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For the kids: Australia's au pair industry needs an urgent review

WA Today - Sue Pember - January 22, 2018

in 2018, it's predicted that the demand for au pairs in Australia will continue to grow. Around Australia, families are looking to hire an au pair instead of juggling inflexible child care hours or relying on family for unexpected, out-of-hours situations. Over the past five years, the demand for...

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Glen Waverley woman's fight against childcare centre fails, permit approved by VCAT

Herald Sun - Georgie Cowan - January 22, 2018

THE state's peak planning tribunal has approved a double-storey childcare centre in Glen Waverley, despite the concerns of Monash Council and a neighbouring property owner. In a decision released last Friday, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) approved a permit...

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Building resilience in children early helps prevent mental illness as adults

Herald Sun - Aneeka Simonis and Jayitri Smiles - January 22, 2018

KIDS who are exposed to safe challenges in their early years are more likely to be mentally resilient in later life, according to new research. Mental health organisation beyondblue has found children who talk about their feelings, learn to think positively, and those who are confronted with...

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Brisbane after school care places shortage leaves parents 'scrambling'

ABC News - Kirrin McKechnie - January 21, 2018

As children head back to school this week, many working parents are facing a nightmare about what to do with their kids before and after school, with a massive shortage of after-school care places in Brisbane. Sophie Harrington thought she was getting in early when she put her son Hugo...

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Anti-vaxxers create their own childcare centres for unvaccinated kids to avoid tough new laws

The Sunday Telegraph - Jane Hansen - January 21, 2018

ANTI-VAXXERS have come up with a new scheme to avoid tough new No Jab No Play laws stopping unvaccinated children from attending day care - by starting their own centre. NSW effectively banned unvaccinated children from day care as of January 1 and directors face a fine of up to...

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Childcare maintenance man 'tried new things to satisfy sexual fantasies'

Perth Now - Elle Farcic - January 19, 2018

A CHILDCARE centre maintenance worker who hid cameras in his work and home bathrooms so he could secretly record women has been jailed for nine months. Rodney Howard Ker, 51, attached a mini video camera to a rat trap and hid it in the staff bathroom at the Gowrie early childhood...

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Coastal Council yet to meet, 18 months after legislation for its creation cleared State Parliament: Labor

Newcastle Herald - Carrie Fellner - January 19, 2018

It's been revealed an expert council tasked with advising the state government on coastal erosion has not had its first meeting, more than 18 months after legislation for its creation cleared State Parliament. It comes as the Newcastle Herald revealed a Mission Australia childcare...

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Train chaos: 'Don't come to work on Monday' January 29 big banks advise workers

Daily Telegraph - Annabel Hennessy - January 19, 2018

Childcare Alliance treasurer Karthika Viknarasah, the director of two long daycare services, said centres would roster extra staff. "It's going to be extremely difficult for us because we'll also have to worry about how our staff get to work and pick up their own children,” she said...

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Glen Waverley woman fights against childcare centre, fears crying babies will upset tenant

Herald Sun - Geordie Cowan - January 18, 2018

A GLEN Waverley woman has spent more than $6000 fighting an application for a childcare centre next to her property, fearing the sound of crying babies will upset one of her elderly tenants. Laurel Sloan employed a town planning consultant to represent her at a Victorian Civil and...

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Rural women deserve the same access to childcare as their urban counterparts

The Weekly Times - Louise Staley - January 17, 2018

ACCESS to childcare across country Victoria is the No. 1 barrier to work for many mothers of young children. With sparse populations, traditional long-daycare childcare centres are not feasible in many towns, yet creating a childcare centre designed to draw from a large area does not work...

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Almost 2000 childcare places and 17 new centres planned for westside

The Courier Mail - Brendan O'Malley - January 16, 2018

THE group representing Queensland's long day care service providers has spoken out about a flood of new centres and says potential developers should have to prove there is local need. A Westside News analysis found there were currently 17 centres proposed, approved or under construction...

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Markets help hold prices down

The Australian - January 16, 2018

Education and health spending, which are heavily influenced by government policies, also soared. Spending on childcare skyrocketed by 99.5 per cent in the six years to 2016, spending on primary and secondary education by 50.5 per cent and HECS spending by 30.5 per cent. Outlays on healthcare...

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Electorates that will be the biggest losers from child care changes - January 15, 2017

THE federal government has accused Labor of wanting to waste taxpayer money subsidising childcare for parents sitting around at home. The opposition has sought to highlight the losers from the changes starting in July, using a new breakdown of which electorates contain the 279,000 families...

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New childcare register reveals southwest as hotspot for illicit centres

Daily Telegraph - Danielle Buckley - January 15, 2018

Launched last week, the Child Care Enforcement Action Register names and shames 59 NSW centres that were enrolling too many students or claiming taxpayer subsidies between July 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. A staggering 70 per cent of those caught were operating from Canterbury...

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Federal government's child care reforms 'hurt 3000 families': Senator Helen Polley

The Examiner - Lucy Stone - January 15, 2018

Tasmanian Labor Senator Helen Polley has claimed the federal government's child care reforms will see 3000 Tasmanian families in the lowest economic brackets worse off. However Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the reforms will encourage more than 230,000 families nationally...

