Here's Looking at You, Kid!
ABC Online - Lisa Chidlow (with Georgia Wilson) - February 10, 2012

A team of researchers has captured a baby's eye-view of the world, right in the Central West town of Bathurst. Have you ever wondered just what babies or toddlers are thinking? It's a question many parents of young children would love answered at various times of the day...

High-quality childcare key to mothers' involvement in children's learning
NurseryWorld (UK) - Katy Morton - February 8, 2012

Good quality childcare isn't only important for children, but their mothers too, claims a new study. Researchers from the University of Texas in the United States analysed data from the Early Child Care and Youth Development longitudinal study of more...

Property trust turns a profit on childcare
Ninemsn - February 08, 2012

Strong demand for childcare has helped an Australian property trust turn a million dollar loss into a tidy little packet. Australian Education Trust (AET), which invests in early learning centres, on Wednesday recorded a net profit of $11.8 million for the half-year to December 31...

Finding job flexibility is the mother of all challenges
Australian Financial Review - Katie Walsh - February 08, 2012

"A number of workplaces have definitely worked hard to facilitate women in the work place but there's no doubt the figures show there's still a long way to go," said Dr Harris. The government also had a role to play in keeping child care affordable, she said. While the child care rebate had...

Transport, childcare, and violence are key reasons for joblessness: study
The Australian - Sophie Gosper - February 07, 2012

A major new study has blamed access to public transport, lack of childcare and violence in communities as the main reasons joblessness exists in lower socio-economic areas. A labour market study has revealed that families living in disadvantaged areas are confronted...

In-demand au pairs call for nanny status
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas and Sophie Gosper - February 07, 2012

A surge in demand for au pairs, as working families search for a flexible, high-quality childcare option, has sparked a push for changes to rules governing visas for in-home nannies and childcare rebates. Ms Spicer backed the au pair industry's campaign for the childcare rebate to be...

SA childcare system cheapest in the nation
The Advertiser - Lauren Novak - February 06, 2012

South Australia's childcare system is the cheapest in the nation - and is also clean, safe, accessible and well-funded by government, the Productivity Commission says. Its report on government services shows South Australia has the cheapest family day-care rates...

Paid parental leave changes proposed
Australian Finiancial Review - Pip Freebairn - February 7, 2012

The Coalition will push for changes to the government's paid parental scheme when Parliament resumes today that it said would reduce small business compliance costs. Employers are responsible for administering the government-funded...

Lift the dead hand of government
Australian Finiancial Review - Jamie Briggs - February 7, 2012

For instance, according to South Australian childcare providers, because of the government's "reforms" the cost of sending a three-year-old to childcare in 2016 will jump by more than $80 a week above normal increases...

Parents miss out on cash
Herald Sun - Angus Thompson - February 06, 2012

A staggering number of families are adding unnecessary pressure to household expenses by failing to claim childcare rebates. Federal Government figures show that one-in-eight Victorian households are missing out on thousands of dollars...

Rising cost push mums out of workforce
The Canberra Times - Julieanne Strachan - February 05, 2012

Child-care costs will continue to rise, the sector has warned, with nearly 70 per cent of providers surveyed nationally saying they would put prices up this year due to the Government's new quality framework requirements...

Toddlers share their world on candid camera
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - February 04, 2012

Researchers have told The Weekend Australian that the rise in the number of infants in childcare -- 277930 aged under 24 months in the March quarter last year, 9.5 per cent more than the previous year -- meant research was necessary to evaluate how ...

Childcare union demands $1.3bn in staff pay rises
The Australian - Ewin Hannan - February 03, 2012

The Gillard government faces wage demands from a female-dominated low-paid workforce, with the union representing childcare workers seeking $1.3 billion in funding to finance pay rises for 60,000 workers…

Au pairs the answer to childcare woes
The West Australian - Kate Bastians and Angela Pownall - February 2, 2012

Working parents are hiring au pairs and nannies in record numbers to cope with their busy lifestyles. Agencies which link in-home carers with families say the demand is also being driven by long childcare waiting lists, fly-in fly-out dads in need of 24/7 help...

Childcare halting careers
Weekly Times Now - Genevieve Barlow - February 1, 2012

Childcare is prohibitively expensive, but can young mothers afford to be out of the workforce for long? How many young mums on farms and in towns don't go back to work because the income they can earn doesn't cover the cost of childcare? Or perhaps childcare in its many forms...