Preschool for all 3 year olds?
Natasha Mitchell - ABC Radio - March 25, 2015

Should Australia introduce universal, government funded, part-time preschool places for all Australian children from their third birthday? Professor Edward Melhuish of Wollongong University argues yes. He says many northern European countries, some US states as well as the UK and...

Scott Morrison does the Wombat Wobble
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - March 25, 2015

The Social Services Minister, who is the father of two young girls, busted out all his best dad moves at a Geelong childcare centre last week, leading the children in a rendition of the Wombat Wobble. Written by Johnny Huckle and Helen Moran, the Australian-themed song, (that can also be...

Push for increase in childcare funding for babies and toddlers to urgently address shortage
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - March 25, 2015

Pressure is growing on the Abbott government to fund new childcare spots for children under three years old, in a bid to fix a crisis in childcare availability. A group of the country's biggest childcare providers is calling for a one-off funding boost for zero to three-year old places, arguing it would...

Some childcare centres in Australia are sending kids home with their poo in labelled plastic bags
NEWS.com.au - Em Rusciano - March 23, 2015

Some childcare centres in Australia are sending kids home with their poo in labelled plastic bags. Yes, you read that correctly. Take home turds. Let me explain. Late last week a lady sent me a message on my Facebook page: "Em - help me. You have the BEST answers! I am a young mum...

Premier Mike Baird gets high fives all round with plan to boost out-of-hours school care
NEWS.com.au - March 23, 2015

Mr Baird said a Before and After School Care Fund would be established to help schools and groups kickstart an after-hours service. Mr Baird said out-of-hours care was a big concern on the northern beaches. "It's something that comes up a lot ... in my electorate," Mr Baird said. "People tell me...

'Don't penalise families because both parents work'
The Australian - Natasha Bita - March 23, 2015

AN up-market childcare chain has defended the right of affluent families to pocket taxpayer subsid­ies for "six-star" daycare that includes medical checks, French lessons and cooking classes. Only About Children has a two-year waiting list for some of its 28 centres, which charge up to $168...

Programs for homelessness, hospitals and kindergartens at risk
The Age - Farrah Tomazin - March 22, 2015

Shane Lucas, chief executive of the Early Learning Association Australia, said if Commonwealth funding was withdrawn from the kindergarten agreement, Victoria would either have to step in to make up for the shortfall, or the sector would face two choices: increase parental fees, or reduce...

Shark Tank: Mothers reduce sharks to tears with moving pitch
Sydney Morning Herald - Melanie Kembrey - March 22, 2015

Brisbane women Rebecca Glover and Leah James brought some of the toughest people in business close to tears on Sunday evening as the pair made their pitch to expand their service supporting children with a disability. The mothers shared their own personal experiences of looking after a...

Childcare fee hike to target stay-at-home parents under Federal Government reform
Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - March 21, 2015

STAY-AT-HOME parents could face higher childcare fees under reforms designed to ensure that taxpayer-funded cash is focused on parents who are studying, working or looking for a job. Mums and in some cases dads who are claiming up to 24 hours a week - or three days of childcare...

Liberals shun median fee childcare subsidy
The Australian - Natasha Bita - March 21, 2015

THE Abbott government has binned an unpopular plan to peg childcare subsidies to a single nation­al rate that would leave most families out of pocket. Social Services Minister Scott Morrison yesterday declared there were "obvious weaknesses" in the Productivity Commission's advice to base...

$5b childcare lift for lower incomes
The West Australian - Andrew Probyn and Andrew Tillett - March 21, 2015

The childcare system will get a $5 billion injection under an Abbott Government plan that aims to increase workforce participation and keep a lid on costs for parents. The Weekend West can reveal that lower and middle-income earners will get more support under a revamped childcare system...

Vaccine success depends on us all playing a part
The West Australian - March 19, 2015

There is a strong argument for compulsory vaccinations for children, with no exemptions, before they can attend child care or school or receive government benefits. Some parents will claim the right to make their own decisions. But when people opt out, for whatever reason, the wider...

Gender equality is not about changing women
Financial Review - Elizabeth Shaw - March 18, 2015

The government has a significant role in policy and legislative interventions that provide an enabling environment for this to take place - such as affordable, accessible childcare and a tax system that incentivises women to remain in the workforce. However, the actions of the...

Scott Morrison has admitted that the controversial $74 childcare subsidies per day is too low
NEWS.com.au - Lauren Wilson - March 18, 2015

SOCIAL SERVICES Minister Scott Morrison has conceded that a controversial recommendation to cap childcare subsidies at $74 a day could hurt working families and keep mums out of the workforce. Mr Morrison, who is continuing to work on the federal government's new approach to...

Childcare: New ideas for parents and kids
SBS Insight - March 17, 2015

Ask any parent and they will say childcare is a big concern for families today - especially for new parents who are weighing up the option of returning to work. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the need for child care services is set to increase as the number of children aged 0-12...