Mums unsure on paid parental leave
The West Australian - Phoebe Wearne - June 26, 2016

Primary carers for newborns are currently entitled to 18 weeks PPL at the minimum wage as well as their employer's PPL scheme - if their employer has one. The Federal Government has signalled it will press ahead with plans to prevent parents from claiming PPL from the Government as well...

No relief in the budget for NSW parents using childcare services
Sydney Morning Herald - Kelsey Munro - June 25, 2016

It's the question being asked by the community childcare peak body: is a NSW child worth less? Despite boasting a huge surplus in Tuesday's budget, in a state where preschool and childcare fees are the nation's highest the NSW government is still spending the least per child on early childhood...

Election 2016: Robbing Peter to pay middle-class Paul
Financial Review - David Leyonhjelm - June 23, 2016

A far bigger problem is welfare paid to people who have good jobs and are not even remotely poor. This is known as "middle-class welfare". One of the most egregious examples is childcare support. This comes in two forms: the Child Care Benefit is paid to families with incomes up to $178,023 (or...

One in five early childhood educators plan to leave the profession
The Conversation - Susan Irvine, Jennifer Sumsion, Jo Lunn & Karen Thorpe - June 23, 2016

Of the 1200 early childhood educators and degree qualified teachers working in long day care centres and preschools across Australia who were surveyed, around one in five said they planned to leave their job within a year because of low pay, feeling undervalued and increasing time spent on...

City needs schooling in delivering on childcare
Alt Media - Christopher Harris - June 23, 2016

The City of Sydney is falling behind on plans to build six additional childcare centers by the end of this year, and one will not be built ever, according to Labor councillor Linda Scott. Councillor Scott told City Hub that council papers released this week showed that the Sydney Park site for the...

River City Labs to be first startup hub with childcare
Financial Review - Michael Bailey - June 22, 2016

Brisbane's River City Labs is about to call for tenders to provide onsite childcare, the first in Australia attached to a startup co-working space. Female membership has "rarely been above 10 per cent" at River City Labs says Peta Ellis, who was its general manager for four years before taking...

Election 2016: How the national vote will affect your finances
Sydney Morning Herald - Leo D'Angelo Fisher - June 22, 2016

The government plans to streamline subsidies into a single means-tested subsidy. The Coalition says families with incomes of between $65,000 to and $170,000 will be about $30 a week better off. Families earning up to $65,700 a year would receive the highest subsidy (up to 85 per cent of childcare...

Men are afraid to take parental leave
Financial Review - Rebecca Greenfield - June 21, 2016

Men not taking time off to care for newborns, it turns out, is a difficult cultural norm to overcome. Parental leave policies that offer the same amount of time off to all new parents are on the rise. Yet fathers still don't want to take it. They're afraid. Men still think their careers will suffer if they...

Election 2016: Coalition promises $20m for early childhood scheme
The Australian - Andrew Burrell - June 21, 2016

An acclaimed program in a disadvantaged area of Perth that combines schooling with early intervention in prenatal, child health and family services will be rolled out to indigenous communities in Alice Springs and elsewhere. Campaigning in the marginal seat of Burt, in Perth's southeast, Education...

Childcare sector on track for record year of investment
Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - June 20, 2016

The childcare sector is on track for a record year of investment, according to a new Colliers International report, which notes the emergence of the sector as a "true property investment class". On the investor side, demand has been driven by A-REITS like the Folkestone Education Trust and Arena REIT...

Comment: In-home child care industry in desperate need of oversight
SBS News - Erin Riley - June 20, 2016

But the bigger issue is not whether this particular arrangement is legal, but that broader industry of nannying needs more oversight. Live in arrangements often take advantage of nannies, routinely undervaluing their time and work, and overvaluing the board that is included in their package...

North Perth child abduction: Care centre supervision inadequate, internal review finds
ABC News - Nicolas Perpitch - June 20, 2016

The supervision of children at a Perth care centre from which a four-year-old girl and a five-year-old boy were lured away and sexually abused was below the "standard required", an internal review has found. Vincenzo Mule, 52, has appeared in court charged with child abduction and penetration of a...

The one policy that could fix sliding education standards, growing inequality and sluggish economic growth
The Age - Kelsey Munro - June 19, 2016

Professors Melhuish and Barnett argue Australia is being left behind while other leading OECD countries, including the UK, have mandated two years of quality preschool. Broadly, Australia provides for one year (16 hours per week of preschool for 4 year olds). NSW last year removed subsidised preschool...

Tasmanian Government to set up group to help drive controversial early education plans
ABC News - Pablo Vinales - June 19, 2016

The Tasmanian Government will establish an Early Years Coalition as it moves to lower the compulsory school starting age from five years to four and a half. The Government wants to legislate the proposal later this year and said the change would be in place from 2020, arguing it would improve education outcomes...

Why childcare is still secret women's business
The Daily Telegraph - Sarrah Le Marquand - June 19, 2016

Data also shows that 46 per cent of female employees in Australia work part time - an inequity that is a direct result of the inadequacies in the current childcare system. "The unequal division of responsibility for childcare has a detrimental impact on the types of employment Australian women are able to access," says Dr Hill...