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Morrison confirms stricter rules on childcare subsidies for stay-at-home mums
The Australian - David Crowe - May 1, 2015
Stricter rules will be applied to stay-at-home mums who want childcare subsidies as the government confirms a new regime that will target the help at those who work. Social Services Minister Scott Morrison said the new "integrity tests" would have to be tougher to ensure the...
Budget 2015: Working parents get lift
The Australian - David Crowe - May 1, 2015
Working parents will gain more payments while stay-at-home mothers will face stricter tests on childcare support in this month's budget, as federal cabinet locks in its central features, pitching it to voters as a plan to expand the workforce. Pensioners will get a reprieve from unpopular cuts...
Quality childcare is a good start
The Australian - Frank Oberklaid & Sarah Wise - May 1 2015
To boost the nation's productivity, the federal government is trying to encourage more women back into the workforce after having a child. There are clear economic benefits in such a policy, which generally has widespread community support. The accessibility and affordability of childcare is...
A tougher test for parents inevitable
The Australian - David Crowe - May 1, 2015
The government's response, to be revealed in the next few days, will be to throw out the old rules in favour of graduated steps in payments. There will be a stairway to heaven rather than a lift that goes straight to the top floor. This means thresholds, tests and caps. Every one of them will...
Bouquets and brickbats: Why nannies are attracting both
Women's Agenda - Georgina Dent - April 30, 2015
Why the inconsistency? Why is there no single narrative on whether this deserves bouquets or brickbats? Because, essentially, there are two very important policy objectives at play. One is the quality of early learning and care that is delivered to Australian children. The second is the...
Napping linked to worse sleep in children
Brisbane Times - Jorge Branco - April 30, 2015
New research has raised questions about something that's common practice in 80 per cent of Queensland childcare centres. The Sleep in Early Childhood Research group found children exposed to more than an hour of forced napping at centres slept worse at night, even when they started...
Morrison's nanny program risks undercutting quality care
The Conversation - Eva Cox - April 29, 2015
However, rather than the government working with existing services, such as family day care or even centre based services, to set up outreach or greater flexibility of use, the government has set up a new service without any quality guarantees or controls. The government focuses on...
Childcare spots in Australia hard to find as 55,000 kids turned away
News.com.au - Lauren Wilson - April 29, 2015
STRESSED-out working parents are struggling to secure childcare, with new figures showing more than 55,000 Australian kids have been turned away from centres because of a lack of places. As the federal government prepares to release a package of measures to deal with the rising costs...
Nanny funding trial gets mixed reception
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - April 28, 2015
A coalition of corporate and women's lobby groups has applauded the Abbott government's plan to trial funding for nannies, but some in the childcare sector have questioned how different the new policy will be from an existing program and raised concerns about nanny qualifications...
Parents of isolated children welcome Federal Government's nanny subsidy proposal
ABC News - Anna Vidot - April 28, 2015
Remote parent groups have welcomed a Federal Government pilot program to subsidise nannies. The Isolated Children's Parents Association says it is the kind of scheme it has been calling for for some time, and is keen for remote families to participate in the trial. Social Services Minister...
Minister warns nanny subsidies will depend on Senate passing other savings measures
ABC Radio - Jane Norman - April 28, 2015
A trial to extend childcare subsidies to nannies will be contingent on other savings measures passing the Senate, warns Social Services Minister Scott Morrison. The two-year, $250 million pilot program is the first element of the Government's soon-to-be-released childcare package and...
Diane Smith-Gander backs childcare cutback for the rich
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey & Misa Han - April 28, 2015
Diane Smith-Gander, chair of ASX-listed Transfield Services and president of Chief Executive Women, told The Australian Financial Review she accepted the current economic reality meant the government had to better target the childcare dollar, but this did not mean support for...
Nannies to be funded with $250m pilot program in childcare budget
The Guardian - Daniel Hurst - April 28, 2015
Nannies will not be required to have formal qualifications and will be available for families on incomes of up to $250,000 a year. The Abbott government has earmarked nearly $250m for a two-year pilot program to provide funding for nannies for families on incomes of up to $250,000...
