Childcare 'hot potato' for governments
Perth Now - Cora-Ann Wilson - December 3, 2011

EARLY childhood education and care is big business in Australia and a political hot potato for governments as evidenced by the debacle over the failure of ABC Learning. In Western Australia, despite twists and turns, child care and kindergarten provision has...

Wages less than 'checkout chicks'
Perth Now - Amy Wilson-Chapman - December 3, 2011

CHILDCARE workers in WA earn less than "checkout chicks" to care for kids, their union says. United Voice assistant secretary Kelly Shay said fully trained childcare workers were earning "poverty wages" at just $18 an hour, or $2 less than a supermarket worker...

Mud pies are the healthiest choice
Adelaide Now - Sheradyn Holderhead - December 3, 2011

CHILDREN are being encouraged to get their hands dirty at childcare centres renovated with a nature theme. In SA, Mission Australia is renovating three failed ABC Learning centres, in Osborne, Redwood Park and Elizabeth Vale, which were known for their...

Childcare reforms 'to cost parents little'
Courier Mail - Tim Dornin - December 2, 2011‎‎‎

ONE of Australia''s leading childcare providers says costs to parents will rise by as little as $1 a day under the Federal Government''s proposed reforms for the sector. Goodstart Early Learning is rebranding more than 650 of the old ABC Learning Centres...

Govt asked to raise childcare worker pay
Ninemsn - December 2, 2011‎

A union leader has used the ALP national conference to call on the federal government to supplement the low pay of childcare workers. United Voice assistant national secretary Sue Lines told the conference, which began in Sydney on Friday...

Universities could cut early childhood enrolments: Productivity Commission warns
The Australian - Stephen Matchett - December 2, 2011

UNIVERSITIES could ignore community needs for more child care graduates, according to a Productivity Commission report on the childhood development workforce, released on Thursday. "The response to this increased demand for early childhood teacher education...

Centres keeping places steady amid reforms
The Age - Rachel Wells and Michelle Griffin - December 2, 2011

ACROSS Melbourne, childcare centres say that while their fees will rise by up to $10 a day next year most centres are not reducing their places. Directors from childcare chains and associations contacted by The Age report increases next year of between $4 and $10 a day...

Childcare crisis as fees set to soar
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty, Susie O'Brien - December 2, 2011

PARENTS will be stung up to $130 a day for childcare from next month as fees rocket to comply with tough new government reforms. A Herald Sun investigation has found unprecedented fee rises up to $25 a day because of mandatory changes to staff numbers...

Childcare reform creates affordability issue
7.30 Report (ABC TV) - Tracy Bowden - - December 1, 2011

An inquiry into the Federal Government's childcare reforms says they'll lead to a 15 per cent increase in fees and predicts some parents will be forced to quit the workforce as a result. The federal School Education Minister Peter Garrett commissioned the report...

15,000 extra teachers needed for early childhood reforms
PM (ABC Radio) - Mark Colvin - December 1, 2011

A report released by the Productivity Commission this afternoon says 15,000 new teachers are needed to achieve hoped for reform of early childhood education. And parents are likely to bear the brunt of the cost of the expansion. Given that the sector's overhaul...

Childcare shake-up could force up fees
ABC News - Samantha Donovan - December 1, 2011

By 2013 the Federal Government is aiming to provide every child access to 15 hours of pre-school a week in the year before they start school. In addition, a new National Quality Standard will set out staff-to-child ratios and qualification requirements...

More children to be in unchecked care
Sydney Morning Herald - Melissa Jenkins - December 1, 2011

More children will be left in unregulated backyard care as the federal government's reforms threaten to push up parents' childcare bills, the industry warns. Australian Childcare Alliance president Gwynn Bridge says some parents already use unchecked care...

Childcare reforms to push up fees by 15pc, says Productivity Commission
The Australian - Sue Dunlevy - December 01, 2011

CHILDCARE fees will need to rise 15 per cent, or $42.75 a week, and some parents will quit the workforce because of the government's reforms to the sector, the Productivity Commission has found. In a report to be released today, the commission says...

Weed out bad childcare from the good
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - November 29, 2011

CHILDCARE is bad for kids - bad childcare, that is. An ANU study of more than 5000 Australian kids has found that toddlers in day care for more than 20 hours a week have poorer behaviour than those kept at home. They're more likely to have problems...

Care crisis looming as shortages predicted
The Canberra Times - Julieanne Strachan - 27 Nov, 2011

CANBERRA mums who want to return to the workforce next year could be forced to stay home to look after their babies, with child-care operators warning the shortage of places for children under two in the ACT would go from bad to worse on January 1...