Funding grants open for regional Aussies
Sydney Morning Herald - March 3, 2011

Residents in regional Australia can now apply for a share in $1 billion to build essential structures like bridges and childcare centres in their area. Applications to access the Regional Development Australia Fund open on Thursday, with project...

Whooping cough vaccination rates a worry
Sydney Morning Herald - Danny Rose - March 3, 2011

"Uptake for the H1N1 vaccine was higher among at-risk groups, particularly healthcare providers and childcare workers (26 per cent)," Mr Cooper-Stanbury said. The AIHW surveyed more than 10000 adult Australians to compile adult vaccination rates for...

Ex-Abacus head of funds management resurfaces
InvestorDaily - Wouter Klijn - March 3, 2011

Former Abacus Property Group head of funds management Tom Hardwick has resurfaced as the chief executive of childcare business Redstone Group. Redstone Group runs a childcare business that owns about 20 businesses and a management company called Guardian...

ABC Learning co-founder seeking huge tax refund
The Australian - Natasha Bita - March 03, 2011

Le Neve Groves, the co-founder of collapsed childcare chain ABC Learning, is seeking a multi-million-dollar tax refund after allegedly failing to pay her 2008 tax bill estimated at more than $11 million. The Federal Court in Brisbane yesterday began...

Wages slashed despite Julia Gillard's promise
Herald Sun - Steve Lewis - March 2, 2011

One of Australia's most senior union leaders has revealed childcare workers, aged care nurses and bar staff in licensed clubs have lost entitlements, because of sweeping workplace reforms that cut the number of industrial awards from more than 2000 to...

Childcare centre fined over young wanderer
The West Australian - Angela Pownall - March 1, 2011

A major childcare group, whose managing director is president of WA's childcare industry body, has admitted letting a two-year-old boy escape unnoticed and wander up to 75m from one of its centres. It was only when John McAlister arrived to pick up son ...

Economic growth just a spectator sport for low-paid workers
Sydney Morning Herald - Louise Tarrant - March 1, 2011

They are the childcare professionals we entrust with our children and the aged-care workers we rely on to preserve the dignity of our frail parents. They are the friendly faces across the bar and the anonymous teams who sweep through our offices...

Childcare costs are a labour of love
Herald Sun - Nhada Larkin - February 28, 2011

Childcare costs are a burden most working families must budget for, but there are ways to minimise the outlay, which can add up to thousands of dollars a year. The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show that the average weekly cost of...

Fourth child dies after Houston daycare centre fire
Herald Sun - February 27, 2011

AUTHORITIES in Houston said a fourth child died today as a result of the Thursday fire at a daycare centre that also injured four kids. The fourth victim was a 15-month-old boy, the Houston Chronicle said. Two other children remained in critical condition...

Dingo mauls toddler at childcare centre
NTNews.com.au - Conor Byrne - February 26, 2011

It is understood that the certified pet got hold of one side of the boy's face while the carer was changing another child's nappy at the time. The home was arranged by Darwin Family Day Care, operated by Territory Childcare...

Groves chases trial to clear his name
Courier Mail - Liam Walsh, Tony Keim - February 26, 2011

FALLEN childcare entrepreneur Eddy Groves says he wants to bring on a District Court trial as soon as possible 'to clear my name'. Lawyers for Mr Groves, the former Ferrari-driving chief executive of ABC Learning Centres, yesterday successfully requested...

Child''s play for small cap punters
Sydney Morning Herald - Richard Hemming - February 25, 2011

The provider of child care for kids aged ''six week to six years'' has delivered classic small cap returns of late. Its shares have climbed almost five-fold since the start of 2010, leaping from around 21 cents to about $1.00. This is the kind of return…

Essential to know the pitfalls of childcare
Sydney Morning Herald - Anne Connolly - February 23, 2011

A few years ago, when I was due to return to work just as my second child was turning one, I found myself with the common problem of having no organised child care. My son's name was inching up several long waiting lists when a gleaming new (and expensive) childcare centre...

Childcare rebate to be paid weekly
Sydney Morning Herald - Dan Harrison - February 21, 2011

THOUSANDS of families will be able to receive the childcare rebate weekly under changes to be introduced to Parliament this week. The changes honour a Labor election promise to move to fortnightly payments of the benefit, which is currently paid quarterly...

Part-time childcare centres to remain open
ABC Online - February 14, 2011

The Minister for Community Services says the 23 part-time childcare centres in Western Australia will continue to operate, despite federal government funding cuts...