Scott Morrison plans series of 'carrots and sticks' welfare tweaks
The Australian - David Uren - February 14, 2015

Mr Morrison said the government's childcare package was still being assembled but would be designed to maximise work incentives while ensuring that the benefits were not captured by childcare providers jacking up their prices. "You can't have the situation where people are…

The Abbott government should support parents, not childcare
The Australian - Angela Shanahan - February 14, 2015

Institutional childcare and the childcare tax rebate mostly subsidise well-paid women in two-income families. So means-testing the childcare tax rebate makes sense, but so does broadening the availability of cheaper in-home care such as nannies and family daycare. Ultimately, though…

Babies, bosses and big workplace changes
The Age - Ingrid Stitt - February 12, 2015

Most families have to be placed on childcare waiting lists while still pregnant, not always resulting in a place by the time they need to return to work. If you are lucky enough to secure childcare you need then get ready for the shock of the cost. It's no wonder many low and middle-income...

Joe Hockey responds to Malcolm Turnbull speculation: 'I'm here long-term'
3AW - Neil Mitchell - February 11, 2015

Joe Hockey: Child care is something we're addressing as part of our families package. Neil Mitchell: Are child care cuts on the table. Joe Hockey: Child care needs to be reformulated so that it can actually be delivered on a sustainable basis, but be more flexible and accommodating for needs...

Nearly 100 Sydney kids checked for TB
9News - February 11, 2015

Almost 100 children at an inner Sydney child care centre are being screened for pulmonary tuberculosis after a staff member tested positive for the disease. The Surry Hills childcare centre worker is undergoing treatment. "We think the risk of transmission from the case to other people...

Childcare centres wage war with added extras
The Australian - Natasha Bita - February 11, 2015

CHILDCARE centres are offering cars, extra holidays and bon­uses to stop teachers defecting to schools. Daycare centres are struggling to find qualified teachers, as graduates join waiting lists to work in the higher-paying schools sector. One in 20 centres is operating without the required...

Soaring childcare costs eat into family budgets
Sydney Morning Herald - Clancy Yeates - February 11, 2015

Petrol is cheap, home loan interest rates are at rock bottom. But there remains one glaring exception to the relief in living costs many consumers are experiencing at the moment: the expense of childcare. Average childcare costs rose more than 5 per cent last year and this is only...

Victorian Government 'disappointed' about lack of certainty over kindergarten funding
ABC News - Alison Savage - February 10, 2015

The Victorian Government has called on the Commonwealth to reveal whether it will extend funding for extra hours of kindergarten for Victorian children. Under a National Partnership Agreement signed in 2008, the Commonwealth funded five hours of kindergarten a week for each child, while...

'We shouldn't have put everything in the budget' admits Joe Hockey
7.30 Report - Leigh Sales - February 10, 2015

JOE HOCKEY: Well the independent Productivity Commission undertook a review of childcare just last year. We have that report. We've been consulting widely. The new Social Services Minister Scott Morrison is working on that response. It is hugely important that we get childcare right...

Kelly O'Dwyer, Kate Ellis and Amanda Rishworth part of parliamentary baby boom
Sydney Morning Herald - Latika Bourke - February 10, 2015

The usual partisan playground politics will be put aside this year, at least for three of Parliament's rising female stars. They have joined forces to help each other juggle the demands of being senior women in their parties as well as first-time mothers. Labor frontbenchers Kate Ellis and Amanda...

Union wants 70pc pay rise for childcare workforce
The Australian - Natasha Bita - February 9, 2015

THE childcare union is demanding pay rises of up to 70 per cent for 150,000 workers, comparing their skills to aircraft maintenance engineers, electrical contractors and CSIRO scientists. The United Voice union, in its 2015-16 budget submission, wants public funding for childcare doubled...

Australian Nanny Association confident in-home carers will get rebate
Canberra Times - Matthew Raggatt - February 8, 2015

Advocates for the nation's nannies have expressed increased confidence in-home care will be included in the upcoming childcare package, opening up avenues for the thousands of black-market nannies. Australian Nanny Association president Danielle Robertson said she was confident the…

Quality of life the key as family embraces sixth au pair
Canberra Times - Matthew Raggatt - February 8, 2015

Jeska Goldie and her husband Lawrence have just welcomed their fifth German au pair into their home - and they wished they had thought of the idea sooner. It's saved the Palmerston family money and helped Ms Goldie return to full-time work, but the senior public servant said the…

Hornsby Council to close childcare centre at Asquith
Sydney Morning Herald - Rachel Browne - February 8, 2015

The planned sale of one of a Sydney council's largest childcare centres has sparked fears other local authorities will do the same. At a time when the federal government has put the critical demand for childcare places on the agenda, a Sydney council has opted to sell off one of its…

Childcare - the big problem of little people
Sydney Morning Herald - Rachel Browne - February 7, 2015

Tony Abbott says childcare is a priority and he wants to listen to what the sector has to say about the myriad problems: high fees, low availability, staff turnover, costly quality reforms, unwieldy rebate scheme which has been blamed for driving up prices. Experts tell Abbott how they think...