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...

Warnings over safety sent to 31 childcare centres
Sydney Morning Herald - Natasha Wallace - May 3, 2011

FAILING to properly supervise children and poor record-keeping of staff attendance are the most common reasons why authorities issue written warnings to childcare centres. Other common breaches include exceeding capacity, caring for children not on the...

Day care toll: children in danger
Sydney Morning Herald - Natasha Wallace - May 2, 2011

MORE than 1000 children needed medical treatment and dozens were taken to hospital after serious accidents at childcare centres in NSW last year. A Herald investigation has obtained 4000 pages of previously unpublished reports which show that many of...

DOCS complaints reveal serious neglect
Sydney Morning Herald - Natasha Wallace - May 2, 2011

INAPPROPRIATE sexual behaviour between children, tying babies to chairs during meals, poor supervision and harsh discipline are among some of the serious complaints made by parents to Sydney childcare centres last year. The complaints were obtained by...

Desserts leave a sour taste
The Daily Telegraph - May 1, 2011

CHILDCARE centres are being warned against feeding children too many sweets as doctors fear it is creating poor habits for life. Doctors and nutritionists want "nutritionally void" desserts such as jelly and ice cream banned from menus...

The pain of reducing 'middle-class welfare'
Sydney Morning Herald - May 1, 2011

The 50 per cent childcare rebate is the only family benefit that is not means tested - which may change in the coming budget. Employers have warned that tightening the rules may lead to women leaving the workforce, adding to the skills shortage...

ACT budget to fund seven new child-care centres
The Canberra Times - Breanna Tucker - April 30, 2011

An extra 800 children will soon have access to high-quality child care after the ACT Government announced a multi-million-dollar boost to the sector. Minister for Children and Young People Joy Burch yesterday revealed a $60 million package promising seven new child-care...