ABC Learning in 'financial turmoil' before collapse: court
Sydney Morning Herald - Amelia Bentley - December 8, 2009

Financial turmoil in the Brisbane offices of business empire ABC Learning have been revealed at public examinations into the childcare operator's collapse...

Boost for childcare quality control
The Australian - Natasha Bita - December 08, 2009

PARENTS will pay up to $50 a week more for full-time childcare under sweeping quality improvements agreed by the Council of Australian Governments yesterday...

Receivers to unveil new owners at ABC
Sydney Morning Herald - Colin Kruger - December 8, 2009

ABC Learning's receivers, led by Chris Honey of McGrathNicol, are expected to announce their preferred bidder for the remaining centres, and the not-for-profit...

Nurseries to be graded
Sydney Morning Herald - Dan Harrison - December 8, 2009

CHILDCARE centres will be graded from unsatisfactory to excellent and forced to display their rating as part of a national push to raise standards...

$14m deal for ABC-linked childcare chain
NEWS.com.au - Liam Walsh - December 08, 2009

A LISTED cashbox is financing the $C14 million ($14.5 million) buyout of an 11-centre Canadian childcare operation with links to ABC Learning...

Parents hit with $110 childcare hike
Herald Sun - Ben Packham - December 08, 2009

Within 12 months, every childcare centre across Australia will have to have one carer for every four children aged under two. One staff member will be...

Leader promotes conservatives
The Australian - December 08, 2009

Sharman Stone... has been dropped from immigration and citizenship and appointed to childcare, women services and youth...

Child care to get new national standards
Sydney Morning Herald - Jessica Marszalek - December 7, 2009

A compulsory set of childcare standards including lower staff-to-child ratios and a quality rating system for parents will be brought in nationwide next year...

Call to pay childcare rebate weekly
Sydney Morning Herald - Dan Harrison - December 7, 2009

PRIVATE childcare providers are pressing the Federal Government to pay the rebate weekly to help parents cope with fee increases expected to flow from...

ABC salvage operation being kept under wraps
Sydney Morning Herald - Colin Kruger - December 7, 2009

The receiver appointed to sell the unviable centres, PPB's Stephen Parbery, said his final report would not be made public until the remaining centres were sold...

Childcare rebates cost $3bn each year
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - December 6, 2009

HELPING parents with childcare fees now costs the Federal Government more than $3 billion a year, figures show. The Government's decision to raise the...

Parents face higher childcare fees
The Sunday Telegraph - Glenn Milne - December 06, 2009

PARENTS are set to be hit with rises in childcare costs of up to $22 a day with the state and federal governments expected to sign off on compulsory...

Bid to lift childcare standards
The Age - Josh Gordon, Stephanie Peatling - December 6, 2009

CHILDCARE centres will be forced to meet minimum staff ratios and will be ranked to allow parents to compare quality, under a sweeping overhaul...

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...