Daycare reform to cost $1.6bn
The Australian - Natasha Bita - December 14, 2009

PARENTS will split a $1.6 billion childcare bill with taxpayers to improve the quality of daycare over the next decade. The costing -- which shows childcare...

For the love of children
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - December 13, 2009

IT HAS been a long time coming but the state and federal governments have finally agreed to higher standards for childcare centres...

Kindy fees set to spiral
Daily Telegraph - Jennifer Sexton - December 13, 2009

Childcare Alliance Australia, representing private child-care operators, warned that this would force them to increase fees and reduce the number of places...

IR watchdog cut childcare staff wages by mistake
The Australian - Natasha Bita - December 11, 2009

THE Industrial Relations Commission made an error when it slashed low-paid childcare workers' wages by up to $92 a week. The Liquor Hospitality and...

Keeping it in the family
Brisbane Times - Tony Moore - December 11, 2009

Eddy Groves' sister has told a Federal Court hearing in Brisbane she did not know how almost $23 million was paid to a company run by her husband in the lead-up...

ABC Learning Centres was warned fee hike could backfire
Herald Sun - Liam Walsh - December 10, 2009

FORMER children's affairs minister and ABC Learning Centres director Larry Anthony warned the doomed childcare group last year that a hefty hike in fees...

Banks brace for big ABC losses
Sydney Morning Herald - Colin Kruger and Amelia Bentley - December 10, 2009

THE impending sale of 678 ABC Learning centres to the not-for-profit GoodStart syndicate will almost certainly result in Australia''s big banks taking a bath...

Parents worry for childcare future
The Canberra Times - James Massola - 10 Dec, 2009

But the Deakin centre is one of 26 left out of a deal designed to rescue 678 centres across the country after the collapse of ABC Learning in November...

Muddy kids are healthy kids, study shows
NEWS.com.au - December 10, 2009

PARENTS who let their kids romp in the mud and eat food that has fallen on the floor could be helping to protect them against maladies like heart disease later in life...

Charity takeover of ABC Learning
The Australian - Natasha Bita - December 10, 2009

THE Rudd government will provide $15 million in taxpayer funds for a loan to help fund a charitable takeover of the nation's biggest childcare chain...

Children come first at new ABC, owners vow
Sydney Morning Herald - Adele Horin - December 10, 2009

PARENTS have been promised stability and higher quality care after a consortium of four charities won the bidding war for 678 ABC Learning Centres...

The bell tolls for profit reapers
The Australian - Natasha Bita - December 10, 2009

Once GoodStart takes charge of 678 ABC Learning centres next year, not-for-profit daycare operators will control 40 per cent of the market. Presently...

Computershare win in UK
The Australian - John Durie - December 9, 2009

COMPUTERSHARE'S Chris Morris is on a roll, with UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown reversing a previous decision on childcare vouchers. The original decision...

Mission Australia to buy ABC centres
The Age - Colin Kruger - December 9, 2009

... confirmed that the not-for-profit syndicate lead by Mission Australia has been selected as the preferred buyer for the remaining 705 child care centres...

Child care too expensive, not enough places
Adelaidenow - Tory Shepherd - December 9, 2009

MORE than 27000 Australian women who want to work are being kept out of the workforce because they cannot access childcare, latest figures show...