ABC Learning raises $82.2m, shares fall
NEWS.com.au - June 10, 2008

ABC Learning Centres Ltd has raised $82.2 million from a placement of shares with two private equity outfits. The company said it placed 71.5 million new...

New push for foreign childcare workers
NEWS.com.au - Clinton Porteous - June 10, 2008

A NEW push has begun to force the Federal Government to open the gates to foreign childcare workers to combat severe staff shortages...

Access To Early Childhood Education For Tasmania
Tasmanian Government Communications Unit - June 9, 2008

The Rudd Government will increase Tasmania’s substantial investment in early childhood education by $400 000 over the next year...

Boost to early education
The Canberra Times - Emily Sherlock - June 8, 2008

Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education and Child Care Maxine McKew said provision of the funds, which will be provided over the next year...

Childcare company slashes profit predictions, again
Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - June 07, 2008

STRUGGLING childcare operation Early Learning Services listed on the stockmarket six months ago but has now cut profit forecasts twice...

Maternity leave: the mother of all problems
The Age - Ben Schneiders - June 7, 2008

...access to paid maternity leave in Australia is linked closely to work status - typically the more insecure and poorly paid one's work, the less likely one is to get it...

Potential childcare disaster looms large
Courier Mail - Clinton Porteous - June 06, 2008

AT MANY childcare centres around the nation the staff are a multicultural mix where English is sometimes the second language...

Childcare robots
Scenta.co.uk - June 5, 2007

Japanese giants Sony and NEC are developing robots that may perform childcare services. Robots such as Sony’s Qrio and NEC’s PaPeRo...

Woolworths introduces paid maternity leave
NEWS.com.au - June 05, 2008

SUPERMARKET giant Woolworths will become the nation's largest private employer to offer paid maternity leave...

Child-care rises eat into rebate
The Age - Dewi Cooke - June 5, 2008

Local council budgets show they plan to raise child-care fees by up to 10% next year, an increase well above the rate of inflation...

Opposition focuses on childcare
Daily Telegraph - Clare Masters - June 05, 2008

ABOUT 25000 four-year-olds in NSW will have access to preschool to ready them for 'big school' under a key plan in the State Liberal...

First of possible lawsuits for Early Learning Services
Courier Mail - Josh Robertson - June 05, 2008

EARLY Learning Services has been hit with the first of several possible lawsuits after backing out of contracts to buy childcare centres from private...

Laptops make kids crime targets
Daily Telegraph - Bruce McDougall and Clare Masters - June 04, 2008

Despite Community Services Minister Kevin Greene announcing $21 million to give "10500 extra children" the chance to attend preschool - the budget really...

More places for toddlers
Sydney Morning Herald - Adele Horin - June 4, 2008

ALMOST 95 per cent of four-year-olds will be enrolled in a preschool program following the Government's commitment of an additional $21 million a year to...

Gillard's warning on child care fees
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling and Mark Davis - June 4, 2008

CHILD-CARE centres could be forced to apply to the Federal Government before increasing their fees, under mechanisms being considered to keep the costs to...