Childcare workers driven out by pay
NT News - February 6, 2014

ABOUT 20 Territory childcare workers leave the job every week because of poor pay, and this turnover could increase because of the Federal Government's retraction of a proposed pay rise last year, the sector's union body said. It was also claimed that some childcare workers were...

Want cheap, plentiful, quality childcare? Go to Finland
Women's Agenda - Lisa Bryant - February 5, 2014

When a government calls upon its people for ideas about how to fix a pressing policy problem, it is inevitable that the call will be answered by a variety of people, with a variety of opinions. This was certainly the case for the Productivity's Commission Childcare Inquiry, which closed for public...

Rule change trips up schools
The Australian - Andrew Trounson - February 5, 2014

THE national teaching standards body is forcing some universities to revise their early childhood courses by cracking down on the number of practical placement days required. The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership said it was simply taking a more "explicit...

Women still battling for a seat at the top table
The Australian - Michael Bennett - February 5, 2014

But Mr Narev said solving issues like flexible work arrangements and affordable childcare would take time. Mr Rothery said retaining senior women in Goldman's Asia business was not an issue because of affordable childcare, emphasising how "absolutely critical" it was. In contrast to senior...

Call to dump generous paid parental leave
The Australian - February 5, 2014

MORE child-care access outside of business hours is needed to accommodate growing numbers of shift workers, a leading business group claims. The Australian Industry Group wants barriers to affordable and accessible childcare addressed to boost workforce participation and address skill...

Dump 'gold-plated' baby pay plan: AiG
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey - February 4, 2014

The Australian Industry Group has called on the Abbott government to dump its "gold-plated" $5.5 billion paid parental leave scheme and devote the money to improving childcare. In a submission into the Productivity Commission review into childcare, AiGroup chief executive Innes Willox...

Korea Adopts Name-and-Shame Tool to Boost Jobs for Moms
BusinessWeek - Eunkyung Seo and Cynthia Kim - February 4, 2014

South Korea will adopt a name-and-shame policy, publicly identifying companies with low female employment levels, as President Park Geun Hye targets 1.65 million extra jobs for women. Policy steps will include increased subsidies for parents on childcare leave and preferential treatment for...

Jobs warning on cuts to care cash
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - February 4, 2014

THE workforce participation rate of mothers will take a hit if childcare subsidies are reduced, according to a national survey of parents conducted by major not-for-profit early learning and care provider Mission Australia. Submissions to the Productivity Commission inquiry closed yesterday...

Childcare roll-up Stirling seeks north of $200m
Financial Review - Tim Dodd - February 4, 2014

A group of former Study Group executives is preparing childcare roll-up Stirling Early Education for an initial public offering, which is scheduled for the June quarter and aims to raise more than $200 million from new investors. Macquarie Group’s securities arm has booked fund managers to...

Private schools take pre-kindy at three
The West Australian - Bethany Hiatt - February 4, 2014

Many children are experiencing their first day of school as young as three years old as more parents choose school programs instead of child care. Compulsory schooling for WA students used to start at Year 1 in the year children turned six, but pre-primary became the first stage of...

Quality reforms 'not to blame' for childcare costs
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - February 3, 2014

THE PEAK union representing childcare workers says an unindexed cap on childcare funding per child is the biggest driver of unaffordability for parents, as it rejected claims by the Abbott government that quality reforms had driven costs up. Louise Tarrant, national secretary of early...

Agency calls to extend childcare rebates to include nannies in home
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - February 3, 2014

THE nation's leading agency for women's equality has told the Productivity Commission nannies must become a formal form of childcare and allow parents to apply for rebates for their use at home. The Workplace Gender Equality Agency, funded by the Commonwealth, provides leading...

Canberra still pays highest childcare costs in Australia
Canberra Times - Emma Macdonald - February 3, 2014

Canberra families continue to pay the highest costs for childcare in the nation, with local families also requiring more childcare services than the other states or territories. Federal Government's June Quarter 2013 Child Care and Early Learning Summary report has been issued as the...

Victorian kinder teachers will have to report suspicions of child abuse
The Age - Richard Willingham and Judith Ireland - February 3, 2014

Thousands of Victorian early childhood teachers will have to report suspicions of child abuse and neglect under new state laws that respond to the Protecting Victoria's Vulnerable Children Inquiry. The Napthine government will use the first week of the parliamentary year to introduce laws...

Sharp increase in government spend per child
Financial Review - Tim Dodd - February 3, 2014

Government expenditure on childcare and early childhood education has grown sharply since 2008. In real terms, recurrent spending per child aged 0-12 rose by 66 per cent in the five years from 2007-08 to 2012-13, according to figures released in the 2013 Report on Government Services...