Missed opportunity on quality early learning
Education HQ - May 9, 2018

The early childhood sector continues to be concerned about the Federal Government's lack of clear policy objectives and investment strategy in early learning. With the new Child Care Subsidy due to be implemented from July 2018, estimated expenditure has been revised down again...

BECIS able to cater to older children with funding changes
Western Advocate - Rachel Chamberlain - May 9, 2018

She hopes that by publicising the changes at BECIS that those families will be able to cut down on travel for their childrens' needs. "It is absolutely vital for families to have access to a range of specialist support services, things like occupational therapy, speech pathology, physiotherapy...

Here's what the Federal Budget means for you
Daily Telegraph - John Rolfe - May 9, 2018

WORKING parents on middle incomes who have young kids are the biggest winners in this Budget. These households are set to receive tax cuts of $1000 a year on top of even larger amounts of recently legislated childcare fee help. Most of the tax relief in this Budget is paid as a lump sum...

Federal Budget 2018: Tax relief for five million families
Daily Telegraph - Kylar Loussikian - May 9, 2018

But a PwC analysis conducted for The Daily Telegraph shows the benefits of the initial tax cut is smaller than that of the higher childcare rebate announced earlier this year. A family of two with two children, with both parents earning $75,000, will get a $1433 childcare rebate bump compared...

7 programs that have been axed in the 2018 federal budget
Business Insider - Sarah Kimmorley - May 8, 2018

The government will achieve savings of $6 million over three years from 2019-20 by returning uncommitted funding for the Child Care Early Learning Projects program. Projects currently funded under the program will continue until their completion. Funding of $9.6 million over four years from...

Federal Budget 2018: No surprises for young families as childcare boost and tax cuts unveiled
Sydney Morning Herald - Blake Foden - May 8, 2018

While there were no new measures for housing affordability in the budget, boosts for young families include: The government will spend $870 million on preschool funding for the 2018 and 2019 school years, families earning $187,000 a year or less will not face a limit on the amount...

More chaos at Blue Sky: Chair to go, CIO out, profit guidance pulled
Business Insider - Sam Jacobs - May 7, 2018

Blue Sky also presented some detailed figures on its historical investment performance, fee-earning assets under management, and fee arrangements. The company confirmed it would exit its investment in child-care operator Foundation Early Learning, with proceeds from sale...

'Everything's going up': Young families hope for budget relief to ease cost of living
SBS News - Sarah Abo - May 7, 2018

Budget 2018: Making ends meet is a struggle for many Australian families with young children who are looking for relief with childcare costs and education. From the home they rent in the outer Melbourne suburb of Mernda, Angelo and Jeny Cupellini sift through their bills...

Number of mental health visits to hospital for Victorian kids triples in seven years, study finds
ABC News - Erin Somerville - May 7, 2018

There has been a drastic rise in the number of young people seeking help for mental health issues at Victoria's emergency departments, with many families unaware their children are suffering until they experience physical symptoms, an Australian-first study has found. The Murdoch...

Bannockburn Children's Service child care fees could rise almost 24 per cent
Geelong Advertiser - Olivia Shying - May 7, 2018

YOUNG families could fork out an additional $26 a day for Bannockburn childcare services, if a draft budget fee-rise proposal is passed. Under the Golden Plains Shire's draft budget, currently on public display, Bannockburn Children's Service childcare fees would rise almost 24 per cent...

Budget 2018 is about deciding between two very worthy objectives
Financial Review - Danielle Wood - May 6, 2018

A cut to income taxes – particularly if targeted towards low and middle-income earners – would stimulate the economy. This group are more likely to spend the additional money in their pockets. Lower taxes would also increase workforce participation: tax rates have the biggest impact...

'No notice whatsoever': Brisbane childcare centre abruptly closes over fire safety risk
9News.com.au - Shannon Marshall McCormack - May 6, 2018

A childcare centre in Fortitude Valley has been forced to temporarily shut down due to a lack of fire exits. Queensland's Department of Education forced Little Ducks Childcare Centre on Brunswick Street to close its doors over concerns about a lack of fire exits. Parents have told...

Budget 2018: Women to be helped back to work
Financial Review - May 6, 2018

The federal budget will set aside "significant" funding for practical measures to help more women back to work and build their "financial security and resilience" in a suite of changes set to be fully revealed by Minister for Women Kelly O'Dwyer in the September sitting of Parliament...

Complaints over gun ad near childcare centre north of Brisbane
Brisbane Times - Toby Crockford - May 5, 2018

A billboard advertising a rifle near a childcare centre and a major intersection north of Brisbane is at the centre of complaints to the Advertising Standards Bureau. While the sign does not violate advertising regulations, residents incensed by its prominence are demanding the ad be pulled...

Important to find balance as a grandparent
Coffs Coast Advocate - Paul McKeon - May 7, 2018

The main rule is there are no rules. The need for both parents to work, the huge increase in single-parent families, the rise of the blended family and the cost of childcare have resulted in grandparents often having to spend a lot of time looking after their grandchildren. Rather than being..