The collapse of ABC Learning has prompted widespread calls for greatly increased regulation of childcare services. According to Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard, child care needs to be a "highly managed market", not only with regulation of service standards but also with caps on the number of places. Equally, the organisation representing independent private childcare operators, Childcare Associations Australia, has called on the 264 not to allow "another childcare monopoly" to take ABC Learning's place. Central planning is in the air. To view the article click read more.