Keep kids at school longer for core skills
The Australian - Nicola Berkovic - March 10, 2009

It also criticised pay and training of childcare staff. Recommending a shake-up of the early childhood education sector, the report says Australians had...

Teachers 'can't cope with prep'
Brisbane Times - Daniel Hurst - March 9, 2009

Queensland's peak childcare industry organisation has called on the State Government to scrap its plan to spend $300 million on 240 new kindergartens by 2014...

Tougher guidelines to avoid disaster
Sydney Morning Herald - Andrew West - March 9, 2009

CHILD-CARE providers in NSW would need to demonstrate they are financially viable and located in areas of need, under a plan drawn up by the State Opposition...

Online ideas help child-care policy
Sydney Morning Herald - Phillip Hudson - March 9, 2009

The parliamentary secretary for child care and early childhood education, Maxine McKew, said the online forum would provide valuable insight for the Government from teachers and carers…

Kindergarten plan threatens day care: Childcare Qld
ABC Online - March 6, 2009

Childcare Queensland says Labor's plan to go ahead with 240 new kindergartens across Queensland will threaten the survival and standards of existing long day care centres...

Pork barrelling alleged as kindies promised to ALP seats
Courier Mail - Patrick Lion - March 05, 2009

PREMIER Anna Bligh has been accused of pork barrelling marginal Labor electorates after promising several new kindergartens for government seats...

Costings boost paid parental leave
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas and George Megalogenis - March 03, 2009

THE push to include universal paid parental leave in the May budget strengthened yesterday after new calculations by the Productivity Commission reduced the cost of implementing...

Children's services suffering from murky info: study
ABC Online - Nic MacBean - March 3, 2009

Australia's children's services sector is still suffering from major inconsistencies in information across the states and territories...

Buyers for ABC scared off
The Australian - Natasha Bita - February 27, 2009

TAXPAYERS are unlikely to claw back the $56 million spent propping up failed ABC Learning Centres, as high rents and plunging enrolments scare off potential buyers...

Hundreds of schools to close because of fire threat
Herald Sun - February 27, 2009

UP to 400 schools, kindergartens and child minding centres in Victoria will be closed today because of the heightened bushfires threat...

Maxine McKew waits in the wings with non-speaking role
The Australian - Christian Kerr - February 27, 2009

She is the parliamentary secretary for early childhood education and childcare. Parliamentary secretary status can be the first step towards a cabinet berth...

Bids lodged for ABC childcare centres
Sydney Morning Herald - Tony Bartlett - February 26, 2009

Around 180 formal binding offers have been lodged for the 241 ABC Learning Centres which were previously described as unviable...

Five child-care centres now in doubt
The Age - Dan Harrison - February 26, 2009

THE Federal Government will rethink 18 planned new child-care centres following the collapse of ABC Learning. The centres — including five planned for...

Third appropriations bill before Assembly today
ABC Online - February 26, 2009

The ACT Government says its third appropriations bill will include about $2.5 million for upgrading childcare centres in Canberra...

Non-profit group wants unviable ABC Learning Centres
ABC Online - February 25, 2009

The not-for-profit childcare consortium, Children-21, has confirmed it is bidding to take control of 241 ABC Learning Centres...