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Australian childcare system among world's most expensive: OECDNovember 25, 2015
The Australian - Natasha Bita - November 25, 2015

Australia's childcare system is one of the most expensive in the industrialised world, with toddlers and preschoolers costing more to educate than school students, a new OECD report shows. The OECD education report, released in Paris last night, shows that Australia lags the rest of the developed world...
Preschool hours funding dispute settled, SA children entitled to 15 hours per weekNovember 25, 2015
ABC News - November 24, 2015

Four-year-old South Australian children will remain entitled to two-and-a-half days per week of government-funded preschool next year, after a funding dispute between the state and federal governments was settled. The South Australian Government has accepted the Commonwealth's formal offer...
'Your kids are not our problem': Senator David Leyonhjelm lets fly over Australia's 'obsession' with familiesNovember 24, 2015 - November 24, 2015

LIBERAL Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm believes it's unfair for childless Australians to be subsidising the lifestyles of those who choose to have "little blighters". Speaking in support of legislation which would strip childcare and other benefits from parents who don't immunise their children...
Flexibility key to reforming childcare sectorNovember 24, 2015
The Courier Mail - Trisha Jha - November 24, 2015

But there is no question that centres could be doing more to accommodate parents' and children's needs. At the very least, part-time blocks that fit neatly into the fulltime day - four or six hours for centres open for 12 hours; five for centres open for 10 - have the capacity to better suit parents' different work...
Childcare changes: Warnings over push for hourly billingNovember 24, 2015
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - November 23, 2015

Ms Page warned that while parents might be "seduced" by the idea of hourly billing, ultimately it could see centres reduce their opening hours to only cover times when there were lots of children in care, or fee increases. "[The government] needs to do some proper analysis on what will be the likely impact,"...
No jab, no pay laws pass parliamentNovember 24, 2015
SBS News - November 23, 2015

The federal government's no-jab-no-pay laws will remove childcare benefits, rebates and the Family Tax Benefit A end-of-year supplement from parents who don't immunise their children. The changes start on January 1, 2016, with exemptions for medical reasons, after legislation passed the Senate...
Simon Birmingham flags paying for childcare by the hourNovember 23, 2015
The Australian - Natasha Bita - November 23, 2015

Families will be able to cut childcare costs by sending children to daycare for shorter sessions, as the federal government forces centres to bill by the hour and abolish flat daily fees. Education Minister Simon Birmingham flagged the controversial change yesterday, declaring that young children with a...
Childcare crackdown: Hunt for parents rorting $283m from the family daycare systemNovember 23, 2015
The Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - November 22, 2015

In some extreme cases large-scale child swapping has occurred, with operators maximising their income by claiming childcare payments for their employees' children being looked after by other family daycare educators. However, no childcare was ever provided. New figures reveal that an investigation...
No Jab, No Pay: 8000 more conscientious objectors vaccinate children in past yearNovember 23, 2015
The Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - November 22, 2105

AUSTRALIA'S small but dangerous army of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children is finally in retreat, with thousands of parents dumping their "conscientious objection" excuses. As federal parliament prepares to pass No Jab, No Pay laws this week that will strip parents of childcare and welfare...
Canberra childcare provider points to oversupply of placesNovember 23, 2015
Canberra Times - Matthew Raggatt - November 21, 2015

Canberra's largest provider of paid childcare has claimed the city has an oversupply of more than 1300 long day care places. The figures come as the ACT government revealed there had been an increase of more than 1100 long day care places in the last year. Communities@Work deputy chief...
Affinity shareholders endorse takeoverNovember 23, 2015
The Australian - Michael Roddan - November 20, 2015

Affinity shareholders have backed the takeover bid from Anchorage Capital Partners, which will see the private equity firm's new childcare business acquire all of Affinity's shares. Affinity shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favour of the deal today, with 99.91 per cent of vote endorsing the Anchorage's bid...
Lachlan's parents plea to change day care pool laws after tragedyNovember 16, 2015
Perth Now - Alyesha Anderson - November 15, 2015

In an exclusive statement to The Sunday Times, Lachlan's parents said this week's announcement of a ban on pools at family daycare centres didn't go far enough and was just a "quick-fix solution". "What about if your kids are in the care of a family member, friend or babysitter who also happens...
Family payment cuts and childcare reforms form an uneasy marriageNovember 16, 2015
Brisbane Times - Judith Ireland - November 14, 2015

But when it realised that actual reform would be difficult to achieve without money, the final policy was born in May with $3.5 billion attached. With it came the argument that this new money was tied to family payment cuts, some of which have been stuck in the Senate since the 2014 budget...
Childcare workers to rally in Melbourne for equal pay bidNovember 16, 2015
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - November 13, 2015

CHILDCARE workers will rally in Melbourne to kick off their equal pay campaign. Educators in the early childhood sector are being paid as little as $20 an hour - in most cases less than those who clean the centres' toilets. An equal pay case will be held in the Fair Work Commission, where childcare workers...
'No jab, no pay' immunisation law likely to go aheadNovember 13, 2015
Sydney Morning Herald - Jane Lee - November 12, 2015

A Senate committee has paved the way for the Turnbull government to withhold childcare rebates from the families of unvaccinated children, despite health experts' concerns it will not improve vaccination rates. It also recommended introducing a national scheme to compensate families of children...
G8 Education snaps up 13 centresNovember 13, 2015
The Australian - November 12, 2015

G8 Education will spend almost $30 million to buy up 13 childcare and education centres from several sellers. The purchases will be covered by G8's cash reserves and are expected to be settled by the end of February, 2016. The $29.7 million in acquisitions will increase G8's places by 1,000, with the...
Catholic education system to shift Year 7 into high schools after decision by SA Commission for Catholic SchoolsNovember 13, 2015
The Advertiser - Tim Williams - November 12, 2015

Commission chairman Professor Denis Ralph said early childhood services, including infant childcare and preschools, would be added to "as many (school) sites as possible", helping balance the loss of Year 7 enrolment from primary schools. Prof Ralph said the full strategy would be rolled out over five...
Swimming pool ban proposed at family daycares after toddler drowningNovember 13, 2015
Perth Now - Kate Campbell - November 12, 2015

Minister for Local Government and Community Services Tony Simpson said on Thursday that he would propose the ban to the national body that regulates family daycare centres. If that failed to gain traction, he vowed to push ahead with a ban at a state level. The minister gave a commitment to...
Labor opposes bulk of Turnbull government's cuts to family paymentsNovember 11, 2015
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - November 10, 2015

The Turnbull government is considering breaking up its family payments legislation to get some savings through Parliament, with Labor opposing most of the package and support from the crossbench looking shaky. On Tuesday, Labor announced it would oppose the bulk of the Coalition's revamped...
Labor says no to welfare cuts compromiseNovember 11, 2015
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey - November 10, 2015

The compromises were designed to save more than $4 billion which was earmarked to fund a revamped child-care package. Labor's position would reduce that saving to about $1.5 billion, which the government says is not enough to fund child care. At a meeting of the caucus on Tuesday, Labor...
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