Desmond Morris: TV as good as books for toddlers
The Guardian - Amelia Hill - October 01, 2010

Anthropologist attacks 'cultural snobbery' in contentious new book on development of preschool children. A child can get at least as much from watching television as reading a book...

Kate Ellis Speech - ECA National Conference
The Hon Kate Ellis, MP - October 1, 2010

I appreciate that there has been some discussion amongst the sector around the structure of the new Ministerial appointments and I might just take a moment to explain why I believe that...

Sleep positioners for babies can kill
Sydney Morning Herald - September 30, 2010

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned parents and child care providers to stop using the mats with bolster pillows...

Peter Garrett Speech - ECA National Conference
The Hon Peter Garrett AM, MP - September 29, 2010

As Minister for Early Childhood I will lead our broader policy reforms associated with early childhood development. As Minister for Child Care, Kate Ellis will focus more specifically...

Centres failing toddlers a national report reveals
Herald Sun - Sue Dunlevy - September 23, 2010

ONE in five of the nation's childcare centres fails to change nappies hygenically, protect kids from dangerous products or ensure children get enough sleep...

Concerns over RFID chips to track preschool children
Democracy NOW (USA) - September 09, 2010

Privacy advocates are raising concerns over the use of RFID chips to help track students at a public pre-school in California. The technology is being tested on 240 preschool students...

Profits under spotlight
Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - September 20, 2010

COLLAPSED childcare giant ABC Learning Centres had an odd invoicing system, one that - had shareholders known about - would have sent alarm bells ringing...

Panic to meet costly new childcare rules
The Advertiser - David Jean - September 19, 2010

MORE than half of the state's 327 licensed childcare centres are yet to meet the Federal Government's looming tough early childhood reforms. That is creating fears of...

Charity buyer of ABC puts up fees
The Australian - Natasha Bita - September 17, 2010

A CHARITY group has raised its childcare fees within months of snapping up the nation's biggest daycare operator, the ABC Learning chain. GoodStart, a consortium of...

Ley backs Coalition's parental leave scheme
ABC Online - September 17, 2010

The Federal Coalition's new childcare spokeswomen Sussan Ley says she would like the party's 26-week paid parental leave scheme to remain part of its policy platform...

Nash, Ley join new shadow cabinet
ABC Local - September 15, 2010

Ms Ley says she is looking forward to her new role overseeing employment participation and child care responsibilities. "Well I've got two different...

Good Preschools May Prevent Problem Behaviors Later
BusinessWeek (USA) - September 15, 2010

American children from low-income families who are exposed to well-structured, attentive and stimulating preschool programs between the ages of 2 and 4 years are less likely...

'Question mark' over Ellis
The Australian - Lanai Vasek - September 15, 2010

...the Prime Minister's announcement" that she would serve as Minister for Employment Participation and Child Care and as Minister for the Status of Women...

Abbott's front bench wrongfooted by PM
The Australian - Dennis Shanahan and Patricia Karvelas - September 14, 2010

Other senior sources say Sharman Stone is set to be moved out of childcare, and communications spokesman Tony Smith will be moved to make room for former...

Octaviar liquidator sells Sunkids assets
Sydney Morning Herald - September 13, 2010

The liquidator of the failed Octaviar Ltd says it has sold 20 childcare centres in Queensland and Victoria for $32 million. The 14 Sunkids Children Centres in...