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Childcare provider embroiled in new wage theft caseFebruary 22, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald - Nick Toscano - February 21, 2017

A childcare provider, whose owner has previously been rebuked as a remorseless offender of wage violations, is embroiled in fresh claims of exploiting low-paid staff. The Academy for Kids childcare centre in Melbourne's south-east will face court later this month after an investigation...
Six years of childcare? The total cost came as a shock - Care for those crucial years comes with a hefty price tagFebruary 22, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - February 21, 2017

Later this year our family will say goodbye to six years of childcare. Six years of wonderful educators who have done everything for our two children three days a week nearly every week of the year. For not much more money than someone who stacks supermarket shelves, these people have read to...
Crunching the numbers. Is a nanny affordable?February 22, 2017 - Kate Calacouras - February 21, 2017

According to the ABS, only 10 per cent of families with young kids in Australia have two full time working parents. And there's a reason for that. It's bloody tough; nearly impossible to manage life outside of work if you're both expected in the office 40 hours a week. Not only are there daycare pick-ups...
Arena REIT hails childcare reformsFebruary 21, 2017
The Australian - Elizabeth Redman - February 21, 2017

Childcare centre landlord Arena REIT says the federal government's childcare reforms will be a positive if passed by the Senate and that the $3 billion of extra funding is a "common sense" ­reform. "It seems to be tied up in political negotiation (but) we're hoping this will go through," Arena REIT managing...
Government may salvage child care from omnibus crashFebruary 21, 2017
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey - February 20, 2017

The federal government and the Nick Xenophon Team are quietly confident they can agree on enough budget cuts to at least enable the Coalition to implement its child care reform package. Senator Xenophon announced last week that he and his two Senate colleagues would not be voting for the...
Murdered Townsville tot Mason Parker remembered as Mason's Law rolled out in QueenslandFebruary 21, 2017
Courier Mail - Rachel Riley - February 20, 2017

DOZENS of early childhood educators were shut out of child safety workshops with the State Government forced to put on more to meet demand ahead of the introduction of Mason's Law. Mundingburra MP Coralee O'Rourke on Friday confirmed Early Childhood Education and Care Mandatory Reporting...
Childcare group G8 eyes China expansionFebruary 21, 2017 - Lilly Vitorovich - February 20, 2017

G8 Education is growing at home and could expand into China after a Hong Kong-based investment company agreed to buy a $213 million stake in the childcare provider. G8, which owns 510 childcare centres in Australia and Singapore under 20 brands including First Grammar, Jellybeans, Penguin...
Childcare landlord Arena REIT upgrades full-year guidanceFebruary 21, 2017
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - February 20, 2017

Childcare landlord Arena REIT has upgraded its 2017 full-year distribution guidance after increasing its interim earnings with strong rental growth and lower debt costs. The $470 million landlord, which owns childcare centres and a small group of medical centres, lifted its full-year forecast to 12¢ per...
Timber's green shoots: Hume, Vin Harink to build CLT childcare centreFebruary 20, 2017
Financial Review - Michael Bleby - February 19, 2017

Hume Partners Property, the developer behind Melbourne's tallest timber commercial tower, is also building its smallest – a single-storey childcare centre. The company backed by BRW Rich-Lister Peter Scanlon has partnered with childcare industry veteran Vin Harink to build Australia''s first childcare...
Gap crisis: give indigenous services the respect they deserveFebruary 20, 2017
The Australian - Victoria Laurie - February 18, 2017

She says the Closing the Gap report is accurate when it calls for "better integration of services across health, childcare, early childhood education and school". "Many of us are deeply concerned about the future of early childhood and parental support centres around Australia," she says. "Under changes...
Childcare payments stopped to parents who fail to vaccinate kidsFebruary 20, 2017
The Daily Telegraph - Sharri Markson - February 18, 2017

MORE than 142,700 irresponsible parents have been cut off from receiving childcare payments after they failed to ­vaccinate their children. The federal government has exclusively revealed to The Saturday Telegraph the extraordinarily high number of Australian parents who have not ensured...
VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the omnibus billFebruary 20, 2017
The Conversation - Deep Saini & Michelle Grattan - February 17, 2017

The government was this week caught off-guard by a decision from the Nick Xenophon Team to reject the so-called omnibus bill. Michelle Grattan tells University of Canberra vice-chancellor Deep Saini that the core of the bill was a reform package to shake up child care to benefit lower- and middle...
Grattan on Friday: The 'omnibus' puts government in a tangle and Xenophon in a jamFebruary 17, 2017
The Conversation - Michelle Grattan - February 16, 2017

The trenchant stand that Nick Xenophon - who is usually a compromiser - and his team took this week against the omnibus bill, which combines childcare reform and savings in family and other payments, saw a disconcerted government resort to a risky tactic. It threatened taxes could have to rise...
Nick Xenophon defends why he put brakes on 'omnibus bill' and Simon Birmingham argues why he shouldn't haveFebruary 17, 2017
The Advertiser - Nick Xenophon & Simon Birmingham - February 16, 2017

NXT leader Nick Xenophon has come under intense attack this week, labelled a "self-absorbed politician from a backwater town" for threatening to block $5.6 billion in planned welfare cuts. He explains why he did it and Education Minister Simon Birmingham argues why he shouldn't...
Federal Minister for Education slams kindergarten spending push as "scare campaign"February 17, 2017
Herald Sun - Rebecca David - February 16, 2017

THE Federal Education Minister has accused councils and advocates of "shamelessly" scaremongering parents with "mistruths" about education spending. But Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA) says it is the Federal Government causing the anxiety. The claims come as a campaign...
How other countries address affordable childcareFebruary 17, 2017
SBS News - Jackson Gothe-Snape - February 16, 2017

From Stockholm to San Francisco, this is how the world attempts to make childcare an affordable way for parents to balance work and family life.

Both Labor and Liberal agree on a need to increase childcare assistance - but the major parties can't agree on how to provide the assistance. The...
Anger that childcare package would fail those who need it mostFebruary 16, 2017
The Australian - Rick Morton - February 16, 2017

Vulnerable young children who stand to gain the most from early education will have their support cut back or axed entirely, while other children whose parents work less will attract fewer hours under the federal government's new childcare package. Children in state-based residen­tial care...
Childcare rebate not enough for families in 2017, Education Department saysFebruary 16, 2017
ABC News - Alexandra Beech - February 16, 2017

New figures from the Department of Education show 3,600 families hit the annual cap on the childcare rebate just halfway through the financial year. The data shows these families used up all their rebate by mid-January, leaving them with no Government support and full fees until the end of...
Calls for 'backpacker au pair' visa and industry regulation as parents seek affordable child careFebruary 16, 2017
ABC News - Felicity James - February 16, 2017

There have been calls to formalise the so-called "backpacker au pair" role and create a specific visa to ensure safeguards are in place for workers and families. There is a rising demand for foreign live-in carers, but the industry remains unregulated and open to exploitation. It comes as childcare...
Taxes must rise to pay for NDIS if welfare cuts are blocked, government warnsFebruary 16, 2017
The Guardian - Paul Karp - February 15, 2017

The federal government has flagged it will increase tax if the Senate does not pass family benefit cuts in the omnibus welfare bill, citing the need to pay for the national disability insurance scheme. The finance minister, Mathias Cormann, told Lateline on Tuesday that if parliament did not pass its...
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