Perth BubDesk: Workspace for mums with babies expanding to CBD
WA Today - Heather McNeill - May 24, 2016

A Perth co-working space with an upstairs crèche that allows mothers to bring their babies to work has plans to expand into the CBD to help big businesses better support working parents of young children. The expansion plans come in the wake of a recent report by the Australian National...

Childcare fees: How much you pay No relief in sight as map shows parents
Herald Sun - Samantha Maiden - May 22, 2016

PAYING more than $100 a day in childcare fees is the new normal for Australian families, with a national map revealing for the first time that big fees are in play beyond the inner city. The pressure on families is set to increase after Treasurer Scott Morrison announced in the May budget that the...

Paid parental leave: give dads a voice
The Australian - Amy Foo - May 21, 2016

Proposed changes to Australia's paid parental leave scheme will be a key issue during the federal election and, while evidence pointing to the benefits are extensive, the political debate continues to circulate around women and costs. But why are dads so often overlooked? Why do we ignore the...

NSW spends less on early childhood care and education than any other state
Newcastle Herald - Gabriel Wingate-Pearse - May 20, 2016

ONE in two community-based child care centres say their future looks somewhat to very insecure, while one in four say they are struggling to meet their community's needs. The results from a funding survey conducted by the NSW Community Child Care Cooperative are concerning, advocates...

SA public schools angry over Education Department decision to strip support for maintaining websites
The Advertiser - Tim Williams - May 20, 2016

SCHOOL and preschool leaders are threatening to stop maintaining their websites because the Education Department is withdrawing support and expects them to do it themselves. Small schools are particularly angry over the change, saying the department does not understand their resources...

Early childhood educators lack nutritional knowledge, research finds
The Courier Mail - Rose Brennan - May 19, 2016

MANY early childhood educators lack the nutritional knowledge to help prevent obesity in youngsters. New research from the Queensland University of Technology has found worrying deficiencies among childcare workers, prompting calls for better training. "If you're not starting with the...

Federal election 2016: tax, costs 'leave mums on $5 an hour'
The Australian - Natasha Bita - May 18, 2016

Mothers with fulltime jobs are working for as little as $5 an hour once they pay tax and childcare costs, research reveals. A woman on the average wage pockets just $8 an hour on her fourth day of work and $5 an hour on the fifth day, after paying tax and daycare fees. Low-income women work...

'Absolutely shocking': $35 an hour nannies forces government scheme overhaul
Sydney Morning Herald - Cosima Marriner and Adam Gartrell - May 15, 2016

The Turnbull government has been forced to overhaul its $185 million nanny trial, which has seen nannies appointed to just 60 families who are paying an average of $35 an hour for care. In response to overwhelming negative feedback that the pilot was unaffordable, the government boosted in the...

Federal Election 2016: Government childcare policy attacked
The Australian - Rachel Baxendale - May 15, 2016

"What we want to see is a flexible child care system that is affordable, that is accessible and that helps the vast majority of families out there who are continuing to struggle." Ms Ellis said evidence showed the child care subsidies made the biggest difference to workforce participation at the...

Federal election 2016: Bill Shorten mentions $3bn childcare relief for parents
Herald Sun - Samantha Maiden - May 15, 2016

BILL Shorten has let the $3 billion cat out of the bag revealing working parents earning between $60,000 and $80,000 will secure more childcare relief under a Labor government. The Labor leader let slip during a campaign debate in Western Sydney that low- and middle-income earners are the...

Creative play: In praise of getting messy
Sydney Morning Herald - Clare Kermond - May 15, 2016

Professor Kay Margetts, an associate professor in early childhood studies at Melbourne University, says craft activities that involve children copying precisely a model presented by the teacher risk stifling creativity and imagination, as well as deterring children from experimenting with...

Childcare properties find growing favour with investors
Sydney Morning Herald - Carolyn Cummins - May 13, 2016

The battle for childcare is being fought on many fronts, one of which is at the property level, with investors jumping into the sector that they have identified as one to provide strong growth in the coming years. While it's been a bumpy road for some of the past listed businesses, which was more...

Why neither party should ignore gender in this election
The Conversation - Siobhan Austen, Rhonda Sharp and Therese Jefferson - May 13, 2016

The changes in Paid Parental Leave (PPL), included in the 2014 budget and retained in the current "economic plan", will force women to choose either government or employer-funded PPL with adverse social and economic impacts. The amount of paid leave available for many mothers to spend...

Childcare peak body calls for help for families in election
Brisbane Times - Tony More - May 12, 2016

Australia's peak childcare agency is calling on the federal government to make an urgent election promise to meet rising childcare costs. Families have shouldered seven to 10 per cent increases in childcare costs for almost five years, but childcare subsidies to help them have been frozen since...

Childcare staff exempt from 'no jab, no play' vaccination laws
The Age - Allison Worrall - May 12, 2016

Childcare workers and kindergarten teachers are not required to be vaccinated in Victoria, a parliamentary committee hearing has heard. The Department of Education and Training has confirmed staff at early childhood centres are not included in recent legislation that requires children to be....