Ten of region's childcare, early learning centres to share in $620,000
Geelong Advertiser - Harrison Tippet - April 30, 2018

ALMOST a dozen of the region's childcare and early learning centres will share in $620,000 funding support from the Federal Government. On Monday Corangamite federal Liberal MP Sarah Henderson announced the funding through her Government''s new Community Child...

Childcare changes will see 2984 Illawarra families worse off: Labor
Illawarra Mercury - Argon Latifi - April 30, 2018

Almost 3000 Illawarra families will be worse off come July 2 if the Federal Government's new child care package sees the light of day. That's what Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development, Amanda Rishworth told the assembled media at the Boombalee...

Stockland building childcare centres into new developments
The Australian - Turi Condon - April 30, 2018

Stockland will develop and own childcare centres as part of its residential communities. Seven are in the pipeline, and the first will be a $3.7 million centre on the Sunshine Coast. The diversified property group, which releases its quarterly update today, said the first project would...

Little children's activity and play levels too low
The Australian - Victoria Laurie - April 29, 2018

One event was the release of a report about the lack of time that childcare-aged children spend in active play. The second was the launch of a "nature play" program for three to five-year-olds to experience nature, under supervision and inside a multi-million-dollar fenced playground...

Australia's most senior unionist draws big crowd to Hobart May Day rally
ABC News - Lucy Shannon - April 29, 2018

Union member and early education worker Alison Walker became emotional describing her low pay and struggle to make ends meet. "We need jobs and pay packets that we can rely on. I'm struggling really badly and I'm going back financially every fortnight," she said. "Its just untenable...

Benefits of play lost in a system locked on learning
The Australian - Victoria Laurie - April 28, 2018

Play time is on the decline at home, in childcare and in the early years of schooling, causing concern for educators and parents. Early Childhood Australia is working on a play strategy model that it says could be adopted ­nationwide to restore play to its natural role in child...

Mayor candidate's company failed to keep children safe
The Age - Richard Baker - April 28, 2018

Melbourne lord mayoral candidate Ken Ong was the sole director of a childcare business convicted last year of failing to keep children safe after a child twice escaped from a Point Cook centre. The connection of the former City of Melbourne councillor and Liberal Party member...

Fewer parents are using flexible work arrangements, data shows
Canberra Times - Andrew Brown - April 28, 2018

Fewer mothers are using flexible work arrangements to care for their children compared to a decade ago, new data reveals. Newly-released figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show since 2008, the number of employed female parents using arrangements such as part-time...

Parents say immunisation rates a major factor in choosing a school
Sydney Morning Herald - Pallavi Singhal- April 28, 2018

When Jac Taylor began the hunt for a school for her daughter Saskia Jones, who had just turned four, she was shocked to find vaccination rates well below the national average at many Sydney schools. "You're not allowed to go to daycare without being fully immunised but it amazed...

Vaccination is used as political opportunism': experts
Crikey.com.au - Emily Watkins - April 27, 2018

Last month, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews fired off a couple of tweets, based on a screen grab of a Facebook comment, suggesting pictures of crying babies on news stories about vaccinations are "straight from the anti-vax playbook". Andrews said images of babies crying with...

The best paid jobs for men and women, but mind the gap
The Canberra Times - Nigel Gladstone - April 27, 2018

"Australia has a very gender-segregated occupational mix, where most women work with women and most men work with men." Australia is more segregated than other similar economies with roles such as nurse, childcare worker, primary school teacher and aged care worker...

The US$225 billion a year Australia could benefit from with a focus on women
Women's Agenda - Angela Priestly - April 26, 2018

Unfortunately, there are a number of significant structural impediments standing in the way. One being the expensive and inflexible nature of childcare, and another being the continued burden of unpaid work that women take on. There's also the gender pay gap, creating more incentive...

Save family tax breaks, says John Howard
The Australian - Adam Creighton - April 26, 2018

John Howard has blasted claims family tax benefits are "middle-class welfare" as a "very convenient pejorative slogan", arguing Labor and Coalition governments have been wrong to cut the $19 billion-a-year payments to families with children. Mr Howard, prime minister...

Female employment could boost economy more than corporate tax cuts
Financial Review - Aaron Patrick - April 25, 2018

McKinsey has three suggestions to keep women in work: provide tax incentives to work rather than look after children; provide more flexible jobs; change social attitudes that regard women as the primary carer. More than half the forecast economic boost would come from...

Fears families will struggle after changes to childcare rebates
Yahoo News - April 24, 2018

The number of families receiving childcare rebates will soon change when the system is overhauled across the country...