Qld plans opt-in child vaccination laws
SBS News - March 12, 2015

Queensland's government is planning new child vaccination laws, but the opposition wants evidence they will increase vaccination rates. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is planning for opt-in laws allowing childcare centres to ban unvaccinated children from their premises. Ms Palaszczuk...

Status quo is not an option: Scott Morrison
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey - March 12, 2015

Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has indicated he will adopta single, tapered childcare rebate in which low and middle- income earners would be rebated a higher percentage of childcare fees, as recommended by the Productivity Commission. In an interview with The Australian Financial...

Childcare: it's all about politics, and business
Business Spectator - Alan Kohler - March 12, 2015

Australia's childcare operators are on a knife-edge and lobbying hard as new Social Welfare Minister Scott Morrison prepares to reform the subsidy regime for their industry, in response the Productivity Commission's report last October on early child education and care. And some...

Abbott points to Canadian model of early learning but doesn't see the whole picture
The Conversation - Charles E Pascal - March 12, 2015

As a Canadian researcher, it was good to read Prime Minister Tony Abbott's recent reference to my country as justification for investing more in childcare. Unfortunately, he seems to be focusing on only half of what's needed. He said if Australia could shift its low rate of female workforce...

Affinity Education in $75 million equity raising
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald and Jake Mitchell - March 11, 2015

Affinity Education Group will launch a $75 million equity raising to fund an acquisition on Thursday. The raising, an accelerated renounceable entitlement offer (AREO) underwritten by Canaccord Genuity and CBA, will be priced at $1.18 a share. Affinity last traded at $1.34. The proceeds...

Preschools seeking $4000 cash boost per child in pre-election commitments
Mosman Daily - March 9, 2015

A CAMPAIGN demanding more money for preschools in NSW believes $4000 a year per child would make it easier for families to access the vital service. Independent preschool providers are calling for increased funding of the sector as part of the A Bigger Slice of the Cake campaign...

Bridging employment gender gap will require more than loosely-framed G20 goals
The Age - Larissa Waters - March 9, 2015

The government's aims to increase women's participation in the workforce, but its goals are not supported by current research, policy initiatives or ideological transformation. With the release of the intergenerational report, we've heard a lot about women and work. The government...

Gender quotas key to curbing pay inequality: Queensland Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman
ABC News (7pm News) - Jessica van Vonderen - March 9, 2015

Gender quotas are the key to addressing pay inequality in Queensland, the state's Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman says. When asked by the ABC about whether the Labor Government should consider "positive discrimination" legislation to close the gender pay gap, Ms Fentiman...

Territory childcare crisis forcing centres to break the law
NT News - Jill Poulsen - March 8, 2015

CHILDCARE centres in the Territory are regularly breaking the law, as the shortage of qualified workers in the NT reaches crisis point. Documents seen by the Sunday Territorian as part of a special investigation into childcare reveal Goodstart centres in the Territory have breached laws...

Samantha Maiden: Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin's goodwill tour means there won't be a farewell visit
Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - March 8, 2015

Instead, taxpayers are spending more on childcare without clear evidence that women are working longer. Mr Morrison shares these concerns, recently comparing the childcare rebate to the first homeowners’ grant, suggesting it was inflationary and has delivered price gouging by providers...

NAB to offer male workers 12 weeks paid parental leave
Financial Review - Nassim Khadem - March 8, 2015

National Australia Bank will extend its paid parental leave policy to its male workers and non-birth parents as the bank moves to gain a competitive advantage on gender diversity. In late 2006, NAB increased paid parental leave for primary carers from six to 12 weeks. But given most primary...

Dads fail to claim baby pay cash under the parental leave scheme
Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - March 8, 2015

JUST one in three new dads is claiming their $1281 baby pay entitlement under Australia's paid parental leave scheme. Fathers of newborns can ­secure up to two weeks of ­government-funded pay based on the rate of the minimum wage if they take unpaid leave from work to care for...

Why Swedish early learning is so much better than Australia's
The Conversation - Monica Nilsson, Beth Ferholt and Karin Alnervik - March 6, 2015

Most people have heard that Finland leads the world in education, but fewer have heard that Finland's neighbour, Sweden, is the international leader in early childhood education and care. In 1999, when Sweden was inspected by a group of international experts appointed by the OECD...

Daycare phonetics the perfect preparation for school
The Australian - Natasha Bita - March 5, 2015

A SCHOOL that gives free phonics lessons to kids in daycare has boosted its NAPLAN performance by giving young children a headstart in reading. Enoggera Primary School in Brisbane's north has achieved one of the strongest improvements in the National Assessment Program in Literacy...

Fact file: 11 facts about child care in Australia
ABC News - Fact Check - March 4, 2015

Following the scrapping of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's signature paid parental leave scheme, the Federal Government is now expected to turn its attention to child care. A Productivity Commission report released in February identified both access and affordability as major issues. "The...