Families fear child care closure
ABC News - February 12, 2009

Up to 1000 Newcastle families are on edge, due to fears their child care provider could be forced to close, after failing its accreditation...

Children do less well with granny than in a nursery, study finds
The Times (UK) - Rosemary Bennett - February 10, 2009

Children looked after by grandparents while their mothers are at work would be better off in nurseries or with childminders, according to a new study...

Childcare locations rethink
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - February 09, 2009

THE Rudd Government will reconsider where to build some of its 38 new childcare centres following the collapse of the ABC Learning childcare giant...

A Senate inquiry has been told of ABC Learning's bullying tactics
The Australian - Natasha Bita - February 06, 2009

COLLAPSED childcare corporation ABC Learning expanded its empire by bullying smaller daycare operators into selling up, a Senate inquiry has been told...

ABC childcare centres to shut despite 500 bids
The Australian - Natasha Bita - February 05, 2009

FAILED ABC childcare centres may shut down next month despite bids from nearly 500 would-be buyers vying to take them over. PPB partner Stephen Parbery...

Bids fly in to purchase 241 remaining ABC Learning childcare centres
NEWS.com.au - February 05, 2009

RECIEVERS for the 241 ABC Learning childcare centres up for sale say they have had almost 500 offers to buy them. The Federal Government has provided $34 million...

Funding support for early years initiatives
Tasmanian Government - February 3, 2009

A Transition Toolkit will be developed by Lady Gowrie Child Centre to help children make a successful transition from child care to school...

Call for childcare industry shakeup
The Australian - Natasha Bita - February 03, 2009

CHILDCARE benefits for parents should be abolished and the money given instead to centres with the highest standards, the nation's commissioners for children have said in an attack on profit-driven daycare operations...

Tough new child-care ratios on the table
The Age - Dan Harrison - February 3, 2009

CHILD-CARE centres would be required to have a staff member for every three babies, under tough new quality standards being considered by the Rudd Government...

Rudd child care ratings promise put on ice
The Age - Dan Harrison - February 2, 2009

THE Rudd Government's election promise to rate child-care centres from A to E appears in doubt after its expert advisory panel warned such a scheme could...

High rents blamed for ABC's end
The Australian - Natasha Bita - February 02, 2009

SKY-HIGH rents may have contributed to the demise of ABC Learning, as one of the bidders for part of the failed giant childcare chain has revealed that...

More schools rely on private carers
The Age - Annie Lawson , February 1, 2009

The increase in commercial operators managing before and after-school care in Victorian primary schools ignites fears that pupils are forced into 'one-size-fits-all' programs...

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...