Ban on naughty corner, easter egg hunts
The Australian - Natasha Bita - April 4, 2011

CHILDCARE workers who send tantrum-throwing toddlers to "time out" risk hefty fines under national childcare laws to come into force next year. New regulations will expose childcare centres to penalties if children are required to take part in religious or cultural activities, such as Christmas...

Naughty corner is off limits
The Australian - April 4, 2011

CHILDREN need discipline that is gentle, firm and fair. Perhaps we missed the news that Australian toddlers had sprouted wings and turned into cherubs. The National Childcare Accreditation Council has declared "the naughty corner" off limits to protect children...

NSW childcare job crisis
Sydney Morning Herald - April 3, 2011

It''s been revealed that hundreds of childcare centres in NSW are struggling to meet the federal government''s tough new industry standards and some could be forced to close within three years. The Sun-Herald newspaper says NSW needs to upgrade the qualifications of...

ABC centres off to a Goodstart
The Advertiser - Belinda Willis - March 29, 2011

SOUTH Australia's 44 ABC centres have seen a six per cent rise in enrolments after being bought by Goodstart last year. The childcare giant now employs about 600 staff across the state, and in further good news on a national front, the company is...

Australian working mothers spend 15 hours a week with their children
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty - March 29, 2011

Aussie mums ranked second highest after Ireland of the 21 developed countries examined, while dads in the two countries tied. But experts said parents should not necessarily feel guilty about the minutes...

Childhood obesity on the slide
The Age - Julie Robotham - March 28, 2011

AUSTRALIA'S childhood obesity problem has finally gone into reverse, according to a study that highlights a small but steady fall in the proportion of preschoolers deemed overweight during the past decade. Children from poorer families have benefited most...

Childcare centres favour disclosure
The Age - Michelle Griffin - March 25, 2011

UNACCREDITED childcare services want every detail of their assessments included on the national childcare database, MyChild, so that parents can judge for themselves. While the federal government plans to turn its MyChild website into a 'report card'...

Canberra's child care cost debate
ABC Online - March 24, 2011

The ACT Opposition has seized on comments by a Canberra politician in Federal Parliament about the high cost of child care in the territory. While speaking in support of federal changes to the child care rebate, the Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann commended...

Government launches child-care centre grants
The Canberra Times - Stephanie Anderson - March 24, 2011

ACT child-care centres can now apply for government infrastructure funding, but the industry says the grants are aimed at the wrong issue. The ACT Government is offering grants of up to $10,000 to help not-for-profit child-care centres address...

Beware children with bottom fixations
Daily Telegraph - March 23, 2011

Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell learned a lesson about sharing the media spotlight with young ones while visiting a childcare centre in Sydney's inner west today. Mr O'Farrell was reading the children's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar to...

Childcare worker shortage looms
The Age - Michelle Griffin - March 21, 2011

THE job listings tell the tale: throughout Australia, hundreds of childcare centres are advertising for qualified workers, but there simply aren't enough. And even the industry's most enthusiastic training advocates admit there will still be a skills...

Grandmother's day every week
The Age - Michelle Griffin - March 21, 2011

The figures, derived from the latest Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey commissioned by the federal government, suggest the number of grandparents providing childcare has increased since the Australian Bureau of Statistics...

Action call on child safety
Tasmania Mercury - Damien Brown - March 21, 2011

TASMANIA'S political parties have called for an urgent meeting with Children's Minister Lin Thorp over allegations the state's childcare centres are not meeting basic safety and hygiene standards. Yesterday the Sunday Tasmanian revealed the latest...

Committal hearing for ABC Learning CEO
Sydney Morning Herald - Kym Agius - March 18, 2011

The former chief executive of ABC Learning Australia and New Zealand, Martin Vincent Kemp, will have a committal hearing in July over allegations he breached corporations law leading up to the collapse of Australia's biggest childcare chain...

Childcare to teach kids properly or face fine
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - March 18, 2011

CHILDCARE centres that continue to babysit children rather than introduce a formal learning framework would be fined up to $20000 under a tough new national system. There would also be new fines aimed at providers who failed to provide enough staffing...