Beyond the dollars: what are the major parties really promising on education?
The Conversation – Kate Noble – May 15, 2019

But education remains a key issue, as evidenced by a flurry of education-related announcements in the final stretch of the campaign. Here’s what you need to know about the major parties’ education commitments, and what the millions and billions here and there really mean...

Mosman childcare services scrapped
Mosman Daily – Steven Deare – May 15, 2019

Childcare options on the lower north shore have taken a hit after Mosman Council abandoned plans for a centre at Balmoral Park and said it will close its occasional care service at the end of the year. The council lodged a development application for a 38-place centre at Balmoral Park...

Why Labor's childcare boost is the biggest reform of this campaign
Australian Financial Review – John Daley & Brendan Coates – May 14, 2019

At a time when governments are struggling to boost economic growth, Labor’s plan to reduce childcare costs for working families could have a big impact. In fact, it’s likely to produce a bigger bang for each dollar spent than the tax cuts proposed by either of the major parties...

Tamworth Regional Council approves new childcare centre
The Northern Daily Leader – Jacob McArthur – May 14, 2019

Tamworth Regional Council gave approval to a new childcare centre of the edge of the CBD, at its meeting on Tuesday evening. It was the third childcare centre the council has green lit in recent times, but this development came with a somewhat shocking sub-plot...

Launch into Learning scorecard released ahead of Federal election
The Sector – Freya Lucas – May 14, 2019

Advocacy group Launch into Learning has issued a scorecard summarising the policies and perspectives of the main political parties contesting the upcoming Federal election. The Launch into Learning campaign is run by Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA)...

Labor unveils plans to reduce Far North Queensland childcare costs
Cairns Post - Peter Carruthers - May 14, 2019

LABOR has unveiled how they will provide relief for Far Northern families struggling under the burden of hefty childcare payments. Labor Candidate for Leichhardt, Elida Faith on Monday at the Goodstart Early Learning Centre announced, if elected, her government would cut $2,100 per child ...

Childcare debate ignores isolated families
Queensland Country Life - Gillian Fennell - May 13, 2019

The federal election campaign and its focus on the need for affordable childcare demonstrated how important this issue is to the people of Australia. However, many families across rural and regional areas were again left bitterly disappointed by the complete and utter disregard...

Federal election 2019: Labor's childcare wages pledge risks being 'a handout to big business'
ABC News - Madeleine Morris - May 13, 2019

Labor's election promise to boost childcare workers' wages using taxpayer funds risks being a "handout to big business", according to a respected tax economist, as small childcare operators complain the policy will push them into paying payroll tax for the first time ...

Childcare crisis forcing families to leave Port Lincoln: Centre Alliance
Mirage News - May 13, 2019

A critical shortage in childcare places is forcing young families to leave Port Lincoln so that both parents can continue to work, Centre Alliance Candidate for Grey, Andrea Broadfoot, revealed today. Andrea labelled the situation “completely and utterly unacceptable” and has committed to ...

Mudgee Preschool receive exceeding mark in National Quality Standard
Mudgee Guardian - Jay-Anna Mobbs - May 13, 2019

Achieving an exceeding rating across seven areas of education is rather difficult to achieve, but Mudgee Preschool South Campus has been rated as Exceeding National Quality Standard under the National Quality Framework. The National Quality Standard (NQS) assess...

Early Learning: Everyone Benefits notes stark contrast in ECEC plans ahead of election
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 13, 2019

As Australians ready themselves to vote in the Federal election, to be held on 18 May, the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits campaign has analysed the early childhood policies proposed by the three main parties finding “some stark differences” between their proposals....

Queensland Kindergartens encouraged to apply for Indigenous Language grants
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 13, 2019

Up to $15,000 in grants are available for Queensland community organisations, including Queensland Government-approved kindergarten program providers, in support of the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the Queensland Department of Education have announced...

Hey politicians, here’s a radical idea: Make kindy free
NT News - Darren Levin - May 13, 2019

In the lead-up to the May 18 sausage sizzle, Labor has announced some additional subsidies that could mean free childcare for low income families and thousands off the childcare bill for households earning up to $174,00 a year. It builds on the Coalition’s 2018 shake up...

What do the major parties have in store for parents, kids and people on welfare?
The Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - May 12, 2019

The federal election has been billed as a referendum on the economy and climate change – and a showdown between Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten. But in among the debates ... the parties also have some major policies on the table in terms of families and welfare...

Childcare wages subsidy branded ineffective
The Australian - Rebecca Urban - May 11, 2019

A push for taxpayer-funded subsidisation of childcare workers’ wages was previously dismissed by the Productivity Commission as likely to be “ineffective” and “inefficient”, ultimately propping up already profitable providers. As unease builds around Labor’s election pledge ...