Childcare subsidies tied to work
The Australian - David Crowe - May 5, 2015

Childcare rules will be brought into line with school education in a central feature of a new government scheme to offer help to those who need it most, setting a benchmark for the number of hours of care to be subsidised each day. Parents on low incomes will face new tests on the...

Federal budget 2015: Wealthy families to keep childcare
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey - May 4, 2015

The federal government has ignored a recommendation by the Productivity Commission to slash childcare support for wealthier families, believing this would push women put of work. Instead, it is set to adopt a new tapered childcare subsidy that would keep levels of support for high...

How will childcare be funded?
Choice - Jemma Castle - May 4, 2015

Changes to childcare funding are expected to be based on the recommendations of the Productivity Commission's report released late last year, which suggests scrapping the two childcare payments which currently exist, the childcare rebate (CCR) and childcare benefit (CCB), and replacing them...

Childcare group calls for low-income families to be given priority in system 'overhaul'
ABC News - Naomi Woodley - May 4, 2015

The Federal Government is being urged to prioritise the needs of low-income families and vulnerable children as it finalises its second budget. The full details of a promised overhaul of child care will be released before the Federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey, gets to his feet on May 12...

Families package: Pre-school win as childcare funding brawl begins
News.com.au - Lauren Wilson - May 3, 2015

TONY Abbott has declared childcare subsidies should not be regarded as "welfare" for families, as a political storm brews over how the government's new childcare package will be paid for. The Prime Minister on Sunday confirmed all four-year-olds will continue to be guaranteed 15 hours of...

Universal preschool access program extended for two years
The Australian - Jared Owens - May 3, 2015

Speaking in western Sydney, the Prime Minister announced a two-year extension to the universal preschool access agreement that guarantees up to 15 hours of preschool for four-year-old children across the country. Asked about the mooted childcare policy, Mr Abbott said the government...

Opposition vows not to support families package that 'robs Peter to pay Paul'
ABC Radio - Anna Hernderson - May 3, 2015

Labor sounds a warning about its support for the Federal Government's families package saying it will resist the measures if they are paid for by cutting other household benefits. Labor has sounded a warning about its support for the Federal Government's families package saying it will resist...

Opinion: High-dose child care is feeding a raft of social and emotional ills
The Sunday Mail - Jane Fynes-Clinton - May 3, 2015

Despite child care fast-food style (quick, easy and mass produced) being an accepted and expected part of the weekly rhythm in families of pre-schoolers, the evidence is building that too much, too young, too long is a very bad thing indeed. It can lead to insecurity, anxiety, lousy health and...

Nanny subsidy pilot scheme to start in January 2016 to help parents who can't access mainstream childcare services
Sydney Morning Herald - Kelsey Munro - May 2, 2015

For hundreds of thousands of Australian families, the daily wrestle between work commitments and family life is Sisyphean in its dimensions. Childcare is expensive, and hard to get. Even though the federal government spends $7 billion a year on early childhood services, still there are huge...

Canberra childcare growing at the fastest rate in Australia
Canberra Times - Ben Westcott - May 2, 2015

The number of children regularly attending childcare in the ACT has risen by 7.3 per cent since 2011 according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday. In comparison, childcare attendance rose by only 2.8 per cent in NSW and 3.3 per cent in Victoria, while the..

Morrison confirms stricter rules on childcare subsidies for stay-at-home mums
The Australian - David Crowe - May 1, 2015

Stricter rules will be applied to stay-at-home mums who want childcare subsidies as the government confirms a new regime that will target the help at those who work. Social Services Minister Scott Morrison said the new "integrity tests" would have to be tougher to ensure the...

Budget 2015: Working parents get lift
The Australian - David Crowe - May 1, 2015

Working parents will gain more payments while stay-at-home mothers will face stricter tests on childcare support in this month's budget, as federal cabinet locks in its central features, pitching it to voters as a plan to expand the workforce.​ Pensioners will get a reprieve from unpopular cuts...

Quality childcare is a good start
The Australian - Frank Oberklaid & Sarah Wise - May 1 2015

To boost the nation's productivity, the federal government is trying to encourage more women back into the workforce after having a child. There are clear economic benefits in such a policy, which generally has widespread community support. The accessibility and affordability of childcare is...

A tougher test for parents inevitable
The Australian - David Crowe - May 1, 2015

The government's response, to be revealed in the next few days, will be to throw out the old rules in favour of graduated steps in payments. There will be a stairway to heaven rather than a lift that goes straight to the top floor. This means thresholds, tests and caps. Every one of them will...

Bouquets and brickbats: Why nannies are attracting both
Women's Agenda - Georgina Dent - April 30, 2015

Why the inconsistency? Why is there no single narrative on whether this deserves bouquets or brickbats? Because, essentially, there are two very important policy objectives at play. One is the quality of early learning and care that is delivered to Australian children. The second is the...