Child''s play for small cap punters
Sydney Morning Herald - Richard Hemming - February 25, 2011

The provider of child care for kids aged ''six week to six years'' has delivered classic small cap returns of late. Its shares have climbed almost five-fold since the start of 2010, leaping from around 21 cents to about $1.00. This is the kind of return…

Essential to know the pitfalls of childcare
Sydney Morning Herald - Anne Connolly - February 23, 2011

A few years ago, when I was due to return to work just as my second child was turning one, I found myself with the common problem of having no organised child care. My son's name was inching up several long waiting lists when a gleaming new (and expensive) childcare centre...

Childcare rebate to be paid weekly
Sydney Morning Herald - Dan Harrison - February 21, 2011

THOUSANDS of families will be able to receive the childcare rebate weekly under changes to be introduced to Parliament this week. The changes honour a Labor election promise to move to fortnightly payments of the benefit, which is currently paid quarterly...

Part-time childcare centres to remain open
ABC Online - February 14, 2011

The Minister for Community Services says the 23 part-time childcare centres in Western Australia will continue to operate, despite federal government funding cuts...

Profit motive sits uneasily with aims of childcare
Sydney Morning Herald - Patrick McClure - February 14, 2011

The importance of childcare and early childhood development cannot be overstated. Most of our development as individuals takes place in early childhood...

$200 million in unclaimed child welfare payments is waiting for Australian parents
Sunday Herald Sun - Samantha Maiden - February 13, 2011

Figures obtained reveal up to 100,000 families are using childcare but not claiming the cash. As families face rising electricity bills and...

Welfare razor sharpened
Herald Sun - Samantha Maiden - February 13, 2011

Prime Minister Julia Gillard will address childcare assistance issues in this year's federal budget...

Cost of childcare has halved in six years
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - February 12, 2011

THE portion of household income required to pay for childcare has nearly halved in the past six years, leading to a sharp jump in the number of children and...

Parliament not so family-friendly
The Age - Richard Willingham - February 11, 2011

A FAMILY-FRIENDLY proposal to allow state MPs looking after children to bring their child into the Parliament during crucial votes has been...

The childcare centre space race
The Advertiser - David Jean - February 11, 2011

VACANCIES at childcare centres are shrinking and Government reforms are likely to make things tougher. As soon as Jane Goldney found out...

Childcare rebates slashed before parliament approves cuts
The Australian - Sue Dunlevy - February 10, 2011

CENTRELINK has slashed the 50 per cent childcare rebate paid to thousands of families by more than $279, even though parliament has yet to approve the cuts...

ABC Learning founder in dispute with ATO over $64m income
The Australian - Susannah Moran - February 10, 2011

LE Neve Groves, who founded childcare network ABC Learning with former husband Eddy Groves, is in a dispute with the Australian Taxation Office over $64 million...

Former Labor MP Maxine McKew quits politics
The Australian - Jodie Minus - February 09, 2011

She will now work as a consultant on the organisation's GoodStart Childcare program. "I hope it will be a nice fit and I hope I can be useful to SVA," she said...

Pre-school pupils are still better readers aged 15
BBC News (UK) - Sean Coughlan - February 08, 2011

The OECD has published an analysis of tests taken by pupils in developed countries - looking at the long-term impact of pre-school education. This showed that...

Employee accused of backbiting unfairly dismissed
The Australian - Ewin Hannan - February 08, 2011

Fair Work Australia has compensated a Melbourne childcare worker who was sacked for allegedly breaching its "no backbiting" policy...