Childcare firms circle ABC Learning centres
The Australian - Natasha Bita - January 23, 2009

MORE than 600 childcare operators are vying to take over failed ABC Learning centres, but some want them handed over free. The receiver of 241 unviable...

Wanted: paid maternity leave
The Canberra Times - Danielle Cronin - January 23, 2009

Australia has gone from world leader to backwater in one crucial area paid maternity leave...

Strong discipline in schools can lead to lasting harm - study
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - January 23, 2009

STRONG disciplinary regimes in schools can cause lasting harm to new preps, an Australian study has found. School starters may find their teachers...

Just 'a dollar a day' can help childcare
Sydney Morning Herald - January 22, 2009

Reducing child-to-staff ratios at childcare centres will cost parents about a dollar a day, the federal government says. Victoria is about to adopt the West...

$6000-a-day profits at ABC childcare centres before axe
The Australian - Natasha Bita - January 22, 2009

ABC Learning was pocketing at least $6000 a day in profits from a group of childcare centres it shut down after Christmas. The 21 centres - leased from...

Better care proposed for tots, but parents will pay for it
The Age - Carol Nader - January 22, 2009

PROPOSED State Government child-care regulations could increase fees by hundreds of dollars a year for parents with more than one child in care...

ABC Learning receivers offer money-back guarantee
The Australian - Natasha Bita - January 21, 2009

COLLAPSED childcare chain ABC Learning is offering parents a 30-day "money-back guarantee" in a bid to lure more children to the failed centres as they are prepared for sale...

State pledges tougher rules for child-care workers
The Age - Carol Nader - January 21, 2009

EVERY child-care worker will have to gain a minimum qualification and the ratios of staff to children will be improved under changes proposed by the State...

Parents slugged extra for childcare
Melbourne Herald Sun - Kylie Hansen, Karen Collier and Kate Presst - January 21, 2009

CHILDCARE prices have risen by as much as $100 a week in suburbs where ABC centres have closed. Parents looking for spots for their children in areas such...

The scandal in childcare
Melbourne Herald Sun - January 21, 2009

GOUGING money from desperate parents is a mean way to make money. When it happens during a severe financial downturn it shows a ruthless opportunism...

Call for more male nursery staff
BBC News (UK) - January 20, 2009

Men are being urged to take jobs in nurseries after a survey suggested many parents want their toddlers to have more contact with male role models...

Children 21 bid for ABC Learning Centres
The Age – January 20, 2009

A group of non-profit organisations have formed a consortium to bid for the 241 former ABC Learning Centres Ltd deemed financially unviable and hope to...

Stricter kindergarten rules rough on children
Sydney Morning Herald - January 20, 2009

The analysis of policy documents from 40 child-care centres, preschools and schools across Sydney shows that kindergarten teachers were often more impersonal and punitive in their approach to children...

Families caught by childcare collapse: ABC Learning, CFK
Daily Telegraph - Angela Saurine - January 19, 2009

Ms Cronberfer said she was "irate" the Federal Government was keeping ABC centres open until March, but CFK was not given the same opportunity...

Community group and Bendigo Bank eye unviable ABC childcare centres
The Australian - Natasha Bita - January 17, 2009

A CONSORTIUM of charities and community childcare operators has teamed up with a bank to swoop on all 241 failed ABC childcare centres on the market...