Asian nannies could help parents and ease childcare shortages
The Australian - Ross Taylor - July 20, 2013

TONY Abbott's pitch to young women with his paid parental leave scheme may prove highly attractive to young families desperately in need of maintaining their income stream while wanting to ensure their new child has the best care possible. Australia not only faces a severe skills shortage...

Desperately seeking longer stay for extra au pair of hands
The Australian - Ben Westcott - July 20, 2013

AU pair agencies are calling on the government to make changes to the Working Holiday visa as demand for overseas nannies soars. They want the working period extended from six months to at least a year and for students from more countries to be eligible for a Working Holiday visa...

Childcare wage subsidy to start
Financial Review - Fleur Anderson - July 20, 2013

Childcare centre operators can now apply for a slice of a $300 million taxpayer-funded scheme to subsidise some childcare workers' wages for up to two years. The Early Years Quality Fund will provide a $3-an-hour top-up to early childhood educators' pay as long as their employers sign an...

Mind the gap: lessons for parents
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 19, 2013

MENTORS will be deployed into the homes of indigenous families in 25 regional communities across the nation to help parents prepare their young children for school. Under the program, tutors teach disadvantaged parents with pre-school children how to help them learn before they go to school...

Business backs PM on mums' leave
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 19, 2013

THE Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has backed the Rudd government's paid parental leave scheme and slammed Tony Abbott's alternative, arguing that childcare assistance is a more pressing issue. In a submission to a government review, ACCI says any levy on business...

Pitiful pay shows we do not value child and aged care workers who care for our most valuable and vulnerable
Courier Mail - Jane Fynes-Clinton - July 18, 2013

CHILDCARE workers are among the lowest paid in Australia. Pay for aged care workers improved this month, but they are still on a pittance. It is ludicrous that those whose profession involves caring for those most precious in our society - our very young and our very old - are paupers...

Coalition will call for childcare inquiry
Financial Review - Tony Abbott - July 17, 2013

Maria O'Brien is right when she argues the clear linkage between low female participation rates and the rigidities of the current childcare system. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, nearly 120,000 parents say they can't access employment because they can't find suitable childcare...

Ballarat City Council makes blunder over childcare respite service
The Courier - Rachel Afflick - July 17, 2013

THE federal government's education department will rewrite its childcare service handbook, after the Ballarat City Council slashed its overnight family day care program based on a misunderstanding. Sebastopol parents Clinton and Ebony Ainsley were devastated when, earlier...

Australia's FIIG plans third bond deal with G8 Education notes
Bloomberg News - Benjamin Purvis - July 17, 2013

FIIG Securities Ltd., an Australian fixed-income specialist, is arranging its third bond with at least A$30 million ($28 million) of notes offered by G8 Education Ltd (GEM). The six-year senior unsecured securities, which are unrated, will be issued by the end of August, according to...

The fight to keep childcare centres public
Daily Telegraph - July 17, 2013

A petition carrying 3000 signatures that opposing the privatisation of childcare centres will be presented to Blacktown councillors tonight. Greenway federal Labor MP Michelle Rowland is expected to hand the petition to councillors at the meeting at the council chambers. It is...

Climbing costs of bringing up baby
Daily Telegraph - Simon Black - July 16, 2013

BOUTIQUE baby foods and older parents keen to get back to work are driving up the cost of raising kids, with Aussie parents now spending more than $7000 a year per child. New research by industry group IBISWorld shows childcare costs of $4061 a year are by far the biggest expense...

Union seeks to increase childcare workers'' pay by $10 an hour
The Guardian - Bridie Jabour - July 15, 2013

A bid by the United Voice union to increase early childcare workers' pay by about a third has won support from the Coalition, while the Labor party is still considering it. United Voice lodged a complaint with Fair Work Australia on Monday for the average childcare worker's wage to be...

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...