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...

State government grant ensures Minimbah Preschool can do their part in Aboriginal language revival
The Armidale Express - Meg Francis - June 18, 2018

Minimbah Preschool has joined the state-wide movement aiming to preserve and revive Aboriginal languages, and is starting with some of the city's youngest. The early childhood learning facility secured a $30,000 grant from the state government, which will be used to educate....

Medibank Private named Australia's best workplace for dads
Financial Review - Patrick Durkin - June 18, 2018

Medibank Private has been crowned Australia''s best workplace for fathers after giving all employees - whether mums or dads - 14 weeks of paid parental leave within two years of their child''s birth. The landmark policy, which was introduced by CEO Craig Drummond only in March...

ACT govt nets $2m selling contaminated site for child care centre
Canberra Times - Steven Trask - June 18, 2018

Contamination from toxic chemicals was discovered at the former Charnwood fire station before the ACT government netted $2 million by re-zoning the land and selling it to become a child care centre. Planning documents provided to Fairfax Media showed the Health Directorate...

Queensland Government to tackle after school care shortage
The Courier Mail - Lauren Martyn-Jones - June 16, 2018

Education Minister Grace Grace has established a new working group to deal with mounting concerns about long after school care waitlists, which will meet for the first time later this month. The situation has become so bad, newly elected Greens MP Michael Berkman told Parliament...

Everyone except the government knows childcare isn't predictable
Sydney Morning Herald - Eryk Bagshaw - June 17, 2018

Under sweeping child-care subsidy changes to come in from July 2, casual workers will need to predict their hours three months before their rosters come out - they can update them at any time - but some won't, leaving them with a debt to the Commonwealth when the Tax Office...

WA Govt not likely to ban pools at family daycare centres
Perth Now - Kate Campbell - June 17, 2018

THE WA Government looks likely to ignore a key recommendation from the Coroner to immediately ban pools, spas and other water hazards at family daycare centres in the wake of the tragic drowning of toddler Lachlan Mitchell. In her inquest findings published on Friday...

Quadrant eyes 20pc growth with Junior Adventures after-school care buyout
Financial Review - Simon Evans - June 17, 2018

The No.2 player in the after-school care market in Australia is eyeing another year of 20 per cent-plus revenue growth from its operations at 400 school sites, with private equity firm Quadrant having taken majority control of the business through a $100 million-plus buyout. Sinead Ryan...

Work to barely pay for returning mothers even after budget changes, Senate inquiry told
Sydney Morning Herald - Peter Martin - June 17, 2018

The third and final stage of the government's proposed income tax cuts would overwhelmingly benefit men, late evidence presented to the Senate inquiry shows. The inquiry will report on Monday that calculations prepared by the Parliamentary Budget Office show 1.894 million men...

Antiquated school day is failing everyone
Sydney Morning Herald - Dave Sharma - June 17, 2018

At a time when a major policy challenge for all levels of government is to increase workforce participation, especially of women, schools remain structured around the now antiquated post-war family structure. The school routine continues to assume that one parent (the male)...

Commercial Property: Demand from investors for childcare assets outweighing supply as Thornton facility set for auction
The Herald - June 15, 2018

Strong interest is expected for a brand-new 91-place childcare centre when the Thornton property goes to auction on Tuesday. Burgess Rawson are marketing the G8 Education early years learning centre which is positioned on a 2479 square metre corner site with 24 on-site car parks...

Even in more 'female' workplaces, men have a better shot at being in charge
ABC News - Cristen Tilley - June 15, 2018

The biggest gap is in dentistry, where 1.9 per cent of dental assistants are male, compared to 57.7 per cent of dentists. Even in occupations such as child care, where most managers are female, men represent a higher proportion of managers than they do workers...

A missed opportunity to invest in future generations of children
WA Today - Amanda Tobler - June 14, 2018

That missing part is the early childhood education and care sector. More than 15,000 children attend Early Learning Centres across Canberra each year. These children benefit from services providing a vitally important role in supporting them to develop through their early years and to ensure that...

Aboriginal educators unhappy with federal childcare reforms
Western Advocate - Jacinta Carroll - June 14, 2018

FEDERAL childcare reforms due to begin in early July have angered local Aboriginal educators, who say the changes will take away the basic right to self-determination and violate cultural safety. Under the new childcare package, Aboriginal education facilities such as Bathurst's Towri...