Recovery a 'once in a generation' chance to fix gender equity
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey - June 15, 2020

The economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic was a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix key structural obstacles to women's participation in the workforce, including those posed by the childcare and industrial relations systems, a research paper says. The research, led by...

NSW to continue free preschool at State Government-funded centres
ABC News - Ashleigh Raper - June 15, 2020

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has given assurances that New South Wales won't follow the Federal Government and end free preschool at State Government-funded centres next month. He said the main reason was to help women retain jobs or re-enter the workforce. "We'll be tailoring ...

Early childhood education 'forgotten' during COVID-19 pandemic, says teacher
Bega District News - Alasdair McDonald - June 15, 2020

The government's handling of the early education sector during the COVID-19 pandemic created "fear and confusion" for some providers, with one teacher saying she feels staff were disrespectfully treated as "babysitters" without protection, as the nation attempted to flatten the curve...

Are Strong Financial Prospects The Force That Is Driving The Momentum In MindChamps PreSchool Limited’s SGX:CNE) Stock?
Simply Wall St - June 15, 2020

MindChamps PreSchool’(SGX:CNE) stock is up by a considerable 21% over the past three months. Since the market usually pay for a company’s long-term fundamentals, we decided to study the company’s key performance indicators to see if they could be influencing the market...

Ed Council remains “strongly committed” to UNAP but concerns about equity continue
The Sector - Jason Roberts - June 15, 2020

Education Council, has signaled a strong ongoing commitment to the Universal Access National Partnership (UANP) and the delivery of quality early childhood education (ECE) however some jurisdictions highlighted that there was still more to do with regards to equity of funding ...

Parents are already withdrawing children from our childcare services
Women's Agenda - Francis Crimmins - June 15, 2020

Last week I visited one of YWCA Canberra’s six early learning centres. On the day of my visit, this centre had 10 children in attendance, less than 10 per cent of its capacity. It was against the backdrop of this visit, that the government announced its plans to remove the Early Childhood Education ...

Why a 'snap back' on childcare means I can't afford to work full time
Women's Agenda - Carmen Pascoe - June 15, 2020

They say there are two sides to every story and this is certainly true when it comes to the Australian governments ‘free childcare’ program. On the one hand, you hear about the need to stop free childcare, that centres can’t afford it and/or that parents can’t access the care they need...

Jay Weatherill: Our childcare system is on the brink of collapse and desperately needs a national overhaul
Sunday Mail (SA) - Jay Weatherill - June 14, 2020

There has been concern expressed at the Commonwealth Government’s decision on Monday to end the temporary provision of free childcare. The decision has implications for Australian families and particularly for working mothers. I sympathise with these concerns, but Minderoo...

Recession gender agenda: why the crisis childcare subsidy must be kept in place
The Australian - Sue Morphett - June 14, 2020

Australia is in a recession and the fastest way to get our economy moving is to get as many people back to work as soon as we can. To do this, we need to remove any barriers that stand in the way of any Australians looking to return to the workforce. Every worker who is offered a job should ...

A Stimulus Backlash Delivers a Global Warning: Value Female Workers
New York Times – Damien Cave - June 14, 2020

Australia is pouring millions into the male-dominated construction industry while ending free child care. Critics say that is illogical and reflects sexist biases. Sydney, Australia — Shelley Duggan became an essential worker when Australia declared that her job at a suburban child care center...

Some Think Childcare Limited (ASX:TNK) Analysts Just Made A Major Cut To Next Year's Estimates
Yahoo Finance - Simply Wall St - June 14, 2020

The analysts covering Think Childcare Limited (ASX:TNK) delivered a dose of negativity to shareholders today, by making a substantial revision to their statutory forecasts for this year. Both revenue and earnings per share (EPS) estimates were cut sharply as analysts factored in...

One Mayfield Childcare Limited (ASX:MFD) Analyst Just Made A Major Cut To Next Year's Estimates
Yahoo News - Simply Wall St - June 14, 2020

Today is shaping up negative for Mayfield Childcare Limited (ASX:MFD) shareholders, with the covering analyst delivering a substantial negative revision to this year's forecasts. Both revenue and earnings per share (EPS) estimates were cut sharply as the analyst factored in the latest outlook ...

The first Aboriginal preschool in Alice Springs
Alice Springs News - John P McD Smith - June 14, 2020

The First Aboriginal preschool in Alice Springs was established by the Anglican Church in 1953. Father Percy Smith and Lucy Britain who worked for the church became concerned that Aboriginal children who lived in the town area of Alice Springs did not have access to preschool education...

As fee-free childcare comes to an end, there are growing calls to rethink how the sector is funded
The Canberra Times - Sarah Lansdown - June 13, 2020

When the streets went quiet and life as we knew it stopped, it was a relief for Emily Flint to be able to continue to take her daughter to a long daycare centre in Narrabundah…

The government's decision to end free childcare is an attack on the working woman
The Canberra Times - Opinion Crispin Hull - June 13, 2020

In the past week, the Coalition government has slowly but inconsistently wound back the concessions it made in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. It said it would end free childcare but would continue tax concessions to business. This is the Coalition going back to its old tricks of helping well-off businesses...