Crunching the numbers. Is a nanny affordable?
News.com.au - Kate Calacouras - February 21, 2017

According to the ABS, only 10 per cent of families with young kids in Australia have two full time working parents. And there's a reason for that. It's bloody tough; nearly impossible to manage life outside of work if you're both expected in the office 40 hours a week. Not only are there daycare pick-ups...

Arena REIT hails childcare reforms
The Australian - Elizabeth Redman - February 21, 2017

Childcare centre landlord Arena REIT says the federal government's childcare reforms will be a positive if passed by the Senate and that the $3 billion of extra funding is a "common sense" ­reform. "It seems to be tied up in political negotiation (but) we're hoping this will go through," Arena REIT managing...

Government may salvage child care from omnibus crash
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey - February 20, 2017

The federal government and the Nick Xenophon Team are quietly confident they can agree on enough budget cuts to at least enable the Coalition to implement its child care reform package. Senator Xenophon announced last week that he and his two Senate colleagues would not be voting for the...

Murdered Townsville tot Mason Parker remembered as Mason's Law rolled out in Queensland
Courier Mail - Rachel Riley - February 20, 2017

DOZENS of early childhood educators were shut out of child safety workshops with the State Government forced to put on more to meet demand ahead of the introduction of Mason's Law. Mundingburra MP Coralee O'Rourke on Friday confirmed Early Childhood Education and Care Mandatory Reporting...

Childcare group G8 eyes China expansion
News.com.au - Lilly Vitorovich - February 20, 2017

G8 Education is growing at home and could expand into China after a Hong Kong-based investment company agreed to buy a $213 million stake in the childcare provider. G8, which owns 510 childcare centres in Australia and Singapore under 20 brands including First Grammar, Jellybeans, Penguin...

Childcare landlord Arena REIT upgrades full-year guidance
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - February 20, 2017

Childcare landlord Arena REIT has upgraded its 2017 full-year distribution guidance after increasing its interim earnings with strong rental growth and lower debt costs. The $470 million landlord, which owns childcare centres and a small group of medical centres, lifted its full-year forecast to 12¢ per...

Timber's green shoots: Hume, Vin Harink to build CLT childcare centre
Financial Review - Michael Bleby - February 19, 2017

Hume Partners Property, the developer behind Melbourne's tallest timber commercial tower, is also building its smallest – a single-storey childcare centre. The company backed by BRW Rich-Lister Peter Scanlon has partnered with childcare industry veteran Vin Harink to build Australia''s first childcare...

Gap crisis: give indigenous services the respect they deserve
The Australian - Victoria Laurie - February 18, 2017

She says the Closing the Gap report is accurate when it calls for "better integration of services across health, childcare, early childhood education and school". "Many of us are deeply concerned about the future of early childhood and parental support centres around Australia," she says. "Under changes...

Childcare payments stopped to parents who fail to vaccinate kids
The Daily Telegraph - Sharri Markson - February 18, 2017

MORE than 142,700 irresponsible parents have been cut off from receiving childcare payments after they failed to ­vaccinate their children. The federal government has exclusively revealed to The Saturday Telegraph the extraordinarily high number of Australian parents who have not ensured...

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the omnibus bill
The Conversation - Deep Saini & Michelle Grattan - February 17, 2017

The government was this week caught off-guard by a decision from the Nick Xenophon Team to reject the so-called omnibus bill. Michelle Grattan tells University of Canberra vice-chancellor Deep Saini that the core of the bill was a reform package to shake up child care to benefit lower- and middle...

Grattan on Friday: The 'omnibus' puts government in a tangle and Xenophon in a jam
The Conversation - Michelle Grattan - February 16, 2017

The trenchant stand that Nick Xenophon - who is usually a compromiser - and his team took this week against the omnibus bill, which combines childcare reform and savings in family and other payments, saw a disconcerted government resort to a risky tactic. It threatened taxes could have to rise...

Nick Xenophon defends why he put brakes on 'omnibus bill' and Simon Birmingham argues why he shouldn't have
The Advertiser - Nick Xenophon & Simon Birmingham - February 16, 2017

NXT leader Nick Xenophon has come under intense attack this week, labelled a "self-absorbed politician from a backwater town" for threatening to block $5.6 billion in planned welfare cuts. He explains why he did it and Education Minister Simon Birmingham argues why he shouldn't...

Federal Minister for Education slams kindergarten spending push as "scare campaign"
Herald Sun - Rebecca David - February 16, 2017

THE Federal Education Minister has accused councils and advocates of "shamelessly" scaremongering parents with "mistruths" about education spending. But Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA) says it is the Federal Government causing the anxiety. The claims come as a campaign...

How other countries address affordable childcare
SBS News - Jackson Gothe-Snape - February 16, 2017

From Stockholm to San Francisco, this is how the world attempts to make childcare an affordable way for parents to balance work and family life. Both Labor and Liberal agree on a need to increase childcare assistance - but the major parties can't agree on how to provide the assistance. The...

Anger that childcare package would fail those who need it most
The Australian - Rick Morton - February 16, 2017

Vulnerable young children who stand to gain the most from early education will have their support cut back or axed entirely, while other children whose parents work less will attract fewer hours under the federal government's new childcare package. Children in state-based residen­tial care...