Twelve ways to get your child into daycare
NEWS.com.au - Fiona Joy - May 22, 2013

THERE'S an alarming shortage of childcare places on offer. Is it hard to find a spot? Yes. Impossible? Not with these expert tips. 1) Get on the list. Don't wait until your return-to-work date is looming. In fact, don't even wait until your 12-week scan. As soon as you have a due date, you...

With vaccination rates stable, 'no jab, no play' rules are beside the point
The Conversation - Julie Leask and Hal Willaby - May 22, 2013

A recent News Limited campaign to enable childcare centres in NSW to refuse entry to unvaccinated children is gaining momentum, with the legislation expected to be introduced to NSW parliament this week. The proposal stems from a public outcry about vaccination rates arising from profound...

Some unvaccinated children face likely childcare ban in NSW
Financial Review - Joanna Heath - May 22, 2013

NSW is likely to be the nation's first state or territory to allow childcare centres and preschools to exclude unvaccinated children, although the industry group Early Childhood Australia doubts the ban will be widely applied. Labor Opposition Leader John Robertson gave notice of legislation...

NSW bill to allow banning unvaccinated kids from childcare
SBS News - May 20, 2013

NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner supports legislation that would allow childcare centres and preschools to ban unvaccinated children. The NSW health minister has backed a proposal to bar unvaccinated children from preschools and childcare centres. Opposition Leader John Robertson...

Worry grows over safety of childhood jabs
Sydney Morning Herald - Kate Hagan - May 20, 2013

More than half of Australia's parents are worried about the safety of childhood vaccines, a survey has revealed, prompting concerns that a shift in support for vaccination could lead to reduced coverage rates and outbreaks of disease. More than 1300 Australians, including 400 parents...

Kate Ellis reveals 150,000 families face childcare pain in Budget
Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - May 19, 2013

CHILDCARE Minister Kate Ellis has revealed up to 150,000 families will be stung by the Budget's decision to freeze a $7500 cap on childcare relief for half a decade. For the first time, the Gillard government has admitted the number of families who face being cut off from the childcare rebate...

Why Joe Hockey knows what women really want
Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - May 19, 2013

JOE Hockey has backed tax deductibility for childcare and broken with Liberal Party policy on the possible need for quotas for women on boards. In an exclusive interview, Mr Hockey said working mums were crucial to productivity. "I argued early on for tax deductibility for childcare and I was...

NSW bill to ban 'anti-vax' kids
NEWS.com.au - May 19, 2013

UNVACCINATED children would be banned from NSW preschools and childcare centres under legislation to be introduced into state parliament. Labor leader John Robertson will introduce amendments to the public health act which would give early childhood centres the right to refuse...

Abbott's baby bonus in disguise
Sydney Morning Herald - Anne Summers - May 18, 2013

Having six months leave after childbirth, even at full salary, does nothing to address the far more intractable problem of how to find, and fund, full-time childcare for the first five years, and then before and/or after-school care for up to a further decade. The government has put a lot of...

Work pressures force parents to send ill children to school or childcare
Herald Sun - Karen Collier - May 16, 2013

PARENTS worried about keeping their jobs are dumping sick kids at school and childcare centres. One in three has admitted occasionally sending an ill child to school because they can't arrange alternative care. The sick bay syndrome emerged in a survey about the impact of cold and flu...

Rebate freeze 'strain' on working parents
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - May 16, 2013

THE head of the nation's largest childcare chain has criticised the decision to redirect funding to the Gonski school reforms. Goodstart Early Learning chief executive Julia Davison said yesterday the money was better invested in the early years before school starts. About 100,000 families will...

Gold Coast mum offered $7 discount after childcare centre staff lost her five-year-old son
Courier Mail - Milena Stojceska - May 16, 2013

A GOLD Coast mother is outraged that staff at a childcare centre lost her five-year-old son, then offered her $7 discount by way of apology. The distressed mother, who asked to remain anonymous, said her son was missing for at least one hour after wandering off from the Helping..

$7500 cap gets four-year pause
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - May 15, 2013

ABOUT 100,000 families will miss out on increases to their Child Care Rebate, after Wayne Swan continued the three-year pause on the indexation of the payment, keeping the $7500 cap on out-of-pocket fees for parents. After promising last year to deliver for families facing spiralling childcare...

AN extra $655.6 million will be spent on preschool places
The Australian - Justine Ferrari - May 15, 2013

AN extra $655.6 million will be spent on preschool places over the next 18 months as part of an extension of the national partnership on early childhood education. A meeting of the Council of Australian Governments last month agreed to a new national partnership deal to ensure universal...

Cost of help for families to top $25b
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - May 15, 2013

Government assistance to families to help them with the soaring cost of childcare will top $25 billion over the next four years. However the government has rejected calls from the childcare industry to do more to simplify the way assistance payments are made to families. "We know that one of...