Family day carers face fine for poor supervision
Sydney Morning Herald - Natasha Wallace - May 13, 2011

NEW childcare safety laws would allow authorities to prosecute family day carers for the first time with fines of up to $10,000 for inadequate supervision. The Department of Community Services has been unable to prosecute individual family day carers...

Earn $150k and you're out
The Australian - Stephen Lunn - May 11, 2011

The Treasurer has moved to extend the freeze in the indexation of income limits on family payments including Family Tax Benefits A and B, the Baby Bonus and Paid Parental Leave until 2014, which will save more than $1 billion over the next four years...

Sanity prevails as mental health care dominates
The Daily Telegraph - Gemma Jones - May 11, 2011

Children as young as three will now undergo testing for social and emotional wellbeing and childcare workers will be given mental health training. The Government also wants to stem the number of teens leaving school because of mental illness...

Funding a better future for Australia’s children
DEEWR Media Release - May 11, 2011

The Recognition of Prior Learning package will provide early childhood workers with greater access to upgrading their qualifications through a national assessment process. The measure will be of greatest benefit to child care professionals in rural...

Parental backlash fear on costs
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty - May 10, 2011

A THIRD of parents would be forced to remove their children from care if costs increased, a survey says. The Australian Childcare Alliance released the warning on Budget eve amid concerns that childcare subsidies could be in the firing line...

Family day carer can't be sued for boy's death
Sydney Morning Herald - Natasha Wallace - May 9, 2011

He was the second toddler to die in 2008 while in family day care in NSW, yet due to a significant legal loophole the person most responsible for his care cannot be prosecuted. The Department of Community Services is unable to prosecute individual...

Balancing work and family, especially when a baby is involved, is tough on job and on mums
The Sunday Mail - Carly Hennessy - May 08, 2011

While women may feel guilty about putting their youngsters in childcare, the most important thing was it was quality centre. "For a child as well as for adults there's a balance, and we all need time away," Prof Thorpe said. "It's not about whether...

Shortfall of qualified staff threatens childcare
The Australian - Milanda Rout - May 7, 2011

They say it is not possible to meet the federal government's reforms, which require all workers to have a Certificate 3 qualification by 2014 as well as increasing staff to child ratios, without further financial assistance. Childcare centres have already started passing on the cost...

Budget to crack down on charities loophole
The Age - Michelle Grattan - May 7, 2011

Activities central to the purpose of the charitable organisation would still be untaxed, even when run commercially, such as non-profit hospitals and childcare centres. Businesses such as op shops, whose profits go back to the charities, will continue...

Fees cut to entice childcare centres to expand
ABC Online - May 6, 2011

The ACT Government says private childcare centres will have an incentive to expand, under changes to development charges. The Government is phasing in a new system of change-of-use charges from July. Currently private childcare centres must pay a lease...

Budget gains at risk from rates - Minding the childminders
Sydney Morning Herald - May 5, 2011

With huge unmet demand, families ready to spend an average $350 a week, and towards $2 billion in annual government subsidies pouring in as well, no wonder that childcare is increasingly a private-sector operation driven by profit...

Back to school for teenage mums
The Daily Telegraph - Simon Benson - May 05, 2011

The mothers would be given access to existing childcare assistance but, if they failed to attend classses or meet the requirements without a reasonable excuse, their payments would be suspended. A trial program will be...

Whooping cough outbreak sparks vaccination calls
ABC Online - Kristy O'Brien - May 4, 2011

There have been 32 cases recorded in the past three months in the territory. Recently, two young territory children with whooping cough went to childcare centres while they were still infectious. Whooping cough is a highly...

Childcare centres avoid penalties
Sydney Morning Herald - Natasha Wallace - May 4, 2011

In NSW 102 centres have been declared "not accredited" after failing to meet standards, which cover policies and procedures on matters such as staff relationships with children, child experiences and learning, and safety and nutrition...

Demand and standards place parents in a bind
Sydney Morning Herald - Nick Ralston, Natasha Wallace - May 4, 2011

"It was because we had nowhere and the childcare centres were all full." A spokeswoman for the centre's director, Charmaine Alexoulis, said the centre was not accredited due to "small things" such as inadequate documentation and using...