Budget 2016: Working parents lose out as subsidy put on ice
The Courier Mail - Renee Viellaris - May 3, 2016

WORKING parents face paying more out-of-pocket child care fees after the Turnbull Government put its much-spruiked "fairer" subsidy on ice for a year. Blaming an obstructionist Senate, the Government's Budget revealed its $3.2 billion reforms aimed at making childcare more affordable for one...

Aussie breeders left out in the cold
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - May 3, 2016

The Government says it is still committed to the Jobs for Families Package unveiled in last year's budget, but there's no detail on how it plans to get this through the Senate. This effectively leaves parents in limbo: unable to plan for the future, and without any clear idea about what family payment...

Budget Delay for Families Package is Chance to Get It Right
Probono Australia - May 3, 2016

Peak body Early Childhood Australia (ECA) has said the deferral of the Jobs for Families Package in the budget provides an opportunity to "get the package right". The package has been delayed by a year until 1 July 2018 after family tax benefit reforms, required to fund the child care package...

Federal Budget 2016: Treasurer Scott Morrison to woo women back to work
The Courier Mail - Renee Viellaris - May 3, 2016

The Treasurer''s first Budget and foundation for the July 2 election will unlock billions of dollars to help women return to the workforce, provide flexible subsidised childcare, offer tax incentives for "mum-preneurs" and help better their retirement nest eggs. The pitch, to start today and build until the...

Family day care centres have almost doubled in the southeast to address vacancies for children under two
Daily Telegraph - Rebecca Franks - May 2, 2016

THERE has been an explosion of family day care centres springing up across the southeast in response to a shortage of vacancies for children under two. Since 2013, the number of centres providing at home care for groups of four children under five has almost doubled in Maroubra, Matraville, Randwick...

Where are they now? Tracking down the promises of budgets past
The Conversation - Danielle Wood and William Young - May 2, 2016

Family payments were one of the few major spending areas the government had not promised to shield from cuts before it was elected in 2013. So, cuts in the 2014-15 budget were not unexpected. The changes, which included freezing increases in payments to compensate for inflation and ceasing...

Calls to speed up childcare changes ahead of federal budget
SBS News - Omar Dabbagh - May 2, 2016

Lobby groups initially welcomed the changes, but said they won't come in for another two financial years. The Australian Childcare Alliance's Paul Mondo said that means families will continue to suffer financially. "Realistically, parents need support now and the parents are hurting now,"...

Childcare centre hit with fine for boy, 7
The West Australian - Elle Farcic - May 2, 2016

A childcare provider has been fined $30,000 for allowing a "particularly vulnerable" boy with Down syndrome to wander away from a school and into a stranger's backyard. The seven-year-old, who is low functioning, non-verbal and autistic was in after-school care with Camp Australia when...

Federal budget 2016: Daycare costs set to double as rebates run out
The Australian - Natasha Bita - May 1, 2016

Daycare costs will double for almost 100,000 families during the election campaign because of a federal government freeze on subsidies. The federal Education Department estimates a record 93,500 families will hit the $7500-per-child limit for the daycare fee rebate, which refunds half of out-of-pocket...

Concept learning: Abstract concepts at play as little people think big
The Age - John Elder - May 1, 2016

At most schools a reading of Charlotte's Web might end with a bunch of little spiders made from pipe cleaners and a few tears at the poignancy of the story itself. At Preshil independent school, the classic yarn is the stepping off point to an understanding of life cycles, problem solving and the concept of...

Call to study gay issues at preschool
The Australian - Rebecca Urban - 30 April 2016

Preschoolers should be introduced to the concept of same-sex marriage, according to a leading early education academic who is advocating against the notion of "compulsory heterosexuality" in the classroom. Melbourne University research fellow Kylie Smith, a contributor to the education...

Malcolm Turnbull's indulgence of negative gearing out of kilter with stinginess on childcare
The Age - Anne Summers - April 29, 2016

Where is the justice, and economic sense, in spending billions on subsidising property investment by a government that says it cannot afford the $3 billion needed to finance urgently needed reforms to the childcare system? At present we pay parents $7500 a year, which is $144.23 per week, to help...

Record number of men sign up for childcare courses at TAFE SWSi in Campbelltown
Daily Telegraph - Tarik Elmerhebe - April 27, 2016

TIMES are definitely changing with a record number of men studying childcare at TAFE SWSi in Campbelltown this year. A total of 18 men are studying early childhood courses with the aim of securing a position in what is traditionally a female-dominated industry. The number makes up a...

David Leyonhjelm's alternative budget: shave everything to end the deficit
Financial Review - David Leyonhjelm - April 27, 2016

As welfare is more than a third of commonwealth government spending, it cannot be immune from cuts. Government spending on welfare should be cut by $300 per Australian per year, noting that this would still leave $6,000 per Australian. A third of this should come by freezing welfare payments and child care subsidies...

Mid-north coast 'Nature School' leads a new approach to early childhood education
ABC News - April 26, 2016

A unique 'Nature School' has begun on the New South Wales' mid-north coast, offering an alternative form of preschool education, in a bid to reconnect children with the great outdoors. The Port Macquarie Nature School is a not-for-profit organisation, which runs outdoor preschool...