Child care is protective for children with depressed mothers
Los Angeles Times - Shari Roan - June 13, 2011

Child care may be a good choice to minimize the effects of a mother's depression on her young children, a new study shows. Research in recent years has pointed to the convergence of a woman's depression and behavior problems in young children...

Toddlers learn life lessons at pre-school
The Daily Telegraph - Letitia Rowlands - June 13, 2011

CHILDREN reap lifelong benefits from pre-school with new research showing those who attend in the year before kindergarten have lower rates of drug and alcohol abuse, are less likely to get in trouble with the law and enjoy higher levels of education...

Fears of childcare centre ranking
Stuff.co.nz (NZ) - John Hartevelt - June 11, 2011

League tables ranking early childhood centres are feared as the Government addresses a "lack of accountability" in the sector. Education Minister Anne Tolley said last night that an ECE Taskforce proposal for "mandatory performance reporting" was…

Emails reveal early fears for ABC Learning
ABC Online - Sue Lannin - June 10, 2011

The banks which lent to collapsed childcare provider ABC Learning were worried about the company's financial health six months before it collapsed, but still went ahead with a refinancing plan to keep the company afloat. An email trail revealed...

Childcare shortage in the Illawarra getting worse
ABC Local - June 8, 2011

A community childcare organisation says all levels of government need to do more to address the region's growing childcare shortage. In the Illawarra, childcare providers say most of their centres are full, with lengthy waiting lists...

At risk children miss out on kinder
The Age - Caroline Milburn - June 6, 2011

A FREE kindergarten program for Aboriginal and abused children is failing to reach its target, with more than three-quarters of allocated places unfilled. The Early Start Kindergarten program provides up to 11 hours of free classes a week in Victoria for...

Pay up, parents: childcare hoppers rort their rebate
The Sunday Telegraph - Helen Pow - June 05, 2011

PARENTS are abusing the childcare rebate by switching centres after racking up thousands of dollars in unpaid fees but still claiming the taxpayer-funded benefit. Childcare centres are being forced to increase fees after a mass of centre-hopping where families accumulate debt...

Govt unveils indigenous pre-school plan
Ninemsn - Jun 3, 2011‎

The federal government has unveiled a new strategy designed to get indigenous children into preschool. The government has invested $970 million over five years to ensure all four-year-olds can get 15 hours of preschool a week by 2013...

Emails reveal pre-collapse fears for ABC Learning
ABC Online - June 2, 2011

Email exchanges between the financiers of the collapsed childcare company ABC Learning show its bankers were concerned about the company's solvency in mid-2008, six months before it went under. The company's banking syndicate were repaid $500 million before ABC collapsed...

Funding cuts leave child care at risk
Geelong Advertiser - Andrea Hamblin - June 2, 2011

CUTS to early childhood funding could leave thousands of the region's families without child care services by the end of this year. The State Government's withdrawal of its $1.9 million contribution to the Take a Break program would force the closure ...

NSW Education Dept takes over child care
Sydney Morning Herald - June 1, 2011

The NSW Education Department is taking over responsibility for all child care and early childhood education in the state. The Community Services department, which used to have that responsibility, will now focus on welfare. "Originally the aim was for...

Sex offender lived at home of family day carer
The Age - Jewel Topsfield - May 31, 2011

A REGISTERED sex offender was found to be living at the home of a family day carer in Melbourne's southern suburbs, raising serious concerns about the risks of home-based childcare. The state government has asked Child Safety Commissioner Bernie Geary...

Risk-taking lessons not learned in over-strict playgrounds, says expert
Herald Sun - Kate Jones - May 30, 2011

Playground injuries at Victorian schools have jumped by 45 per cent in the past two years with 160 students falling, slipping and tripping each day. Injuries at childcare centres and kindergartens are responsible for about 60 hospital admissions every...

Dinosaur names are child's play
Adelaide Now - May 29, 2011

Last year a University of California report found that four-year-olds learn more literacy and numeracy skills through teacher interaction than by free play. "It's about adults working alongside children in their play... of introducing words as children..."

Parents to get boost in childcare rebates
Adelaide Now - Samantha Maiden - May 28, 2011

PARENTS will soon have the option of securing generous childcare rebates fortnightly instead of quarterly. They can even choose the option of having the rebate paid directly to their child care service and receive a reduction on their bills...