Tag Archives: childcare

The Burch-Dunne war returns to the childcare front

By 7 December 2011

In the continuing stoush between Labor’s Joy Burch and the Liberals’ Vicki Dunne we’re back to the subject of childcare.
Vicki opened up with a go about the cost of the business.
Joy Burch was today forced to admit that the cost of childcare will increase by five times her original estimate under Labor’s childcare reforms, according [...]

Burch v. Dunne Deathmatch continues

By 1 December 2011

Labor MLA Joy Burch has had a go at Liberal MLA Vicki Dunne again over childcare.
As part of the ongoing deathmatch Burch accused the Liberals of trying to “quietly abandon their policy” on childcare.
She said:
“The alternative plan from the Opposition is to create one big childcare waiting list, a policy which families don’t want, the [...]

Andrew Leigh says don’t feel guilty about daycare

By 29 November 2011

Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh has posted about his research (when he was a researcher) on the impacts of childcare on children.
The basic findings of the paper are:
– the differences in behaviour between kids in parental and non-parental care are small;
– there isn’t ‘one effect’ of daycare – it differs across socioeconomic groups; and
– kids [...]

Playschools for 3yr olds in Canberra?

By 4 November 2011

Our beautiful 3 year old daughter is ready for school however because she was born in June she wont be able to attend preschool until 2013. We’ve been looking into Playschools in the ACT for 2012 and have ended up on a waiting list for a few as they seem to be extremely popular.
I would [...]

Macarthur construction? Fences are up around the old Macarthur Preschool

By 1 November 2011

Does anyone know has it sold yet or is coming up for sale?
I am interested to know who purchased it?
ie Is it going to be a childcare centre?

Public money improving private child care assets

By 24 October 2011

Joy Burch has announced money to upgrade childcare centres around town:
Capital upgrades to community childcare centres worth more than $9 million and which will create an extra 173 places were announced today by ACT Minister for Community Services Joy Burch.
“In addition to the increased places this money will help nine childcare centres significantly improve their [...]

Firies at Isaacs childhood centre

By 18 October 2011

ACT Fire Brigade currently on scene at ABC Childhood Centre on Farr Place, Isaacs investigating a smell of smoke.
No sign of fire.
Smell of smoke from a faulty light fitting.
Staff have safely evacuated 64 children from the centre as ACT Fire Brigade crews conduct atmospheric monitoring before allowing children to return inside.
Time of Emergency Triple Zero [...]

Recommendation for a nanny/nannying agency in Canberra?

By 4 October 2011

Hi Canberrans
Can anyone recommend a good nannying agency? A few of the mums in my mother’s group are thinking of hiring a nanny and splitting the cost rather than dealing with the nightmare of childcare centre  waiting lists, etc.
I’ve checked the yellow pages but there are not many results. A google search comes up with [...]

Why aren’t school zones in force around daycare centres?!

By 2 October 2011

Standing at the front of my daughter’s daycare (admittedly in Queanbeyan but I have been told it’s the same in Canberra) I watch as at least 3 out of 5 drivers speed past the centre.
Some of them are travelling at more than 50km/hr which is the standard zone in a residential area.
I am puzzled [...]

Government Departments with Childcare Facilities in Canberra?

By 10 August 2011

Hey All,
Wondering if anyone can tell me what government agencies have a Childcare onsite.
I have been told DFAT have one – are there any others?

Childcare grants

By 20 July 2011

Joy Burch has announced grants to help childcare providers meet the new standards coming into effect next year.
Sharing the $233,500 are:
– Anglicare ACT – Calwell Early Childhood Centre
– Anglicare ACT -Gordon Early Childhood Centre
– Australian National University – Central Canberra Family Day Care
– Baringa Childcare Centre Incorporated
– Belconnen Community Services Inc – Belconnen Early Childhood [...]

Recommendations – Gungahlin Childcare – Part Time

By 1 July 2011

Ask Riotact – Childcare, Northside.

