Childcare operators warn of cost jump
The Age - Jessica Wright - November 16, 2011

CHILDREN will be forced out of quality childcare and early learning institutions and into unregulated backyard care if the Gillard government fails to compensate families for higher costs as a result of its childcare reforms, according to peak body the...

Infants suffer if speech problems not fixed before school, study shows
Sydney Morning Herald - Adele Horin - November 16, 2011

CHILDREN with speech difficulties that are not addressed before they start school face a higher risk of being bullied and falling behind in learning by early primary school, a new study shows. The study, based on tracking thousands of children, has prompted a call for...

Childcare centres closing their doors
Herald Sun - Jessica Marszalek - November 16, 2011

TWO Melbourne childcare centres have blamed government changes to care ratios for their imminent closure. Hampton and Sandringham childcare centres will begin a progressive closure from January, finally shutting their doors in December 2013...

ABC Learning rebranded ahead of new standards
Lateline Business (ABC TV) - Ticky Fullerton - November 15, 2011

VIDEO INTERVIEW - Goodstart Early Learning's chief executive officer Julia Davison has responsibility for the 650 former ABC Learning Centres following that company's bankruptcy...

ABC Learning gets new name
Sydney Morning Herald - November 15, 2011

ABC Learning Centres are no more and will be rebranded as Goodstart Early Learning centres. Goodstart Early Learning, a not-for-profit syndicate, from today will rebrand 650 ABC Learning Centres, which have been owned and operated since 2009...

Daycare kids can fight off infection at school
The Australian - Natasha Bita - November 14, 2011

KIDS in daycare fall sick more often than children cared for at home but will grow up to be healthier than their non-daycare classmates at school. New research, based on the federal government's longitudinal study of 10,000 Australian children...

Kinders warn three's a crowd
The Age - Elisabeth Tarica - November 14, 2011

A CRISIS is looming for three-year-old kindergarten programs across Victoria as preschools adapt to a national scheme mandating 15 hours of kindergarten for every four-year-old by 2013. Preschool operators say a shortage of teachers and classrooms...

Preschool gives lesson in adapting to ensure survival
The Age - Elisabeth Tarica - November 14, 2011

WHILE most kindergartens are locked up on a Saturday, the grounds at Baxter Preschool are filled with excited children, laughing and playing. The centre is one of two preschools in Victoria running Saturday kindergarten classes to meet the needs of working parents...

No place for kids like Anastasia
Adelaide Now - Greg Kelton - November 14, 2011

PARENTS of children at a TAFE childcare centre at Panorama are protesting at being given only six weeks' notice that the centre will close. They say it will be near impossible to find places at other centres nearby for next year. A petition to keep open...

Cuddlier image for tarnished childcare chain
Sydney Morning Herald - Cosima Marriner - November 13, 2011

THE brand derided as the McDonald's of childcare, ABC Learning, is finally being dumped by its new charity owners in an attempt to convince parents the chain really has changed. The rebranding, to be announced this week, is aimed at highlighting the shift from...

Better childcare comes at big cost for operators
The Australian - Natasha Bita - November 12, 2011

Childcare will be transformed from day care - institutionalised babysitting for working parents - into early childhood education to prepare children for school. Carers are being rebranded as educators, and childcare operators must follow a form of national curriculum...

Early readers get a head start
The West Australian - Jayne Rickard - November 11, 2011

Parents who read books to their preschool children are giving them a head start in later academic life, according to an international study. A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found that 15-year-old students whose...

CSL takes top prize in awards
The Age - Leonie Lamont - November 10, 2011

CSL's Thinking Kids Children's Centre was yesterday named the outstanding equal employment opportunity initiative by the Minister for the Status of Women, Kate Ellis. The Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency business achievement awards...

Fees could close preschools: principals
Ninemsn - Sam McKeith - November 9, 2011

Some state-run preschools in NSW could be forced to close if the government starts charging fees, a forum on the issue has heard. Under changes proposed by the NSW government, families could have to pay up to $40 per day to use a state-run preschool...

Victoria ahead on pre-school attendance
The Age - Richard Willingham - November 9, 2011

VICTORIA is on target to meet controversial new kindergarten attendance hours for four-year-olds, well ahead of other states, the federal government says. The 2010 annual report on the National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education...