Baby means business: cashing in on infant spending
Marketing Magazine - July 15, 2013

The results estimate that a child in this age bracket will set you back $3037 annually - excluding childcare. Throw childcare into the mix and that cost rises to about $7098 per child annually. IBISWorld general manager, Australia, Karen Dobie, says childcare is by far the biggest...

Norway is proof that you can have it all
The Australian - Paul Cleary - July 15, 2013

CONSERVATIVE politicians in Australia and around the world have long derided Scandinavian countries for their high levels of taxation and lavish welfare, but Tony Abbott might find a quick visit to the far north of Europe would provide evidence to support his signature policy reform: six...

Childcare workers launch landmark equal pay case
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - July 14, 2013

The value of work done by childcare educators will be tested in a historic equal pay case to be lodged with the industrial arbiter on Monday. United Voice, the union representing childcare workers, will lodge a claim with the Fair Work Commission arguing educators are paid less than...

Childcare workers still wait for pay rise
Financial Review - Fleur Anderson - July 13, 2013

Former prime minister Julia Gillard's $300 million government subsidy for childcare workers' wages has passed its intended start date with still no guarantee when workers will receive the higher wages. The two-year Early Years Quality Fund, which has been criticised as a tool for building...

Commissioner for children proposed by South Australian Government a decade after child protection inquiry
ABC News - July 12, 2013

Years after it was recommended in a report, an advocate for children is planned in South Australia. A commissioner for children and young people is proposed as an independent advocate, as part of a legislative package by the SA Government. SA Education and Child Development Minister...

Preschool personality may predict teenage alcohol use
Virginia Commonwealth University - July 12, 2013

A new study shows that the way children behave before they turn 5 years old may predict their alcohol use as teenagers. There are few studies that chart developmental pathways from early childhood to adolescent alcohol-related outcomes, but an international research team, led by...

Don't blame poor genes for school dunces, childhood experts warn
The Australian - Natasha Bita - July 11, 2013

RICH kids can be just as thick as their poorer classmates, a Labor Party senator declared yesterday. The parliamentary secretary for housing and homelessness, Senator Doug Cameron, rubbished "inconclusive research" by the Productivity Commission linking poor kids' genes to...

Is it time to give tax breaks for nannies?
Financial Review - Maria O'Brien - July 11, 2013

At a recent "Women and Work" forum hosted by my local member, Malcolm Turnbull, concerns around childcare were epitomised by the final statement that came from the floor. Sally explained she was an architect working three days a week. She had two children, one at school and one...

Eddy Groves, who ran collapsed childcare operator ABC Learning, joins lawsuit against Great Southern
Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - July 11, 2013

EDDY Groves, who ran a childcare empire that eventually collapsed owing $2.7 billion, has joined a lawsuit to recoup his investment in a failed forestry scheme. The class action was run by DC Legal, a Sydney firm that also tried to drum up business for a similar lawsuit against Mr Groves's old...

Childcare challenges exacerbate female attrition
Lawyers Weekly - Leanne Mezrani - 10 July, 2013

The president of Australian Women Lawyers (AWL) has claimed that Australia’s inaccessible childcare system is stopping lawyers and barristers from returning to work after maternity leave. Kate Ashmor (pictured) told Lawyers Weekly that anecdotal evidence suggests that an inability...

Irregular bedtimes harm children's brainpower, says study
Sydney Morning Herald - Julia Medew and Isaac Johanson - July 10, 2013

Going to bed at different times every night in early childhood may disrupt healthy brain development and learning, research has found. Researchers at University College London studied the sleeping habits and cognitive development of 11,000 children at ages three, five and seven...

Kent Anderson calls for shift in focus from early language programs
The Australian - Bernard Lane - July 10, 2013

THE earlier the better is a maxim of languages education, but Australia may not have what it takes to succeed with learners in primary school, says academic linguist Kent Anderson. He said the country might be better off concentrating its efforts on secondary and university language...

Deborah Hutton puts childcare affordability on political agenda
Women's Agenda - Brianna Everett - July 9, 2013

Just $160 is left in the average weekly pay packet of Australian working mums after the cost of childcare is taken out, according to the Australian Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry (AWCCI). Highlighting the steep cost of childcare in Australia, a new media campaign featuring...

Equity requires a universal benefit for each child
Financial Review - Professor Andrew Podger - July 9, 2013

It is time for both parties to rethink their policies on family support, and to find a coherent approach that is equitable and simultaneously promotes economic efficiency. It is perhaps too much to expect either to detail such an approach before the election, but a post-election reflection of the Henry...

Dubious benefits weaken case for preschool funding
The Australian - Judith Sloan - July 9, 2013

WHEN I turned three, my mother enrolled me in a private kindergarten run by two women with no formal qualifications. Attended by lots and lots of children - we were baby boomers, after all - the kindergarten was located in several rooms of the family home of one of the women. I like to...