Gillard unveils $1.7b boost for TAFE to tackle skilled worker shortage
The Sydney Morning Herald - Phillip Coorey - March 19, 2012

She has already announced that HECS-style loans - previously provided only to university students - will be made available for advanced diploma courses in fields such as information technology, childcare, aged care, engineering and telecommunications...

Poor language skills in prep students
Herald Sun - Lisa Power - March 16, 2012

CHILDREN are starting school with the speech capacity of three-year-olds. Up to a quarter of prep students have poor language skills. Too much television and a lack of extended family may be to blame. Primary school teacher Sandra Smith has...

Kinders squeezed by shake-up
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - March 16, 2012

Three-year-olds' kinder programs at preschools around the state are under threat, new surveys show. More than half of all Victorian kinders will cut three-year-olds' programs next year as the Federal Government demand to give all four-year-olds 15 hours of preschool a week...

Sacked worker wins payout for childcare
The Australian - Stephen Lunn - March 16, 2012

Fair Work Australia has awarded a woman unfairly sacked from a Victorian gym compensation for her childcare costs while looking for a new job. In a ruling experts warn could force employers to change their attitude on future settlement payouts...

Girl, 4, in hospital after child-care accident
The Age - Mex Cooper - March 15, 2012

A four-year-old girl has been taken to hospital with serious head injuries after being knocked unconscious by a wooden television trolley at a child-care centre in Melbourne's north. The girl is believed to have pulled the wooden trolley then fallen face down...

Childcare rebate not claimed
The West Australian - Kate Bastians - March 15, 2012

Thousands of WA families are missing out on millions of dollars by failing to claim the childcare rebate. Federal Government figures show about 8000 WA families, or 12 per cent of families using approved childcare centres...

Union wants more government cash for childcare
ABC News - Gail Liston - March 14, 2012

The Childcare Educators Union says both the Northern Territory and Federal governments need to commit to investing more money on childcare in Alice Springs. Today, the union invited Labor's Lynne Walker and the CLP's Robyn Lambley...

Childcare Alliance warns of coming cost blowout
The Australian - Sue Dunlevy - March 13, 2012

The value of the Child Care Benefit has been eroded by 19 per cent in the past decade and now covers only 41 per cent of revenue in some centres. The Australian Childcare Alliance says out-of-pocket expenses faced by parents will grow by...

Our kids don't need diversity dolls
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - March 13, 2012

You can't give a child a golliwog anymore for fear of being branded racist. So why do we need black, white, Asian and Aboriginal diversity dolls? The giant dolls, which are being used in Victorian schools, childcare centres and preschools...

Means-testing is no free lunch
The Australian - Judith Sloan - March 13, 2012

The real message for governments is to desist from introducing entitlement programs in the first instance and to rein in the ones that already exist. Self-reliance beats fiscal churn any day...

In defence of stay-at-home mums
Essential Baby - Victoria Birch - March 7, 2012

Stay-at-home-mums work as hard as anyone I know. By caring for our children at home we alleviate the pressure on childcare places, provide a safe and supportive environment with an exemplary carer to child ratio. We educate, feed and...

Early warning for economy
The Mercury - Nick Clark - March 07, 2012

Mr Mendelson said childcare debts were mounting and were notoriously hard to collect. "The government rebate associated with childcare tends to create complacency and when payment is due, it becomes hard to collect," he said...

Regional childcare gets funding boost
Merredin-Wheatbelt Mercury - March 06, 2012

Childcare providers in regional WA can apply for Royalties for Regions funding of up to $10,000 under the first round of regional childcare development fund grants which was launched last Tuesday. The grants are part of the $9.3 million regional childcare development fund...

Anna Bligh unveils 'unique' royalties scheme
The Australian - Jared Owens - March 06, 2012

Launching the policy in Mackay, the Queensland Premier said a re-elected Labor government would provide the money over four years to fund worthy social infrastructure projects such as airport upgrades, childcare centres and sports facilities...

Bob Katter's daughter Caroline Katter Coupland is on trial over alleged assault
The Sunday Telegraph - Brenden Hills - March 04, 2012

Independent MP Bob Katter's daughter will stand trial next month charged with assaulting a staff member of an elite Sydney day care centre. Caroline Katter Coupland, 37, of Mosman, will appear in North Sydney Local Court over an alleged assault on a staff member of Sally's Place, a $130-a-day Mosman pre-school...