Nannies give gift of freedom
Sydney Morning Herald - Melissa Davey - September 25, 2011

She said it would free up spaces in childcare centres and prevent ''cash in hand'' nannies from operating, who were often not as qualified as those from professional agencies...

Victorian childcare centres to face squeeze for spots
Herald Sun - Terry Brown - September 24, 2011

VICTORIA could lose 4000 childcare spots next year under new Government rules to boost staff-to-child ratios at child care centres. And those parents who can find a place for their child could be slugged as much as $13 a day more for the service...

Childcare reforms add $25 a day
The Australian - Natasha Bita - September 23, 2011

CHILDCARE centres are jacking up their fees as much as $25 a day to pay for the extra staff required to meet tough new quality regulations next year. Working parents will typically be charged at least $20 a week more for childcare from January...

Childcare centres use GPS to track children
Sydney Morning Herald - September 22, 2011

Childcare centres in Sweden have started using GPS systems and other electronic tracking devices to keep tabs on children during excursions - a practice that has raised ethical and practical questions. Some parents are worried childcare centres will...

Bankers want more tax breaks for parents
Sydney Morning Herald - September 21, 2011

Bankers are asking the federal government to consider more tax breaks for parents who want to work but are put off by high childcare costs at next month's national tax forum. The Australian Bankers' Association (ABA) has released a position paper sent...

Government delivering stability in the child care market
DEEWR Media Release - September 20, 2011

The new laws require larger child care providers to provide more information to the Australian Government, so that their ongoing financial viability can be monitored and assessed. The Australian Government will now have the power to audit any large child care provider...

Parents' fears over child care
The Canberra Times - Michael Inman - September 18, 2011

Parents have withdrawn a number of children from a south Canberra child-care centre alleging management ignored warnings of a staff member using verbal and physical discipline on children. Parents at the centre have told the Sunday Canberra Times they have...

Putting baby in nursery 'could raise its risk of heart disease' because it sends stress levels soaring
Daily Mail (UK) - Fiona MacRae - September 12, 2011

Aric Sigman, a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, has warned that spending long periods being cared for by strangers in the first years of life can send levels of stress hormones soaring. This could raise the odds of a host of problems...

Poor wages hit childcare
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - September 11, 2011

MORE than a third of childcare centres employ staff without the required qualifications because of a chronic shortage of workers. Childcare workers will meet in Sydney next weekend to warn the federal government it might not meet its own targets for...

Corporate women say nannies are vital on road to gender equality
Sydney Morning Herald - Kelsey Munro - September 10, 2011

The federal Minister for Employment Participation and Child Care, Kate Ellis, says parents who hire a nanny may be eligible for government support through the Child Care Benefit Registered Care rate. ''We need to recognise, though, that access to...

Zen and the art of keeping kids still
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty - September 09, 2011

MEDITATE on this: a Melbourne childcare centre seems to have found a way to keep squirming toddlers still. There are no 'ommms', but there were a few 'umms?' when Kensington Community Children's Co-Operative introduced meditation and yoga classes...

Preschool fees move has parents doing sums and raising expectations
Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Patty - September 8, 2011

ALISON BROOKBANKS was paying $110 a day last year to send her daughter, Pia, to private daycare in the inner west. Since enrolling the four-year-old at the Australia Street Infants School preschool in Newtown this year, she has paid that for a full five-day week...

Penny pinching on preschools
Sydney Morning Herald - September 8, 2011

To charge market prices for public preschools is "destructive and short-sighted" ...Professor Tony Vinson. THE NSW government has displayed a noble commitment to bring its budget back into the black, but its decision to introduce...

Desperate, costly wait for childcare
The Daily Telegraph - Letitia Rowlands - September 03, 2011

DESPERATE parents are paying hundreds of dollars in non-refundable childcare waiting list fees without any guarantee of securing a place. The fees range from $10 at community-run centres to $90 for many centres in the eastern suburbs, inner-west...

Queensland bottom of class for kindergarten attendance
Courier Mail - Tanya Chilcott, Andrew MacDonald and Suzanne Dorfield - August 30, 2011

COST is a major barrier stopping parents from sending children to kindergarten in Queensland, experts warn. It comes as the state tries to push its poor kindy attendance rate up to 65 per cent this year and make it universally available by 2014...