Children abused at daycare centres and neglected at home
The Sunday Mail (Qld) - Thomas Chamberlin, Jackie Sinnerton - April 29, 2012

PEOPLE working with children are being banned every two-and-a-half days in Queensland for serious offences including child sex, violent and drug-related crimes. The hundreds of Queenslanders caught through stringent daily checks had been granted blue cards...

Middle-class welfare? Give single-income families a tax break
The Australian - Angela Shanahan - April 28, 2012

Few women work full time when their children are young. That is not because they cannot find care; it is because they don't want to. In Australia, most institutional childcare is subsidised by the state. Before and after-school care is subsidised, as is care for infants, through the tax rebate and…

AFL players and fans push for childcare at the footy
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - April 28, 2012

AFL players and footy fans have called for childcare centres at the MCG and Etihad Stadium to make games more family-friendly. Hawk Sam Mitchell, a father of three, said a creche at major stadiums would "help families get to go to the footy together". "Having on-site childcare could…

Cost of childcare soars by 13pc in Adelaide
The Advertiser - Catherine Hockley and Martina Simos - April 27, 2012

ADELAIDE families already battling rising energy and water bills have been hit with a 13 per cent jump in childcare fees over the past year. New Consumer Price Index data shows the cost of childcare in Adelaide jumped by 13.6 per cent over the past 12 months - the highest rise of all…

Minister dismisses cost claim as 'utter rubbish'
The Australian - Michael Owen - April 26, 2012

CHILDCARE Minister Kate Ellis has accused a national lobby group for the professional carers of children of spreading "utter rubbish and misinformation" about the reasons for a spike in costs. Ms Ellis yesterday said she was outraged by claims made by Child Care National Association...

Timing proves key on childcare rebate
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - April 25, 2012

MORE than a quarter of families have chosen to receive a rebate on their childcare fortnightly since the option was introduced in July last year, following a pledge by the Gillard government to ease the cost-of-living pressures for families with young children. New fortnightly payments...

Education costs outstrip inflation
The Age - Bianca Hall - April 25, 2012

Nor were parents of young children spared the price rises, with childcare costs rising by 9.7 per cent in the past year, and by 4 per cent in the four months to March alone. The Australian Bureau of Statistics quarterly inflation figures, released yesterday, calculated the cost of...

Incomes can't keep pace with hikes in living costs
The Australian - Michael Owen - April 25, 2012

Child Care National Association president Chris Buck was scathing of the federal government after the release of the CPI data, saying no one, least of all Wayne Swan, should be surprised by the sharp rise in childcare costs. "The federal government has been pushing in this direction since…

Hyperactivity link with before-school care
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - April 24, 2012

CHILDREN who go to before-school care early in their first year of school have been found to have higher levels of hyperactivity and behaviour such as hurting others, tantrums and fighting. A controversial study by Kay Margetts of Melbourne University's Graduate School of Education...

Childcare charity 'in the dark' after failed tender
ABC News - April 23, 2012

A national childcare provider is facing an uncertain future after the Government chose not to review a key Defence contract. The charity B4Kids runs 21 Australian Defence Force childcare centres around Australia, including four it took over in the Northern Territory after...

Hands up for your favourite teacher
The Advertiser - Sheradyn Holderhead - April 22, 2012

Nominations are open today for seven award categories recognising the top preschool teacher, primary school teacher, high school teacher, school leader, early career teacher, support staff member and the most innovative engagement with business and the community by a school…

Neuroscientist explains how to stimulate young brains
ABC Lateline - Emma Alberici - April 20, 2012

Educational engagement with children in those first years pays off according to one of the world's leading neurologists, Dr Judy Willis. Dr Willis is a scientist and former teacher who has written six books about applying the mind, the brain and educational research in the classroom…

Out of the box: TV better than childcare
Canberra Times - Emma Macdonald - April 19, 2012

Children who spend time in front of the television or computer may benefit cognitively more than if they were hanging out with friends, alone at home or in after-school care. According to a new paper to be presented at a National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling seminar today, how children spend their time...

Learning crucial to childcare: Coalition
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - April 18, 2012

TONY Abbott's Coalition has promised the childcare industry it will not fund nannies unless they are as qualified as those who work in centres. Opposition childcare spokeswoman Sussan Ley said yesterday education would be key to the Opposition Leader's pledge that the Productivity Commission be asked...

NSW puts schools at the centre of communities
ABC Lateline - Suzanne Smith - April 17, 2012

Struggling schools in regional and remote NSW are volunteering to be part of a bold new experiment which aims to close the educational gap between children from rich and poor families. Those who take part will be much more than learning institutions, they will become community hubs - and preschool education will be a central feature...