Preschool funding boost a good move
Sydney Morning Herald - June 21, 2018

One measure in the state budget, though, should attract no cynicism. In the government's decision to boost funding for preschool education there is no catch. This is genuine progress. The government has promised to spend $200 million on fee subsidies for two years of preschool for every...

NSW govt budget preschool plan under fire
Yahoo 7 News - June 20, 2018

But Labor's Kate Washington argued the benefit would only apply to those in community pre-schools and not long-daycare services where 80 per cent of parents choose to send their children. "This funding will be missed by the majority of families in NSW," Ms Washington told reporters...

Fraudulent Victorian day-care providers stripped of $500 million in integrity crackdown
Herald Sun - Rob Harrois - June 21, 2018

A SIX-month blitz of dodgy family day-care providers has led to enforcement action against 90 services in Victoria. Day care centres across Melbourne - with hot spots in Dandenong, Footscray, Craigieburn and Coolaroo - will be stripped of about $500 million in subsidies, with the majority of those...

Six WA childcare providers shut doors after being caught ripping off taxpayers
Perth Now - Phoebe Wearne - June 21, 2018

The most common reason for cancelling a provider's subsidies was the fudging of their records, with many found to be exaggerating the number of children in their care to claim handouts for "invisible" children. Other causes were centres not having documentation to prove work had been undertaken...

Parents of Lachlan Mitchell call for changes to prevent further drownings
Perth Now - Elle Farcic - June 20, 2018

After an inquest into the death of the two-year-old, Coroner Sarah Linton recommended the State Government ban new family daycare centres from having a pool, outdoor spa or jacuzzi. She also recommended existing centres with pools be immediately banned from caring for children...

NSW government defends public service cuts
The Mercury - Roje Adaimy - June 20, 2018

The Public Service Association on Wednesday labelled the announcement a "time bomb", arguing it was neither reasonable nor sustainable. "Childcare workers, prison guards, park rangers, teachers'' assistants, disability carers - thousands upon thousands are going to be sacked over the...

Mothers have little to show for extra days of work under new tax changes
The Conversation - Miranda Stewart - June 20, 2018

The evidence suggests that high effective marginal tax rates deter women, especially those with young children, from working more. Female workforce participation is increasing, but Australia has one of the highest rates of female part-time employment in the OECD...

Childcare centres hot property as government lowers preschool age
The Weekly Times - Kathryn Welling - June 20, 2018

CHILDCARE centres are set to become the new hot property in NSW with today's announcement that the State government will subsidise childcare costs for children as young as three. Currently a child has to be aged four to attract government assistance but in today's budget...

Council childcare centre fees to increase in the inner west
The Daily Telegraph - David Barwell - June 20, 2018

PARENTS with children in daycare could see their childcare bills rise again from July due to centres having to put on extra staff. Council-run facilities in Canada Bay will have daily fee increases of almost 8 per cent from next month to meet the latest changes to the National Quality...

NSW budget: Children get arts and preschool handouts
The New Daily - Rachel Eddie - June 19, 2018

New South Wales children will be offered a $100 bonus to attend arts and language classes, as the state government expands preschool subsidies to three-year-olds. Treasurer Dominic Perrottet handed down the 2018-19 budget on Tuesday, declaring it was "building for today...

TAFE 'perilously close' to collapse: union
9News.com.au - June 19, 2018

But the Australian Education Union believes training for plumbers, nurses, childcare staff and others is under threat because there's not enough federal government funding. They claim enrolments have "declined alarmingly" over the last four years. "Government funding cuts have left...

G8 Education in good position to make serious bid for Affinity: CEO
Financial Review - Simon Evans - June 19, 2018

Australia's largest for-profit childcare centre operator, G8 Education, is part-way through a strategic review of the 23 brands it operates across 500 centres and may prune that back to three or four, as chief executive Gary Carroll also said there were strong synergies...

NSW budget: Families big winners with free preschool for 3yos as surplus hits $3.9 billion
ABC News - Brigid Glanville - June 19, 2018

In a $200 million giveaway, NSW will become the first state to pay for three-year-olds to go to preschool. Currently only four-years-olds are subsidised for preschool. The preschool funding is the latest in a flurry of packages announced that are aimed at families. These include...

Gareth Parker: The radical proposal to make child care tax deductible
Perth Now - Gareth Parker - June 18, 2018

In an opinion column in The Australian last week, lawyer Kate Ashmor offered a bolder suggestion - make child care tax deductible. On radio, she explained: "Parents put their kids in child care to go to work, so it's a work-related expense. "It will allow the great cohort of women...

Kids need some romper room
Perth Now - Josh Zimmerman - June 18, 2018

DEVELOPMENTAL outcomes for kids are taking a hit as they are progressively exposed to formal teaching at the expense of playtime at younger ages. While the traditional three Rs - reading, writing and 'rithmetic - are important, a fourth, romping around, is just as critical for children under...