Company chiefs call for means testing of paid parental leave
The Australian - Andrew White and Damon Kitney - September 6, 2013

COMPANY directors and chief executives have rounded on the federal Coalition's $5.5-billion-a-year paid parental leave policy, warning it should at least be means tested and would make little difference in helping women to return to work. In a "captain's call" that has provoked criticism...

Gun, ammunition found in Sydney childcare centre
Sydney Morning Herald - Megan Levy - September 6, 2013

A handgun and 58 rounds of ammunition have been found hidden in a garden at a childcare centre in Sydney''s south-west, police say. Ballistics experts are examining the weapon, which was found hidden in the centre in Greenacre on Thursday night, to determine whether it can be linked to any...

Fathers should take a bigger childcare role
ABC The Drum - Rhiannon Cook - September 5, 2013

Want to know how to solve the parental leave dilemma? Create policies that include fathers too, writes Rhiannon Cook In the debate over which party has the most vote-worthy parental leave scheme, the role of fathers has been largely ignored. The focus has been instead on how much...

No extra funding for nanny rebate
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - September 05, 2013

THE Coalition has conceded any extension of the childcare rebate to nannies under an Abbott government would not be matched by a boost in funding to the subsidy scheme as a whole. The admission in answers to a questionnaire circulated to both sides of politics by the nation's...

Childcare trumps parental leave as the bigger policy issue for parents and employers
BRW - Caitlin Fitzsimmons - September 4, 2013

The evidence is unequivocal: all parents and their employers really want is steady, long-term childcare so they can play their full part in the workforce, while parental leave is a much lower priority...

Kevin Rudd's parental leave, child care comparison incorrect
ABC News - Fact Check - September 4, 2013

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says the Coalition's paid parental leave scheme would cost more than childcare payments to families. "It is $22 billion," Mr Rudd said on the ABC's Q&A program on September 2. "It is more than we spend for the entire nation on childcare support for all those...

Work/Family
The Age - September 4, 2013

The policies: where the parties stand. Ready reckoner: the policy pitstop. Labor. Labor has introduced a paid parental leave scheme, paid at the minimum wage for 18 weeks after the birth of a child, with another two weeks for partners. It also increased the rebate for out-of-pocket...

Parents face long wait for childcare places as city employment increases
The Mercury - Michelle Paine September 3, 2013

HOBART will face an increasing shortage of childcare as city employment grows, says Lady Gowrie Tasmania chief executive Ros Cornish. Lady Gowrie's Hobart centres were already turning away people who wanted places for older babies and full-time care, she said. "We have a real log-jam...

Etihad Airways new flying nanny child care service on flights
NEWS.com.au - September 2, 2013

ETIHAD Airways is introducing "flying nannies" on flights who will help replenish milk bottles, perform magic tricks and take older children on tours of the galley. The nanny, who will be identified by an orange apron, will be a helping hand to families and unaccompanied children...

Childcare more important than Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme: new poll
NEWS.com.au - Jessica Marszalek and Sarah Blake - August 30, 2013

REDUCING the cost of childcare is more important to parents that a generous paid parental leave scheme, a poll has found. The Galaxy poll, commissioned by the peak childcare industry body, showed nearly 70 per cent of people believed affordable childcare would make the biggest...

Want a mother's vote? Paid parental leave is not the answer
Women's Agenda - Jen Dalitz - August 30, 2013

Ask any working mum about her secret to success and there's one common denominator: access to quality and affordable childcare. Despite existing benefits and the introduction of paid parental leave by the Federal Government, Australian families continue to rate the affordability of...

Childcare more vital than PPL: sector
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - August 30, 2013

THE nation's largest childcare provider has declared that increased funding in childcare will increase female workplace participation more than boosting paid parental leave and warned that, without it, parents will be hit with the additional cost of the quality reforms. Goodstart Early Learning will...

Early action is key to improving the lives of all children
Sydney Morning Herald - Anne Hollonds - August 30, 2013

Last week I found myself reading the harrowing account of a day in the life of a Family and Community Services caseworker in the Herald. I only made it to "10am" before I had to stop. The memories of my time as a front-line child protection worker came flooding back. I did that job...

Preschool kids, and their mums, see red at cuts plan
Daily Telegraph - Alicia Wood - August 30, 2013

THEY may be small but preschool children across the state made their voices heard by the state government, wearing bright red shirts in protest against funding cuts. The government plans to cut the subsidy for three year olds attending preschool from next year, which could push costs up to...

Child-care workers warn Labor, Coalition on wages
Sydney Morning Herald - Matt Wade - August 29, 2013

A consortium of more than 130 child-care providers has warned Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott that child-care prices will rise and the quality of services suffer unless more government funding is made available to boost the wages of child-care workers. A letter to the two leaders - signed by...