Parents are already withdrawing children from our childcare services
Women's Agenda - Francis Crimmins - June 15, 2020

Last week I visited one of YWCA Canberra’s six early learning centres. On the day of my visit, this centre had 10 children in attendance, less than 10 per cent of its capacity. It was against the backdrop of this visit, that the government announced its plans to remove the Early Childhood Education ...

Why a 'snap back' on childcare means I can't afford to work full time
Women's Agenda - Carmen Pascoe - June 15, 2020

They say there are two sides to every story and this is certainly true when it comes to the Australian governments ‘free childcare’ program. On the one hand, you hear about the need to stop free childcare, that centres can’t afford it and/or that parents can’t access the care they need...

Jay Weatherill: Our childcare system is on the brink of collapse and desperately needs a national overhaul
Sunday Mail (SA) - Jay Weatherill - June 14, 2020

There has been concern expressed at the Commonwealth Government’s decision on Monday to end the temporary provision of free childcare. The decision has implications for Australian families and particularly for working mothers. I sympathise with these concerns, but Minderoo...

Recession gender agenda: why the crisis childcare subsidy must be kept in place
The Australian - Sue Morphett - June 14, 2020

Australia is in a recession and the fastest way to get our economy moving is to get as many people back to work as soon as we can. To do this, we need to remove any barriers that stand in the way of any Australians looking to return to the workforce. Every worker who is offered a job should ...

A Stimulus Backlash Delivers a Global Warning: Value Female Workers
New York Times – Damien Cave - June 14, 2020

Australia is pouring millions into the male-dominated construction industry while ending free child care. Critics say that is illogical and reflects sexist biases. Sydney, Australia — Shelley Duggan became an essential worker when Australia declared that her job at a suburban child care center...

Some Think Childcare Limited (ASX:TNK) Analysts Just Made A Major Cut To Next Year's Estimates
Yahoo Finance - Simply Wall St - June 14, 2020

The analysts covering Think Childcare Limited (ASX:TNK) delivered a dose of negativity to shareholders today, by making a substantial revision to their statutory forecasts for this year. Both revenue and earnings per share (EPS) estimates were cut sharply as analysts factored in...

One Mayfield Childcare Limited (ASX:MFD) Analyst Just Made A Major Cut To Next Year's Estimates
Yahoo News - Simply Wall St - June 14, 2020

Today is shaping up negative for Mayfield Childcare Limited (ASX:MFD) shareholders, with the covering analyst delivering a substantial negative revision to this year's forecasts. Both revenue and earnings per share (EPS) estimates were cut sharply as the analyst factored in the latest outlook ...

The first Aboriginal preschool in Alice Springs
Alice Springs News - John P McD Smith - June 14, 2020

The First Aboriginal preschool in Alice Springs was established by the Anglican Church in 1953. Father Percy Smith and Lucy Britain who worked for the church became concerned that Aboriginal children who lived in the town area of Alice Springs did not have access to preschool education...

As fee-free childcare comes to an end, there are growing calls to rethink how the sector is funded
The Canberra Times - Sarah Lansdown - June 13, 2020

When the streets went quiet and life as we knew it stopped, it was a relief for Emily Flint to be able to continue to take her daughter to a long daycare centre in Narrabundah…

The government's decision to end free childcare is an attack on the working woman
The Canberra Times - Opinion Crispin Hull - June 13, 2020

In the past week, the Coalition government has slowly but inconsistently wound back the concessions it made in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. It said it would end free childcare but would continue tax concessions to business. This is the Coalition going back to its old tricks of helping well-off businesses...

Free childcare 'good for parents, but not good for us', workers say
The Age - Bianca Hall - June 12, 2020

When free childcare was introduced, Veronica's income dropped by $650 a week. Veronica*, who runs a family day care service in regional Western Australia, says the emergency measure – introduced to keep childcare and family day centres afloat during the coronavirus pandemic – was disastrous for her...

Labor's Josh Willie says program should be rolled out faster
The Examiner - Sue Bailey - June 12, 2020

The Government and Labor are at odds over the roll out of an early learning program. Labor education spokesman Josh Willie says the Working Together program, capped at 120 hours, should be rolled out faster to help more children, their families and the childcare sector. However...

Labor senator Catryna Bilyk says comments were "insulting and outrageous slurs" against early childhood educators
The Examiner - Sue Bailey - June 12, 2020

A suggestion that parents should stay home and look after their children and not use childcare has outraged a Tasmanian Labor senator, unions and a leading childcare provider. Senator Catryna Bilyk, a former early childhood educator, said Queensland Liberal Senator Gerard Rennick's comments...

SA childcare industry braces for the next twist on the rollercoaster
In Daily - Belinda Willis - June 12, 2020

Like every sector of the South Australian economy, the state’s childcare centres have been on a difficult and twisting journey this year. Here’s how they see the months ahead playing out as government policy again takes a sharp turn. Free childcare ends next month and the state’s childcare centres...

'They are thriving': Free childcare boosted access for disadvantaged and Indigenous kids
The Sydney Morning Herald - Fergus Hunter - June 12, 2020

Childcare attendance among disadvantaged, vulnerable and Indigenous children has surged to higher than normal levels during the fee-free coronavirus period and advocates are warning the gains could be undone when the old model returns next month. The federal government's $1.6 billion...