Vaccine-free childcare 'potentially catastrophic', says industry group
The Guardian - Melissa Davey - May 21, 2015

Moves by parents to open "vaccine-free" and "unvaccinated-friendly" day care centres in response to the federal government's "no jab, no pay" policy have been described as "potentially catastrophic" by Early Childhood Australia, the peak advocacy body for early childcare. In April...

Childcare group G8 distances itself from ABC Learning Centres' failed strategy
The Courier Mail - Jenny Borges - May 21, 2015

QUEENSLAND childcare operator G8 Education has assured shareholders its insatiable appetite for acquisition will not see it crash and burn like the failed ABC Learning Centres. The country's largest listed childcare company says it is not following in the footsteps of Eddy Grove's ABC, which left...

Inner west childcare worker charged with indecent assault of toddler
Sydney Morning Herald - May 21, 2015

A childcare worker has been charged with indecently assaulting a two-year-old girl at a childcare centre in Sydney's inner-west. Police were told another staff member saw the 24 year-old man indecently assaulting the girl as she slept at the centre on May 13. Detectives from the Child...

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's childcare boost finds unlikely ally in 'Destroy the Joint' critic Jane Caro
News.com.au - Jo Hilderbrand - May 21, 2015

IN one of the most unlikely political endorsements in recent memory, Prime Minister Tony Abbott's massive cash injection into childcare and early education has won the support of one of his staunchest critics, left-wing social commentator Jane Caro. The unexpected tick for the PM...

Bernard Keane says government's childcare funding plan is a step in the right direction
ABC Brisbane - Gabrielle Burke - 21 May 2015

Is the government's childcare funding plan a step in the right direction? Bernard Keane, Canberra correspondent for Crikey.com.au, spoke with Steve Austin about the government's federal budget measures...

Parramatta mums deliver verdict on budget childcare changes
ABC News - Susan McDonald - May 21, 2015

A week on from the federal budget, families are still digesting the biggest shake-up of childcare in years as they contemplate how to make ends meet. Reporter Susan McDonald spoke to mothers in the Parramatta suburb of Dundas. Zoe Waters-Hooson takes a two-year-old Ophelia along on...

Finding childcare a struggle for three in 10 parents
Financial Review - Lucille Keen - May 21, 2015

Three in 10 parents find it difficult to find care for children at short notice and about the same amount struggle financially to cover the cost of childcare, Research by the Australian Institute of Family Studies finds. AIFS senior research fellow Jennifer Baxter said the research showed families using...

Stay-at-home parents creching the daycare party
The Australian - Natasha Bita - May 21, 2015

Working families are struggling to find childcare, as new research reveals a third of stay-at-home parents send their kids to daycare. The Australian Institute of Family Studies has found that only two-thirds of parents use daycare for work-related reasons. One in 10 families uses taxpayer-subsidised...

Baby dilemma as paid parental leave scheme curbed
Financial Review - Verona Burgess - May 20, 2015

In the space of one week, having access to both the government's paid parental leave scheme and your employer's scheme turned from being a hard-won right to a fraud; not a fraud; a rort; and finally not a rort but still double-dipping. But public servants are double-dipping doubly by having...

Labor likely to restore paid parental leave
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey and Joanna Mather - May 20, 2015

The Labor opposition would likely restore full paid parental leave in government if the Coalition gets a $1 billion cut to the scheme through the Senate. Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said voters had been "ambushed" by a measure that was unfair, poorly thought through and for which savings would...

Australian workplace flexibility lagging as productivity measures and push for work-life balance raise questions
ABC News - Peta Yoshinaga - May 19, 2015

A recent Ernst and Young report found women working part-time were the most productive in the workforce and recommended affordable child care as a way of enabling their careers. "Women who are working part-time, particularly returning to work after having family, often just are...

Tony Abbott defends focus on working women
The Australian - Stefanie Balogh - May 19, 2015

Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey have defended the government’s level of support for stay-at-home mums, batting away concerns from some rural backbenchers that the budget was too focused on working women. On a day where two opinion polls recorded a budget bounce for the Coalition...

Confessions of a dastardly double-dipper
The Age - Rachel Ball - May 19, 2015

Paid parental leave, better childcare, policies that promote equal caring responsibilities between men and women, robust responses to workplace discrimination and a well-resourced domestic violence strategy are all required to realise women's human rights and promote equality...

Coalition backbenchers concerned balance shifts too far to dual income families
The Conversation - Michelle Grattan - May 18, 2015

With the budget squarely targeted at getting more mothers into work or working extra hours, a group of Coalition backbenchers is forming to fight for the interests of stay-at-home parents. Its organisers are Queensland Nationals senator Matt Canavan and ACT Liberal senator Zed Seselja...

Looking to Swedish model of childcare and education
Sydney Morning Herald - Colleen Ricci - May 18, 2015

In Sweden, childcare and education combine in an integrated system known as Educare. Often cited internationally as the gold standard in early learning, Educare is a nationwide network of subsidised preschools that provide childcare and education for the children of all working parents from the...