ASIC in probe of childcare suppliers
The Australian - Natasha Bita - January 31, 2009

COMPANIES watchdog ASIC is examining the contracts of suppliers to collapsed childcare chain ABC Learning. ABC Learning's receiver, McGrathNicol partner...

Holding him back can do just that
Brisbane Times - Miranda Devine - January 31, 2009

Every fad has its use-by date, and it seems the middle-class phenomenon of holding children back from starting school may be on the wane. As the latest batch of kindy...

Con Sciacca on $10000 a month from ABC Learning
The Australian - Natasha Bita - January 30, 2009

FAILED childcare giant ABC Learning paid former Labor minister Con Sciacca $10000 a month to lobby the federal Government in the lead-up to its collapse...

Union seeks talks on child-care staff
The Canberra Times - Emily Sherlock - January 29, 2009

The child-care workers' union has asked to meet the ACT Government urgently after parents had to collect their children from the ABC in Garran this week because it lacked staff...

Former childcare minister Larry Anthony lobbied for ABC Learning
The Australian - Natasha Bita - January 29, 2009

FAILED childcare chain ABC Learning paid one of its directors, former childcare minister Larry Anthony, more than $235000 to lobby governments on its behalf...

Confidence ABC key
Melbourne Herald Sun - Liam Walsh - January 28, 2009

RECEIVERS controlling the bulk of ABC Learning centres are pitching a "don't worry" message to parents and staff, saying they have reined in a business bent on "out-of-control expansion"...

Baby locked inside childcare centre
Northern Territory News - January 28th, 2009

A WOMAN was forced to throw a rock through the window of a Darwin childcare centre after her eight-month-old baby was locked inside. Police said the woman went to the childcare...

Receivers to sell off 720 of ABC's finest
Australian Financial Review - Nabila Ahmed - January 28, 2009

Receivers for collapsed child-care empire ABC Learning Centres are preparing to launch a sale process for the company's 720 profitable centres in about two months, with the future of the business expected to be decided in the second half of the year...

Families stranded by ABC walkout
The Canberra Times - Louis Andrews and Natasha Rudra - January 28, 2009

It is understood at least five child-care workers walked away from the Garran centre last week, leaving it unable to meet the required child-to-staff ratio...

Foreigners show interest in ABC Learning centres
Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - January 25, 2009

CANADIANS, Singaporeans and Britons are among bidders for 241 ''unviable'' ABC Learning childcare centres put up for sale by PPB. PPB, which runs the sales...

Groves claims $3.3m from receiver
The Australian - Natasha Bita - January 26, 2009

ABC Learning founder Eddy Groves is claiming $3.3 million inunpaid wages, holiday pay and long-service leave from the receiver of his collapsed childcare...

Staggered start for kindy kids
Sydney Morning Herald - Danielle Teutsch - January 25, 2009

PARENTS would have an easier choice to make about when their children start school if intakes were staggered throughout the year, a leading expert in school transitions believes...

Former rival Mike Gordon weighs ABC childcare centres
The Australian - Natasha Bita - January 24, 2009

Just four years ago, he amassed a fortune flogging his Peppercorn chain of childcare centres to his rival, Eddy Groves. Today the multi-millionaire grazier...

Three killed in childcare stabbings
The Australian - January 24, 2009

DENDERMONDE, Belgium: A man armed with a knife went on a rampage at a daycare centre in Belgium last night, killing two children and an adult. Eleven children were wounded...

Childcare group linked to ABC goes into administration
Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - January 23, 2009

A CHILDCARE company whose owners bought a Canadian ski property with Eddy Groves has collapsed amid doubts over a $7 million debt repayment to ABC Learning...