Stay-at-home mothers a drain on the economy? Actually, the problem might lie with men
The Guardian - Greg Jericho - March 14, 2017

What the report addressed is that many women with children have significant barriers to work - such as the cost and lack of access to childcare, and long periods out of the workforce - which see such women in effect left behind in their careers despite a generally above-average education attainment...

NT doctors back plan to stop unvaccinated children from enrolling in child care
ABC News - Lucy Marks - March 13, 2017

Northern Territory doctors have supported calls by the Prime Minister to ban unvaccinated children from enrolling in child care, while concerns have been raised about excluding vulnerable children from education. Yesterday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wrote to all state and territory leaders, urging...

Childcare centre shortages occur because they're built where land is cheapest, not where demand is highest
The Advertiser - Eugene Boisvert - March 13, 2017

CHILDCARE centres are being built where land is cheapest and not where demand is highest, distorting the market and causing a glut of availability in some suburbs and extreme shortages in others. The Australian Childcare Alliance has called on Education Minister Simon Birmingham to consider...

Trust issues mean many stay-at-home fathers lead isolated lives
The Australian - Michaela Boland - March 13, 2017

Shaw says men are excluded from the female networks that begin with mothers' group and evolve through preschool and school, and while mothers often include the children of male caregivers in their orbit, the men tend not to be given reciprocal care of other children. "This isolation ­increases...

Parents are left in the dark over the quality of childcare. It's not good enough
Sydney Morning Herald - Jessica Irvine - March 12, 2017

Many parents worry about the rising cost of childcare, but ask any parent what matters most and it's quality of care that counts. But parents today are woefully ill-informed when it comes to the quality of care on offer. Some progress has been made. It was former Labor politician and journalist...

Public health experts welcome Malcolm Turnbull's tough vaccines push
Sydney Morning Herald - Fergus Hunter - March 12, 2017

Public health experts have welcomed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's renewed vaccinations push, which could see unvaccinated children barred from childcare and preschool facilities across Australia. While NSW, Victoria and Queensland already have restrictions in place, all other states and...

PM pushes for childcare ban for unvaccinated children
The Australian - March 12, 2017

Unvaccinated children will not be allowed into childcare centres or preschool under a tough new proposal put forward by the federal government. Malcolm Turnbull has written to state and territory leaders demanding they introduce nationally consistent laws to protect children and has vowed to take the...

PM Turnbull takes hard stance on vaccinations
Sky News - March 12, 2017

Malcolm Turnbull is confident his plan to ban unvaccinated children from childcare centres and pre-schools will be enforced Australia-wide. The prime minister has written to state and territory leaders asking them to support a national policy and more consistent laws. Parents needed to know if they...

Out-of-pocket childcare costs rise Australia-wide, hurting Canberrans most
Canberra Times - Finbar O'Mallon - March 10, 2017

Analysis from consultancy firm Hamilton Stone showed out-of-pocket childcare costs have risen over the past five years, disproportionately affecting lower-income families and leaving Canberrans paying more. Between 2011-16, Australian households earning under $55,000 a year...

Unpaid childcare is Australia's largest industry – it needs to be acknowledged
The Guardian - Fiona Smith - March 10, 2017

Thorpe is a co-author of Understanding the Unpaid Economy, a study that attempts to quantify the value of unpaid work. The report values Australia's unpaid economy at $2.2tn. Childcare makes up the biggest proportion of unpaid work – 24.6% – and it has a replacement value of more than...

Call to cut childcare package from reform bill
The Australian - Joe Kelly - March 10, 2017

A coalition of early education bodies­ and unions has called for the government's $1.6 billion childcare package to be stripped from its omnibus savings bill, amid claims the reforms will "pay for themselves". Goodstart Early Learning manager John Cherry said the workforce participation...

Childcare industry slams government's omnibus bill
Sydney Morning Herald - Eryk Bagshaw - March 9, 2017

Childcare peak bodies, the key beneficiaries of $1.6 billion in funding under the government's omnibus bill, have slammed the government for tying its funding boost to savings from "vulnerable Australians". The sector, which has the most to gain from $4 billion in savings through the federal...

Mums: Get out of the house and into workforce
Herald Sun - Natasha Bita - March 9, 2017

The release of the report coincides with a campaign by The Parenthood for the federal government to boost childcare subsidies. Despite promising higher subsidies in its last two federal budgets, the Turnbull government is refusing to increase them until the Senate stops blocking cuts to Family Tax Benefits...

As childcare workers walk off the job, research shows costs on the rise
The Canberra Times - Finbar O'Mallon - March 8, 2017

Nearly 100 early childcare workers walked off the job in Canberra on Wednesday at 3:20pm as part of a national action over gender pay inequality and a lack of funding for the industry. The 3:20pm walk off on International Women's Day symbolised the time of day women in the industry, who...

Busy parents choosing long-day care over kindergarten
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - March 8, 2017

TIME-POOR working parents are increasingly choosing long-day childcare over short-hour kindergartens for their preschool-aged children. The era of stand-alone community kinders operating just a few hours a week are over, as many parents turn to childcare centres because of the longer hours...