Politicians shouldn't play hardball with childcare
The Age - Farrah Tomazin - August 28, 2011

But we now have a farcical situation where Baillieu and his Children's Minister, Wendy Lovell, are locked in a battle with the Feds over who should fork out the $1.9 million required to subsidise the service. That's right: $1.9 million...

Strapped for cash, parents push for two years' prep
The Age - Deborah Gough - August 28, 2011

Financially burdened parents say the cost of childcare and kindergarten, and the prospect of another year out of the workforce are factors in requesting their children start school early. However, the Education Department is pressuring Mill Park...

Stop teens babysitting, demands nanny agencies
The Sunday Telegraph - Briana Domjen - August 28, 2011

NANNY agencies are demanding NSW introduce a minimum age for babysitters, arguing young teenagers aren't capable of caring for other children. The NSW government has developed a guide for young babysitters, saying it's the most common job of 12-15 year-olds in the state...

Wrong sun hat can be a health risk for children
The Daily Telegraph - Letitia Rowlands - August 27, 2011

But Kidsafe NSW is warning parents to be careful when choosing hats to protect their children from the sun after a number have been injured while wearing hats with cords. Playground Unit project manager Kate Fraser said the hats present a danger if they become...

Child-care settings can play important role in encouraging healthy eating habits
News-Medical.net - August 26, 2011

As the use of preschool child care increases and the prevalence of childhood obesity is at an all-time high, the opportunity to positively impact eating and exercise habits within this setting presents itself. A review in the September 2011 issue of...

21,000 Australian families hit by Greens hypocrisy
Sussan Ley MP - Media Release - August 25, 2011

The two political parties happy to hack into your cost of living with a new Carbon Tax...have done it again. This time it's the childcare costs of thousands of Australian families. According to Shadow Minister for Childcare, Sussan Ley, "the Australian Greens performed...

Families go in-house for a pair of helping hands
The Age - Rachel Wells - August 23, 2011

MORE Victorian families are turning to au pairs to solve their childcare woes. One Australian-based au pair agency, which places mostly young, female travellers with Australian families, has noticed a 150 per cent increase in requests for au pairs in the past year...

A bear in there & a rally as well
The Age - Michelle Griffin - August 19, 2011

HUNDREDS of stuffed toys 'rallied' on the steps of Parliament House yesterday in a Playschool-themed protest against funding cuts to the state's 220 occasional childcare centres. Mothers (and some fathers) came from across the state to fight for drop-in creches...

Occasional Care gets Greens light!
Sussan Ley MP - Media Release - August 18, 2011

The fight to reinstate Federal funding for Occasional Care has taken a major step forward, with formal support declared by the Greens in Parliament yesterday. Opposition spokesperson for Childcare, Sussan Ley, expressed delight at a statement from Adam Bandt...

'Robust' link discovered between preschool, language and literacy
Vanderbilt University (USA) - Jennifer Wetzel - August 18, 2011

Preschool teachers' use of sophisticated vocabulary and analytic talk about books, combined with early support for literacy in the home, can predict fourth-grade reading comprehension and word recognition, new research from Vanderbilt University's Peabody College finds...

Childcare action needed
Weekly Times Now - Peter Hunt - August 17, 2011

Country children are the innocent victims of an absurd political stand-off between Victorian Coalition Minister for Children Wendy Lovell and her federal Labor counterpart Kate Ellis. The ministers are disputing who should cough up $1.9 million...

Spelling out how NSW preschools can do better
Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Patty - August 16, 2011

A FIFTH of children miss out on crucial preschool education in NSW - the lowest rate in the country, according to an academic in charge of reviewing the system. The state government yesterday commissioned Professor Deborah Brennan, from the Social...

Out-of-school care leaves small schools out of pocket
The Age - Jewel Topsfield - August 15, 2011

SOME small schools are being forced to stop offering before and after-school care because they can no longer afford to run the programs, leaving working parents in the lurch. Twelve out-of-school-hours care programs have closed in Victoria this year, half of which...

Anger over likely cuts to kinders in new plan
The Age - Misha Schubert - August 14, 2011

SCORES of kindergarten programs for three-year-olds in Victoria could close, as a national plan to mandate 15 hours of preschool for every four-year-old by 2013 could strip younger children of teacher time and classrooms. Some rural communities...

It's never too early to start teaching
The Australian - Justine Ferrari - August 13, 2011

We know absolutely that learning starts at birth. The first five years before kids get to school are probably the most important years in terms of education. But we're still having a debate about access and quality of childcare. It's crazy." Oberklaid was...