Comment: Election promises highlight need for child care and early learning reform
SBS News - Ros Cornish - June 7, 2016

Both parties should not lose sight of the long-term reform task. We have a system of child care subsidies that is not adequately meeting the needs of families, services or children. This was underscored by the 'Productivity Commission's Inquiry into Child Care and Early Learning' which was...

Child care choice: Will voters want a sugar hit or a more lasting solution?
The Drum - Trisha Jha - June 7, 2016

Labor will win political points for the earlier start date for its extra funding for child care, but unlike the Government's plan, it amounts to a sugar hit for family budgets without the benefits of structural change or a proper solution to the problem of skyrocketing fees. Labor's long-awaited response to the...

Time to curb childcare costs
Financial Review - June 6, 2016

Australia's childcare system subsidies, like many government transfers, are middle-class welfare dressed up as fairness - expensive vote-buying propositions, fuelled by an upwardly-mobile sense of entitlement and blowing up childcare costs. So what does Labor want to do about it? Pump more in...

Federal election 2016: Fears childcare providers will 'jack up' fees under Labor
Financial Review - June 6, 2016

"The last time the Labor Party did this, which they did when they were in government, we saw a 12 per cent spike in childcare fees," he told Sky on Monday. "Childcare providers just saw the Labor Party coming, jacked up their prices, put it in their pocket, leaving Australian families no better off."...

Federal election 2016: Childcare policy latest front in battle for families
Financial Review - Joanna Mather - June 6, 2016

Trisha Jha, a policy analyst with the Centre for Independent Studies, agreed childcare centres were likely to absorb any extra money flowing into the system without necessarily raising the quality of service provision. While Labor had promised that the Australian Competition and Consumer...

Labor's childcare plan the wrong policy at right time
The New Daily - Rob Burgess - June 6, 2016

The finer details of the two policies have been spelled out elsewhere, but the short version is that the Coalition has attempted to make the spiralling cost of childcare more sustainable and Labor hasn't. And 'spiralling' really is the word, because childcare fees have been caught in a positive feedback loop...

Childcare provider says working families with newborns 'better off under Coalition policy'
The Guardian - Gabrielle Chan - June 6, 2016

Families currently using childcare are probably better off under the Labor policy, while families with children just born are better off, at this stage, under the Coalition, according to Australia's largest childcare provider Goodstart Early Learning. John Cherry of Goodstart - a not-for-profit...

Federal election 2016: childcare plan will help 'all women'
The Australian - Natasha Bita - June 6, 2016

Labor will woo working mums with a plan to set up or expand 1200 centres for after-school care, after gifting up to $79 a week extra in subsidies for each child in daycare from January 1. In an election sugar-hit for families, Bill Shorten pledged yesterday to boost upfront childcare subsidies by 15...

Election 2016. Facing up to the real cost of childcare
Financial Review - Jennifer Hewett - June 5, 2016

The commission also considered the extremely limited impact of more financial assistance in encouraging more women with young children to work more hours. According to the head of the commission, Peter Harris, the impact of Australia's relatively generous system of family tax benefits and...

Election 2016: Labor dodges questions on costs as it gazumps Libs on childcare
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey - June 5, 2016

Treasurer Scott Morrison, who designed the Coalition's policy when he was social services minister, said not only was Labor's policy unfunded, it had no limits to stop a blow-out in the structural cost of childcare subsidies. The Coalition's plan rolled the benefit and rebate into a single payment and...

Out-of-hours school care: Unregulated operators cash in on parents
The Daily Telegraph - Bruce McDougall - June 4, 2016

UNREGULATED businesses offering before and after school care for children are putting kids at risk and "preying on the desperation" of parents unable to find a place in approved and accredited facilities. Working families faced with a critical shortage of places for out of school hours care have since...

Feminist men still uncertain about childcare
Financial Review - Claire Stewart - June 2, 2016

"We've still got that 1970s thing of looking after children being the woman's job, so if women want to work, what are they going to do about the children." Rather than framing it as a woman's issue, which by definition marginalises it and makes it less pressing, Cannald says it has to be a...

Federal election 2016: childcare costs a key issue for voters
The Australian - Rick Morton - June 2, 2016

Soaring childcare and early learning costs would influence almost a third of Australians to specifically support political candidates who back affordable access ahead of other issues, according to a national poll. The survey of 1000 Australians older than 18, conducted by Galaxy Research for Early...

Federal election 2016: leaders mum on $200-a-day childcare
The Australian - Rick Morton - June 1, 2016

Families are paying almost $90 per child on average for each day in childcare and the costs are even higher in city centres, where prices balloon to $200 a head, new data analysis shows. Despite the pressing cost of care - which has forced families like the Dohles to move interstate - both the...

Minimum wage ruling fails to please anybody
Sydney Morning Herald - Noel Towell - May 31,2016

No one in Canberra in 2016 will be saying no to a pay-rise, especially if they are on the minimum or award wages. But for Cassandra Duff and her early childhood educator colleagues, there was little to cheer about in the 2.4 per cent rise, with the childcare centre director saying that 2.4 per cent of not...