Funded nanny pilot program given green light
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - April 20, 2015

The Abbott government will make funding for nannies available under a pilot program that will target people in remote areas and on shift work and is likely to roll out later this year. Social Services Minister Scott Morrison does not want to make nannies a "mainstream alternative" to…

Childcare kids more likely to develop social, emotional and behavioural problems
Brisbane Times - Jorge Branco - April 20, 2015

An Australian-first study finds students of childcare centres are potentially better prepared for school but more likely to develop social, emotional and behavioural problems. The Queensland University of Technology research found kids in centre-based care academically outperformed...

Australia needs to fix management pipeline to get female CEOs
Financial Review - Annalisa Haskell - April 20, 2015

And why are we so keen to: a) push the merits of fitting careers around having families, rather than force the adult discussion (finally!) as to how childcare system is a necessary support for everyone's careers or b) sell the populist "work part time" mantra. Anyone with business...

Families earning over $180,000 a year could have childcare rebate reduced
Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - April 19, 2015

SCRAPPING the $7500 cap on childcare rebates that condemns parents to huge out-of-pocket costs is being seriously considered in the May budget as a trade-off to reducing the rebate for the wealthy. The rebate cap has emerged as a nightmare for parents ­because, as soon as families...

Childcare subsidy reform could see 100,000 families out of care
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - April 19, 2015

The childcare sector is concerned that up to 100,000 Australian families may have to pull their children out of childcare because of tough new requirements about the number of hours their parents will need to work to get childcare subsidies. The Abbott government is considering a...

Child vaccination rates focus of $26 million Federal Government budget package
ABC News - Susan McDonald - April 19, 2015

The Federal Government has unveiled a $26 million package aimed at boosting vaccination rates among children as part of next month's budget. The money will be spent on incentive payments for doctors who vaccinate overdue children, a national vaccination register and a communication...

Abbott government closes religious loophole for children's vaccinations
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - April 19, 2015

The Abbott government has closed another loophole on children's vaccinations, ending a religious exemption that allowed Christian Scientists to get childcare benefits and not vaccinate their kids. Last week, Social Services Minister Scott Morrison announced that parents would no longer...

Having children is a personal choice that shouldn't be subsidised, says David Leyonhjelm
Sydney Morning Herald - Lisa Cox - April 19, 2015

Australians who do not have children should not be forced to subsidise those who do, according to Liberal Democratic senator David Leyonhjelm, who says he will not support increased childcare rebates. Senator Leyonhjelm has made the comments as the government is just weeks away...

Abuse classes in child care
The West Australian - Angela Pownall - April 19, 2015

Children as young as three need to be taught how to deal with the threat of sexual abuse, according to a WA educator. After years of educating schoolchildren about sexual abuse, Holly-ann Martin is now taking her work into childcare centres. Ms Martin, who runs child protection...

Female workforce participation: key is childcare, not babysitting
Sydney Morning Herald - Emma Alberici - April 18, 2015

Part of the solution is childcare, but we need to call that what it really is: early learning and care. It is not babysitting. International research confirms that 80 per cent of a child's development happens in the first three years of life. By the age of four, 92 per cent of the brain is formed...

Childcare deal under threat as Labor asks for more information
NEWS.com.au - Lauren Wilson - April 17, 2015

A BIPARTISAN deal on childcare reform is under threat, with Labor warning it is ready to abandon negotiations on the families' package unless the Federal Government provides hard numbers on how families could be impacted. In the first sign of an impasse between the two major parties...

Single childcare payment on the cards
NEWS.com.au - Rashida Yosufzai - April 16, 2015

PARENTS could receive a single childcare payment instead of two as part of the federal government's forthcoming families package. SOCIAL Services Minister Scott Morrison says the idea of rolling the childcare benefit for lower-income families and the non-means tested rebate into...

Address to Early Childhood Australia Forum
DSS - Scott Morrison - April 16, 2015

Now on flexibility, we created flexibility in the system, there has been much talk about the issue of nannies and we're taking a very incremental and modest approach to this the details of which will be released at a later time but the whole point I think here is not that nannies become an...

Childcare providers to miss out on funds boost
News.com.au - Lauren Wilson - April 15, 2015

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has revealed the budget savings won by abandoning his signature paid parental leave scheme will fund a small business tax cut, leaving childcare providers scratching their heads. In February this year, when Mr Abbott's leadership was under pressure, he said...

Part-time working mums held back by childcare bills, despite wanting to work more
News.com.au - Lauren Wilson - April 15, 2015

THE soaring cost of childcare in Australia has become the single biggest factor in whether mums and dads working part time decide to increase their hours at work. As Social Services Minister Scott Morrison prepares to finalise the federal government’s long awaited families' package...