Australian women spend twice as much time on childcare and chores than men
The Guardian - Calla Wahlquist - September 20, 2017

Seniority was also a factor in women taking maternity leave: one in 15 female managers accessed some form of parental leave in 2015-16 compared with one in 25 non-managers. In total, 84,886 women and 33,306 men took some form of parental leave in 2015-16. Single mothers were the least likely...

Rhodes Waterside's new Shopping Nanny service is the first of its kind in Australia
Daily Telegraph - Daily Telegraph - September 19, 2017

The new service at Rhodes Waterside gives shoppers "me time" to try on clothing, get their hair done or enjoy a coffee while the centre's complimentary nannies look after little ones. Parents are able to book up to two hours of childcare in a designated play area or choose...

Why is child care so expensive?
ABC News - Tiger Webb - September 18, 2017

"It's draconian. It's outrageous," says Gwendolyn Hyslop as she goes through the calculations in her household budget. Dr Hyslop is a sole parent to two preschool children who spends more than half her take-home salary on child care. An academic linguist at the University of Sydney...

No jab, no play across border in child vaccination crackdown
Border Mail - Sophie Boyd - September 18, 2017

From next year, NSW providers will not be able to enrol new children who are unvaccinated because their parents are conscientious objectors or anti-vaxxers. Under the previous legislation, registering as a conscientious objector was a valid exemption. Unvaccinated children will still...

Three charts on: who holds more than one job to make ends meet
The Conversation - Roger Wilkins - September 18, 2017

For example, teachers may be able to privately tutor outside of school hours, and child care workers (who are in the health care and social assistance industry) can provide informal child care outside of child care centre operating hours. Community and personal service workers...

Convicted sex offender cleared to run childcare business after court finds no current risk
Sydney Morning Herald - Harriet Alexander - September 17, 2017

A convicted sex offender who has faced allegations of domestic violence from two ex-partners and one of his children has been cleared to run a childcare business, after the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by the NSW Children's Guardian. The man, whose name has been...

Kinder kids with suspect vaccination exemptions identified in Dr John Piesse probe
Herald Sun - Grant McArthur - September 16, 2017

THE futures of unvaccinated students at more than 15 kindergartens and childcare centres are under a cloud because they have exemptions granted by rogue anti-vax GP Dr John Piesse. Many more kindergartens could still be brought into the anti-vaccination scandal, while the full extent...

Unvaccinated children banned from childcare across NSW as conscientious objector loophole closed
Sydney Morning Herald - Kate Aubusson - September 14, 2017

Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children will no longer be able to enrol children to childcare, with the state government closing the "conscientious objector" loophole in NSW's 'no jab no play' rules. On Wednesday night the NSW parliament passed a Bill to amend the Public Health Act...

Australians pay more for education than the OECD average – but is it worth it?
The Conversation - Megan O'Connell - September 14, 2017

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) in Australia is disproportionately funded by private sources compared to most OECD countries. One third of all expenditure on early childhood institutions, on average, comes from private sources. This is most often parents and families. Only Japan...

Banned: Anti-vax GP's career appears to be over
Sydney Morning Herald - Adam Cooper - Septmeber 14, 2017

But several hours later, it was confirmed the board had suspended him from practising medicine, meaning he cannot see patients in any capacity. The decision can be overturned if he wins an appeal. The hearing was closed to the public, but an AHPRA spokeswoman and Dr Piesse's lawyer...

Australia lags behind other developed countries on early childhood spending: OECD report
SBS News - Andrea Nierhoff - September 14, 2017

The latest snapshot of the education system has revealed government spending is the seventh-lowest in the 35-nation group, and highlights the country's reliance on private funds. Early learning advocates are particularly unhappy, pointing to the low participation rate for three-year-olds and...

Australian Reading Hour campaign urges parents to read to their children
Sydney Morning Herald - Linda Morris - September 13, 2017

Most of a child's brain development happens between birth and three years of age, it's not enough to assume that children will learn to read when they get to school, says the Australian Library and Information Association, which started its reading hour program in 2012. Parents need to share stories...

The next economic boom could come from women
Sydney Morning Herald - Nassim Khadem - September 12, 2017

If we were to measure the value of unpaid child care to Australia's economy in dollar terms, it would be the nation's biggest – estimated at $345 billion, according to a recent PwC report. Australia's tax system also has gender biases built in. Since women are more often than not...

Early learning report card: Australia is improving rapidly, but there's more work to do
The Conversation - Sarah Pilcher - September 11, 2017

A new report from the Early Learning Everyone Benefits campaign (ELEB) tracks progress across a range of different early childhood education and care (ECEC) measures. It shows that while the National Partnership on Universal Access to Early Education has driven significant...

Day care 'double whammy': NSW lagging in key education area
Sydney Morning Herald - Pallavi Singhal - September 11, 2017

NSW is the only state that has not yet met the national target of having 95 per cent of children enrolled in preschool for a year before they begin school, according to the 2017 State of Early Learning in Australia report. The lag persists despite evidence showing that students who attend...