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...

Beginner's luck
The Age - January 27, 2008

The University of London study found that preschool helped with intellectual development, improved independence, concentration and social skills...

Abbott's amazing about face
Daily Telegraph - Malcolm Farr - January 27, 2008

Child care, he believes, has become an "absolute essential" for parents to give their families a decent standard of living...

Our terms for 'the most important job of all'
The Age - Suzy Freeman-Greene - January 24, 2008

...talking about paid maternity leave... we're still one of just two OECD countries without a national leave scheme...

ALP to stagger childcare centres in outer suburbs
The Australian – Patricia Karvelas – January 23, 2008

THE Rudd Government will roll out its plan to build 260 new childcare centres in the infrastructure-starved outer suburbs. Deputy Prime Minister Julia...

TV, internet dominating kids' spare time: UK survey
ABC Online – Rafael Epstein – January 21, 2008

There is more evidence from Britain that children are spending more and more of their lives in front of an electronic screen and far less time outdoors...

Rudd fast tracks training
The Australian – Samantha Maiden – January 21, 2008

Thousands of parents could also be encouraged to re-enter the workforce and boost the nation's productivity under plans to deliver more affordable childcare...

A child-care lesson from Canada
Sydney Morning Herald - Steve Biddulph - January 19, 2008

One minefield for Labor - a legacy of 11 years of Coalition rule - is that of child care, and the underlying problem: how best to help Australia's 4 million families care for their young children and stay afloat financially...