Childcare costs to soar after reforms
The Australian - Natasha Bita - March 27, 2009

CHILDCARE costs are set to climb as the states and territories look at forcing centres to hire more staff, and as the federal Government's quality watchdog...

Govt hands out choking hazards to preschoolers
ABC Online - Mark Douglass - March 26, 2009

Water bottles distributed to preschool children across Sydney as part of a New South Wales Government health promotion have been recalled because they pose a...

Operators urge pay cuts for childcare workers
The Australian - Ewin Hannan - March 26, 2009

PRIVATE childcare operators have advocated childcare workers -- among the nation's lowest-paid employees -- have their pay cut, claiming the economy has "basically gone broke"...

ABC receivers in bid to recover $40m
Business Spectator - March 26, 2009

Receivers for collapsed child-care operator ABC Learning, McGrath Nicol, have launched legal action against a property developer in the United States in a...

Childcare in bush given extra funding
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - March 25, 2009

LONG daycare centres in rural and remote Australia will get grants to upgrade their facilities so they can accommodate more children, under a federal Government...

Infants to take part in flu trial
Sydney Morning Herald - March 24, 2009

INFANTS in 40 child-care centres in Sydney will take part in a trial of the influenza vaccine to try to cut the number of children admitted to hospital with the illness each winter...

ABC collapse costs 700 their jobs
The Age - Matt O'Sullivan and Vanda Carson - March 24, 2009

Taxpayers will wear the burden of the lay-offs, as ABC's receivers seek $50 million from the Federal Government to pay employee entitlements...

Wage freeze call for 1.3m low-paid
The Age - Ben Schneiders - March 24, 2009

The decision affects a number of other pay scales, covering 1.3 million workers, including security guards, child-care workers and cleaners...

ABC assets may be in hands of third parties
Sydney Morning Herald - Vanda Carson and Matt O'Sullivan - March 21, 2009

ASSETS of the failed ABC Learning Centres may have been improperly transferred to "third parties", the Federal Court heard yesterday...

Early Learning boss John Hutchison quits as director
Gold Coast News - Shannon Willoughby - March 20th, 2009

Mr Hutchison, who founded the business in 2007, will remain as head of the company, but made the decision to resign as director to 'improve corporate governance'...

Small boy choked on blind cord during childcare, court hears
NEWS.com.au - Lisa Davies - March 18, 2009

A CHILDCARE centre was fined more than $50000 yesterday after a three-year-old boy choked on a broken blind cord, a court was told. Childcare operator...

Companies must pay ABC child care staff: union
ABC Online - March 16, 2009

The child care workers' union has warned it expects companies taking over ABC Learning centres to pay workers' entitlements. The receivers of the failed...

Govt pushes for $70m more in redundancy support
ABC Online - March 15, 2009

The majority of the new funding would go to ABC Learning workers, as the receivers of the childcare company say it cannot cover costs such as unpaid annual...

New ABC closures as time extended
The Australian - Natasha Bita - March 14, 2009

MORE ABC Learning childcare centres face closure next month, after the federal Government admitted yesterday that not all could be sold...

Cough killer outbreak
Tasmania Mercury - Anne Mather - March 14, 2009

Parents of babies should get a booster vaccine against whooping cough, as should grandparents, child care workers and others in contact with babies...