Child care recommendations

By 16 June 2011

I’m looking for recommendations of child care or family daycare providers in the Gungahlin area.
Bub #3 is only 4 months and I won’t be needing care until she’s about 2 but I’ve heard you need to put your name down on a waiting list quick sticks.
My other 2 kids are in primary school [...]

Less is more with childcare

By 25 May 2011

Joy Burch has released some intriguing stats on childcare, which appear to show that better (or at least more compliant) childcare centres are cheaper.
The data found:
– The average cost of per day of long day childcare centres in the ACT that meet the new staff ratios is $76.91 (for 47 centres)
– The average cost of [...]

$60 mil for childcare support


Minister for Children and Young People Joy Burch has announced a package of childcare measures and released a glossy framework documents.
The key items in the package include $42.7 million to build an Early Childhood School in Franklin, $7.5 million to build a childcare centre in Holder, the release of five sites for childcare centres to [...]

Childcare fight heats up

By 15 February 2011

Last week the Liberals’ Vicki Dunne was claiming growing traction for her idea for a centralised child care waiting list. (An idea not universally loved in these parts).
Today the Minister for Children Joy Burch is hitting back:
Responding to allegations from Ms Dunne that her ill-conceived idea had the ACT Government’s support, Ms Burch today assured [...]

Help with choosing childcare in Canberra

By 20 December 2010

Childcare is one of those things that goes from “no interest at all” to “consuming passion” in the space of nine months.
Today Joy Burch has announced the release of a pamphlet to help first timers navigate the jungle in Canberra.
Good luck to those who need it.

Does Canberra need cheaper childcare?

By 22 September 2010

The ACT Business Woman of the Year for 2010, Kate Sykes, has told ABC News that the Federal Government needs to implement policies that make childcare cheaper. With childcare centres costing over $75 per child, per day in Canberra, it’s not hard to see why a parent with a low income job struggles to justify [...]

ACT Children’s Plan

By 19 June 2010

The ACT Children’s Plan 2004-2014 has been updated and relaunched as the ACT Children’s Plan 2010-2014.
(You can read the plan here). The Children’s Plan is all about what Canberra needs to do to be a child-friendly city.
A big chunk in the middle of the report, with lots of “Key Actions” listed, is just a re-publish [...]

French-Australian preschool still in jeopardy

By 10 March 2010

The French-Australian Preschool (FAPS) is Canberra’s largest childcare provider, currently situated in a building which forms part of the Red Hill Primary School campus. The ACT Government has granted FAPS land (zoned for community use) in Griffith which will enable the preschool to continue operating after its current lease expires at the end of this [...]

Childcare Costs to skyrocket!

By 25 February 2010

They have done it again, our Government (local) have made another dumb decision without thinking about the consequences…..Can you believe it – PORTABLE LONG SERVICE LEAVE…… No, not for the Public Service, not for everyone – just some people – actually just for childcare workers……So, all childcare workers in the ACT are now entered into [...]

Mother’s Voice – free voice workshops for mothers of young children

By 25 September 2009

Mother’s Voice is a series of workshops with singer, drama teacher, community artist and mother, Simone Penkethman.  The sessions explore the range of the mother’s voice voices through games, exercises, songs, stories and discussion. .   
Penkethman says that the idea behind Mother’s Voice is this:  “As children we use our voices freely and playfully.  As adolescents, [...]

Vandals – Actually worse than that

By 31 July 2009

I discovered this week my sons childcare centre was broken into last weekend.  
They trashed everything in his room and proceeded to break glass all around the playground.  They broke and spread glass throughout the (covered) sandpit.  This required an amazing amount of gutless forethought – lift the cover, spread the glass, cover it with [...]

ABC Childcare Centres

By 27 November 2008

With ABC Childcare Centres having gone belly-up and the Federal Government having forked out however-many millions of dollars to keep the centres open, the Canberra Times has a story about the ABC Childcare Centres in the Canberra region that will be “subject to further review”.
ABC Childcare’s webiste has an extended list here.
Given how hard it [...]

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