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...

Bathing baby is not dad duty - fathers who help just cause stress
Daily Telegraph Letitia - Rowlands - February 03, 2011

IT'S enough to make an overworked mum weep. New research suggests dads should step back and take less of a role in care-giving tasks for pre-school aged children...

Suspected serial arsonist arrested after childcare centre blaze
The Age - Thomas Hunter - February 03, 2011

A serial arsonist suspected of torching schools, homes and a police station over the past 12 months was arrested near a blaze which gutted a childcare centre...

Boy zone to boost kinder learning
Herald Sun - Evonne Barry - February 02, 2011

Putting the science into pre-school - and single-sex education, a new Melbourne centre has been purpose-built with only males in mind...

ACT child-care costs soar
The Canberra Times - Michael Inman - January 30, 2011

CHILD-CARE costs in the ACT are the most expensive and rising faster than the rest of the country, according to the Productivity Commission's annual report card...

Childcare is the Great Experiment
The Advertiser - Amy Taylor-Kabbaz - January 29, 2011

MOST South Australian toddlers spend their days away from their parents - are they receiving the care they need? Childcare is great for my children's social...

Eddy Groves in court over ABC Learning collapse
The Australian - Sarah Elks and Natasha Bita - January 28, 2011

FAILED childcare tycoon Eddy Groves is due to face court today on a criminal charge relating to the collapse of ABC Learning. Mr Groves, who founded...

Clubs accept childcare challenge
The Daily Telegraph - Rosemarie Lentini - January 28, 2011

THEY'RE known for cheap meals, meat tray raffles and support of local sporting teams. Now local clubs are branching out into childcare. St Marys Leagues Club...

What do preschoolers crave? Sugar, salt, and fat
The Independent (UK) - January 27, 2011

In a study of children ages 3 to 5, involving two separate experiments, researchers found that, like their parents, youngsters have big cravings for salt, sugar, and fat...