Profit motive sits uneasily with aims of childcare
Sydney Morning Herald - Patrick McClure - February 14, 2011

The importance of childcare and early childhood development cannot be overstated. Most of our development as individuals takes place in early childhood...

$200 million in unclaimed child welfare payments is waiting for Australian parents
Sunday Herald Sun - Samantha Maiden - February 13, 2011

Figures obtained reveal up to 100,000 families are using childcare but not claiming the cash. As families face rising electricity bills and...

Welfare razor sharpened
Herald Sun - Samantha Maiden - February 13, 2011

Prime Minister Julia Gillard will address childcare assistance issues in this year's federal budget...

Cost of childcare has halved in six years
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - February 12, 2011

THE portion of household income required to pay for childcare has nearly halved in the past six years, leading to a sharp jump in the number of children and...

Parliament not so family-friendly
The Age - Richard Willingham - February 11, 2011

A FAMILY-FRIENDLY proposal to allow state MPs looking after children to bring their child into the Parliament during crucial votes has been...

The childcare centre space race
The Advertiser - David Jean - February 11, 2011

VACANCIES at childcare centres are shrinking and Government reforms are likely to make things tougher. As soon as Jane Goldney found out...

Childcare rebates slashed before parliament approves cuts
The Australian - Sue Dunlevy - February 10, 2011

CENTRELINK has slashed the 50 per cent childcare rebate paid to thousands of families by more than $279, even though parliament has yet to approve the cuts...

ABC Learning founder in dispute with ATO over $64m income
The Australian - Susannah Moran - February 10, 2011

LE Neve Groves, who founded childcare network ABC Learning with former husband Eddy Groves, is in a dispute with the Australian Taxation Office over $64 million...

Former Labor MP Maxine McKew quits politics
The Australian - Jodie Minus - February 09, 2011

She will now work as a consultant on the organisation's GoodStart Childcare program. "I hope it will be a nice fit and I hope I can be useful to SVA," she said...

Pre-school pupils are still better readers aged 15
BBC News (UK) - Sean Coughlan - February 08, 2011

The OECD has published an analysis of tests taken by pupils in developed countries - looking at the long-term impact of pre-school education. This showed that...

Employee accused of backbiting unfairly dismissed
The Australian - Ewin Hannan - February 08, 2011

Fair Work Australia has compensated a Melbourne childcare worker who was sacked for allegedly breaching its "no backbiting" policy...

School-based early childhood education program yields high economic returns...
University of Minnesota (USA) - February 04, 2011

For every $1 invested in a Chicago early childhood education program, nearly $11 is projected to return to society over the children''s lifetimes...

Preschool fees big barrier to indigenous
The Australian - Natasha Robinson - February 07, 2011

EARLY childhood educators are calling on the federal government to make preschool free for Aboriginal children, after a study revealed fees are one of the main...

Parents count cost of child-care shortage
The Canberra Times - Stephanie Anderson - February 07, 2011

A shortage of child-care places is forcing families to pay to add their unborn children to waiting lists, and the situation is expected to worsen as centres rush...

Childcare workers lacking qualifications: report
ABC Online - Kathleen Dyett - February 3, 2011

Less than half of paid childcare workers in the ACT have formal qualifications, prompting concerns centres will struggle to meet new national standards...