Shade cloth 'cancer risk' for children
NEWS.com.au - Tory Shepherd - December 15

CHILDREN are being exposed to cancer-causing ultraviolet rays because of "gaping holes" in shadecloth design and installation, consumer group CHOICE warns...

Army of unpaid carers
Melbourne Herald Sun - Sarah Marinos - December 14, 2008

MORE couples are turning to their parents to care for the grandchildren as working families struggle to find scarce and expensive child care...

Childcare group welcomes Govt action on UNICEF report
ABC Online - December 13, 2008

Queensland's largest childcare provider has welcomed the Federal Government's response to a UNICEF report on child care. The organisation ranked Australia...

Child care third rate: Gillard
Sydney Morning Herald - Adele Horin - December 13, 2008

...Julia Gillard, said she was not surprised Australia's early childhood services were ranked so poorly, failing eight of the 10 international benchmarks...

Trust us parents, says ABC
Melbourne Herald Sun - Peter Jean - December 13, 2008

THE beleaguered ABC Learning group has launched a campaign to persuade parents to enrol their children in 720 centres that are free of the risk of closure...

Union outrage over redundancies
The Age - Dan Harrison - December 13, 2008

THE union representing ABC Learning workers is outraged that the failed company's banking syndicate is refusing to pay for the redundancies and entitlements of about 100 staff who will lose their jobs...

'Outrage warranted' after childcare failings highlighted
ABC Online - Alison Caldwell - December 12, 2008

It also expresses concerns about Australia's reliance on corporate childcare. The Federal Government says it is already moving to address the problems...

Hope for ABC childcare families
ABC Online - Friday, 12 December

There's better news for parents with children at the failed ABC childcare centres today with childcare providers jockeying for the right to take over hundreds of the company's centres...

Gillard defends childcare improvement plans
ABC Online - Alexandra Kirk - Friday, 12 December

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education Julia Gillard says the Government is already moving to address serious shortcomings in Australia's childcare...

One-stop childcare model to save ABC Learning Centres
Courier Mail - Tanya Chilcott, Liliana Molina and Liam Walsh - December 12, 2008

ONE-stop childcare centres based on a revolutionary British model are being proposed to help keep the 241 unviable ABC Learning Centres open...

Labor to open centres where ABC closes
The Australian - Natasha Bita - December 12, 2008

THE federal Government plans to build childcare centres in the same neighbourhoods where ABC Learning wants to close them. Six of the 38 new "early learning and care centres" to be built...

UNICEF report slates Australia's failing childcare
The Australian - Stephen Lunn - December 12, 2008

AUSTRALIA has the third-worst childcare and early learning system in the developed world, a new international report finds. Our early childhood services sit above only Canada and Ireland...

Business-as-usual model for child care not viable
The Age - December 12, 2008

THE Rudd Government came to office last year promising an "education revolution", which included an extra 260 child-care centres. Its first budget committed...

Gillard talks up prospects for ABC centres
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - December 12, 2008

THE 241 ABC Learning child-care centres identified as unviable face closure unless buyers can be found or the Federal Government is prepared to spend more to keep them open...

YMCA may step in over ABC
The Age - Carol Nader - December 12, 2008

ABOUT 100 ABC Learning child-care centres whose futures remain precarious could be rescued by the YMCA. The not-for-profit organisation, which already...