children's Protection Society's creche in Heidelberg West...

Childcare 'hinders mothers' careers', says report
BBC News - July 27, 2011

Childcare is the biggest barrier for women going back to work, according to a new report which examined the financial challenges facing working women. More than a thousand women were surveyed for the report which found that more than half see no end...

Mums spit the dummy after childcare centres slash the number of baby placed by 20 percent
The Sunday Telegraph - Jane Hansen - July 24, 2011

Under reforms that took effect in January, centres have to provide one carer for every four children, instead of one to five, but the industry has responded by cutting placements instead of putting on extra staff. Already in extreme shortage...