Teething issues in childcare transition
News.com.au - Karen Sweeney - July 27, 2018

Parents have been forced to fork out weeks worth of full childcare because of "teething issues" with a new childcare subsidy scheme. Childcare funding changes came into effect on July 2 under a Turnbull government plan to give parents breathing space in their tight household budgets...

'Hands free': Centrelink's alternative call abandon scenarios
Sydney Morning Herald - Doug Dingwall - July 27, 2018

"Try telling someone who's tried calling on their lunch break for help with the child care subsidy for five days in a row but had to hang up and get back to work that there's no link between waiting times and calls being abandoned. It's frankly ridiculous." The union's members working...

Illawarra child care educators fed up over new Child Care Subsidy System
Illawarra Mercury - Desiree Savage - July 26, 2018

In the first 25 days of July the Commonwealth Ombudsman received 15 formal complaints about the CCSS while software providers are being inundated with tens of thousands of complaints from early childhood educators. "The general themes arising in the complaints received by our Office...

'We're Not Babysitters': Childcare Workers Demand Better Pay
Ten News - Lachlan Kennedy - July 26, 2018

At the centre of its claim is that early childhood teachers are paid on average $15,000 per annum less than primary school teachers - despite requiring the same accreditation and university qualifications. After nearly a decade in the industry, the disparity can blow out to $30,000 per annum...

Childcare shake-up neglects family day care workers, so we must learn from garment workers' experience
The Conversation - Vidhula Venugopal, Annie Delaney & Yee-Fui Ng - July 26, 2018

Often forgotten in the middle of all these changes are the childcare workers themselves, known as “educators”. In particular, family day care educators have been conspicuously absent in discussions...

An important role': Early childhood teachers fight for pay parity
Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker - July 26, 2018

On Thursday, early childhood teachers will begin making their case for a pay rise that would bring them into line with primary school teachers. Over the next month, the Independent Education Union of Australia (IEUA) will argue to the Fair Work Commission that they earn less than their primary...

Opinion: Daycare teachers' pay demands are ludicrous
The Courier Mail - Kylie Lang - July 26, 2018

IN what lifetime is a childcare worker on par with a male engineer? People who look after other people's kids are valuable in a society where increasingly both parents trot off to work, but should they be paid as much as men who design bridges and robots? No way. Yes, early childhood teachers...

Daycare teachers call for $32,000 wage rise
The Courier Mail - Natasha Bita - July 26, 2018

DAYCARE teachers are demanding a $32,000 pay rise, despite childcare costs soaring three times faster than inflation in the past year. If the pay demand is accepted parents will face up to $6 a day per child in extra costs. Childcare fees rose an average of 6.5 per cent across Brisbane during 2017...

ASIC complaint over potential childcare deals
Financial Review - Simon Evans - July 25, 2018

A complaint has been made to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission alleging that shareholders in dual-listed childcare group Evolve Education may be being kept in the dark about the potential for a buyout proposal by Australian childcare business Affinity Education...

TasWeekend: Centres providing a family of friends
The Mercury - Tracy Rankin - July 22, 2018

Wendy is just one of hundreds of parents being helped every day by passionate staff in Tasmania's 12 government-funded Child and Family Centres, facilities designed to improve the poor educational outcomes for children who come from the state's lowest socio-economic...

Chasing work-life balance
Sydney Morning Herald - Sue White - July 22, 2018

The overwhelming majority (75 per cent) of those accessing flexible work did so due to child care responsibilities, but a respectable 17 per cent cited lifestyle as the driver. So why now? Goldman believes there are three key reasons for the shift. First, flexibility is a "huge enabler"...

Need for homework on childcare centres
Gold Coast Bulletin - Alister Thomson - July 22, 2018

"If you go back 12 or 18 months ago, you would put a childcare centre on the market and buyers would fight over it because they were viewed as low risk." He said that situation had changed due to an oversupply in certain areas. "The asset class is fine, childcare centres are still attractive...

Free play a 'lost opportunity' for young kids
Sunday Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - July 21, 2018

FREE unstructured play is a waste of time for kids and babies, an Australian educator says. The "free-choice, open-ended play with no rules" that dominates childcare and kindergartens was a missed opportunity for crucial learning, according to Shiaoling Lim, the managing...

Part-time work up, but there's been a drop in number of women working full-time
Women's Agenda - Bianca Hertage-Hazelman - July 21, 2018

What the data shows is that we need to see more support by way of affordable childcare to help women continue to work full-time, if they would like or need to do so. It will be interesting to see if the federal government's new childcare regime will give a boost to the number...

Plans for three new childcare centres before City of Greater Geelong
Geelong Advertiser - Jemma Ryan - July 19, 2018

PLANS for three new childcare centres across the region are currently before the City of Greater Geelong, as the demand for services continues to climb. The facilities - proposed for Waurn Ponds, Norlane and Bell Park - will provide a combined 367 new positions for children requiring care...