Children are back at school — but what about coughs and colds amid coronavirus?
ABC News - By Brittany Evins, Sara Tomevska and Kathryn Bermingham - May 31, 2020

Runny noses are common in young children, and usually nothing to worry about. But as students return to classrooms amid the coronavirus pandemic, should parents be concerned if their kids come home with sore throats or sniffles — and what should they do? Restrictions might be easing in states ...

Anti-vaxxer sentiment among early childhood educators amid push for mandatory flu jabs
The Daily Telegraph - Clare Masters, News Corp Australia Network - May 30, 2020

Anti-vaxxers are infiltrating the ranks of early childcare workers who are angry at a renewed push to have them receive mandatory flu shots. Early childhood advocate and consultant Lisa Bryant said she received backlash after coming out supporting the call for ‘no jab, no pay’ and vaccination...

SA families pay back $4m in child care subsidy debts
The Advertiser - Claire Bickers - May 30, 2020

Thousands of South Australian families have been forced to collectively pay back more than $4 million in overpaid childcare subsidies. That’s more than one in 10 families using childcare, sparking calls for the subsidy to be simplified or changed to make it easier for parents to claim...

Thousands of families could withdraw from childcare if fees reimposed
The Sydney Morning Herald - Fergus Hunter - May 29, 2020

Two of Australia's largest childcare providers have warned thousands of families will cut back their children's attendance or withdraw them completely if fees are reintroduced in a month. The federal government is poised to wind back the COVID-19 childcare relief package, which introduced...

Complete ‘rethink’ of childcare system sought to keep women in jobs
mybusiness - Maja Garaca Djurdjevic - May 29, 2020

The federal government introduced a temporary $1.6 billion childcare scheme back on 6 April, freeing some 945,000 Australian families from the cost of childcare. But the scheme, which also ensured childcare centres were kept in business during the crisis, is scheduled to expire on 30 June...

Is It Too Late To Consider Buying Mayfield Childcare Limited (ASX:MFD)?
Simply Wall St - May 29, 2020

Mayfield Childcare Limited (ASX:MFD), which is in the consumer services business, and is based in Australia, received a lot of attention from a substantial price increase on the ASX over the last few months. As a small cap stock, hardly covered by any analysts, there is generally more of an...

CELA report shows impact of pandemic on children, importance of ECEC in the recovery
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 29, 2020

A new report, delivered by Community Early Learning Australia (CELA) highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children, and the importance of early childhood education and care (ECEC) in the nation’s recovery. Michele Carnegie, chief executive of CELA, voiced her concern that...

Women executives demand three month extension of free childcare
The Sydney Morning Herald - Wendy Tuohy - May 29, 2020

The Federal Government's $1.6 billion free childcare scheme should be extended for three months to ensure women are not put at risk, according to the national organisation for senior women executives. Sue Morphet, president of Chief Executive Women, said if women lose access to childcare...

Childcare an essential service for women in small business
Mirage News - May 29, 2020

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell says childcare is an essential service for women in small businesses, calling for ‘free childcare’ to continue beyond the June 30 expiry date. “Women make up more than a third of Australia’s small business ...

Senator Mehreen Faruqi: Childcare is an essential service
Women's Agenda - Senator Mehreen Faruqi - May 29, 2020

When I migrated to Australia from Pakistan in 1992 and commenced my studies at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), I quickly realised I could not afford the available childcare in my local area. That’s how I got involved in a campaign to establish affordable, student-centred...

Childcare centres flag fee increases as the only way out of 'free childcare' financial hole
ABC News - Stephanie Zillman - May 29, 2020

Brisbane mother Melissa Martino would love to return to work after taking maternity leave but can't find childcare spots for her children. Ms Martino has had her 13-month-old twins on a childcare waiting list for nearly a year. Now ready to return to work part-time at her Brisbane...

'The hardest time in my life': how service providers shoulder the burden of free childcare
The Guardian - Christopher Knaus - May 28, 2020

In part three of Stimulus under scrutiny, we look at why the government’s childcare recovery package has sent some operators to the brink of collapse. Tina Case paints a bleak picture when asked about the last two months at her family daycare service in Woy Woy on the ...

One in five Canberra families hit with childcare debts
The Canberra Times - Sally Whyte - May 28, 2020

One in five Canberra families accessing the childcare subsidy ended up with a debt last financial year, a higher proportion than any other jurisdiction...

More than 2200 Tassie families hit with child care subsidy debts
Mercury - Claire Bickers - May 28, 2020

More than 2200 Tasmanian families have been hit with a child care subsidy debt in a single year. That’s more than one in ten families using child care, sparking calls for the subsidy to be simplified or changed to make it easier for parents to claim. The 2222 Tassie families hit with debts...

Should Australia use the $60b JobKeeper gap to fund free childcare?
6PR 882 News Talk - Gareth Parker - May 28, 2020

A former South Australian Premier has written to the Federal Education Minister calling for free childcare to continue ‘indefinitely’. Jay Weatherill now heads up the Minderoo Foundation’s early childhood initiative and is urging Education Minister Dan Tehan to consider the...