Investigation launched after Benjamin Atley escapes Clayton South childcare centre
Herald Sun - Emily Portelli - May 25, 2011

THE Education Department has launched an investigation after a three-year-old boy escaped from a childcare centre and wandered home along busy streets. Benjamin Atley slipped unnoticed past supervisors and security doors at Clayton South Childcare...

Fury as toddler wanders from childcare centre
The Age - Megan Levy - May 25, 2011

The parents of a three-year-old boy who escaped from a childcare centre and wandered home along a busy street say their son could have been killed due to the lack of supervision. The little boy toddled about 600 metres to his house on Milton Road...

Best child-care centres cost less: report
The Canberra Times - Noel Towell - May 25, 2011

Canberra's child-care centres with the poorest service standards are hitting parents with the biggest fees, according to ACT Government papers. The documents show that the city's day care providers with the highest-staff-to-child ratios and the best-trained workers are...

Japanese compulsory at childcare centres
Gold Coast Bulletin News - Merrin Jagtman - May 24, 2011

A NEW breed of childcare centres have begun operating on the Gold Coast where children still learning to walk are being taught a second language. Children as young as 15 months are being given compulsory Japanese lessons as part of Kool Kids Early Centre's curriculum...

Violence on tv and the web to blame for violent preps
Herald Sun - Evonne Barry - May 23, 2011

"Often their unacceptable behaviour is actually being seen in child care and kindergartens as well." Clinical psychologist Dr Simon Crisp said early exposure to violence on TV and the internet was part of the "creeping down" of bad behaviour to younger children...

Child-care debt crackdown
The Canberra Times - Frances Stewart and Michael Inman - May 22, 2011

ACT CHILD-CARE centres are being forced to call in debt collectors as families under financial pressure use government rebates to pay for everyday essentials instead of fees. With parents facing higher food and fuel bills, while new child-care staff...

Brisbane families fear childcare cost increase under Federal Budget
Courier Mail - Anna Chisholm - May 20, 2011

CHILDCARE costs are set to rise if National Quality Reforms are passed, as Queensland families struggle to clear rising childcare debt. Parents say fewer rebates for childcare will only mean additional pressure after changes to family tax...

Debt collectors chase parents who owe as little as $50 in childcare fees
The Courier Mail - Alex Tilbury and Paddy Hintz - May 20, 2011

PARENTS owing as little as $50 in unpaid childcare fees are being chased by debt collectors as fed-up centres crack down on mounting overdue bills. One of Australia's largest debt collection agencies said unpaid fees to childcare centres had emerged as a significant problem...

Melbourne kids in Saturday kinder classes
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - May 17, 2011

MELBOURNE kids are being made to learn on weekends, with kinder classes now on Saturdays. Dozens of metropolitan kindergartens have started offering Saturday sessions, which are popular with time-poor working parents. However, other parents have resisted...

Underpaid female social workers win big pay rise
Sydney Morning Herald - Kelly Burke, Sean Nicholls - May 17, 2011

More than 200000 non-government workers employed in sectors funded by federal and state governments - including childcare, job recruitment, aged and disability services and aid agencies - will be affected by the decision, hailed by unions as a historic...

Fines over child care health risk
The Sunday Telegraph - Helen Pow - May 15, 2011

THREE childcare centres have been fined for failing hygiene guidelines, putting young children at serious risk of infection. A rodent-infested Baulkham Hills centre was fined $660 after NSW Food Authority inspectors found "droppings...

I e-spy something beginning with see
The Daily Telegraph - Tim Vollmer - May 14, 2011

Eight Universal Childcare centres are test-running video conferencing in an Australian first, providing working parents with a window into what their children are doing during the day. Universal plans to expand it to a dozen more centres in coming...

Tax break or welfare? Either way, middle-class families are the losers
The Australian - Angela Shanahan - May 14, 2011

So in the budget, the government did not means test one tax break, the childcare tax rebate for families with two incomes, but it cut or froze other payments to families on one income who often include mothers who do not use paid child care...

Family day carers face fine for poor supervision
Sydney Morning Herald - Natasha Wallace - May 13, 2011

NEW childcare safety laws would allow authorities to prosecute family day carers for the first time with fines of up to $10,000 for inadequate supervision. The Department of Community Services has been unable to prosecute individual family day carers...

Earn $150k and you're out
The Australian - Stephen Lunn - May 11, 2011

The Treasurer has moved to extend the freeze in the indexation of income limits on family payments including Family Tax Benefits A and B, the Baby Bonus and Paid Parental Leave until 2014, which will save more than $1 billion over the next four years...