Parents count cost of reform in child care
The Australian - Natasha Bita - December 05, 2009

The states and territories appear set to sign off on new staffing regulations that COAG's own consultant, Access Economics, calculates could cost parents $50 a week...

Childcare staff facing pay cuts under new award
The Australian - Natasha Bita - December 05, 2009

LOW-PAID childcare workers' wages will be whittled back by as much as $92 a week, under the first national childcare award handed down by the Industrial Relations...

Childcare isn't the problem, nor is it the panacea
The Age - Carol Nader - December 3, 2009

PARENTS need not feel guilty about placing their children in childcare - youngsters are unlikely to be scarred by the experience. But nor will childcare have a dramatically positive...

Childcare kids are more naughty, new study shows
Daily Telegraph - Xanthe Kleinig - December 3, 2009

CHILDREN in childcare may be learning to throw tantrums from other youngsters, according to the author of a study that found children looked after by their parents are better behaved...

Study examines effects of child care
Australian National University - December 2, 2009

The effects of non-parental child care differ according to the quality of the care and the background of the parents, according to new research from The Australian National University...

Government backs down on childcare fees
ABC Online - Western Australia - December 2, 2009

The Government has dumped plans to charge almost 1,500 childcare providers the fees from next year, because the Federal Government has introduced its own licensing fee...

ArcherCapital has bid for ABC Learning Centres
Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - December 01, 2009

UNIONS say private equity fund ArcherCapital is frontrunner to buy collapsed childcare operator ABC Learning Centres in a bid worth about $100 million. Archer could...

We're booking care before conception
AdelaideNow - November 30, 2009

WOMEN are booking childcare places before they are even pregnant.Community Children's Centres SA's Penny Thompson says it is "rare" but not unknown...

Charities aiming to rebrand ABC Learning childcare centres Good Start
The Australian - Natasha Bita - November 30, 2009

CHARITIES bidding to buy the collapsed ABC Learning childcare chain want to rebrand the business as Good Start centres, offering daycare to the disadvantaged...

Affordable childcare is essential
Adelaidenow - November 30, 2009

Workers in the pre-school and childcare industry are paid less, trained less, viewed as less important and have less of a voice. Facilities are less well funded...

State seeks virtual answer to teacher crisis
The Age - Farrah Tomzin - November 30, 2009

Helping childcare staff to obtain higher qualifications through a $3.6 million ''qualifications fund'', and new financial incentives to encourage early-childhood...

Fat chance
The Age - Geoff Maslen - November 30, 2009

The numbers are extraordinary and deeply worrying: among Victorian two-year-olds, one in every six is overweight or obese - and for children aged 3 the...

Shows promise - rating the revolution
The Age - Caroline Milburn - November 30, 2009

Every school, tertiary institution and preschool in Australia is about to be hit by radical change. This year's federal budget and the economic stimulus...

Fear of backyard childcare as costs spiral up
Adelaidenow - Tory Shepherd - November 29, 2009

ROCKETING childcare costs will force parents to turn to "backyard care", the head of Childcare South Australia says. The Federal Government is planning...

Qld childcare workers demand more staff
Sydney Morning Herald - November 29, 2009

Childcare workers seeking improved staff-to-child ratios lobbied Queensland Premier Anna Bligh at a community cabinet meeting in Brisbane's southwest on Sunday...