Quality Consultations Speech by Maxine McKew
eGov monitor - Maxine McKew - August 19, 2008

"For many years, when people have talked about child care and early learning, the focus of public debate has been on accessibility and affordability"...

Creche expectations
Sydney Morning Herald - Sacha Molitorisz - August 13, 2008

But for sheer mind-bending inscrutability, the topic of child care trumps them all. At what age should kids go into care? What are the benefits of the various types...

Is Child Care Out Of Control?
Sydney Morning Herald - Sacha Molitorisz - August 13, 2008

So much about the child care industry is messy, unwieldy and unfair, including the ridiculously complicated system of government assistance...

ABC sells UK vouchers business
The Age - August 13, 2008

ABC Learning Centres, the world''s biggest publicly-traded owner of child-care centers, agreed to sell its UK vouchers business to Computershare for 90 million pounds...

Human warmth is more important than a hot meal
Sydney Morning Herald - Robin Barker - August 12, 2008

A child-care crisis is nothing new. Child care has been in crisis ever since institutional non-parental care started in the 1970s. Little has changed since...

Union demands SA childcare boost
ABC Online - August 12, 2008

A childcare workers' union says the sector's staff turnover is far too high in South Australia. Union official David Di Troia says the childcare sector has...

Education trust reduces payouts
Sydney Morning Herald - Carolyn Cummins - August 12, 2008

AUSTRALIAN Education Trust, which is the landlord for ABC Learning Centres, has confirmed it has dropped its annual distribution by 6.2 per cent for the 2007-08 year...

Cooing on the syllabus
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - August 7, 2008

BABY learning and development programs will be introduced at child-care centres as part of the Federal Government's plans for a national early learning...

Childcare in crisis
ABC TV 7.30 Report - Heather Ewart - August 6, 2008

Good quality childcare is essential but almost half of the industry's workers have no formal qualifications and are lowly paid. Experts warn it has reached crisis point...

Baby bonus failing to deliver
The Australian - Siobhain Ryan - August 06, 2008

AUSTRALIA'S multi-billion-dollar family payments system has made only a modest contribution to increasing the birth rate and could even have produced some negative...

Rating system planned for childcare
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - August 06, 2008

CHILDCARE centres will be rated from A to E, and those that perform will get bonuses while those that don't measure up will be punished, under a plan being...

Childcare operator ABC Learning brings five to the board
The Australian - August 05, 2008

CHILDCARE operator ABC Learning today announced a restructure of its board that includes five new appointments. ABC Learning (ASX: ABS) shares soared...

Child care: name and shame move
Sydney Morning Herald - Alexandra Smith - August 4, 2008

Child-care centres and preschools that are convicted of breaching regulations and are found to put children at serious risk will be named and shamed on a new DOCS website...

ABC Learning Centres' profit shrinks
Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - August 04, 2008

CHILDCARE giant ABC Learning Centres has been forced to cut published profits partly because affiliated businesses failed to write off debts two years ago...

Mum-friendly businesses get thumbs up
NEWS.com.au - Jenny Dillon - August 04, 2008

BUSINESSES are doing themselves no favours with the way they treat new mothers, according to one mother who got fed up with her treatment so started...