Parents count cost of child-care shortage
The Canberra Times - Stephanie Anderson - February 07, 2011

A shortage of child-care places is forcing families to pay to add their unborn children to waiting lists, and the situation is expected to worsen as centres rush...

Childcare workers lacking qualifications: report
ABC Online - Kathleen Dyett - February 3, 2011

Less than half of paid childcare workers in the ACT have formal qualifications, prompting concerns centres will struggle to meet new national standards...

Bathing baby is not dad duty - fathers who help just cause stress
Daily Telegraph Letitia - Rowlands - February 03, 2011

IT'S enough to make an overworked mum weep. New research suggests dads should step back and take less of a role in care-giving tasks for pre-school aged children...

Suspected serial arsonist arrested after childcare centre blaze
The Age - Thomas Hunter - February 03, 2011

A serial arsonist suspected of torching schools, homes and a police station over the past 12 months was arrested near a blaze which gutted a childcare centre...

Boy zone to boost kinder learning
Herald Sun - Evonne Barry - February 02, 2011

Putting the science into pre-school - and single-sex education, a new Melbourne centre has been purpose-built with only males in mind...

ACT child-care costs soar
The Canberra Times - Michael Inman - January 30, 2011

CHILD-CARE costs in the ACT are the most expensive and rising faster than the rest of the country, according to the Productivity Commission's annual report card...

Childcare is the Great Experiment
The Advertiser - Amy Taylor-Kabbaz - January 29, 2011

MOST South Australian toddlers spend their days away from their parents - are they receiving the care they need? Childcare is great for my children's social...

Eddy Groves in court over ABC Learning collapse
The Australian - Sarah Elks and Natasha Bita - January 28, 2011

FAILED childcare tycoon Eddy Groves is due to face court today on a criminal charge relating to the collapse of ABC Learning. Mr Groves, who founded...

Clubs accept childcare challenge
The Daily Telegraph - Rosemarie Lentini - January 28, 2011

THEY'RE known for cheap meals, meat tray raffles and support of local sporting teams. Now local clubs are branching out into childcare. St Marys Leagues Club...

What do preschoolers crave? Sugar, salt, and fat
The Independent (UK) - January 27, 2011

In a study of children ages 3 to 5, involving two separate experiments, researchers found that, like their parents, youngsters have big cravings for salt, sugar, and fat...

Family daycare gets hammered
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas and Sallie Don - January 26, 2011

New figures provided by the federal government reveal that childcare places in accredited family homes have fallen under Labor in what the opposition claims is an...

Class action may depend on insurance
Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - January 25, 2011

CHANCES of a class-action lawsuit proceeding against ABC Learning Centres will rest on whether the toppled childcare operator has more than $10 million in insurance...

Pre-school at $50 daily
The Daily Telegraph - Letitia Rowlands - January 24, 2011

NSW families are paying as much as $50 a day for their child's year of pre-school education while, in other states, the governments provide early childhood...

Numbers finally start to add up as operators go back to basics
Sydney Morning Herald - Colin Kruger - January 22, 2011

Two years after ABC Learning's collapse the jury is still out on whether profit and child care can mix, reports Colin Kruger. WHEN ABC Learning began its...

Funding far from a river of gold
Sydney Morning Herald - Colin Kruger - January 22, 2011

NEARLY 40 years after the government first offered financial help for childcare, the huge shift of women back into the workforce has resulted in funding...