Welfare, childcare bill passes lower house
SBS News - March 1, 2017

Parliament's lower house has passed a government bill which makes cuts to some welfare payments while overhauling the childcare system. The federal government's negotiation skills will be put to the test as it attempts to convince the Senate crossbench to support controversial changes to...

Childcare centres serving too many unhealthy treats
Courier Mail - Jackie Sinnerton - March 1, 2017

JUNK food is habitually served to children at childcare centres as educators are too afraid to question the established mealtime culture. An Australian study of 1000 childcare workers has found staff let down children by routinely serving foods such as baked treats, processed meats and sausages...

Perth childcare centres to make parents wear photo ID for drop offs amid security concerns
ABC News - Emma Wynne - March 1, 2017

A Perth childcare operator has introduced photo identification badges for parents in a bid to further bolster security. While some parents complained the measure was overkill and the tags would be a burden to remember, the centre's owners believed it was a necessary security measure. The School...

Debate on welfare cuts, childcare kicks on
SBS News - February 28, 2017

Labor is set to continue its attack on the government''s proposed cuts to welfare and the use of those savings to fund child care reforms. Debate on the omnibus bill dominated parliamentary business on Monday and will resume in the lower house on Tuesday afternoon. The Turnbull government...

Federal Government reveals latest widespread childcare claim rorting
Herald Sun - Rob Harris - February 27, 2017

A MELBOURNE grandmother ripped off taxpayers to the tune of $900,000 in childcare benefits as part of "hotbed for shonks and rorters" operating in suburban communities. The Federal Government revealed the latest widespread rorting of childcare claims on Monday amid new measures...

Worker Shortage Drives Japanese Companies Into Child Care
Bloomberg - Yoshiaki Nohara - February 28, 2017

Faced with a shortage of workers, Japanese companies are taking matters into their own hands, helping the government fix a chronic lack of day care that is blunting efforts to get more women into the workforce. Nichiigakkan Co., which provides hospital administration and care services, is among...

Children in deprived areas more likely to go into care
BBC - February 28, 2017

Children living in Wales' most deprived areas are 16 times more likely to go into care than those living in the most affluent areas, new research has found. The Child Welfare Inequalities Project found one in 60 children is in care in England's most deprived areas, compared with one in 660 in the least deprived...

'Hotbed of shonks': Turnbull launches crackdown on dodgy family daycare
Sydney Morning Herald - Adam Gartrell - February 27, 2017

The Turnbull government is launching a major crackdown on "shonks and rorters" in the family daycare sector, with new measures designed to save taxpayers up to $250 million. The government will introduce regulations into Parliament on Monday to set tighter controls to stamp out abuse of the...

Money on offer in bid to encourage working families into foster care
ABC News - Josh Bavas - February 26, 2017

Now in a bid to lure more foster carers into the system, Minister for Child Safety Shannon Fentiman has pledged $15 million over four years to help cover childcare and kindergarten costs for foster families in the hope of luring more carers into the system. For the first time, foster carers would be...

Porter 'testing' the crossbench waters over omnibus bill
The Australian - Rosie Lewis - February 23, 2017

The government says negotiations with key Senate crossbenchers on its omnibus savings bill are "very much alive", despite apparently growing opposition to the package. Social Services Minister Christian Porter conceded he may have to accept a wound-back version of the bill after The...

Pauline Hanson is out of touch when it comes to the high cost of raising children
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - February 23, 2017

The legislation slices and dices the Youth Allowance and the dole not to mention family tax payments and paid parental leave. It represents a significant winding back of government payments. Which suggests the opposition from parties such as One Nation is less about reducing people's...

Hanson: One Nation won't support omnibus
The Australian - Joe Kelly - February 23, 2017

The government has failed to secure the crucial support of Pauline Hanson for its omnibus bill without major changes, as the One Nation leader suggests women who work part-time will deliberately get pregnant to access paid parental leave payments tied to the package. In a major setback for the...

Childcare provider embroiled in new wage theft case
Sydney Morning Herald - Nick Toscano - February 21, 2017

A childcare provider, whose owner has previously been rebuked as a remorseless offender of wage violations, is embroiled in fresh claims of exploiting low-paid staff. The Academy for Kids childcare centre in Melbourne's south-east will face court later this month after an investigation...

Six years of childcare? The total cost came as a shock - Care for those crucial years comes with a hefty price tag
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - February 21, 2017

Later this year our family will say goodbye to six years of childcare. Six years of wonderful educators who have done everything for our two children three days a week nearly every week of the year. For not much more money than someone who stacks supermarket shelves, these people have read to...

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...