Childcare services where many staff can't get government wage subsidies have been thrown an extra lifeline
The Canberra Times - Katina Curtis - May 20, 2020

A review of the emergency overhaul to childcare funding, a month into its operation, found three-quarters said the new arrangements were keeping them financially viable during the coronavirus crisis. A review of the emergency overhaul to childcare funding, a month into its operation...

The coronavirus pandemic will change the way we work, with both men and women to reap the benefits
ABC News - Rhiannon Shine - May 20, 2020

She said childcare should stay free, wages should be increased in female-dominated industries such as healthcare, childcare and education that had proven vital, and economic stimulus should be spent in those sectors."We often think of stimulus as infrastructure - roads and bridges...

‘It’s done its job’: Dan Tehan flags end of free childcare under weight of increasing demand
The Guardian - Paul Karp - May 19, 2020

Dan Tehan has suggested the days of free childcare are numbered, as a return to the old subsidy model will be needed to keep centres viable as Australians return to work. The education minister told Radio National on Tuesday a new report on the free model showed it had “done its job”...

"Begging to be Paid": Bundy Educator on Childcare Workers - "Free" childcare comes at a cost
Triple M - Jules on Bundy's 93.1 Triple M - May 19, 2020

While families of little ones have been dealt a much needed financial break, Bundy childcare educator Katrina Ashmore knows it's not so simple. She shared with Jules on Bundy's 93.1 Triple M that the COVID-19 proof solution for families is a disgrace for workers...

ASX childcare shares unlikely to receive support beyond June
The Motley Fool - Cathryn Goh - May 19, 2020

The federal government’s early childhood education and care relief package helped ASX childcare shares stay afloat at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as restrictions ease and Australians begin to go back to work, the free childcare scheme is unlikely to be extended beyond...

Bendigo provider Jenny's Early Learning Centre supports government's plan to end free childcare model
Bendigo Advertiser - Tara Cosoleto - May 19, 2020

A BENDIGO childcare provider has welcomed the federal government's push to end the free childcare scheme. Federal Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the government would consider reverting back to the original funding model from June 28. Jenny's Early Learning Centre...

The Front Project asks “What will Australia’s ECEC system look like after COVID-19?”
The Sector - Jason Roberts - May 19, 2020

The Front Project, the independent national enterprise that commissioned Australia’s first economic analysis of universal early childhood education in the year before school has, in light of the unprecedented challenges brought to bear by COVID-19, confirmed a shift in focus...

Union critical of PM’s “broken promise” saying it will threaten ECEC jobs
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 19, 2020

The United Workers Union has responded to signals from the Government that a return to CCS is likely to come sooner than expected, saying the Prime Minister “must keep his promise to protect the essential service of early education,” and that a premature end to the emergency...

'Painful and chaotic': Community groups warn against U-turn on free childcare
The Sydney Morning Herald - Fergus Hunter - May 19, 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is facing a grassroots campaign to extend fee-free childcare as community groups warn of unintended consequences from a "snap-back" to the old funding system during the coronavirus-driven economic downturn. With childcare attendance rebounding...

Replace free childcare scheme with tax deductions to kickstart economy
The Sydney Morning Herald - Rosalind Dixon and Richard Holden - May 19, 2020

During the COVID-19 crisis the federal government engaged in an unprecedented experiment to save childcare centres from closure by making childcare free for Australian families from April 6. Rather paradoxically, that experiment has been so successful that the government seems ...

Free child care could end soon despite report hailing its success in rescuing sector
ABC News - Conor Duffy - May 19, 2020

The union representing childcare workers says ending free child care will threaten thousands of jobs and the viability of many centres, as the Federal Government looks to a new policy next month. A highly anticipated report into the Government's free childcare scheme has been released...

Don't end childcare support 'prematurely': Goodstart
Financial Review - Ronald Mizen - May 19, 2020

Australia’s largest childcare provider said it doesn’t want to see the government’s early childhood relief package or JobKeeper “switched off prematurely”, as a new report reveals the package saved the majority of childcare providers during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Free childcare costs $131m a week: inquiry
9News - AAP - May 19, 2020

Free childcare for Australian children has cost the federal government about $131 million a week. A Senate inquiry into the government's coronavirus response has heard the plan for free childcare is on track to cost about $1.6 billion for the 12 weeks until June 28. So far, about $917 million...

Childcare expert reveals how to support our kids during COVID-19
The Daily Telegraph - Kelly Baker, Wentworth Courier - May 19, 2020

COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down and nobody has escaped the effects. We are all feeling the strangeness of our new world and that includes our youngsters. With many parents and / or caregivers working from home, routines have been thrown out the window...

Big Fat Smile to merge with Australia's largest early learning and care provider Goodstart Early Learning in June
Illawarra Mercury - Greg Ellis - May 19, 2020

Big Fat Smile and Goodstart Early Learning have entered into a merger agreement that is set to bring the two large early learning and care providers together by July. The merger is expected to be finalised by end of June and will result in a large not-for-profit organisation with 706 centres...