Libs eye nanny subsidies
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - April 03, 2010

The Coalition is exploring policy options for a new childcare approach, including extending benefit payments to all in-home carers, including nannies...

Families could claim for nannies under Coalition proposal
Sydney Morning Herald - Lenore Taylor - April 2, 2010

FAMILIES could get a government rebate for half the cost of nannies, au pairs or grandparents paid as child-minders under a policy being developed by the...

Early Learning to buy 10 more centres
News.com.au - April 01, 2010

CHILDCARE operator Early Learning Services plans to acquire 10 childcare centres and pay for it through a capital raising. The acquisitions are aimed...

$125 a day to care for kid as childcare costs soar
Daily Telegraph - Sue Dunlevy - March 26, 2010

PARENTS are paying an average $100 a day for toddler childcare in Sydney's CBD, with the soaring charges far outstripping the Federal ...

ABC creditors to meet on wind-up
Herald Sun - March 25, 2010

ABC Learning creditors will meet in Brisbane on Friday to decide whether to take heed of administrators' advice to wind up the group of companies. But the meeting...

Austock delays ABC Learning childcare company handover
The Australian - Andrew Fraser - March 25, 2010

AUSTOCK, the company that originally underwrote the listing of failed childcare company ABC Learning is one of two delaying the handover of 678 childcare centres...

ABC Learning 'traded while insolvent'
Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - March 18, 2010

CHILDCARE giant ABC Learning Centres traded while insolvent for at least five months in 2008, its administrators have determined in preliminary findings...

Labor promises children's minister
ABC Online - March 18, 2010

The Tasmanian Premier, David David Bartlett, says a re-elected Labor Government would appoint a minister for children. He says the new portfolio would be...

paid maternity leave
Sydney Morning Herald - Danielle Teutsch - March 14, 2010

PAID maternity leave is precious time when women can just focus on their families, says Roxanne Elliott, who founded the online childcare directory careforkids.com.au...

Abbott is all at sea with maternity leave
The Sunday Telegraph - Paul Howes - March 14, 2010

One idea I've heard is extending some of the Child Care Tax Rebate to families who use non-centre-based childcare. This would have several beneficial outcomes...

Australia best for kids: expat survey
Sydney Morning Herald - March 11, 2010

Respondents rated their adopted homes on quality of childcare, education, ease of integration, costs of raising children and time spent on outdoor...

Senate obstruction on baby leave? Hype and poppycock
The Age - Misha Schubert - March 11, 2010

Sometimes politicians talk an awful lot of rot. To hear Jenny Macklin tell it, the Senate is poised to scuttle Australia's first paid parental leave scheme...

Baby leave is not a women's issue
The Age - Leslie Cannold - March 10, 2010

By failing to talk about childcare and paid leave as something of critical importance to children, men and women, both political parties doom us to more of the same work/life crunch...

We must all pay for parental leave
Sydney Morning Herald - Julia Perry - March 10, 2010

Australia is one of two OECD countries without a paid parental leave system. Most schemes meet between 80-100 per cent of the parent's wage, funded through a levy on...

EU extends parental leave to four months
BBC News (UK) - March 9, 2010

The new EU directive is aimed at providing a better balance between work and family life by allowing parents to transfer most of their time off to each other...