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...

Why healthy eating starts in the nursery
The Times (UK) - Caroline Stacey - January 17, 2009

With obesity on the rise pressure is growing for children to learn about good diet before they start school...

Govt should buy ABC centres, says union
Sydney Morning Herald - January 16, 2009

The Australian Education Union (AEU) says the federal government should work with the states and territories on a strategy to secure the childcare centres...

Childcare licensing delays an 'outrage and disgrace'
ABC Online - January 15, 2009

The Federal Opposition has accused the Government of a licensing bungle involving ABC Learning childcare centres. Receivers for the failed company closed 55...

Childcare staff encouraged to set up home-based services
The Advertiser - Valerina Changarathil - January 14, 2009

CHILDCARE workers made redundant by the collapse of ABC Learning and other childcare centres are being encouraged to set up shop at home...

ABC Learning centres up for sale
Sydney Morning Herald - Petrina Berry - January 14, 2009

The futures of nearly 12,000 children go under the hammer as more than 200 ABC childcare centres go up for sale on Wednesday. The sale of the 241 centres...

Non-profit buyers targeted for child care centres
The Age - Dan Harrison - January 14, 2009

Acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard told The Age she had asked the receivers to look favourably on offers that would inject diversity into child care, particularly from non-profit groups...

Federal Parliament child-care centre full
The Canberra Times - Emma MacDonald - January 14, 2009

The Anglicare-run Capital Hill Early Childhood Centre will open on February 2, after almost two decades of lobbying for child care in Federal Parliament by generations of female politicians...

Families prepare to make ABC change
Sydney Morning Herald - Malcolm Brown - January 13, 2009

KAREN ROACH, a single mother with a full-time job and a 21-month-old daughter, does not want to join the exodus from ABC Learning child-care centres...

Fourth childcare group hit by ABC collapse
The Australian - Natasha Bita - January 13, 2009

A FOURTH childcare chain with links to the collapsed ABC Learning is set to close more centres. TenFour Pty Ltd is talking to parents and staff about them...