Childcare fee rise hits $25 per day
Sussan Ley MP - Media Release - July 20, 2011

Huge rises in childcare fees are quickly becoming reality with an inner suburban Melbourne childcare centre set to charge parents an extra $25 per day. A report in this week''s local ''Leader'' newspaper confirms Glen Eira Council must increase...

ABC Learning paid double market price
The Australian - Jared Owens - July 20, 2011

FORMER ABC Learning executive Martin Kemp arranged for the childcare chain to buy his assets at double their market value, a court heard yesterday. Mr Kemp is charged with three breaches of the Corporations Act concerning the exercise of his powers as...

Child care welcomes foreign workers
The West Australian - Joseph Catanzaro - July 19, 2011

"We have a workforce crisis in child care" he said. "The industry is screaming out for staff. There is a 5 per cent growth in childcare centres in this country, and there is only a 2 per cent growth in staff." Mr Mayes, who has worked in the industry....

Tax breaks on childcare pushed
Financial Review - Emily Parkinson - July 19, 2011

Senior executives and company directors have called for the introduction of tax-deductible child-care to lift workforce participation and representation in management ranks and boardrooms. Despite Australian women being among the most highly educated in the world...

Groves 'skirted board at ABC'
The Australian - Jared Owens - July 19, 2011

EDDY Groves so heavily micro-managed his failed ABC Learning childcare empire that he was even able to change the colour of the carpets on a whim, a court has heard. On the first day of former ABC executive director Martin Kemp's committal hearing in Brisbane...

In praise of nannies
Sydney Morning Herald - Mia Freedman - July 18, 2011

Like all other childcare workers, nannies have a singular purpose: to care for vulnerable people who aren't old enough, smart enough or responsible enough to make the right decisions. Decisions that can have negative consequences for themselves and others...

Government pulls pin on school healthy eating program
Herald Sun - Grant McArthur - July 18, 2011

Labor's flagship health initiative was launched in 2004 and was this year supporting 2200 schools and childcare centres to teach 320000 children and their parents how to adopt healthy eating and activity into their daily lives. A government spokesman yesterday...

Childcare centres say incentives may fall short of mark
Courier Mail - Jamie-Leigh Cater - July 18, 2011

THE Federal Government is attempting to lure mothers back to work with tax incentives but it may not be enough, according to local childcare centres. Mothers contemplating a part-time return to the workforce would not have to pay tax until they earned...

Day care: the good news
NEWS.com.au - Fiona Baker - July 17, 2011

A GROWING number of studies claim quality child care can be beneficial for kids. Parents, stop beating yourselves up about putting your littlies into day care – and don’t let anyone tell you it’s bad for them. Since families succumbed to the need to have dual incomes...

Increasing pupil-free days put pressure on parents to find childcare
The Sunday Telegraph - Laura Speranza - July 17, 2011

Critics say they are a burden on parents who need to find alternate care for their children, while students lose at least a week of valuable class time. In 1981, schools had just one student-free day, while the number grew to three in 1991 and at least...

Childcare centres to lift fees
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty - July 16, 2011

COMMUNITY-based childcare centres will raise their fees by up to $10 a day when federal government reforms are rolled in from January 1, an exclusive survey has found. As well, half of the centres had lifted fees on July 1 in anticipation of rising...

Playgroups give children early lesson in life, study shows
Sydney Morning Herald - Adele Horin - July 14, 2011

PLAYGROUPS are considered the poor cousin to formal childcare, even though about 150,000 Australian children attend them regularly, usually with their mother. After 40 years of operating in parks and church halls, playgroups have undergone their first serious...

Record numbers of parents hold kids back from school in NSW
The Sunday Telegraph - Laura Speranza - July 10, 2011

Childcare NSW president Vicki Skoulogenis said children who begin school later benefited academically as children aged four to five often didn't have the concentration span to sit at a table and listen to a teacher for long. Ms Skoulogenis said girls...

Too little to learn?
The Canberra Times - Phillip Thomson - 10 Jul, 2011

Her mother Elizabeth Christiansen has called for the school start age brought in line with NSW, partly as a way for parents to avoid skyrocketing costs of child care. Schools across the border have the youngest kindergarten students in Australia and...

Child care tax breaks needed
The Australian Financial Review - Narelle Hooper - July 9. 2011

A national summit has called for full tax deductibility for child care to help boost gender equity...