Budget 2015: 'Earn or learn' expected to apply to childcare subsidies with proposed activity testing
ABC News - Tom Iggulden - April 28, 2015
The Government's "earn or learn" ethos is expected to be extended to childcare subsidies in the upcoming budget, forcing parents on welfare to show they are working or studying before they get benefits. Daycare providers say a proposed "activity test" could cost 100,000 lower...
Special report: The rise in retirees caring for their grandchildren
Yahoo 7 News - April 27, 2015
FIRST ON 7: The spiralling cost of childcare is forcing more Queensland grandparents out of retirement to take care of their grandchildren. Now a new program is being trialled to help senior carers cope with the challenges. Judith McLean quit her job and moved to the Gold Coast from...
New study rejects link between vaccines and autism spectrum disorder
Herald Sun - Carleen Frost - April 27, 2015
NEW research has ruled out any connection between vaccines and the development of autism spectrum disorder, delivering a further blow to anti-vaccination activists who have peddled this myth for almost two decades. A study of nearly 100,000 children in the US found no link...
Education and child care costs soar above general CPI increase
The Sydney Morning Herald - Deborah Snow - April 26, 2015
Parents worried that childcare and education costs are hitting their wallets far harder than most other areas of household spending have had their suspicions confirmed. The latest consumer price index figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal that CPI increases for...
Many mums say they can’t afford to work full-time due to childcare costs
Herald Sun - Sue O'Brien - April 26, 2015
ONE in three low-income families say childcare costs mean it's not worth their while to work, a new national report has found. Families earning less than $50,000 are hardest hit by rising childcare costs, the NAB Work and Families survey shows. In comparison, only one in five of those...
Using new technology to keep an eye on the kids
Sunday Telegraph - Lisa Mayoh - April 26, 2015
FROM bedroom baby monitors to daycare apps that send twice-daily pictures, school radio stations, YouTube channels and principals on Twitter and Facebook, busy parents may be stuck at work, but they are more connected to their children than ever before. While psychologists claim the trend...
Totus Capital expects G8 Education share price to fall
Financial Review - Sally Rose - April 26, 2015
Taking short positions on education provider Vocation Group and iron ore miner Atlas Iron have proven profitable trades over the past year. Now one of the fund's biggest shorts is on childcare operator G8 Education. Short selling is when an investor borrows money to sell a stock they...
NSW childcare minister faces preschool stoush
The Age - Kirsty Needham - April 25, 2015
Much of what Leslie Williams will do in her new role as NSW early childhood education minister hangs on the Abbott government's upcoming families package. The reliance of the childcare sector on Commonwealth rebates to parents is so great that the shakeup looming in the federal budget...
Taxpayer pays the cost of ever-expanding childcare
The Australian - Judith Sloan - April 24, 2015
One thing for sure is that the federal government will simply be contributing to the ongoing mess of government-subsidised and regulated childcare, which costs taxpayers more and more each year - exceeding $7 billion this financial year - while manifestly failing to achieve its principal aim of...
Childcare sector braces for Government rebate shake-up
ABC News - Pat McGrath - April 24, 2015
Australian childcare operators currently benefitting from $7 billion in subsidies each year expect the Government's promised shakeup of the rebate system to be announced early next week. The Social Affairs Minister Scott Morrison has signalled the biggest change will be the introduction of a means...
Preschools could face $1800 cut per child under budget plans
News.com.au - Lanai Scarr - April 23, 2015
PRESCHOOLS will shorten their hours and increase fees under government moves to strip up to $1800 in funding per child, per year from a key program. Pressure is mounting on the Coalition to announce its plans for the Universal Access to Early Childhood Education scheme, with funding only secured...
More women equals more profits, so why are we still lacking diversity on boards?
The Age - Nassim Khadem - April 23, 2015
One option to help with the pipeline is tax-deductible childcare. If women have nannies that can look after their kids, or accredited places to leave their children while at work, then they are more likely to return to work and stay there. Leading businesswomen including non-executive director of Toll...
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