Child care is a priority issue
The Australian - November 23, 2012

THE pursuit of high-quality childcare at a reasonable price is one of the most pressing issues confronting families with children and the wider economy. Families need to decide for themselves, according to their circumstances, if one or both parents will work in paid employment or...

Childhood Minister Kate Ellis concerned over growing childcare waiting lists
The Advertiser - Sheradyn Holderhead - November 22, 2012

THE struggle for parents to find suitable childcare is growing with new figures showing record demand for places. Early Childhood Minister Kate Ellis said there was 3210 more children in long day care over the last year, up to a new high of 38,600 - a 9.1 per cent increase. In the...

Childcare pay row tests the care factor
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty - November 22, 2012

LITTLE Isabel Rutter and her brother, Kaelin, know 12 good reasons why childcare workers need a raise. That''s the number of carers to pass through their childcare centre's doors in the past year...

Childcare costs a taxing issue
Financial Review - Robert Jeremenko - November 22, 2012

Australians are increasingly balancing work and family responsibilities and there is a direct relationship between the price of child care and whether women return to the workforce. This is why Australia, along with many other countries, subsidises child care to encourage female...

Paramor eyes expansion into retirement space
The Australian - Bridget Carter - November 22, 2012

Mr Paramor, who became the managing director of the small listed property group Folkestone after departing Mirvac Group as managing director amid the global financial crisis in 2008, said Folkestone was interested in property associated with childcare, healthcare and aged care...

Child's play: Coalition childcare inquiry doesn't go far enough
The Conversation - Eva Cox - November 21, 2012

In announcing the terms of reference for a productivity commission inquiry into childcare, opposition leader Tony Abbott said "Australian families need a child care system that is not only affordable, but ensures that people can work flexible hours whilst knowing that their children...

Time to look productively at childcare
Financial Review - Catherine Fox - November 21, 2012

The calls for a full review of childcare options to improve the cost and access for families are gathering pace within and beyond the political arena. Earlier this week Opposition Leader Tony Abbott announced details of terms of reference for a Productivity Commission review if he wins...

QBE to push for more women in key posts
Financial Review - Ayesha de Kretser - November 21, 2012

Amid calls by the Coalition for the Productivity Commission to review childcare costs, Ms Hutchinson said women needed greater workplace flexibility and better options. She said nannies should be included in any childcare scheme...

Childcare options not cutting it for mums returning to work: Ashmor
Smart Company - Kate Ashmor - November 20, 2012

According to the Pregnancy and Employment Transitions Survey, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics last week, 27% of women who returned to work following the birth of a child relied on grandparents as their main form of childcare. Another 26% of women relied on a partner or...

Is childcare 'making kids chubbier'?
National Health Service (UK) - November 20, 2012

"Children who go to nursery are 50% more likely to be overweight than those cared for by their parents", reports the Daily Mail in a rare example of a newspaper headline underplaying the health risk found in research. The news is based on a Canadian study which followed children from...

Push for childcare fix grows
Financial Review - Emma Connors - November 20, 2012

Veteran childcare advocate Eva Cox has called on both sides of politics to admit that leaving childcare to market forces simply doesn’t work. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has renewed his call for a Productivity Commission inquiry into childcare but Ms Cox doubts this is the right approach...

Go back to the childcare drawing board
Financial Review - Emma Connors - November 20, 2012

Tony Abbott didn't look much like a woman hater. Surrounded by photogenic ankle biters at a Canberra childcare centre yesterday and flanked by his wife Margie, an early childhood educator, he appeared genuine in his concern for families who are finding childcare hard to find and often...

Abbott's childcare productivity inquiry gets nod of approval
The Australian - Lanai Vasek - November 20, 2012

PARENTS, business and childcare advocates have welcomed the Coalition's proposed productivity commission inquiry into the sector. Tony Abbott yesterday released the terms of reference for the proposed review, which would include an investigation into day care and in-home care, including...

Abbott lays out terms for child care costs inquiry
ABC News - November 19, 2012

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott wants the Productivity Commission to look at ways of making child care more affordable for families, although he has ruled out extra funding. Mr Abbott has previously said he would set up an inquiry into the sector if he won the next election, and this morning he...

Parents to pay more for child care: union
Herald Sun - November 19, 2012

PARENTS will pay more under proposals by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to transform child care into a sector that fits a 24/7 economy, the union says. Mr Abbott announced proposed terms of reference for a Productivity Commission review into the sector on Monday, which would include...