No rules over child care cakes: Ellis
The Australian - February 06, 2013

THE federal government is attempting to ease fears that new hygiene guidelines will mean children cannot blow out candles on birthday cakes at child care centres. The latest National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines, titled Staying Healthy, are aimed at preventing...

Strict new hygiene rules for childcare will wrap kids in a bubble, says AMA
Herald Sun - Natasha Bita - February 06, 2013

KIDS will be banned from blowing out candles on communal birthday cakes, under strict new hygiene rules for childcare. But doctors warn the latest National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines go too far in "bubble-wrapping" children. The NHMRC is urging childcare...

The dirt on paranoid guidelines for childcare
NEWS.com.au - Susie O'Brien - February 06, 2013

YOU can always pick the kids whose parents are anti-infection freaks. They're the ones who are always sick. New guidelines covering childcare centres that stop kids from blowing out communal birthday candles are an absolute joke. What's next? Bans on playtime? Bans on hugs? Childcare...

Gap closed on indigenous preschool access
The Age - Michael Gordon and Dan Harrison - February 06, 2013

Federal and state governments have met their first target in the campaign to close the gap on indigenous disadvantage, with all Aboriginal four-year-olds in remote communities set to have access to preschool education this year. Julia Gillard will hail the achievement as the first step...

Childcare for students restored
AdelaideNow - Sheradyn Holderhead - February 05, 2013

MOTHERS on a mission to learn have overturned a Federal Government policy that was preventing them from finishing school. A policy change last year meant parents over the age of 20, who had returned to high school to complete Year 12, became ineligible for childcare assistance from...

G8 aims for $35m raising through Canaccord, Petra
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson and Anthony Macdonald - February 4, 2013

G8 went into a trading halt on Monday morning as the brokers contacted potential investors ahead of the raising. The company is seeking to raise $35 million at $1.45 a share, according to a termsheet sent to investors. Canaccord has been mandated to raise $15 million from offshore...

New York childcare company offers ex-Navy SEALs to work as nannies
Daily Mail (UK) - Matt Blake - February 4, 2013

A childcare company in New York is offering families the chance to hire armed US military war veterans as nannies to 'keep tragedy from happening', months after two children were stabbed to death in the bath by their carer. The no-nonsense nannies, which cost at least $1,500 a week...

Childcare costs families a small fortune
NEWS.com.au - Natasha Bita - February 2, 2013

CHILDCARE costs are chewing up a fifth of the family budget, despite $5bn a year in taxpayer subsidies. Families with two kids in full-time daycare are spending up to 20 per cent of their take-home pay on childcare, Federal Government data shows. But the Government and the Opposition...

Answers needed to childcare crisis
The Daily Telegraph - February 1, 2013

HE word "crisis" is sometimes overused in discussion of the various problems facing Australians. When it comes to the state of childcare in this nation, however, crisis is exactly the right description. As The Daily Telegraph reports today, families who have two children in full-time…

Compulsory pre-primary attendance to be enforced
ABC News - February 1, 2013

The Education Department is expecting a high level of compliance when compulsory preschool comes into effect next week. About 99 per cent of children are enrolled in preschool but many only attend sporadically. Legislation requiring all children to attend preschool classes will be enforced...

Child care most expensive in the ACT
The Australian - January 31, 2013

ABOUT one in six children who needed a child care place in 2011 couldn't access it, government data released on Thursday shows. The 2013 Report on Government Services also found that more than half of children whose parents worked and who needed to access child care to enable them...

Govt to publish childcare centre ratings
The Australian - January 31, 2013

THE federal government will publish quality ratings for childcare centres across Australia later this year. The centres will be assessed on seven criteria, including staffing arrangements and children's safety. Results will be published on the government's MyChild website later in 2013...

Childcare mogul sent to naughty corner
Sydney Morning Herald - Ben Butler - January 30, 2013

The former childcare mogul Eddy Groves was declared bankrupt in an Adelaide court on Tuesday. Mr Groves, the founder of failed childcare operator ABC Learning, failed to appear at the Federal Magistrates Court in Adelaide, prompting Registrar Patricia Christie to pursue a sequestration...

Push for $1.4b childcare pay boost
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - January 28, 2013

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard faces further pressure to take the budget into deficit, with a band of MPs saying a $1.4 billion injection into childcare to improve workers'' wages is vastly overdue. MPs say the government has required the industry to hire more staff with better qualifications, but has...

Childcare costs push some into class Save
Newcastle Herald - Amy McNeilage - January 27, 2013

THE high cost of childcare is believed to be a key reason parents in Sydney's south-west are more likely to send their children to school at a younger age than those in the more affluent northern suburbs. Kindergarten classes in south-western Sydney have twice as many children under five...