Beware children with bottom fixations
Daily Telegraph - March 23, 2011

Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell learned a lesson about sharing the media spotlight with young ones while visiting a childcare centre in Sydney's inner west today. Mr O'Farrell was reading the children's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar to...

Childcare worker shortage looms
The Age - Michelle Griffin - March 21, 2011

THE job listings tell the tale: throughout Australia, hundreds of childcare centres are advertising for qualified workers, but there simply aren't enough. And even the industry's most enthusiastic training advocates admit there will still be a skills...

Grandmother's day every week
The Age - Michelle Griffin - March 21, 2011

The figures, derived from the latest Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey commissioned by the federal government, suggest the number of grandparents providing childcare has increased since the Australian Bureau of Statistics...

Action call on child safety
Tasmania Mercury - Damien Brown - March 21, 2011

TASMANIA'S political parties have called for an urgent meeting with Children's Minister Lin Thorp over allegations the state's childcare centres are not meeting basic safety and hygiene standards. Yesterday the Sunday Tasmanian revealed the latest...

Committal hearing for ABC Learning CEO
Sydney Morning Herald - Kym Agius - March 18, 2011

The former chief executive of ABC Learning Australia and New Zealand, Martin Vincent Kemp, will have a committal hearing in July over allegations he breached corporations law leading up to the collapse of Australia's biggest childcare chain...

Childcare to teach kids properly or face fine
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - March 18, 2011

CHILDCARE centres that continue to babysit children rather than introduce a formal learning framework would be fined up to $20000 under a tough new national system. There would also be new fines aimed at providers who failed to provide enough staffing...

Company directors call for tax deductible childcare
ABC Online - Sue Lannin - March 17, 2011

The national organisation representing company directors says childcare should be tax deductible. The Australian Institute of Company Directors says such a move would help increase the number of women in senior management and on company boards...

Childcare promise 'impossible'
The Australian - Sue Dunlevy - March 17, 2011

MORE than 30000 childcare workers will have to upgrade their qualifications if Labor is to deliver its pledge to train them all and put a university graduate in every centre by 2014. Operators and unions said yesterday the 2007 election promise made by...

Audit reveals childcare hygiene, safety flaws in centres
The Australian - Sue Dunlevy - March 16, 2011

ALMOST one-third of the 1102 childcare centres audited last year failed to implement proper food, safety and hygiene practices. The National Childcare Accreditation Council report for July to December last year found 29 per cent of childcare...

One in five Queensland child care centres fail to meet standards, says report
Courier Mail - Anna Caldwell - March 16, 2011

QUEENSLAND'S childcare centres are failing the most basic hygiene procedures, leaving children at risk from dangerous products and failing to make sure they get enough sleep, a damning new report shows. The National Childcare Accreditation Council...

Childcare failing on hygiene, safety
Herald Sun - March 15, 2011

HUNDREDS of childcare services are failing to meet basic hygiene, safety and education standards, the latest snapshot of the sector shows. The group overseeing childcare accreditation in Australia has released statistics on the number of services that...

Nordic nations show the way to lift children out of poverty
The Age - Andrew Scott - March 15, 2011

The Nordic countries' successes for children result from their strong investment in public childcare, provision of substantial paid parental leave and effective regulation of working hours. These policies promote secure and appropriate jobs in terms of work/family balance...

Family ties cost mums dearly on wages
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty and Tom McIlroy - March 15, 2011

The economic snapshot, commissioned by the Commonwealth Bank, found: ELEVEN per cent of working families pay more for childcare than they earn in the same period. ANOTHER 13 per cent break even...

Wages only just cover fees for care
Herald Sun - Tom McIlroy - March 15, 2011

THE rising cost of childcare is a double-edged sword for Jadranka Skrivanek. Mrs Skrivanek, 38, says her career in customer service comes second to raising her children, and the money she does make from part-time work is used mostly for childcare...

Greens target tots, teeth and solar power
Sydney Morning Herald - Josephine Tovey - March 14, 2011

The party also pledged to provide two years' free preschool education for every child, a program targeting 10,000 children in its first stage at a cost of $128 million, and to boost dental care funding by $102.5 million...