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...

Childcare isn't the problem, nor is it the panacea
The Age - Carol Nader - December 3, 2009

PARENTS need not feel guilty about placing their children in childcare - youngsters are unlikely to be scarred by the experience. But nor will childcare have a dramatically positive...

Childcare kids are more naughty, new study shows
Daily Telegraph - Xanthe Kleinig - December 3, 2009

CHILDREN in childcare may be learning to throw tantrums from other youngsters, according to the author of a study that found children looked after by their parents are better behaved...

Study examines effects of child care
Australian National University - December 2, 2009

The effects of non-parental child care differ according to the quality of the care and the background of the parents, according to new research from The Australian National University...

Government backs down on childcare fees
ABC Online - Western Australia - December 2, 2009

The Government has dumped plans to charge almost 1,500 childcare providers the fees from next year, because the Federal Government has introduced its own licensing fee...

ArcherCapital has bid for ABC Learning Centres
Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - December 01, 2009

UNIONS say private equity fund ArcherCapital is frontrunner to buy collapsed childcare operator ABC Learning Centres in a bid worth about $100 million. Archer could...

We're booking care before conception
AdelaideNow - November 30, 2009

WOMEN are booking childcare places before they are even pregnant.Community Children's Centres SA's Penny Thompson says it is "rare" but not unknown...