Government predicts substantial participation boost from big child care spend
The Conversation - Michelle Grattan - 10 May 2015

The government estimates its proposed A$3.5 billion child care package will encourage more than 240,000 families to increase their involvement in paid employment, including almost 38,000 jobless families. The changes, starting in July 2017, would see working families on incomes between...

Tony Abbott confirms new childcare reforms are reliant on cuts to Family Tax Benefits
News.com.au - Lauren Wilson - May 10, 2015

PARENTS have been told they will only benefit from the Federal Government’s generous new childcare package if substantial cuts to Family Tax Benefits pass the Parliament. Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Social Services Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday unveiled the Jobs for Families...

Federal budget 2015: Budget to end 'double dip' on parental leave
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey - May 10, 2015

Tuesday's federal budget will save almost $1 billion by denying taxpayer-funded paid parental leave to those who already have access to a more generous company scheme. Treasurer Joe Hockey announced on Sunday that, from July 1, 2016, the taxpayer-funded scheme, which pays...

Childcare to be about work, not education, in the budget
The Australian - Natasha Bita - May 9, 2015

The Abbott government yesterday announced a "childcare safety net", changing funding arrangements for the nation’s most disadvantaged kids. Social Services Minister Scott Morrison said the government would spend $327.7 million extra across the next four years, although it will be....

Jenny Macklin's message for Scott Morrison: Childcare is not welfare
Women's Agenda - Jenny Macklin - May 8, 2015

By linking child care to work - and only work - it devalues the importance of early education to a child's future success. The reality is, regardless of how much parents work, early education is one of the smartest investments we can make in our future. The importance of the first five years...

Budget 2015: Scott Morrison announces extra childcare money for at-risk children
ABC News - James Bennett - May 8, 2015

The Government is planning to spend an extra $850 million on childcare for disadvantaged families, children considered at risk and those living in regional or remote parts of Australia. Social Services Minister Scott Morrison told the ABC's 7.30 program the money would be aimed at struggling...

Budget 2015: Increased childcare for needy kids
The Australian - Stefanie Balogh - May 8, 2015

Disadvantaged children will benefit from a budget injection of $328 million in new childcare funding designed to give them greater access to early learning and improve their chances of breaking the poverty cycle. Social Services Minister Scott Morrison is determined to ensure the most vulnerable...

School at two? You’ve got to be joking
News.com.au - Kate Fagan - May 7, 2015

Really? We’re going to "school" our toddlers? Do we really think that putting more expectations on what is to be the most overwhelmed generation in history will make for a better world? I don’t. Can’t we just chill out and let our little people bask in the wonder of a life yet unaffected by order?...

Restricting childcare benefit would hit poorest children hard, researchers warn
The Guardian - Shalailah Medhora - May 7, 2015

Restricting childcare benefits for out-of-work parents would have dire consequences for disadvantaged children and would not boost the employment rate, early education experts have warned. Details of the government's families package will be revealed in next week’s budget, and it is expected...

Women with school-aged children to be given jobs under new government scheme
News.com.au - Lanai Scarr - May 6, 2015

MOTHERS with school-aged children who have dropped out of the workforce will be given jobs in the community and aged-care sectors as part of a new program to be unveiled by the government today. The Coalition is partnering up with not-for-profit religious organisation UnitingCare...

Catholic Education Office wants toddlers as young as two to go to school
Daily Telegraph - Deborah Fitzgerald - May 6, 2015

CHILDREN as young as two could have structured lessons in a radical overhaul of the school system planned by the Catholic Education Office (CEO). CEO Parramatta executive director Greg Whitby said the early years should be about more than childminding and sand pits. "The best...

Macquarie director Patricia Cross calls for tax-efficient childcare
Financial Review - Misa Han - May 5, 2015

Corporate women want tax breaks for childcare to combat the blackmarket of nannies and help boards hit their 30 per cent female representation target. UK-based Newton Investments chief executive Helena Morrissey overseas £50 billion worth of assets a year and has nine children...

Nanny pilot doesn’t have to be bad news for childcare workers
The Conversation - Elizabeth Adamson - May 5, 2015

A lot of the response to the government’s proposed A$246 million "nanny pilot" has focused on why public funding shouldn’t be used to support unqualified caregivers or educators – particularly when educators in mainstream services such as Long Day Care are underpaid. I agree 100% that...

Time to put the child in childcare
Brisbane Times - Stephanie Peatling - May 5, 2015

Much of the language about the reforms has been what parents, employers, taxpayers and the economy in general need from childcare but not much about what children need. Children clearly need better peak body representatives. Childcare needs an image overhaul. Too many people...

Winyu House childcare Gungahlin models innovative learning for children
Canberra Times - Kimberley Granger - May 5, 2015

A gender-neutral attitude is the hallmark of a new Gungahlin childcare centre which opened this week. The Winyu House childcare centre - the first childcare centre in an ACT government office building - will test a variety of innovative childcare theories embraced by service providers...