Child carers desert jobs
The Mercury - Danielle McKay - August 1, 2011

United Voice childcare union secretary Helen Gibbons said the industry was in crisis, with almost one in three carers leaving every year because of low wages that failed to acknowledge the valuable educational role they played in the formative years...

Another top executive from ABC Learning to go to trial
The Australian - Jamie Walker - July 30, 2011

A TOP executive of the failed ABC Learning childcare group will stand trial over an alleged deal with the company's kingpin, Eddy Groves. Martin Kemp, who was chief executive of ABC Learning's Australian and New Zealand operations, was committed for...

Day carer fined for leaving toddler behind
The West Australian - Michelle Ridley - July 29, 2011

Acting YMCA Perth chief executive Jennie Burns said it was the first time YMCA Perth had been prosecuted for a breach of childcare licensing provisions in more than 30 years of involvement in children's services...

Artwork drawn in battle for childcare
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty - July 29, 2011

THE big guns have been drawn in the battle of the mums versus the government - the children. In the David and Goliath fight to reinstate government financing for occasional childcare, angry Victorian mothers are turning to...

Support for Occasional Childcare goes National
Sussan Ley MP - Media Release - July 29, 2011

A nationwide petition, calling on the Gillard Government to restore occasional childcare funding across the country has been launched in South West Victoria. Anger at the withdrawal of Federal support sparked the move, with thousands of parents in...

Working mums the big losers
Financial Review - Geoff Winestock - July 29, 2011

They might face a relatively low marginal tax rate of zero or 15¢ or 34¢ but for every extra dollar they earn they also lose 20¢ or 30¢ or 60¢ of benefits. This creates a huge disincentive for people, mostly women, to return to work, especially child care is factored in...

Exclusive creche aims to ease childhood trauma
The Age - Michelle Griffin - July 29, 2011

IT'S ONE of the most exclusive childcare centres in Australia, funded to provide the lowest child-staff ratios, a top-flight early education curriculum and three gourmet meals a day. But the Children's Protection Society's creche in Heidelberg West...

Childcare 'hinders mothers' careers', says report
BBC News - July 27, 2011

Childcare is the biggest barrier for women going back to work, according to a new report which examined the financial challenges facing working women. More than a thousand women were surveyed for the report which found that more than half see no end...

Mums spit the dummy after childcare centres slash the number of baby placed by 20 percent
The Sunday Telegraph - Jane Hansen - July 24, 2011

Under reforms that took effect in January, centres have to provide one carer for every four children, instead of one to five, but the industry has responded by cutting placements instead of putting on extra staff. Already in extreme shortage...

Childcare fee rise hits $25 per day
Sussan Ley MP - Media Release - July 20, 2011

Huge rises in childcare fees are quickly becoming reality with an inner suburban Melbourne childcare centre set to charge parents an extra $25 per day. A report in this week''s local ''Leader'' newspaper confirms Glen Eira Council must increase...

ABC Learning paid double market price
The Australian - Jared Owens - July 20, 2011

FORMER ABC Learning executive Martin Kemp arranged for the childcare chain to buy his assets at double their market value, a court heard yesterday. Mr Kemp is charged with three breaches of the Corporations Act concerning the exercise of his powers as...

Child care welcomes foreign workers
The West Australian - Joseph Catanzaro - July 19, 2011

"We have a workforce crisis in child care" he said. "The industry is screaming out for staff. There is a 5 per cent growth in childcare centres in this country, and there is only a 2 per cent growth in staff." Mr Mayes, who has worked in the industry....

Tax breaks on childcare pushed
Financial Review - Emily Parkinson - July 19, 2011

Senior executives and company directors have called for the introduction of tax-deductible child-care to lift workforce participation and representation in management ranks and boardrooms. Despite Australian women being among the most highly educated in the world...

Groves 'skirted board at ABC'
The Australian - Jared Owens - July 19, 2011

EDDY Groves so heavily micro-managed his failed ABC Learning childcare empire that he was even able to change the colour of the carpets on a whim, a court has heard. On the first day of former ABC executive director Martin Kemp's committal hearing in Brisbane...

In praise of nannies
Sydney Morning Herald - Mia Freedman - July 18, 2011

Like all other childcare workers, nannies have a singular purpose: to care for vulnerable people who aren't old enough, smart enough or responsible enough to make the right decisions. Decisions that can have negative consequences for themselves and others...