Clubs accept childcare challenge
The Daily Telegraph - Rosemarie Lentini - January 28, 2011

THEY'RE known for cheap meals, meat tray raffles and support of local sporting teams. Now local clubs are branching out into childcare. St Marys Leagues Club...

What do preschoolers crave? Sugar, salt, and fat
The Independent (UK) - January 27, 2011

In a study of children ages 3 to 5, involving two separate experiments, researchers found that, like their parents, youngsters have big cravings for salt, sugar, and fat...

Family daycare gets hammered
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas and Sallie Don - January 26, 2011

New figures provided by the federal government reveal that childcare places in accredited family homes have fallen under Labor in what the opposition claims is an...

Class action may depend on insurance
Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - January 25, 2011

CHANCES of a class-action lawsuit proceeding against ABC Learning Centres will rest on whether the toppled childcare operator has more than $10 million in insurance...

Pre-school at $50 daily
The Daily Telegraph - Letitia Rowlands - January 24, 2011

NSW families are paying as much as $50 a day for their child's year of pre-school education while, in other states, the governments provide early childhood...

Numbers finally start to add up as operators go back to basics
Sydney Morning Herald - Colin Kruger - January 22, 2011

Two years after ABC Learning's collapse the jury is still out on whether profit and child care can mix, reports Colin Kruger. WHEN ABC Learning began its...

Funding far from a river of gold
Sydney Morning Herald - Colin Kruger - January 22, 2011

NEARLY 40 years after the government first offered financial help for childcare, the huge shift of women back into the workforce has resulted in funding...

Just one shot to save baby
Herald Sun - Lucie van den Berg - January 22, 2011

AMA president Dr Harry Hemley wrote to the State Government this week calling for grandparents, health professionals and childcare workers to be vaccinated...

There is a difference between stay-at-home mums and ladies who lunch
The Australian - Angela Shanahan - January 22, 2011

The consequence of this is more support of a highly unstable childcare industry, at the expense of families whose mothers choose to look after their own...

Costs pose a tough call: care or career?
Sydney Morning Herald - Elinore Martel - January 19, 2011

For many working parents of preschoolers, the new year has reinforced a harsh reality - childcare is the monster that eats household wages...

Flood-affected schools will reopen: Wilson
ABC Online - Chris O'Brien - January 17, 2011

Queensland Education Minister Geoff Wilson says 92 schools are substantially flood-affected. In addition, 14 TAFE campuses and 80 child care centres and kindergartens are...

Child-care gets more time
The Canberra Times - Frances Stewart - January 16, 2011

A SHORTAGE of skilled child-care workers in Canberra has forced the ACT Government to grant exemptions to qualification standards introduced in the territory in 2009...

$60 to get on childcare list
Herald Sun - Wes Hoskins - January 14, 2011

FAMILIES are paying up to $60 to be put on childcare waiting lists with no guarantee of a place. Centre operators say the fees are needed to cover...

60 schools damaged across flooded Qld
ABC Online - January 14, 2011

Eighty-six kindergartens and childcare centres are also inaccessible and seven TAFEs have also been damaged. Ms Bligh says the State Government is...

'Door closed' on vaccine health scare
The Australian - Natasha Bita - ‎January 7, 2011

RESEARCH linking childhood vaccination to autism is not only flawed but a fraud, the British Medical Journal declared yesterday. The journal...