Pay deficit for WA child-care staff revealed
The West Australian - Phillipa Perry - 29th April 2009

WA child-care workers were underpaid $260,000 last year, with one young female short-changed $18,000, according to figures from the Federal Workplace Ombudsman...

Kids incorporated sets the scene
The Australian - Stephen Lunn - April 28, 2009

The British Government estimates one in four families and half of all single parents use grandparents for free childcare, a service worth about pound stg. 3.5 billion...

St Vincents de Paul wants no child care near gaming venues
Courier Mail - Melanie Christiansen - April 25, 2009

CLUBS and pubs with poker machines should not be allowed to offer free child care, the Productivity Commission gambling inquiry has been told...

Governments must act on childcare: MAV
GovernmentNews.com.au - April 24, 2009

A report prepared for the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has warned the future of child care is at a crossroads and governments must seize the opportunity to reform...

ABC Learning centres sold to charity for $1 each
The Australian - Natasha Bita - April 23, 2009

Mission Australia paid a token $1 each for several of the 29 ABC Learning centres it bought from the collapsed childcare chain's receiver, PPB...

ABC centres 'may have to raise fees' to make profits
The Australian - Natasha Bita - April 21, 2009

CHILDCARE operators might have to raise fees to squeeze profits out of the 210 ABC Learning centres sold last week, former childcare king Michael Gordon predicts...

Early learning is no game: it's a bumper start in life
The Age - Carol Nader and Farrah Tomazin - April 20, 2009

Get those years right, and a child has a good chance of doing well at school. But if damaged in the early years, a child risks falling far behind...

ABC Learning forum draws parent anger
Sydney Morning Herald - Kerry-Anne Walsh - April 19, 2009

A NEW website launched by the embattled child-care provider ABC Learning to help restore its battered image has been swamped with complaints from parents...

Childcare at $1.18 a day
NEWS.com.au - Elissa Lawrence - April 19, 2009

The cheap childcare rate is available to eligible families including those who receive Newstart or parenting payments. With the global financial crisis...

Promises broken on maternity leave
The Australian - Peter van Onselen - April 18, 2009

THE Labor Government is trying to tiptoe away from its commitment last year to introduce a paid maternity leave scheme...

Report shows paid maternity leave would boost economy, create new jobs
NEWS.com.au - Susanna Dunkerley - April 17, 2009

LABOR is under growing pressure to fund paid maternity leave in the budget with new modelling showing it would boost economic activity...

ABC Learning disaster could happen again: union
Brisbane Times - April 17, 2009

The sale of failed ABC Learning centres has brought some diversity back into the childcare sector but there are concerns it won't be enough to prevent a...

Will child care profit from ABC lesson?
The Age - Dan Harrison - April 17, 2009

THE Federal Government has been accused of missing an opportunity to transform the nation's child-care industry by allowing most of the unviable ABC...

Receivers wield axe over ABC childcare workers
The Australian - Siobhain Ryan and Chip Le Grand - April 16, 2009

UP to 450 staff face the axe and 685 children will have their care disrupted after ABC Learning receivers announced that 19 of its centres would close and another 210...

Minister rips up leases after child-care rent fiasco
Sydney Morning Herald - Nick Galvin - April 16, 2009

THE State Government has been forced to back-down after the Department of Education imposed massive rent increases on many non-profit child-care groups...