Wage freeze call for 1.3m low-paid
The Age - Ben Schneiders - March 24, 2009

The decision affects a number of other pay scales, covering 1.3 million workers, including security guards, child-care workers and cleaners...

ABC assets may be in hands of third parties
Sydney Morning Herald - Vanda Carson and Matt O'Sullivan - March 21, 2009

ASSETS of the failed ABC Learning Centres may have been improperly transferred to "third parties", the Federal Court heard yesterday...

Early Learning boss John Hutchison quits as director
Gold Coast News - Shannon Willoughby - March 20th, 2009

Mr Hutchison, who founded the business in 2007, will remain as head of the company, but made the decision to resign as director to 'improve corporate governance'...

Small boy choked on blind cord during childcare, court hears
NEWS.com.au - Lisa Davies - March 18, 2009

A CHILDCARE centre was fined more than $50000 yesterday after a three-year-old boy choked on a broken blind cord, a court was told. Childcare operator...

Companies must pay ABC child care staff: union
ABC Online - March 16, 2009

The child care workers' union has warned it expects companies taking over ABC Learning centres to pay workers' entitlements. The receivers of the failed...

Govt pushes for $70m more in redundancy support
ABC Online - March 15, 2009

The majority of the new funding would go to ABC Learning workers, as the receivers of the childcare company say it cannot cover costs such as unpaid annual...

New ABC closures as time extended
The Australian - Natasha Bita - March 14, 2009

MORE ABC Learning childcare centres face closure next month, after the federal Government admitted yesterday that not all could be sold...

Cough killer outbreak
Tasmania Mercury - Anne Mather - March 14, 2009

Parents of babies should get a booster vaccine against whooping cough, as should grandparents, child care workers and others in contact with babies...

Kinder surprise
The Age - Margaret Cook - March 13, 2009

Amid this wave of reform, one question lingers: where are we going to get all the preschool teachers needed to deal with this wave of new students...

Sale of ABC centres needs more time
Sydney Morning Herald - Colin Kruger - March 13, 2009

The receivers managing the sale of ABC Learning's unprofitable child-care centres have asked for more time to sell off the 241 centres but said they will not need further funding...

Minister admits WA child escape loophole
WA today - Chris Thomson - March 13, 2009

Child Protection Minister has conceded for the first time that the failure to compel day care centres to report when children go missing is a loophole in WA law...

Landlord claims Groves spent money for no reason
Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - March 13, 2009

EDDY Groves and a childcare centre landlord are at loggerheads over whether ABC Learning needlessly spent money on renovations and equipment...

Child costs 'only $1300 a year'
The Age - Adele Horin - March 12, 2009

As well, when couples chose to have children, they understood they would have to switch their expenditure from fancy restaurants to nappies and child care...

Keep kids at school longer for core skills
The Australian - Nicola Berkovic - March 10, 2009

It also criticised pay and training of childcare staff. Recommending a shake-up of the early childhood education sector, the report says Australians had...

Teachers 'can't cope with prep'
Brisbane Times - Daniel Hurst - March 9, 2009

Queensland's peak childcare industry organisation has called on the State Government to scrap its plan to spend $300 million on 240 new kindergartens by 2014...