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EXCERPTS Until recently, Australia was a country that scored badly on any international measure of childcare. For instance, it came near the bottom on the ...

EXCERPTS The ruins of Eddy Groves' international empire, ABC Learning Centres, have been sold to a consortium of non-profit do-gooders known as GoodStart. ...

Excerpts:A Tasmanian union believes child care jobs might be saved if operator, Stepping Stones, converts to a not-for-profit organisation.Stepping Stones ...

EXCERPTS A business partner of Eddy Groves won a lucratuve US childcare-centre development deal with ABC Learning Centres, according to court documents. It ...

EXCERPTS The mystery bidder in the race to buy the New Zealand arm of the ABC childcare chain has been unveiled, with global education giant Knowledge Univ ...

EXCERPTS Childcare workers at defence department-owned centres are being forced to sign away their unfair dismissal protection, the childcare workers' unio ...

EXCERPTS Geelong mayor John Mitchell has called for a review of the State Government's child-care system after the state's peak council body declared the s ...

EXCERPTS Competition laws could be changed to prevent another ABC Learning scenario, according to the federal Treasury. A Treasury discussion paper on "cre ...

EXCERPTS Exactly how Fast Eddy Groves managed to hoodwink investors for so long is still being investigated. But one of the biggest questions that remains ...

EXCERPTS On an average day in Australia in 2006 there were approximately 145,000 people over 65 years of age living in nursing homes. In 2004-05, a further ...

EXCERPTS The sale of failed ABC Learning centres has brought some diversity back into the childcare sector but there are concerns it won't be enough to pre ...

EXCERPTS The government-appointed managers of 241 unviable ABC Learning centres said they have managed to find new owners for the vast majority of the cent ...

EXCERPTS It's a funny thing about the Rudd Government. It's terribly bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, intelligent and hardworking, anxious to make the world a ...

EXCERPTS Taxpayers are unlikely to claw back the $56 million spent propping up failed ABC Learning Centres, as high rents and plunging enrolments scare off ...

EXCERPTS Toy wholesaler Funtastic says its earnings for calendar 2008 were hit by the financial crisis and loss of ABC Learning business, and could be 40% ...

EXCERPTS Binding offers for 241 failed ABC Learning childcare centres are due on Wednesday, but a key government official has refused to say if he thinks t ...

EXCERPTS Kindergarten numbers are hitting levels unseen for a generation as cash-strapped parents seek relief from high child-care fees. The collapse of AB ...

EXCERPTS Childcare benefits for parents should be abolished and the money given instead to centres with the highest standards, the nation's commissioners f ...

EXCERPTS Failed childcare chain ABC Learning paid one of its directors, former childcare minister Larry Anthony, more than $235,000 to lobby governments on ...

EXCERPTS Child care assistant Kelly Duncan was a lonely figure last week as she packed away for the last time the playroom at the Neighbourhood Early Learn ...

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