Tight budgets forcing mothers back to work
Daily Telegraph - Bruce McDougall and Vikki Campion - August 26, 2008

Grandparents have become the new childcare as the soaring cost of looking after the children increasingly becomes prohibitive. Mother-of-two Catherine...

ABC Learning shares suspended
NEWS.com.au - August 26, 2008

SHARES in struggling childcare operator ABC Learning Centres were voluntarily suspended yesterday as the company raced to complete its full-year result...

More teacher scrutiny from watchdog
NEWS.com.au - Carly Crawford - August 23, 2008

Education Minister Bronwyn Pike said yesterday the VIT's scope could be expanded to cover childcare workers and student teachers...

ABC rethinks more results
Sydney Morning Herald - Vanda Carson and Colin Kruger - August 22, 2008

THE embattled child-care group ABC Learning could be facing further revisions of past earnings on the eve of its full-year result, after last night suspending its shares from trading...

Childcare worker who rubbed dirty nappy in tot's face walks free
Courier Mail - Tony Keim - August 21, 2008

A FORMER childcare worker who admitted to rubbing a soiled nappy in the face of a mute, disabled boy in her care will be allowed to work with children again...

Quality Consultations Speech by Maxine McKew
eGov monitor - Maxine McKew - August 19, 2008

"For many years, when people have talked about child care and early learning, the focus of public debate has been on accessibility and affordability"...

Creche expectations
Sydney Morning Herald - Sacha Molitorisz - August 13, 2008

But for sheer mind-bending inscrutability, the topic of child care trumps them all. At what age should kids go into care? What are the benefits of the various types...

Is Child Care Out Of Control?
Sydney Morning Herald - Sacha Molitorisz - August 13, 2008

So much about the child care industry is messy, unwieldy and unfair, including the ridiculously complicated system of government assistance...

ABC sells UK vouchers business
The Age - August 13, 2008

ABC Learning Centres, the world''s biggest publicly-traded owner of child-care centers, agreed to sell its UK vouchers business to Computershare for 90 million pounds...

Human warmth is more important than a hot meal
Sydney Morning Herald - Robin Barker - August 12, 2008

A child-care crisis is nothing new. Child care has been in crisis ever since institutional non-parental care started in the 1970s. Little has changed since...

Union demands SA childcare boost
ABC Online - August 12, 2008

A childcare workers' union says the sector's staff turnover is far too high in South Australia. Union official David Di Troia says the childcare sector has...

Education trust reduces payouts
Sydney Morning Herald - Carolyn Cummins - August 12, 2008

AUSTRALIAN Education Trust, which is the landlord for ABC Learning Centres, has confirmed it has dropped its annual distribution by 6.2 per cent for the 2007-08 year...

Cooing on the syllabus
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - August 7, 2008

BABY learning and development programs will be introduced at child-care centres as part of the Federal Government's plans for a national early learning...

Childcare in crisis
ABC TV 7.30 Report - Heather Ewart - August 6, 2008

Good quality childcare is essential but almost half of the industry's workers have no formal qualifications and are lowly paid. Experts warn it has reached crisis point...

Baby bonus failing to deliver
The Australian - Siobhain Ryan - August 06, 2008

AUSTRALIA'S multi-billion-dollar family payments system has made only a modest contribution to increasing the birth rate and could even have produced some negative...