Public servants get extra month of sick leave if flu pandemic strikes
The Courier Mail - Natasha Bita - July 13, 2018

Bureaucrats will be able to use up to a month''s bonus leave to stay home on full pay if they can't get public transport to work, or if their child's school or daycare centre shuts down during a flu pandemic. "Where employees need to care for their children due to closure of schools or childcare...

Cheap G8 Education has childcare tyrekickers looking sideways
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson & Anthony Macdonald - July 13, 2018

As bankers and financial investors brush up on the Australian child care market, you have to wonder whether dealmaking activity will stretch beyond the up-for-sale Affinity Education. Because if Affinity Education's hopefuls looks sideways - and have deep enough pockets...

The IT glitch causing 'extreme financial hardship' as parents are forced to pay full price before they can claim Child Care Subsidy
Daily Mail - Bryant Hevesi - July 12, 2018

Furious parents have lashed out at a new system to claim the Child Care Subsidy after an IT glitch meant they had to shell out hundreds of extra dollars. The Centrelink Express app and online accounts went into meltdown last week, just as new changes to how the childcare rebate...

'I can't afford this': Parents slam new child care subsidy rollout.
MamaMia - Nama Winston - July 12, 2018

Questioning why there was a push from the government for family details to be updated so urgently when the software and administrative capabilities were not in place, it is no comfort to Amrita that she is not alone in her experience. Since July, 2, technical difficulties in the application of the rebate...

Up 550pc: Young rich lister's childcare app has a growth spurt
Sydney Morning Herald - Cara Waters - July 12, 2018

The government's sweeping reforms to childcare, which kicked off on July 1, have also boosted technology startup Xplor, which has raised $4.5 million to fuel its growth. "It has been a very, very busy and hectic ride", Xplor's founder and chief executive Mark Woodland told Fairfax Media...

Is this why country people are happier than us?
Courier Mail - Brendan O'Malley - July 11, 2018

It said development of units, childcare centres and other facilities was replacing spaces people once used to come together as a community. The problem was exacerbated when some groups were reluctant to share. "These buildings are now being converted for commercial ventures for things...

Childcare subsidy changes add red tape for families and providers
ABC News - Liam McNicholas - July 11, 2018

Last Monday, the Coalition Government's revised Child Care Subsidy came into effect. Now, services and families are realising that, far from cutting red tape, the new system could indeed be described as "drowning" in it. This probably comes as a shock to anyone who's listened...

Parents launch petition to save Sir Philip Baxter child care centre in Woollahra
The Daily Telegraph - Emily Macdonald - July 11, 2018

A petition has been prepared to send to Woollahra council to find a way to save the 40-year-old centre which is a bedrock of its community after the Benevolent Society suddenly announced last month it would sell the site and redistribute funds to other communities. The petition states...

Mandatory child abuse reporting for Victorian childcare workers
Sydney Morning Herald - Noel Towell & Melissa Cunningham - July 10, 2018

Childcare workers in Victoria will be legally obliged to report suspicions of sexual abuse of youngsters in their care as part of the state government's response to the child sex abuse royal commission. The Andrews government may also make it a crime for priests to keep the...

Gunnedah needs more early childhood teachers and space for children aged 0-2
Naomi Valley Independent - Vanessa Höhnke - July 10, 2018

NSW TAFE is predicting that child care teaching is set to become one of the fastest growing occupations in Gunnedah. Mary Ranken Child Care Centre's Fiona Langdon said there was currently a shortage of early childhood teachers who are required for school readiness...

Childcare centres sending kids home with dinner boxes to help exhausted parents
Women's Agenda - Angela Priestley - July 10, 2018

One childcare operator is now offering $5 dinner boxes to parents when picking up their kids from their centres. The initiative comes from Learn and Laugh Children's Centres, co-founded by Lilach Weininger, who knows firsthand how over-it working parents can be after a long...

Autism program to help kinder kids get ready for school
Herald Sun - Andrew Rogers - July 10, 2018

So Ms Ryan and therapist Liz Shaw started William Ready, a program that was designed to complement William's experiences at mainstream kindergarten. "It all basically just started because we wanted something in addition to kinder. To build on those skills, for kids on...

Tennis - Player wellbeing eclipses childcare for WTA
SBS - July 9, 2018

The issue of setting up more on-site childcare facilities, however, is unlikely to be resolved as quickly. The WTA's senior director for athlete assistance, Kathy Martin, explained that the body's responsibility was to ensure the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of its athletes...

We've been having the wrong conversation about childcare changes
Women's Agenda - Neela Janakiramanan - July 9, 2018

What I have noticed is that these conversations are based on myths and outright lies spread by the government in promoting this new package. Firstly, means testing is not some glorious form of income redistribution where money flows like warm honey from those who can...

Why women don't return to work after baby
The Daily Telegraph - Vanessa Marsh - July 9, 2018

NEW mums are returning to the workforce at an unprecedented rate with more than three quarters of working mothers going back to their previous job. But industry experts have warned Australia still has a long way to go to catch up to other developed countries, with high childcare...