Draft award accused of cutting workers' pay
Sydney Morning Herald - Kirsty Needham - October 22, 2009

SOCIAL workers, childcare workers and fast-food staff in NSW would have their pay cut under the Federal Government's overhaul of workplace awards...

No forced feeding for Aussie kids, Get Up And Grow guides recommends
The Daily Telegraph - Sue Dunlevy - October 22, 2009

The Get up and Grow guide, available free to every parent and childcare centre, says under twos should be banned from TV or using computers...

Directors on notice as ASIC files case
The Australian - Bridget Carter and Chris Merritt - October 22, 2009

... the directors of other fallen companies, such as investment banks Allco Finance Group and Babcock & Brown, and childcare centre operator ABC Learning Centres...

Funding rule may force cut in preschool hours
Sydney Morning Herald - Adele Horin - October 19, 2009

CHILDREN who attend pre-school for three or more days a week may have their days cut as NSW struggles to implement the Federal Government's...

Childcare puts the squeeze on kindergarten
The Age - Fiona Hehir - October 19, 2009

The need for early childhood education is being undervalued. Last week desperate parents blew the whistle on Victoria's kindergarten secret: there aren't...

Queensland daycare changes improve services
Courier Mail - Tanya Chilcott - October 18, 2009

CHILDREN in long-daycare centres will be given access to a qualified teacher and kindergarten services from next year under a State Government pilot and shake-up of the sector...

$5000 to enrol a toddler in preschool
The Sunday Telegraph - October 18, 2009

PARENTS are being charged one-off fees of $5000 to reserve enrolments for toddlers at Sydney's most exclusive pre-schools...

Parents lose homes for not paying fees
Daily Telegraph - Miawling Lam - October 17, 2009

SCHOOL and childcare fees are crippling Australian families and emerging as a major cause of household debt...

Childcare centres should be 'more macho'
Daily Telegraph - October 17, 2009

CHILDCARE centres should be painted in bold colours and hold regular barbecue, camping and woodworking programs to make dads feel welcome...

Kids held back with 'over-organised' play, says Shane Gould
The Australian - Pia Akerman - October 14, 2009

OLYMPIC golden girl Shane Gould has blasted children's sports programs as "over-organised" and holding back the natural development of physical skills…

Ellis favours parents ruling kids' TV habits
ABC Online - October 14, 2009

Early Childhood Education Minister Kate Ellis says the Federal Government is not backing the idea of formal restrictions on toddlers' television viewing...

780 new university places for early childhood teachers
DEEWR - October 14, 2009

500 new places will be available in 2010, with an initial allocation of 280 places in 2011. This builds on the 500 places provided in 2009. Additional places for...

ABC Learning Centres value of $650m written off
Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - October 13, 2009

IN the dying days of ABC Learning Centres, the global operator wrote down almost $650 million of the controversial book value given to its childcare centre licences...

IMF extends funding to ABC Learning administrators
Business Spectator - October 13, 2009

The litigation funder said the examinations would principally address charges granted by ABC Learning to a syndicate of banks shortly prior...

Managing the box
The Australian - October 13, 2009

But guidelines drawn up for childcare centres suggesting children should not watch any TV before the age of two should be put in perspective...