New mums hiring night nannies
The West Australian - Rhianna King - November 24, 2013

A growing number of older mothers are spending thousands of dollars on "night nannies" to help feed and settle their newborns and give exhausted parents a good night's sleep. Local nanny agencies are reporting an increase in requests for short-term live-in au pairs and...

Government puts freeze on $300m allocated for childcare staff wages
The Age - Bianca Hall - November 24, 2013

A $300 million funding boost aimed at improving the wages of 30,000 childcare workers looks increasingly likely to be axed as the federal government continues to sit on the Labor-approved initiative. The money was to be spent in 1100 childcare centres to bolster the meagre $19...

Tony Abbott's move to freeze child care claims means fees could double for thousands of families
Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - November 24, 1013

CHILDCARE fees could double for thousands of parents after Tony Abbott confirmed he would freeze the maximum amount families can claim for the childcare rebate until 2017. Despite criticising Labor's own planned freeze during the election in a personally signed letter to childcare...

I'm right at home with childcare
NEWS.com.au - Wendy Tuohy - November 24, 1013

I WAS emotional and he was determined. Each of us seemed to sense the size of the challenge. I was 33, and he was not yet two. It was day one of My Big Childcare Plan finally coming together; I would return to part-time work after more than a year on maternity leave (with holidays and...

Carers split on giving ankle-biters' shoes the boot
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - November 23, 2013

IT'S the great shoe debate: should childcare centres allow kids to experience nature unencumbered by footwear and risk the stabbing pain of a bindi, or demand shoes stay on and save the scrubbing that inevitably comes later? Centres across the country are dividing over the issue, with some...

Productivity Review: Childcare critical for parents and carers
The Canberra Times - Matthew Raggatt - November 23, 2013

"We would like to have another child but financially, at this stage, we probably couldn't afford to do it until he's at school." For Canberra mother of one Sophie Bhandari, the costs of childcare have created not just the standard modern dilemma of "do I go back to work or not?" but played a...

Women in workforce still at a disadvantage, new COAG report finds
Smart Company - Dan Moss - 20 November 20, 2013

Childcare costs act as a disincentive for women to work full-time, and contribute to a gap in retirement savings worth about $207,000 on average between women and men earning the average wage. Costs of childcare have increased between 2010 and 2012, with childcare costs...

The phone call that saved Australia's childcare sector
ABC Radio National - Rebecca Gorman - November 20, 2013

In 2008 a mix of entrepreneurs, bankers and charities banded together to save ABC Learning's 700 childcare centres from the clutches of private equity. Rebecca Gorman, whose RN series Profit with Purpose is investigating new approaches to ethical investing, explores the anatomy of the biggest...

Childcare - like life - is about so much more than economics
The Guardian (UK) - Zoe Williams - November 20, 2013

Solve childcare and you win the election. This is the calculation politicians make - whether they set about it like Nick Clegg, rolling out childcare for the poorest under-twos, or like Ed Miliband, promising 8am to 6pm care for schoolkids, or you take David Cameron's rather perverse course...

Call for Bold Reform on Child Wellbeing
Pro Bono Australia - November 19, 2013

A research alliance has called on the Federal Government to make Australia a top five OECD country for education performance, physical wellbeing, social and emotional wellbeing by 2025 in Australia's first national plan for child and youth wellbeing. The Nest action agenda was launched...

G8 Education expects to beat consensus earnings
Motley Fool - Tim McArthur - November 19, 2013

Childcare centre owner and manager G8 Education (ASX: GEM) on Friday last week released guidance to the market that it expects to exceed the average earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) forecast by the four brokers that cover the stock "by less than 5%" for the financial year...

Childcare must work for parents and kids
Financial Review - November 19, 2013

As many working parents will attest, we don't have childcare sorted in this country and that is harmful for both workforce participation and children's learning and development. The Productivity Commission inquiry will look at both these areas. We spend $5 billion a year - a large chunk of...

Quality childcare creates manifold economic benefits for Australia
Sydney Morning Herald - Lisa Bryant - November 19, 2013

Women are a pesky gender. They are going along, doing their bit for the economy and being productive members of the workforce and then boom. They get to their mid-20s, and suddenly their workforce participation drops. For some reason it doesn't recover for another two decades...

Childcare inquiry to test government's commitment to difficult reforms
Sydney Morning Herald - November 19, 2013

Some will see the Productivity Commission inquiry into childcare as a convenient excuse for Tony Abbott to introduce subsidies for nannies; one that allows him to weaken unions and stop plans to lift staff- qualification rules in the sector. These are valid concerns, but not insurmountable...

Productivity Commission childcare hearings likely to pit nanny against centre
Sydney Morning Herald - Daniella Miletic, Rachel Browne - November 19, 2013

A proposal to provide government rebates for families who employ nannies would drive up the cost of childcare and cause greater disruption in a sector already beset by high staff turnover. As the Productivity Commission prepares to hold public hearings and take submissions as part of a...