Kids encouraged to play now or pay later
The Australian - Natasha Bita - November 04, 2009

KIDS are "hard-wired" to play and pushy "trophy parents" only risk triggering teenage depression, a prominent child psychologist warned yesterday...

Mum to sue for second-degree sunburn after hot day at childcare centre
Courier Mail - Glenis Green - November 4, 2009

A YOUNG Queensland mum is planning legal action after her toddler suffered second-degree burns from being exposed to a day of blazing sunshine...

Woman faces court for alleged child bite
Sydney Morning Herald - November 4, 2009

A woman accused of biting the lip of a seven-month-old baby at a Brisbane childcare centre is expected to face court on Wednesday. The staff member at...

Massive increase on childcare fees
Daily Telegraph - November 02, 2009

CHILDCARE fees will have to rise by between $16 and $27 per child per day to pay for reforms that will dramatically increase the number of staff childcare...

Mothers pay for taking time out
The Australian - Milanda Rout - November 02, 2009

The demands on working mothers, including picking up children from childcare and schools, mean they are rarely chosen for management positions for which...

Reach for the stars: more staff to watch children
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - November 1, 2009

CHILDCARE centres need more staff with better qualifications - meaning costs for many parents will rise - under a Federal Government plan to improve the...

Numbers game makes for nurturing nursery
Sydney Morning Herald - Jessica Mahar - November 1, 2009

She said she was pleased KU Children's Services had announced its nurseries would operate at a maximum 1:4 ratio from next year. ''There's only a small number...

Opposition wants clarity on childcare
Sydney Morning Herald - Susanna Dunkerley - October 29, 2009

The federal government must tell parents by how much childcare fees will jump as a result of its plan to lift standards across the sector, the opposition...

Women fall victim to growing wage gap
Sydney Morning Herald - Jonathan Dart - October 28, 2009

The relatively high cost of childcare and excessive time demands made it harder for women in Australia, as compared to overseas...

Charities contest with financier Michael Milken for ABC Learning group
The Australian - Natasha Bita - October 28, 2009

A CONSORTIUM of charities is vying with former American junk bond king Michael Milken to buy Australia's biggest childcare chain, the failed ABC Learning...

Preschoolers not active enough
The Age - Julia Medew - October 27, 2009

THEY may look unstoppable, but most preschoolers spend 85 per cent of their waking hours inactive, research has found. A Deakin University study that...

First steps so critical to a smarter nation
The Advertiser - October 27, 2009

EARLY childhood education is undoubtedly one of the most critical first steps for our nation's future. Despite the doubters who...

Preschool hours boost
The Advertiser - Greg Kelton - October 27, 2009

Extra funding for 98 South Australian preschools will allow children to attend 15 hours of preschool a week - up from 11 hours...

Green ''brainwashing'' scaring preschoolers, say experts
Courier Mail - Xanthe Kleinig - October 26, 2009

PARENTS have accused early childhood centres of "greenwashing" their children by burdening them with the responsibility of saving the world. Tots as young as...

Dangers at play in uniform preschool learning
The Australian - Natasha Bita - October 26, 2009

CHILDCARE centres that make kids wear uniforms and recite the alphabet are robbing them of their childhood, leading educators warned yesterday...