Future of childcare uncertain
Inside Business (ABC TV) - Kathy Swan - November 23, 2008

This week the nation's second largest child-care group CFK joined its bigger role model ABC Learning in the hands of the corporate undertakers...

Children sent overseas as child-care crisis worsens
Sydney Morning Herald - Erik Jensen - November 23, 2008

FAMILIES are sending children overseas for child care as the critical shortage of places worsens. Waiting lists of three years or more have lengthened in...

Coalition MP fails to declare interest in ABC
The Age - Michael Bachelard - November 23, 2008

A COALITION backbencher who is owed money by collapsed child-care giant ABC Learning has urged the Federal Government to support the business despite the...

ABC childcare sell-off looms
The Sunday Mail - November 23, 2008

INDEPENDENT childcare operators are eyeing several centres of the failed ABC Learning, which will likely be put on the market soon...

George was ignored over child-care fear
Sydney Morning Herald - Alan Ramsey - November 22, 2008

Now that Fast Eddy's career has collapsed, leaving chaos and family heartache in the child-care industry in this country, George's speech is worth recalling...

Kids in alphabet soup
The Australian - Natasha Bita - November 21, 2008

Gillard yesterday flagged a much more interventionist approach to running child care, with controls on where centres are built and the introduction of new national standards....

ABC Learning Centre's woes engulf 123 Group
Melbourne Herald Sun - Liam Walsh - November 21, 2008

Yesterday's move into voluntary administration and liquidation of companies in the Brisbane-based 123 Group means the potential loss of almost 120 jobs...

Govt pressed to guarantee childcare worker entitlements
ABC Online - November 21, 2008

Childcare workers' union the LHMU is pressing the Federal Government to ensure workers at collapsed centres get all their entitlements...

ELS probes child care acquisitions
The Age - November 20, 2008

Childcare operator Early Learning Services Ltd (ELS) has been approached by a number of child care industry stakeholders looking to join forces...

Gillard warned against CFK bailout
ABC Online – November 20, 2008

The chief executive of Community Child Care NSW, Carol Lymbery, says the Government should not provide any more funds. "I believe that the receiver is going to try and trade through,"...

We won't hold the baby: non-profits
Sydney Morning Herald - Adele Horin, Stephanie Peatling and Erik Jensen - November 20, 2008

But the sector fears the most profitable centres will be sold to commercial buyers, leaving it and the Government with up to 400 marginal centres...

Staff levels, rent could have caused centres' collapse
Sydney Morning Herald - Colin Kruger - November 20, 2008

The major misunderstanding with child-care organisations is how expensive they are to operate. Labour costs are high due to the intensive needs of young children...

Paid maternity leave 'not negotiable'
NEWS.com.au - November 20, 2008

THE ACTU has warned the Federal Government that paid maternity leave is not negotiable and must be delivered in next year's Budget...

Gillard to meet receivers
The Age - Dan Harrison - November 20, 2008

EDUCATION Minister Julia Gillard has refused to rule out spending more taxpayer money to prop up a second child-care company. CFK Childcare, which runs...

Community groups want ABC centres
Adelaidenow - Joanna Vaughn - November 20, 2008

SOUTH Australia's community-based childcare providers have called on the Federal Government to help them take over the failed ABC Learning Centres...