Babies absorb chemicals from shampoo
ABC Online - Health & Medical News – February 5, 2008

Parents are advised to limit their baby's exposure to shampoo, lotions and powder after a new study found chemicals from babycare products in their urine…

Child care must be made affordable
The Age – Prof. Russell Smyth – February 5, 2008

DURING the election, the Labor Party promised big things for child care: 260 more child-care centres and $1.5 billion on increasing the child-care tax ...

Hands-on parents strike better chord
Melbourne Herald Sun – Fay Burstin – February 5, 2008

Many parents assumed Wiggles and Hi-5 music "must be good" because they were often played in preschools and childcare centres, but the key was to be present rather than use them to babysit...

Family faces big decision as costs keep going up
Sydney Morning Herald – Jacob Saulwick - February 5, 2008

Child-care costs have been one of the biggest contributors to an inflation rate that is racing ahead of the Reserve's comfort zone....

Push to improve education standards
ABC Online - February 4, 2008

An expanded Board could be given the role of monitoring academic standards from preschool to year 12 and maintaining curriculum frameworks as well as the...

Happy in care: it's in the hormones
Sydney Morning Herald - Adele Horin - February 2, 2008

CHILDREN from loving homes are stressed when placed in poor quality child-care centres, new scientific evidence reveals. But children from disadvantaged ...

Schoolkids want fare go
Melbourne Herald Sun – Susie O’Brien - February 1, 2008

The findings come as a revolutionary new program in more than 1000 Victorian schools, kinders and childcare centres has brought about a remarkable...

Report finds ACT has longest emergency waiting times
ABC Online – January 31, 2008

... benchmarks for reading, writing and numeracy. But in the area of child care, centre based long-day care was more expensive in the ACT than anywhere else.

Govt services lacking in Indigenous health, education: report
ABC Online - January 31, 2008

... child spending about 11 hours a week at pre-school. Federal Government-funded childcare places have increased by 4.5 per cent, to more than 600000 places.

Is there a continental divide in counting the cost of childcare?
Yorkshire Post (UK) - Sarah Freeman January 30, 2008

It seems bringing up baby has never been more expensive. According to the latest figures, parents are paying more than £8000 a year for nursery places...

Kindy kids on the keyboard
Melbourne Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - January 30, 2008

In some Victorian childcare centres even one-year-old babies use computers with their carers, and most centres have at least one computer used by children...

Parents' pre-school roll-call 21 hours early in Birchgrove
Daily Telegraph - Evelyn Yamine - January 30, 2008

PARENTS frantic to secure pre-school spots for their children for 2009 camped outside an inner west school from midday yesterday...

Parents dump children at pools for child care
Melbourne Herald Sun - Jane Metlikovec - January 30, 2008

PARENTS are dodging childcare fees by dumping children at pools during school holidays for lifeguards to look after. Swimming pool entry fees vary but child...

Italian Barbie grills racism - Clare Masters - January 29, 2008

The federally funded childcare resource warns early childhood teachers to be wary of "government policy" that expect "all cultures to conform to a white ...

Rudd Government must take knife to Coalition's welfare for the rich
The Age - Jessica Irvine - January 28, 2008

...unfairness of cash payments not linked to income levels, such as Howard's infamous Family Tax Benefit Part B paid to all single-income families regardless of income...