Call to spare families from budget cuts
Sydney Morning Herald - Susanna Dunkerley - April 17, 2011

The Gillard government is reportedly considering setting an income test for the 50 per cent childcare rebate, which is not currently means-tested but capped at $7500 a year. It is considering treating the payment like the separate childcare benefit...

Gastro bug bites capital care centres
The Canberra Times - Julieane Strachan - 17 Apr, 2011

GASTRO outbreaks have been detected at 11 child-care centres in the ACT during the past few months alone, prompting warnings from health officials for people to wash their hands regularly and to take care not to pass the infection around...

Childcare rebate could be cut in Federal Budget
NEWS.com.au - April 16, 2011

CHILDCARE rebates are in the Budget firing line as the Gillard Government confronts a big hit to tax revenues. A crackdown that would enforce a tougher work test for parents claiming childcare assistance or a means test for high-income earners is...

How would cutting the child care rebate affect you?
NEWS.com.au - Alison Godfrey - April 16, 2011

Earlier this week there was some speculation over the latest Federal Government Budget. And today it is still continuing. The Labor Government says this Budget is going to hurt. They say they will be cracking down on welfare. And for families...

Help for childcare hubs to carry on
NTNews.com.au - Ellie Turner - April 16, 2011

THE Territory Government is to spend $258,000 for a full-time bureaucrat and grants to ensure childcare centres do not go bankrupt. Non-profit community childcare is a "vibrant and loving" environment for children. But committees often lack business…

Care costs set to jump $15 a child
The West Australian - Andrea Mayes and Megan Bailey - April 16, 2011

Childcare costs in WA are set to rise significantly as Federal Government changes and a union-led campaign to lift pay rates get under way, providers fear. High-income earners could be hit even harder as the Government refuses to rule out means-testing...

Parents happy to dig deep for kids
The West Australian - Andrea Mayes and Megan Bailey - April 16, 2011

While many parents struggle to afford child care, others are happy to pay more than $100 a day to ensure their child gets top-quality care. Subiaco School of Early Learning charges parents up to $120 a day for a minimum of two days a week and is so...

Childcare reforms 'will shut centres'
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - April 14, 2011

THREE Gillard government ministers have been warned that childcare centres across the nation will collapse unless reforms to increase staff-child ratios are stalled. The ministers were called on by the Child Care National Association to postpone...

Childcare staff seek 50pc pay hike
The Australian - Natasha Bita - April 13, 2011

CHILDCARE workers will seek a 50 per cent pay rise this year, their union revealed yesterday, as it accused centre owners of profiteering from parents. The United Voice union is planning a long-term industrial campaign to dovetail with new government regulations...

Subsidy cut put off -- at least until July
The Australian - Sue Dunlevy - April 13, 2011

THE government has been forced to back down on a 2010 budget cut to childcare that would have slashed $278 a year from parents' subsidies this year because it cannot get the change through the Senate. However, the reprieve for parents will be brief as the government...

Childcare changes take effect ahead of schedule
Sydney Morning Herald - Adele Horin - April 13, 2011

NEW national childcare standards will be implemented sooner than expected despite controversy over the cost, a leading educator says. The chief executive of Early Childhood Australia, Pam Cahir, said four states, including NSW, had already implemented...

Push to axe 'childcare' PC gone mad
Herald Sun - Matt Johnston - April 13, 2011

Child Care National Association president Chris Buck said families wanted affordable care, not political correctness "gone mad". He said the focus should be on rewarding staff, and training more, rather than on paying for new letterheads. "The thought police have had a brain snap...

Families fear their tax breaks will go
The Australian - Sean Parnell and Siobhain Ryan - April 12, 2011

If the childcare tax rebate were also means-tested, cutting out at $150,000, about 64,000 families would miss out, but it would provide up to $505 million in savings each year. A spokesman for Mr Swan would say only that "as always, there will be plenty...

Lapses in childcare are unacceptable
Herald Sun - April 11, 2011

IT appears more and more likely that serious reforms will be made in the monitoring of childcare services in this state. But as our special investigation reports today, they can't come quickly enough. Serious lapses by childcare centres, as highlighted...

Dodgy carers slip through the net
Herald Sun - Carly Crawford, Elissa Doherty - April 11, 2011

ONLY four childcare centres a year are being prosecuted in Victoria, despite hundreds of kids being lost and smacked. A Herald Sun investigation has found the Education Department has prosecuted just 45 centres from about 30,000 inspections in the...