Childcare report: Government dismisses Productivity Commission swipe at paid parental leave
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - July 22, 2014

The Coalition has dismissed a Productivity Commission suggestion that funds be redirected away from Tony Abbott's paid parental scheme and into childcare services, arguing that the two are "separate things". But the minister responsible for childcare, Sussan Ley appeared open to the...

Extension of relief a waste of $8bn
The Australian - Judith Sloane - July 22, 2014

THERE have been a lot of interested parties hanging out for the release of the draft report of the Productivity Commission on Childcare and Early Childhood Learning. There is a lot at stake for parents, providers and workers, as well as the government. Most of the recommendations...

Paid parental leave funds 'should go to childcare'
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 22, 2014

ALL parents will have access to a new single means and ­activity-tested childcare subsidy paid ­directly to their centre at a minimum of 30 per cent of their "reasonable childcare fees", under a major overhaul of the childcare system favoured by the Productivity Commission. Subsidies...

PM's advisers doubt paid parental leave plan will put more women in work
Financial Review - Joanna Mather - July 22, 2014

More broadly, the report recommends a single, means-tested payment known as an "early care and learning subsidy" that could be used for the first time for registered nannies. "The recommended expansion in the range of approved subsidised services to include existing...

Productivity Commission recommends single childcare subsidy to cover 'reasonable' childcare costs
NEWS.com.au - July 22, 2014

CHILDCARE centres offering Zumba classes, European bed linen, iPads and access to occupational therapists could become more expensive under a major overhaul of childcare funding which would see subsidies paid for 'reasonable' childcare costs not additional 'premium services'. The...

Access to care the 'biggest issue' for mums
The Australian - Rick Morton - July 22, 2014

LOUISE Bassett would have gone back to work much sooner after she had her son Benedict but instead had to wait 14 months for a one-day-a-week placement in Canberra. The 41-year-old public service manager now uses a motley arrangement of childcare options for her four-year-old just so

Call for paid childcare for 'qualified' grandparents: productivity commission
The Age - Miki Perkins - July 22, 2014

Nannies and grandparents could be paid by the government to look after children if they get TAFE qualifications under a proposal to overhaul the nation's convoluted childcare system. The bewildering array of childcare subsidies should be replaced with a single, means-tested payment...

Nannying a career, not babysitting
The Age - Miki Perkins - July 22, 2014

Sometimes Cecile Laing gets tired of people assuming she’s a babysitter as she ferries her young charges to school or swimming. Or gymnastics or karate or football. "I'm not. I'm a career nanny. I earn a salary like anyone else, I get sick days and holidays. I do lots of training to keep my skills...

Two children and nowhere to go
Sydney Morning Herald - Rachel Browne - July 22, 2014

When Rushcutters Bay mother of two Chantelle Fields found out she was pregnant with her first child in 2011 she put her unborn daughter's name down on waiting lists with local childcare centres. More than three years later, she’s finally found a spot for Ava, now two and a half, for one day...

Federal government to set up a new task force to target childcare fraud
Daily Telegraph - Lauren Wilson - July 21, 2014

A NEW crack team of kindergarten cops will investigate suspected rorting of taxpayer-funded childcare benefits. The federal government will set up a Childcare Payments Compliance Branch after a rise in suspicious claims for a range of childcare benefits and mounting evidence of...

Childcare review to call for one benefit
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 21, 2014

THE Productivity Commission will put on the agenda whether some of the money being spent on the new paid parental leave scheme be used instead towards expanding childcare options for working parents. The Australian understands the commission's draft report to be released tomorrow...

Federal Government proposal for taxpayer-funded at-home nannies
Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - July 20, 2014

PARENTS will secure taxpayer-funded nannies at home under a government proposal to extend cash subsidies to qualified childcare workers for low and middle income families. Childcare Minister Sussan Ley has backed more choice for care in the family home, but only if the childcare workers…

New figures show income of parents goes backwards when children are in care
Sydney Morning Herald - Rachel Browne - July 20, 2014

A woman on a low income with two children would lose almost her entire wage if she put her children in care in order to return to full-time work, according to new research. The study by the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling was commissioned by non-profit childcare...

The ABC of holding them back
The Age - Craig Mathieson - July 20, 2014

It used to be a simple question with a straightforward answer: at what age should a child enter prep and start primary school? Traditionally Victorian children went to kindergarten at age four, then put on their school uniform and started prep the following year when they almost or had just turned...

Senate committee calls on government to halt childcare budget cuts
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 17, 2014

A SENATE committee looking into childcare has called on the Abbott government to stop its budget cuts on childcare and to continue the national quality framework. The Education and Employment References Committee has handed down two reports, one on the delivery of quality and...