CSL takes top prize in awards
The Age - Leonie Lamont - November 10, 2011

CSL's Thinking Kids Children's Centre was yesterday named the outstanding equal employment opportunity initiative by the Minister for the Status of Women, Kate Ellis. The Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency business achievement awards...

Fees could close preschools: principals
Ninemsn - Sam McKeith - November 9, 2011

Some state-run preschools in NSW could be forced to close if the government starts charging fees, a forum on the issue has heard. Under changes proposed by the NSW government, families could have to pay up to $40 per day to use a state-run preschool...

Victoria ahead on pre-school attendance
The Age - Richard Willingham - November 9, 2011

VICTORIA is on target to meet controversial new kindergarten attendance hours for four-year-olds, well ahead of other states, the federal government says. The 2010 annual report on the National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education...

State told to justify plan for preschool
Sydney Morning Herald - Andrew Stevenson - November 9, 2011

The federal Education Minister, Peter Garrett, has called on the NSW government to explain how it intends to get more children into preschool, warning the imposition of fees next year may make its task even harder. National Partnership funding of nearly $1 billion...

ACT ahead of school targets
The Canberra Times - Emma MacDonald - November 9, 2011

The ACT report shows it is ahead of its targets in five of the six early childhood benchmark areas and has seen an increase in the number of children attending preschool as well as the average weekly hours they attend. According to the report, 95.4 per cent of ACT children...

Opposition to preschool fees
Daily Telegraph - November 9, 2011

A FORUM on the introduction of fees in public school pre-schools will be attended by those against it. More than 60 principals, teachers and parents will attend the forum in Parliament House this afternoon. "This policy will push NSW further behind and impact...

State short in preschool enrolment
Adelaide Now - November 9, 2011

THE number of South Australian children enrolled in preschool fell short of the national target. But Education Minister Peter Garrett said SA was making good progress in meeting national targets on early-childhood education access. "While SA fell just short...

Take a Break child care funding confusion
ABC Online - Joseph Thomsen - November 9, 2011

New federal government funding for occasional child care in Victoria fails to clarify future of Take a Break service. Will the Take a Break occasional child care program be able to continue its critical role in regional Victorian communities?...

Kinder pressure puts paid to childcare centres
The Age - Michelle Griffin, Rachel Wells - November 8, 2011

FOUR childcare centres are closing because the councils that run them can't afford the federal government's childcare reforms. Bayside City Council plans to close its two childcare centres in Hampton and Sandringham within the next two years. Frankston's...

Essential workers consider quitting over soaring living costs
WA Today - Courtney Trenwith - November 8, 2011

Childcare worker Christina Boyd said she had almost no chance of earning more than $40,000 a year in today's money, making home ownership an unrealistic dream. She was considering a second job to help make ends meet. "Or I may have to leave my industry...

G8 snaps up 6 more childcare centres
Australian Financial Review - Trevor Hoey - November 7, 2011

G8 Education announced on Monday morning that it had acquired six childcare centres in South-East Queensland, bringing the total number centres under the group’s banner to 138 and adding 400 licensed places. The Queensland-based company will pay $8.2 million...

Queensland Government report finds cost one of biggest barriers to parents accessing kindergarten
Courier Mail - Tanya Chilcott - November 7, 2011

KINDERGARTEN is unlikely to ever be free in Queensland, as it is in some other states, despite cost being one of the biggest barriers to parents accessing it. A report commissioned by the State Government to identify barriers to parents accessing kindergarten...

Is it yours? Childcare money goes begging
The Sun-Herald - Stephanie Peatling - November 6, 2011

ABOUT 100,000 families are missing out on up to $7500 in childcare assistance, government figures reveal. The Minister for Childcare, Kate Ellis, told The Sun-Herald her department had identified a significant number of families who were not...

Toddlers sent to bootcamp as parents struggle to find time to play with kids outdoors
NEWS.com.au - November 6, 2011

CHILDREN as young as two are lining up to join "toddler bootcamps" as chubby tots start the battle with the bulge. Parents struggling to find time to get children to play outdoors are booking them into "bootcamp" classes...

Nanny state has no business muscling mums and dads out of the way
The Australian - Frank Furedi - November 5, 2011

The Early Years Learning movement is based on the principle that since most parents - particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds - cannot be trusted to bring up their children satisfactorily, professional intervention is needed...