DOCS complaints reveal serious neglect
Sydney Morning Herald - Natasha Wallace - May 2, 2011

INAPPROPRIATE sexual behaviour between children, tying babies to chairs during meals, poor supervision and harsh discipline are among some of the serious complaints made by parents to Sydney childcare centres last year. The complaints were obtained by...

Desserts leave a sour taste
The Daily Telegraph - May 1, 2011

CHILDCARE centres are being warned against feeding children too many sweets as doctors fear it is creating poor habits for life. Doctors and nutritionists want "nutritionally void" desserts such as jelly and ice cream banned from menus...

The pain of reducing 'middle-class welfare'
Sydney Morning Herald - May 1, 2011

The 50 per cent childcare rebate is the only family benefit that is not means tested - which may change in the coming budget. Employers have warned that tightening the rules may lead to women leaving the workforce, adding to the skills shortage...

ACT budget to fund seven new child-care centres
The Canberra Times - Breanna Tucker - April 30, 2011

An extra 800 children will soon have access to high-quality child care after the ACT Government announced a multi-million-dollar boost to the sector. Minister for Children and Young People Joy Burch yesterday revealed a $60 million package promising seven new child-care...

Australia doing well but childcare could be improved: OECD
ABC Online - Alison Caldwell - April 29, 2011

But the report found Australia performs badly when it comes to spending on childcare services and finding jobs for single parents, resulting in above-average poverty rates. Lead author of the report, the OECD's senior economist in social policy...

New day care places for ACT
ABC Online - Anna Morozow - April 29, 2011

The ACT Government will provide $60 million in next week's territory budget to boost childcare services. The money will fund an early childhood school at Franklin in Canberra's north and a childcare centre at Holder in Canberra's west...

Too many single parents are 'benefit dependent'
The Age - David McLennan - April 28, 2011

AUSTRALIA should make single parents meet tougher work, training and job search requirements before giving them welfare payments, according to the OECD. It also recommended the extension of childcare support programs for working parents...

Peril in the daycare playground
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty - April 24, 2011

ROUGH and tumble play at childcare centres and kindergartens is sending more than 60 children a month to hospital. Children suffering everything from serious dislocations to minor scrapes, and swallowing marbles, are ending up in the...

Loophole in work test for childcare benefit
The Australian - Sue Dunlevy - April 23, 2011

ONE in seven families using childcare have at least one parent who is not working, training or studying, the Department of Employment Education and Workplace Relations has revealed. These 81000 families can currently receive up to 24 hours of childcare...

Rise of the supermum: Women back at work weeks after giving birth
NEWS.com.au - Elissa Doherty - April 21, 2011

Financial pressures, fear of missing out on a promotion, cost of childcare, lack of flexible working conditions and a love of the job are among the reasons cited. Experts say the Federal Government's paid parental leave scheme, introduced on January 1...

Opposition glad childcare rebate will stay
NEWS.com.au - April 19, 2011

The coalition's childcare spokeswoman Sussan Ley welcomed the move describing the proposal to cut the rebate as a "ham-fisted cash grab". "I hope the thousands of parents upset by these scare tactics can sleep a little easier," she said in a statement...

Parent backlash forces Wayne Swan to retreats on child care cuts
NEWS.com.au - Simon Benson - April 19, 2011

A BUDGET proposal to means test the 50 per cent childcare rebate for families was rejected by Treasurer Wayne Swan''''s razor gang after a marathon session yesterday. Government sources revealed Mr Swan ruled out the measure...

Business warns against childcare means test
The Australian - Sue Dunlevy - April 19, 2011

EMPLOYERS have warned the Gillard government that they would oppose any means test on the childcare rebate in the budget if it reduces women''''s participation in the workforce and exacerbates the nation''''s skills shortage. Australian Chamber of Commerce...

Tearful parents protest as up to 64,000 may face childcare rebate cuts in federal Budget
NEWS.com.au - Malcolm Farr - April 18, 2011

THE threat of thousands of families losing their childcare assistance in the May Budget today caused federal MPs to be flood by calls from worried parents, some in tears. By one estimation, about 64,000 families could be cut off...

Childcare groups warn against means-testing
The Australian - Lauren Wilson - April 18, 2011

CHILDCARE groups have urged the Gillard government not to means-test the childcare rebate as its razor gang looks to make savings ahead of the May 10 budget. Childcare Alliance Australia president Gwynn Bridge yesterday said the government must rule...