Childcare centres to shut doors as workers strike over pay
Sydney Morning Herald - Alison Brown - September 4, 2018

More than 100 Queensland childcare centres will shut their doors on Wednesday as workers walk off the job to fight for higher wages. Early childhood union United Voice says 7000 staff nationwide will walk out in protest over the sector's "wage crisis." The strike action...

Thousands of families to be affected by childcare strike
News.com.au - Clarissa Bye - September 4, 2018

THOUSANDS of parents across NSW will have to pick up their children from childcare early today as workers stage a walkout in protest at low wages. At least 30 centres will be involved in the action in Sydney, with centres closing at lunchtime to attend a major rally at Martin Place...

My wife works but she's a great mother: Peter Dutton's au pair comments are so wrong
Women's Agenda - Angela Priestly - September 4, 2018

Let's be clear, there are many reason for the growing market for au pairs in Australia, including a lack of affordable and flexible childcare options and an increase in women's workforce participation. It has nothing to do with women lacking any form of 'greatness', particularly when it comes...

Co-working space helps parents return to work sooner
The Courier Mail - Danielle Buckley - September 4, 2018

A NEW co-working space is helping Queensland parents return to their jobs sooner. Bec Schultze from Browns Plains Kids Early Learning Centre has just introduced a co-working office space, called BubDesk, to her childcare facilities. BubDesk enables parents to work in an office...

Without a payrise, our thanks to childcare workers means little
The Advertiser - Alys Gagnon - September 3, 2018

But, with fees commonly hitting $160-$170 a day per child in major metropolitan areas, and even with subsidies from government, parents simply have nothing more left to give. They cannot afford more and more increases in fees. This is not an argument against pay...

Anchorage Capital Partners puts Affinity Education sale on ice
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson & Anthony Macdonald - September 3, 2018

Buyers have thrown their toys out of the cot when it comes to Affinity Education Group, owned by private equity firm Anchorage Capital Partners. An oversupply of childcare places across the industry, as The Australian Financial Review has tracked in the past week, has proved...

Australia falling short on UN targets
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - September 3, 2018

HIGH energy and childcare costs, rising obesity, and in­action on climate change have put Australia off track in meeting United Nations development targets by 2030. A report detailing progress towards UN Sustainable Development Goals reveals gains in health, education...

To prove they don't have a woman problem, the Liberals should fix this
The Canberra Times - Kasey Edwards - September 3, 2018

Early childhood education in Australia is broken. It's broken for families, for the educators who teach our kids, and for taxpayers. The only people who the current system seems to be working for are the business owners like Dutton who are banking our tax dollars and those who...

A new project shows combining childcare and aged care has social and economic benefits
The Conversation - Anneke Fitzgerald, Katrina Radford & Lalitha Kirsnan - September 3, 2018

What happens when you bring a group of older residents to mix with young children in childcare? Clapping hands and singing songs is just one way they spend the morning together. These interactions are made possible by intergenerational care programs that have gained...

Importing au pairs is only a solution for the rich. We need childcare for all classes
ABC News - Lisa Bryant - September 3, 2018

Most of us know that the rich, the powerful and our politicians play in a different world than us. A word in the ear of a mate here, a second cousin with a minister on speed dial there, and bingo - their children are sorted for jobs, university entry and for the perfect child minders...

Early childhood educators and carers to walk off the job
Daily Telegraph - Jack Morphet - September 2, 2018

HUNDREDS of childcare workers will strike on Wednesday for the fourth time in 18 months, forcing parents to pick up their kids at lunchtime. Union leaders have ­organised for hundreds of Sydney childcare workers to walk off the job on Wednesday to attend an estimated 500-strong political...

G8 Education's woes and the childcare oversupply explained
Financial Review - Jessica Gardner - September 2, 2018

Irate shareholders in childcare operator G8 Education wondering how it could possibly have gone so bad, so quickly, will find proof in my own personal experience of the rapid deterioration in the $13 billion industry's economics. What has occurred, as The Australian Financial Review...

'Vague, indiscriminate, frustrating': Families and au pairs risk breaking the law
Sydney Morning Herald - Andrew Taylor - September 2, 2018

Australia's childcare crisis has led some families to break the law by employing au pairs without the correct visa. Experts believe the two au pairs whose threatened removal from Australia was halted following the controversial intervention of Home Affairs Minister...

Dutton affair exposes au pair visa's shortcomings
Sydney Morning Herald - September 2, 2018

Peter Dutton's handling of visas for two foreign au pairs has hardly given him the image makeover he would want for a future tilt at the prime ministership. As the face of the government's tough border protection regime, his interventions on behalf of the French and Italian tourists...

Childcare oversupply driven by new subsidy but the see-saw is set to balance
Financial Review - Simon Evans - August 31, 2018

A whopping 326 childcare centres opened around Australia in the past year in a substantial overshoot by developers and operators given it was just three years ago that new parents faced a severe shortage of places. It has left many childcare operators grappling with a big oversupply...