Xenophon offers hope on childcare deal
SBS News - August 8, 2016

Parents awaiting changes to childcare subsidies may see a glimmer of hope from the new Senate crossbench, with Nick Xenophon saying his team will go through the government's plans forensically. The Turnbull government continues to insist it can''t make changes to childcare payments until it...

Tasmanian Greens' alternative to Government's early-schooling plan rejected by state principals
ABC News - Stephen Smiley - August 7, 2016

The Tasmanian Government and the state principals association have dismissed a proposal by the Greens to divert money earmarked for early-years schooling to young children in low-income areas. The Government is still consulting on the details of its proposal to lower the...

Tasmanian Greens unveil new early learning policy
The Examiner - Holly Monery - August 6, 2016

The Tasmanian Greens have released a policy alternative to the state government's plan to lower the mandatory school starting age. Greens MP Andrew Dawkins said the $60 million over four years would be better directed to Child and Family Centres which help to target at-risk children...

Child care tech start-up Xplor raises $6m to keep parents connected
Financial Review - Paul Smith - August 2, 2016

Xplor has created an online platform which is used to allow parents to interact with their children in real-time during the day, but also by the child care centres and schools to manage their operations, by accepting fees, processing payroll and monitoring real time data such as internal finances...

Talking Point: Much more than just child's play
The Mercury - Ruth Forrest - August 2, 2016

While kindergarten is not compulsory and many children benefit from a part-time transition to formal learning, kindergartens are not equipped to care for three and a half year olds. Many children of this age still require assistance with toileting and language. Evidence shows four and a half...

ACT government eases restrictions on land for childcare to stem oversupply
Domain - Emma Kelly - August 1, 2016

The ACT government is easing restrictions on land earmarked for childcare to help stem an oversupply of centres in Canberra. The shift in focus follows a period of tightened restrictions on blocks of land being sold for childcare in order to boost the number of places available in the nation's capital...

'No jab, no pay': thousands immunise children to avoid family payment cuts
The Guardian Australia - July 31, 2016

The federal government's 'no jab, no pay' policy has prompted thousands of parents who had previously refused to immunise their babies to get them vaccinated. Social services minister Christian Porter says more than 5,700 have secured their child care payments by having their children immunised...

Do the research first: Michelle O'Byrne
The Advocate - Sean Ford - July 29, 2016

Ms O'Byrne pointed to childcare costs as an issue, with many children not attending because of cost. She said the federal government must resolve that issue. She said Mr Rockliff's proposal was not the only way to help the families which needed help. "My worry is we're trying to find a quick fix for...

Childcare centres face threat of rent rises
The West Australian - Kate Emery - July 29, 2016

Perth not-for-profit childcare centres fear they will have to lift fees or close under a State Government plan to stop subsidising their accommodation. The Government manages 33 properties for childcare operators, effectively subsidising them through cheap rent and by covering maintenance costs...

Jamila Rizvi: The financial worry holding my friends, and our nation back
News.com.au - Jamila Rizvi - July 29, 2016

If you're not a parent then you're probably confused right now, so let me explain. Inner-city childcare places for under-twos are a little bit like international flight upgrades from economy to first class. You've heard about it happening. You've been persuaded that such things do actually...

Tasmania's plan to lower kindergarteners' starting age raises concerns
ABC News - Felicity Ogilvie - July 28, 2016

The Tasmanian Government's plan to lower the age for children starting kindergarten has raised concerns among some in the education sector. The Government wants to lower the age for kindergarten students from four to three-and-a-half, and many parents have said that age will be too young ...

Trusting bosses, more flexibility saves businesses money
Financial Review - Claire Stewart - July 28, 2016

She said the recent move by ANSTO in Sydney, where she is deputy chair, to open its own child care centre on site, made a huge difference to the young researchers, both men and women. "The place is full, it's bursting. We didn't make it big enough." Dr Smyth said organisations need to take...

Cost of living in Sydney surges despite lowest inflation in 17 years
Daily Telegraph - Natasha Bita - June 28, 2016

Childcare costs jumped 6.7 per cent in the year to June as daycare centres raised fees to cover higher staffing costs. Centres in January were forced to hire one childcare worker for every five toddlers, instead of one carer for every eight children. "That significantly increased our costs," Childcare...

BubDesk: Office space creche set to expand to major corporate firms
ABC News - Garrett Mundy - June 28, 2016

An Australian-first collaborative space for working parents is on the cusp of a major expansion, with help from some of the nation's biggest corporations. BubDesk began as the brain child of new mum Meg Burrage in September 2015, offering parents a flexible workspace in conjunction with...

The male breadwinner is an outdated relic
Sydney Morning Herald - Matt Wade - July 26, 2016

Then there's our broken childcare system. The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey, released last week, underscored the need for change when it revealed the average family spend on childcare each week has been growing much faster than household incomes, despite...