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Rising cost of essential services putting the squeeze on homes

The Australian - David Uren - January 15, 2018

Childcare has been the fastest growing item in the household budget, partly reflecting the significant increase in salary and staffing numbers dictated under legislation passed under the former Labor government. Education Minister Simon Birmingham yesterday defended ­reforms to childcare...

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Opinion: It's time to stop playing games and fix the childcare system once and for all

The Courier Mail - Renee Viellaris - January 15, 2018

LIKE private health insurance, paid child care is a cost draining the pockets of families and governments. Fees keep going up because of silly government decisions (such as requiring childcare providers to hire better qualified staff – do they really need someone with a university degree looking...

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'Secret hit list' reveals suburbs that will suffer most under childcare reforms

Yahoo News - January 15, 2018

Australia's secret hit list of the areas which will suffer the most from the government's childcare reforms has been revealed. The government subsidy has helped ease the pressure on parents, but the rules are about to change and not all families will be eligible for assistance. Labor's childcare...

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More than 93,000 NSW families will be worse off as childcare changes start in six months

Daily Telegraph - Annika Smethurst - January 14, 2018

MORE than 40 per cent of families in some Sydney electorates will be worse off when the Federal ­Government's new childcare subsidies kick in this year. An analysis by the Department of Education, released under Freedom of Information, has revealed the Federal electorates where the...

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More than 1.2 million access taxpayer paid parental leave benefits

Financial Review - Tom McIlroy - January 12, 2018

Taxpayer-funded paid parental leave benefits have flowed to more than 1.2 million Australians since the scheme was established, new federal government figures reveal. Department of Social Services data provided to a Senate estimates committee showed that since the scheme's commencement...

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Parents face childcare dilemma as Christmas holidays drag on

ABC News - Ashleigh Stevenson - January 12, 2018

As the Christmas break comes to an end and it is time to head back to work, many parents are left with the headache of how to care for their children for the few weeks of school holidays that remain. For most it is a dilemma — do you turn to childcare? Ask a grandparent to help? Try to find school holiday programs...

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Vic child care operator cops $85,000 fine - AAP - January 9, 2018

A Melbourne child care operator has been fined $85,000 for underpaying "vulnerable" workers she received government subsidies to employ. Academy for Kids operator Vivien Mahomet underpaid two workers at Glen Waverley by $14,341 between 2013 and 2015...

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Turnbull Government to announce $110 million boost to youth mental healthcare services

Herald Sun - Tom Minear - January 8, 2018

TEACHERS will be armed with advice to identify and prevent mental health problems in their classrooms as part of a $110 million package to fight depression and anxiety in young Australians. The Herald Sun can reveal the Turnbull Government will today announce ...

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Childcare fee rises to ease, Education Minister Simon Birmingham claims

Financial Review - Andrew Tillett - January 7, 2018

Childcare operators will be expected to keep fee increases more aligned with inflation as reforms are rolled out, with the Turnbull government already claiming success for helping ease the pressure on parents. Education Minister Simon Birmingham released ...

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Families lose in childcare plan: Labor - Dominica Sanda - January 7, 2018

The Turnbull government's new childcare package has been slammed by Labor which says thousands of families will be worse off under the reforms. The new childcare package, which comes into effect from July 2, means low income families will be paying more for childcare ...

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Hit the internet to find family fun that''s easy on the budget

Herald Sun - Susie O''Brien - January 7, 2018

PARENTS should shop around for school holiday discounts, vouchers and freebies to keep kids occupied for little or no cost, experts say. Many of Victoria''s major ­attractions offer discounts for groups, lower prices when tickets are bought online ...

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Darwin childcare provider Bridge Family Day Care named on Child Care Enforcement Action Register

NT News - Annika Smethurst - January 7, 2018

LEANYER'S Bridge Family Day Care is the sole Northern Territory childcare provider to land on the Federal Government''''s name and shame register of “dodgy” operators. The Child Care Enforcement Action Register, which shows details of child care providers ...

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Perth''s dodgy day care providers reprimanded

WA Today - Jon Daly - January 7, 2018

Four West Australian family day care centres had their licenses cancelled or suspended last year for using fraudulent means to obtain federal funding or other issues. A-Z Family Day Care Provider in Malaga, Alpha & Omega Family Day Care in Girrawheen...

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Childcare fee growth falls to its lowest rate in seven years

Daily Telegraph - Annika Smethurst - January 7, 2018

THERE is some hope for the soaring cost of childcare, with the annual fee growth slowing to its lowest rate in seven years, new figures have revealed. After a decade of annual ­average fee increases of 6.7 per cent, the cost of long day care increased by just 4 per cent - to $9.15 an hour...

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No Jab No Play: New WA vaccination laws reject doctor's note

Perth Now - Regina Titelius - January 7, 2018

Letters from doctors excusing children from immunisation will be rejected under the new rules. Instead, childcare and early education centres will only accept immunisation history statements from the Australian Immunisation Register as proof of any medical exemption. Exemptions would...

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