Luxury childcare centres in demand as government eyes tax subsidies
The Daily Telegraph - Clarissa Bye - February 6, 2016

MEDITATION, yoga, French tutors, cardio programs run by elite athletes and organic menus created by TV dietitians - welcome to the luxury world of designer childcare centres. Parents pay up to $195 a day to send their children to up-market centres which are adding pampering and perks to attract...

Childcare directors respond to nation's worst qualified figures
Canberra Times - Matthew Raggatt - February 6, 2016

Industry leaders have defended the ACT's childcare sector after figures said staff were the nation's least qualified, but acknowledged employee retention remained challenging. Association of Community-Based Child Care Directors ACT treasurer Lisa Syrette said the introduction of the National...

Vaccination rate reaches record high in Western Australia
ABC News - February 6, 2016

The proportion of fully vaccinated five-year-old children in Western Australia has reached a record high. Health Minister Kim Hames said the high of 92.1 per cent was recorded in the December quarter and was up from 90.6 in the previous quarter. The figure was even higher for Aboriginal children...

Paying more for less in childcare
The Canberra Times - February 5, 2016

While it is all too easy for critics of subsidised childcare to dismiss the service as middle class welfare, the fact is that in the 21st century it is a necessary part of life. That point was spelt out loud and clear in a report released by the Productivity Commission in 2014 which stated "Early Childhood Education...

Childcare package so confusing, some parents may give up on childcare: Mission Australia
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - February 5, 2016

The federal government's flagship childcare reforms are so difficult to understand, some parents may give up and pull their children out of care, a Senate inquiry has heard. The warning comes as a survey of parents found about 10 per cent would not meet the Coalition's new work test to qualify for...

High daycare demand as mothers join workforce
The Australian - Natasha Bita - February 5, 2016

Demand for daycare has doubled in three years, creating a shortage of 316,000 places as more mothers seek paid work. One in six children ­requires more time in daycare or preschool, the Productivity Commission revealed yesterday. The number of under-fives needing additional childcare more than doubled...

Productivity Commission report into child care reveals families losing out as costs soar
News.com.au - Lauren Wilson & Jessica Chambers - February 4, 2016

PARENTS are paying an extra $104 a week to place their child in long day care compared to 2008, a report of childcare has revealed. Victorian Mums and Dads with kids in long day care for 50 hours a week have seen the cost of care increase more than $5400 per year, according to a Productivity...

Childcare in the ACT is expensive and underqualified, says new report
Canberra Times - Emma Macdonald - February 4, 2016

Canberrans paid the highest costs in the country for long-day childcare last year while the staff caring for children were the least qualified. According to the latest findings from the Productivity Commission's Report on Government Services 2016, Canberra families paid an average of $493 a week for...

Childcare can work wonders for mothers and the economy
The Australian - Julia Davison - February 4, 2016

Which is why the federal government's proposal to invest $3 billion to make childcare more affordable is so important, not just as a social reform but as an economic reform. Making childcare more affordable is an investment in Australia's future. It will boost workforce participation, productivity, employment...

Cheaper childcare 'a boon for workforce'
The Australian - Natasha Bita - February 4, 2016

Cheaper childcare will lure 19,000 parents back to work within three years, a new study shows. Working families' out-of-pocket costs for daycare will fall by an average 24 per cent under the Turnbull government's plan to pay higher subsidies, economic modelling by PricewaterhouseCoopers shows...

Australia's fertile ground spawns a childcare boom
Business Spectator - Florence Chong - February 4, 2016

With a volatile sharemarket, minuscule deposit rates, and looming apartment oversupply in key capital cities, childcare centres have emerged as something of an investment haven. Routinely, when a childcare centre comes onto the market in what is considered a 'good location' in a major capital city, it can...

Shift workers may pay more for childcare under Federal Government reforms
The Advertiser - Lauren Wilson - February 4, 2016

SHIFT-workers with young children may be forced to pay more for childcare under proposed Federal Government reforms, according to the peak body for in-home family day care. Family Day Care Australia has told federal Senators the hourly fee cap the government wants to introduce will unfairly impact...

Love is not enough: Grumpy grandparents want childcare pay
Sydney Morning Herald - Marissa Calligeros - February 3, 2016

On average, grandparents are caring for each of their grandchildren for 16 hours each week. Most say their lives revolve around their childcare commitments: 75 per cent of grandparents live closer to their children to help take care of the grandchildren; 58 per cent forfeit recreation; 42 per cent sacrifice travel...

Stay-at-home parents who volunteer to reading to students could soon claim subsidised childcare
Courier Mail - Brittany Vonow & Lauren Wilson - February 3, 2016

STAY-AT-HOME parents who volunteer their time reading in schools and childcare centres might be allowed to claim taxpayer-subsidised childcare. Under the Turnbull Government's new reforms, only parents who work, study, or volunteer are able to qualify for childcare rebates. The new "activity test"...

Govt's 'subsidised' nannies to cost parents $30 an hour
Canberra Times - Noel Towell - February 2, 2016

The federal government's $246 million "nanny program" is in serious trouble, with some families who signed up for the program shocked by the cost of more than $30 for each hour of child care. The cost, of nearly $1200 for a standard working week of care for one child, has private providers hired by the...