Juggling jobs, children and a working life
The Australian - Nicola Berkovic - July 3, 2014

ANGIE Phillips places people in jobs for a living and knows that work is about far more than just an income. But faced with soaring childcare costs for her two small children, she and her carpenter husband Clive have both considered giving up their jobs to look after the children. The couple...

Childcare may be expensive, but it's worth it in the long run
The Conversation - Susan Kreig - July 3, 2014

With the Productivity Commission Report into Early Learning and Childcare due this month and ABS data on the subject released last week, the cost of childcare is in the spotlight again. However, highlighting the dominance of cost, rather than considering its overall benefits to individual...

Govt keeping options open on childcare
NEWS.com.au - July 2, 2014

THE future of the childcare system remains unclear with the Abbott government leaving the door open for means testing of rebates. THE government is expected to receive the Productivity Commission draft report into child care and early childhood learning this month, with the final...

Time for childcare rebate to cover cost of nannies
Women's Agenda - Angela Priestley - July 2, 2014

Regular childcare is great – if you work standard office hours, can find a position close to your home or office, work no more than two days a week, have less than three kids and can afford the fees. For everyone else, we need a range of options that can actually meet the flexible working...

Parents' group slams Productivity Commission proposal for means-tested childcare
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 2, 2014

THE PEAK body representing Australian parents has described a proposal for childcare payments to be means-tested as a "kick in the guts." It comes after The Australian exclusively reported that the nation's childcare system faces a significant shake-up, with a draft Productivity Commission...

Push to allow subsidies for nannies as childcare means test in frame
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 2, 2014

THE nation's childcare system faces a significant shake-up, with a draft Productivity Commission report suggesting families be able to access one simplified, means-tested payment that would cover the use of nannies. The report - to be delivered to the Abbott government this month - argues...

Abuse inquiry forces YMCA shake-up
The Australian - Annette Blackwell - July 2, 2014

Australia's largest childcare operator has been forced into a major overhaul of management, policies and practices after an inquiry branded it unsafe for children. YMCA NSW was the second public case study of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex abuse. On...

Childcare costs in Sydney: New figures reveal which suburbs fare best
Daily Telegraph - Adam Bell - July 2, 2014

THE cost of childcare in Sydney has sky-rocketed in the past decade with some centres charging as much as $160 per day for each child. The spiralling costs of care are placing increasing pressure on families who are struggling to cope with the rising costs of living. Childcare fees are now so high...

Folkestone buys five sites for new childcare centres
Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - July 1, 2014

The five sites in Balmain and ­Turramurra in Sydney and Armadale, Highett and Cheltenham in Melbourne will be leased to childcare operator Only About Children. They will generate an initial return of 7.72 per cent on transaction costs of about $15.6 million. Construction will occur...

Bill Shorten 'misrepresents' childcare costs modelling
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 1, 2014

BILL Shorten has been accused of "misrepresenting" modelling provided by Early Childhood Australia on the freeze of the indexation of childcare payments. The Opposition Leader said yesterday that according to ECA modelling families on $42,000 a year would lose over the next...

Canterbury-Bankstown childcare fees among the lowest in Sydney
NEWS.com.au - July 1, 2014

The figures were compiled by the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, whose report on childcare affordability reveals skyrocketing costs over the past decade. It found the average cost of childcare in Australia has risen by 150 per cent, from about $30 a day in 2003 to $75 last...

Vermont babysitters' club ready to open ranks to next generation
NEWS.com.au - June 30, 2014

ASK any time-poor, overworked and frazzled parent on a tight budget about what makes it hard to get adult-only time out from the kids, and often the answer is a lack of available and affordable babysitters. About 30 years ago a resourceful group of kinder mums from the Legend Park...

Federal government accuses Labor of "tricking families" with its childcare letter campaign
NEWS.com.au - June 30, 2014

THE federal government has hit back at a Labor campaign against changes to childcare subsidies, accusing the Opposition of trying to "trick families" into blaming Tony Abbott for rising childcare prices. Opposition leader Bill Shorten and Labor’s childcare spokeswoman Kate Ellis today…

Labor misinterpreted our child care modelling: Early Childhood Australia
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - June 30, 2014

BILL Shorten's Labor has been accused of misrepresenting modelling provided by peak advocacy group Early Childhood Australia on the freeze to indexation of childcare payments. Labor cited figures from the group to accuse the Abbott government of attacking support for child care...

Federal government budget cuts spur childcare crisis nationwide
NEWS.com.au - June 30, 2014

CHILDCARE providers are warning they will close their doors unless a federal government funding cut from the Budget is reinstated. Family Day Care Australia said the Community Support Program was vital for many family daycare centres - ensuring educators were properly recruited, trained...