Child's play no more - preschool enrolments tumble with new fees
Sydney Morning Herald - Andrew Stevenson - October 28, 2011

ENROLMENTS at public preschools have slumped following the NSW government's decision to begin charging fees of up to $40 a day from next year. Although the fees Aboriginal and poorer families will pay are much lower - and can be reduced to zero in cases of need...

A oui bit of education
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty - October 28, 2011

When they are not playing in the sand pit or painting, tots at a Brighton childcare centre are brushing up on their French. The ABC Learning Centre at Brighton Junction holds French classes for littlies as young as 18 months in what is becoming an...

Parents angry over childcare assault allegations
ABC Online - October 27, 2011

The New South Wales Education Department has come under fire for its handing of a child assault case involving a man who worked in before and after school care. The 24-year-old childcare worker in Sydney's south has been fired and remains in custody...

New baby boom, but first-time fathers are getting older
Sydney Morning Herald - Jessica Wright - October 26, 2011

The baby boom means there will be increasing pressure on health and hospital infrastructure and competition for childcare vacancies. In a display of handy prescience, the Minister for Childcare Services, Kate Ellis, announced yesterday a federal boost...

Overhaul to 'improve child care standards'
ABC Online - Anna Morozow - October 25, 2011

The ACT Legislative Assembly has passed laws that will overhaul how childcare centres operate from next year. The changes are part of new National Quality Framework requirements for child care and education. From next year centres that care for children aged...

Man commits offence after bailed: court
Sydney Morning Herald - Vincent Morello - October 25, 2011

Police bailed a childcare worker charged with indecently assaulting two boys just days before he allegedly committed the same offence on another child, court documents show. The 24-year-old man chose not to appear in Sutherland Local Court on Tuesday...

Kindergarten chaos looms over edict
Herald Sun - Matt Johnston - October 25, 2011

A PRESCHOOL has told parents it must cut classes because of federal government changes to kindergarten hours. Templestowe Heights Preschool is believed to be one of the first Victorian centres to scrap its three-year-old program as a direct result of Commonwealth plans...

Extra childcare places to help parents get back to work
Herald Sun - October 25, 2011

VICTORIAN families needing flexible childcare will benefit from more than 500 new places to be funded by the Federal Government. Childcare Minister Kate Ellis will today announce a $2.2 million investment in about 310 approved occasional care and 250 in-home places...

Minister announces $9.2m in child-care upgrades
The Canberra Times - Lauren Stanford - October 25, 2011

ACT Minister for Community Services Joy Burch announced $9.2million in upgrades to child-care facilities in Canberra yesterday. The upgrades will create places for an additional 173 children across Canberra. "In addition to the increased places...

More charges over alleged child assaults
Sydney Morning Herald - October 25, 2011

More charges have been laid over an alleged series of indecent assaults on children, including some which police say involve a childcare organisation in Sydney's south. Earlier this month police charged a man with four counts of aggravated indecent...

Preschools fee rise to hurt families
The Sunday Telegraph - Laura Speranza - October 23, 2011

PRINCIPALS of the state's 100 public preschools predict a mass exodus of children next year due to government plans to increase fees by up to $40 a day. They fear thousands of kids from some of the most disadvantaged suburbs will be removed because...

Playing by the rules makes prisoners of children
The Australian - Cassandra Wilkinson - October 22, 2011

While the Australian standard for playground equipment is not mandatory, it has become de facto compulsory because compliance can be referred to in court action against childcare centres, schools, restaurants and local councils...

Bubble-wrap kids brought back to earth
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty - October 20, 2011

NATURE is being brought back to children's lives as childcare centres revolt against sanitised play areas and bubble-wrap parents. A generation of over-protective parents are so worried about their children getting dirty, tripping on pebbles or falling out of trees...

An exodus creates a crisis in childcare centres
ABC Online - Louise Merrillees - October 19, 2011

Taking out the rubbish, cleaning floors, painting walls - it's all in a day's work for a childcare worker. Soon, they will also all be required to have qualifications. It's probably not surprising that good childcare workers are leaving the industry in droves...

Agencies 'failed' bashed toddler
The Australian - Pia Akerman - October 20, 2011

A TWO-YEAR-OLD girl who died after being bashed in her family home was let down by childcare staff and police, who knew she had suffered injuries in the weeks before the fatal attack. Victorian Coroner John Olle yesterday called for changes in the...