Unvaccinated children should be refused access to kinder and childcare, say parents
The Mercury - Jessica Howard - March 8, 2017

CHILDREN who are not up to date with vaccinations should be refused access to kindergarten and childcare, say the majority of Tasmanian parents. The latest Australian Child Health Poll, released today, found one in six Australian children who are not up to date with their vaccines have been refused care...

What's a woman really worth? The $345b value of unpaid work to Australia's economy
Sydney Morning Herald - Nassim Khadem - March 8, 2017

It found that if the total economy includes a conservative estimate of the value of unpaid childcare work then, in 2011 terms, it is a $345 billion sector, making it almost three times bigger than the financial and insurance sector. The report assumes there are 16 million people undertaking some amount...

The childcare worker who earns more cleaning the centre than looking after the kids
Brisbane Times - Jenna Price - March 7, 2017

That's the reason Smith and early childhood educators all over Australia will walk off the job at 3.20pm on Wednesday, International Women's Day. Smith earns $26 an hour but many in the industry earn less, some as little as $20 an hour. Across a week, that's half the national wage, to care and love...

Health officials scramble to contain potential meningococcal outbreak at childcare centre
Brisbane Times - Toby Crockford - March 7, 2017

Health officials are scrambling to contain a potential outbreak of meningococcal in a childcare centre north of Brisbane. Metro North Public Health Unit officers will visit the Bribie Island childcare centre on Wednesday after a young girl was confirmed to have the disease on Tuesday...

Xenophon negotiating deal on welfare cuts
SBS News - March 6, 2017

Nick Xenophon is hopeful the stalemate over controversial changes to welfare payments and tied childcare reforms will be resolved within a fortnight. The crossbench senator says he and the Turnbull government are negotiating "in good faith" and will continue to until parliament returns on March 20...

Child care a 'financial cliff'
The West Australian - Sophia Constantine - March 6, 2017

Federal Government projections show that by this month, about 36,000 families are expected to have reached their CCR cap for the financial year. This means they face being slugged with the full cost of child care - in some cases, up to $200 a day - for the remaining months. Figures from January...

Hundreds of childcare workers to strike
News.com.au - Rashida Yosufzai - March 5, 2017

Hundreds of childcare workers across the country are set to walk off the job on International Women's Day to protest their pay rates, urging the Turnbull government to help. But one federal minister reckons the strike won't bode well with busy parents reliant on day care workers. Early childhood...

Instead of putting more money into schools, spend more on kid's education in early childhood, says PwC
Financial Review - Tim Dodd - March 5, 2017

A boost to spending on early childhood education would be a cost efficient way to get better school outcomes for older children, according to consulting firm PwC. David Sacks, PwC's education lead partner, said he believed Australia's "really low" participation levels in early childhood education...

Why taxpayers get a good deal from funding childcare
Sydney Morning Herald - Caitlin Fitzsimmons - March 5, 2017

There's a school of thought that says childcare subsidies are middle-class welfare and parents should foot the entire bill for bringing up their children. It's an ideological position that ignores a more than few realities about the economy and our society. In actual fact, taxpayers get a very good deal on...

Not vaccinating risks health of kids: PM
The Australian - Katina Curtis - March 5, 2017

Malcolm Turnbull has shot down Pauline Hanson's assertion the government is blackmailing parents into vaccinating their children. The prime minister says it's vital to the health of all Australians that close to the whole population be immunised. "If parents choose not to vaccinate their children, they are...

Toddlers practice lockdown drills at preschools and daycare centres
Herald Sun - Jane Hansen - March 5, 2017

SLEEPING babies are woken from their cots and toddlers herded under tables or into storerooms in "lockdown" drills being quietly conducted at every daycare centre and preschool across NSW. The drills, designed to prepare children and staff for a terror ­attack, rampaging gunman or natural disaster...

Au pairs: Lack of regulation leaves young foreigners working in childcare vulnerable
Daily Telegraph - Carleen Frost - March 4, 2017

THE nation's booming au pair industry has come under fire for its lack of regulation and basic guidelines. There are currently very few rules for employing an au pair - an increasingly popular childcare option - with most hired on a handshake arrangement involving board, food and an allowance...

Foreign au-pairs can help parents childcare needs, and the budget
The Australian - Ross Taylor - March 4, 2017

The recent announcement of further changes to childcare support by the federal government will provide a mixed outcome for many parents who are struggling to find - or afford - suitable childcare. Already the Australian Government provides $6.5 billion in subsidies per year for childcare, and...

Commercial property is hot. Here's how to invest wisely in it.
Financial Review - Su-Lin Tan - March 3, 2017

A 26-place fully-booked childcare centre with a 15-year lease in Sydney's popular north shore suburb of Chatswood recently sold for $2.41 million at a record low yield of 3.9 per cent through agent Burgess Rawson. It was the result of frenzied bidding by a packed auction room of buyers, all chasing...

Overall childcare, welfare picture unclear
SBS News - March 2, 2017

Labor and the Greens are determined to find out how many families will be better off, and how many may stand to lose, through child care and tax break changes. How many households will be worse off overall after a shake-up of family tax breaks and child care benefits? It''s the question Labor and...