Union backs plan to raise bar in childcare sector
ABC Online - July 2, 2009

The union representing childcare workers, the Liquor Hospitality Miscellaneous Union (LHMU), has applauded the Council of Australian Governments for making...

Future looking brighter for troubled kids
Sydney Morning Herald - Adele Horin - July 2, 2009

The most common forms of help include home visiting, child care, playgroups, counselling and parent education. The interim evaluation, by the social policy...

Kindy switch to cost Brisbane City Council $3000 a child
Courier Mail - Bruce McMahon - July 01, 2009

BRISBANE ratepayers will pay up to $3000 each for kindergarten kids to move from City Hall after the collapse of negotiations for a $14m childcare centre in...

Taxes cut, benefits boosted from today
Melbourne Herald Sun - Gerard McManus - July 01, 2009

CHILDCARE benefits for one child using full-time care will increase by $6.50 a week to $180 and the maximum childcare rebate will rise by $278 to $7778 a...

Working mums spend as much time holding their kids - study
Herald Sun - Cheryl Critchley - June 30, 2009

Research has found that babies with full-time working mothers spend just as much time being held and cuddled as those whose mums stay home...

Anger at sale of school
Sydney Morning Herald - Jennie Curtin - June 26, 2009

Residents say there is a desperate need for child-care places with existing preschools full and waiting lists long. They suspect the State Government...

Groves fire sale as regulator pounces
Sydney Morning Herald - Vanda Carson and Daniel Hurst - June 26, 2009

THE founder of ABC Learning, Eddy Groves, has sold two rural estates, and a third is on the market, triggering fears he is conducting a fire sale of his assets...

Groves' asset sale provokes watchdog freeze bid
The Age - Vanda Carson - June 25, 2009

THE corporate regulator has moved to freeze the assets of ABC Learning Centres founder Eddy Groves, and seized his passport - indicating he may be considered...

Parents hit by $100 day care
Melbourne Herald Sun - Cheryl Critchley - June 22, 2009

PARENTS will pay more than $100 a day at an exclusive Brighton childcare centre from July 1. But Bambini Early Learning Centre claims it is worth every cent...

ABC Learning's UK business sold - Receiver
The Australian - June 19, 2009

THE receiver of ABC Learning Centres has sold the childcare group's UK arm for an undisclosed sum. ABC's UK business, called Busy Bees Group, was purchased by...

Swine flu to force unpaid leave
The Australian - Natasha Bita and Lauren Wilson - June 15, 2009

With staff absences on the rise, the federal government has suggested businesses consider organising childcare for key workers, in their own home...

Babysitting ads puts girls at risk
Sunday Telegraph - June 14, 2009

YOUNG girls looking for babysitting work on job websites are being preyed on by sleazy men seeking nude models or sexual favours...

Hong Kong primary schools in swine flu lockdown
ABC Online - Stephen McDonell - June 11, 2009

Hong Kong has closed all primary schools, kindergartens and child care centres for two weeks in an attempt to control the spread of the AH1N1 swine flu virus...

New curriculum to let kids be kids, says Kate Ellis
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - June 11, 2009

NEW Childcare Minister Kate Ellis has promised to create a curriculum for four-year-olds that "allows kids to be kids", while ensuring they don't miss out...

Queensland Health closes third childcare centre because of swine flu
Courier Mail - Janelle Miles - June 10, 2009

Queensland Health said the Centenary Child Care and Early Learning Centre at Mt Ommaney in Brisbane's west would close after a youngster tested positive for...