Defence childcare staff quit over conditions
ABC Online - May 18, 2009

Nearly half the childcare workers employed at a Defence Department centre at Russell have quit, as a row brews over working conditions...

Early childhood education 'increasingly unaffordable'
ABC Online - May 15, 2009

A new report has found pre-school education in New South Wales is becoming increasingly unaffordable for parents because of inadequate state Government funding...

Workers 'forced to sign away conditions'
Sydney Morning Herald - May 15, 2009

Childcare workers at defence department-owned centres are being forced to sign away their unfair dismissal protection, the childcare workers' union says...

Imperilled child-care centres to stay open
The Age - Dan Harrison - May 15, 2009

THREE Melbourne child-care centres that had been expected to close due to the collapse of ABC Learning will now stay open after receivers found new...

Childcare centre ''within rights'' to sack workers
ABC Online - May 15, 2009

The Federal Government has refused to save the jobs of two workers who were sacked from a Defence Department-owned childcare centre while on maternity leave...

Greens push Govt to halt childcare fallout
ABC Online - May 15, 2009

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says the Government needs to intervene to prevent continuing fallout from the collapse of childcare provider ABC Learning...

Hope for ABC childcare centres
The Age - May 15, 2009

As a number of ABC Learning childcare centres face closure today there are reports some could still be saved as the company's receivers continue last-minute talks...

Government ''must get own house in order''
The Australian - Ewin Hannan - May 15, 2009

TWO workers on maternity leave have been sacked from their jobs at a Defence Department-owned childcare centre, just as the Rudd Government trumpets its plans...

Childcare centres reject government obesity plan
Adelaidenow - Miles Kemp - May 14, 2009

MORE than half of the state's childcare centres have shunned a Health Department obesity-fighting initiative, complaining the restrictions are too difficult...

Free care for abused kids
Herald Sun - Georgie Pilcher - May 13, 2009

CHILDCARE payments have been saved from the Budget razor and the Government will provide free child care for children at risk of serious abuse and neglect...

Family payments tightened in welfare crackdown
Sydney Morning Herald - Misha Schubert - May 13, 2009

But the same households will still be able to claim a generous rebate on child care after the cabinet ruled out means-testing the 50 per cent child care tax rebate...

Budget at a glance
Sydney Morning Herald - May 13, 2009

Families will be able to access via the internet in 2009-10 a "child care estimator" to help them make decisions about child care, including out-of-pocket costs...

Working mothers win the jackpot
The Age - Phillip Coorey and Stephanie Peatling - May 11, 2009

THE budget tomorrow will aim to encourage women to stay in the workforce by promising them paid maternity leave and sparing the child-care rebate from Wayne Swan's axe...

18 weeks paid maternity leave
Sydney Morning Herald - Josh Gordon - May 10, 2009

The Federal government has committed to paid parental leave from January 2011 for those earning less that $150,000 a year, federal Treasurer Wayne Swan says...

Means-testing is painful but fair
The Age - May 10, 2009

But it is also expected to take away - by reducing access to the baby bonus, family tax benefits and the child-care rebate, and reducing the amount...