Abbott's G20 gender goal 'is a big ask for developing nations'
The Australian - David Crowe and David Uren - November 3, 2014

OLDER women who are unaffected by childcare or paid parental leave offer the best chance for meeting Tony Abbott's ambition of raising the participation of women in the workforce. The target of reducing the gap between male and female workforce participation by 25 per cent by 2025...

Family friendly Busy Bees day nursery cares for both children and working parents
Day Nurseries (UK) - Julia Corbett - November 3, 2014

A London nursery will provide nutritional take away meals for children, help for parents using the London underground and instant access to childcare professionals for parents, when it opens next week. Nursery chain Busy Bees is opening its newest nursery which has been designed to cater...

Conference calls for strong federal role in child care
CNW (Canada) - November 3, 2014

A publicly funded national child care system is desperately needed to replace the market-based approach that has failed families with young children for decades, says a discussion document released today by ChildCare2020. Child Care in Canada in 2020: A Vision and a Way Forward...

States push back on federal government control of nannies
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - November 3, 2014

States are pushing back against the idea of bringing the nanny industry under government control. At a national meeting of education ministers last week, several states combined to reject a proposal from the federal minister responsible for childcare, Sussan Ley , to specifically consult the public...

G20 to target the gender gap
The Australian - David Crowe and David Uren - November 3, 2014

As the leading proponent of the plan, the Prime Minister will face heightened pressure to imple­ment domestic policies ranging from childcare to parental leave to reach the goal. The government is promising "bold and brave" improvements to childcare early next year to tackle what it considers...

Government push to consider offering childcare cash for qualified nannies at home
Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - November 2, 2014

PARENTS would secure cash for qualified nannies under a new push to regulate and licence childcare workers in the home as a first step to extending the childcare rebate. Assistant Education Minister Sussan Ley has confirmed she asked the states to consider licensing and regulating...

Childcare centres deliver substandard response to quality control
The Australian - Natasha Bita - November 1, 2014

ONE in three childcare centres has flunked the national quality standards, and one in 20 is caring for children without qualified staff. The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority revealed yesterday that only two-thirds of centres were meeting or exceeding the national…

Forget the title fights, let's see some action
Sydney Morning Herald - Jacqueline Maley - November 1, 2014

On Friday, the Productivity Commission presented Hockey with its report into childcare, with the results to be made public in a month. Sadly, the woman in charge of childcare, Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley, does not sit in cabinet, so she will have to find another time to…

Sometimes, pain can be a valuable lesson
Herald Sun - Tom Elliott - November 1, 2014

This week on 3AW I spoke with the director of a childcare centre and kindergarten in the eastern suburbs. Recently the facility in question received a visit from the Education Department's safety inspectors. After having a look around, the inspectors concluded that an orange tree in the...

Abbott's childcare reform 'slugs families'
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - November 1, 2014

MOST families earning more than $160,000 a year with a child in care for two or three days a week would be worse off under most of the childcare reform presented to the Abbott government. The least-generous option put by the Productivity Commission in its draft report would leave most…

Childcare resolutions will have to wait for the new year
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland and James Massola - October 30, 2014

Parents can expect to see a major new blueprint for childcare before Christmas, but the minister responsible for childcare Sussan Ley says they will have to wait until the new year to learn what "the new world will look like" in terms of the Abbott government's response. The final report is…

Early-start school reaps big rewards
The West Australian - Bethany Hiatt - October 30, 2014

A school that looks after children from the day they are born is making dramatic differences to students' lives, a report has found. The study by the Telethon Kids Institute, released yesterday, shows that providing integrated support services to children from birth at Challis Early Childhood…

Govt gets answers on child care
9News - October 31, 2014

Answers to fixing child care affordability and availability are ready to hand to the government but it remains to be seen if they're politically palatable. The Productivity Commission will lodge its final report on the issue on Friday, although it is unlikely to be released publicly for some time...

A heartfelt thank you to the people who look after our kids so we can work
Daily Life - Stephanie Peatling - October 30, 2014

This morning I dropped my children at the childcare centre they attend. I took my four year old daughter into her room and the care of educators who never fail to astonish me with their responsiveness to a group of 20 very different little people. At the moment everyone is intos...

'Reception-style' child care
7News Adelaide - Gerda Jezuchowski - October 30, 2014

Five-year-olds held back by the new annual intake are being offered reception style classes in childcare...