Unions seek baby bonus rise
The Canberra Times - Kate Hannon - October 2, 2008

New stay-at-home mothers have found a friend in the ACTU, which plans to campaign for a higher baby bonus payment so they do not miss out...

Children are in good hands
Courier Mail - Tony Wellington - October 02, 2008

researchers concluded that children who are put into child care appear to end up better equipped to socialise with others, resulting in improved emotional wellbeing...

Kids thrive on parental care
Melbourne Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - October 01, 2008

YOUNG children and babies looked after by their parents at home are healthier than those in childcare, a report shows. But kids who stay at home with mum or dad...

Grandparents' involvement helps children become smarter
Michelle Cazzulino - October 01, 2008

Now research has revealed that grandparents who play a greater role in family life also produce smarter grandchildren, thanks to the heightened interaction...

ABC buys 123 Careers for $70m
The Australian - September 30, 2008

ABC Learning Centres has acquired the 123 Careers childcare recruitment business in Australia and New Zealand for $70 million. ABC said 123 Careers is the...

ABC Learning delays results - again
The Australian - September 30, 2008

ABC Learning Centres has delayed the release of its annual results for a second time, saying it will now be announced in October. Originally due in August...

ABC Learning expels Groves
Sydney Morning Herald - Clancy Yeates - September 30, 2008

The founder of ABC Learning, Eddy Groves, has been removed from his role as chief executive of the embattled child care provider. As the company continues...

ABC Childcare court wrangle with ACCC
Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - September 30, 2008

Documents filed in the Federal Court in Victoria show childcare giant ABC is defending claims it broke an undertaking to off-load childcare centres in...

Time's up for ABC accounts
Sydney Morning Herald - Colin Kruger - September 30, 2008

The child-care provider is offering no guarantees it will release the information to meet today's filing deadline. A spokeswoman would not comment yesterday...

Rudd backs paid maternity leave but won't commit to 18 weeks
The Australian - Samantha Maiden - September 29, 2008

Stay-at-home mums would still be paid an equivalent to the $5000 baby bonus but working mums would get more under the proposal to deliver 18 weeks' pay at the adult minimum wage of $544 weekly...

Some mothers worth more than others
The Australian - Samantha Maiden - September 29, 2008

SHOULD a working woman earning more than $100,000-a-year with a husband on a similar wicket get $5000 more upfront under a taxpayer-funded paid maternity scheme than a struggling stay-at-home mum...

Investors will finally know the state of the group
The Australian - Tim Boreham - September 29, 2008

DON'T bet your children on it, but within the next two days ABC Learning investors should finally be told about the real extent of red ink flowing from the embattled childcare group...

Mums return to work too soon
NEWS.com.au - Sue Dunlevy and Renee Viellaris - September 29, 2008

A national survey of Australian families conducted for the Government has found 8 per cent of the nation's mothers went back to work one month after the birth of their babies...

A small smack is not child abuse
NEWS.com.au - Robyn Riley - September 28, 2008

BRINGING up balanced children is getting more difficult because of the push for parenting to be so politically correct...

Not all children are created equal
The Sunday Times (UK) - Charles Murray - September 28, 2008

Both left and right say every child can excel academically. Nonsense, says a leading social analyst, that’s like thinking we can all be gymnasts...