Sydney hospital childcare centres privatised by stealth, NSW Opposition says
ABC News - Sarah Gerathy - June 14, 2016

The New South Wales Opposition has accused the Government of trying to privatise hospital child care by stealth, with up to six Sydney centres affected. Labor said in the past year, the Government had announced plans to close, scrap subsidies or privatise childcare centres at a number of...

On-site childcare is a blessing for workers, so why don't more companies offer it?
The Guardian - Miriam Cosic - June 13, 2016

Experts at Australian universities say they haven't come across statistics for on-site childcare but industry sources estimate that perhaps 40 to 50 companies offer on-site childcare. Tom Hardwick, the chief executive of Guardian Early Learning Group, a nationwide provider of childcare facilities...

Federal election 2016: families $400 worse off under Labor
The Australian - Rick Morton - June 11, 2016

Labor's about-face on cuts to the family payments system will hit average working families with two children by about $400 per year compared with the settings under the Coalition, but lower income and single-income families will keep their payments. Bill Shorten's last-minute plan to slice by half the...

Teachers who fear technology leave students short, findings show
The Daily Telegraph - Laura Sullivan - June 11, 2016

Notes from a government task force into early learning obtained by The Saturday Telegraph reveal how a fear of technology among some preschool teachers is to blame for young Australians falling behind in the crucial subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths - known as STEM...

The policy failure that costs us most
Sydney Morning Herald - Michael Pascoe - June 10, 2016

The children who most need professional childcare generally are not the offspring of nurturing working mothers, or at least the offspring of upper and middle class mothers, the children who will go on quite adequately to school anyway. Yet these are the children that the political childcare issue...

Childcare policies have a missing piece
Sydney Morning Herald - Lisa Bryant - June 10, 2016

Childcare in Australia is a mess. Supply and demand are unequal, squillions of taxpayer dollars are spent but families can't get affordable childcare when and where they want it, and some of the funding ends up as private profit. What's worse? The fact that what's good for children, doesn't come...

Federal election 2016: Working poor 'pay Labor rich rebates'
The Australian - Natasha Bita - June 10, 2016

Wealthy families would pocket up to $176 million more in daycare rebates at the expense of the working poor under Labor's childcare policy, the Coalition claims. Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham admitted yesterday that high-earning families would lose money despite the...

Why is funding childcare so hard to prioritise?
Daily Life - Jenna Price - June 9, 2016

But hold on! We do need to save money if we want to fund childcare. Of all the strange peculiarities of policy making, this might be the very strangest. That funding some policies allows you to spend without a care in the world. And funding other policies requires you to pinch money from Paula to pay...

Demand for childcare surges despite cost
The West Australian - Phoebe Wearne - June 9, 2016

WA needs 86 new childcare centres or the average centre needs to accommodate three more children to cope with demand, data analysis shows. As the major parties trade blows on child care before the election, research by Perth workforce diversity specialist Conrad Liveris suggests an...

Family benefits cut: 80% of single mothers fear running out of food
The Guardian - Lenore Taylor - June 9, 2016

More than 80% of single mothers believe they will run out of food or struggle to pay for school books, uniforms or utility bills if the Coalition succeeds in passing the cuts to family benefits it says are necessary to pay for its new childcare plan, according to a survey. The government has...

Election 2016: Greens back Coalition on need to curb childcare blowout
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey - June 9, 2016

The Australian Greens will today unveil a childcare policy similar to that of the Coalition, suggesting that if Labor wins the election it will have to overhaul its policy if it were to ever pass the Senate. Days after Labor promised an extra $3 billion to augment the existing system of a means...

Election 2016: Labor exaggerating benefits of childcare package, Federal Government says
ABC News - Jane Norman - June 9, 2016

But the Coalition has crunched the numbers and, according to its analysis, all of the families would actually be better off under the Coalition's policy by around $2,000 a year. It has also found Labor's plan will deliver $176 million more to higher income families than the Coalition's plan, raising...

Election 2016: Childcare should be better for taxpayer and disadvantaged kids
Financial Review - Jim Minifie - June 9, 2016

Overall, today's childcare funding model moves a lot of money, but may not be the lowest-cost way to help women get back into the workforce or to support vulnerable kids to reach their potential. What of the changes proposed in this election campaign? Both main parties are proposing to lift...

New law forcing childcare workers to report suspected abuse step closer
Townsville Bulletin - June 9, 2016

A NEW law forcing childcare workers to report suspected abuse is a step closer in Queensland. A parliamentary committee has recommended "Mason's Law" be passed to extend mandatory reporting obligations to those in the early childhood education sector from July 1...

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...