Banks brace for big ABC losses
Sydney Morning Herald - Colin Kruger and Amelia Bentley - December 10, 2009

THE impending sale of 678 ABC Learning centres to the not-for-profit GoodStart syndicate will almost certainly result in Australia''s big banks taking a bath...

Parents worry for childcare future
The Canberra Times - James Massola - 10 Dec, 2009

But the Deakin centre is one of 26 left out of a deal designed to rescue 678 centres across the country after the collapse of ABC Learning in November...

Muddy kids are healthy kids, study shows
NEWS.com.au - December 10, 2009

PARENTS who let their kids romp in the mud and eat food that has fallen on the floor could be helping to protect them against maladies like heart disease later in life...

Charity takeover of ABC Learning
The Australian - Natasha Bita - December 10, 2009

THE Rudd government will provide $15 million in taxpayer funds for a loan to help fund a charitable takeover of the nation's biggest childcare chain...

Children come first at new ABC, owners vow
Sydney Morning Herald - Adele Horin - December 10, 2009

PARENTS have been promised stability and higher quality care after a consortium of four charities won the bidding war for 678 ABC Learning Centres...

The bell tolls for profit reapers
The Australian - Natasha Bita - December 10, 2009

Once GoodStart takes charge of 678 ABC Learning centres next year, not-for-profit daycare operators will control 40 per cent of the market. Presently...

Computershare win in UK
The Australian - John Durie - December 9, 2009

COMPUTERSHARE'S Chris Morris is on a roll, with UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown reversing a previous decision on childcare vouchers. The original decision...

Mission Australia to buy ABC centres
The Age - Colin Kruger - December 9, 2009

... confirmed that the not-for-profit syndicate lead by Mission Australia has been selected as the preferred buyer for the remaining 705 child care centres...

Child care too expensive, not enough places
Adelaidenow - Tory Shepherd - December 9, 2009

MORE than 27000 Australian women who want to work are being kept out of the workforce because they cannot access childcare, latest figures show...

ABC Learning in 'financial turmoil' before collapse: court
Sydney Morning Herald - Amelia Bentley - December 8, 2009

Financial turmoil in the Brisbane offices of business empire ABC Learning have been revealed at public examinations into the childcare operator's collapse...

Boost for childcare quality control
The Australian - Natasha Bita - December 08, 2009

PARENTS will pay up to $50 a week more for full-time childcare under sweeping quality improvements agreed by the Council of Australian Governments yesterday...

Receivers to unveil new owners at ABC
Sydney Morning Herald - Colin Kruger - December 8, 2009

ABC Learning's receivers, led by Chris Honey of McGrathNicol, are expected to announce their preferred bidder for the remaining centres, and the not-for-profit...

Nurseries to be graded
Sydney Morning Herald - Dan Harrison - December 8, 2009

CHILDCARE centres will be graded from unsatisfactory to excellent and forced to display their rating as part of a national push to raise standards...

$14m deal for ABC-linked childcare chain
NEWS.com.au - Liam Walsh - December 08, 2009

A LISTED cashbox is financing the $C14 million ($14.5 million) buyout of an 11-centre Canadian childcare operation with links to ABC Learning...

Parents hit with $110 childcare hike
Herald Sun - Ben Packham - December 08, 2009

Within 12 months, every childcare centre across Australia will have to have one carer for every four children aged under two. One staff member will be...