Funds to help get parents working
AdelaideNow - Ken McGregor - May 8, 2012

THE Federal Government has committed to investing an extra $225 million in paying childcare fees for parents on income support who are studying or trying to find work. The Government expects 130,000 Australian parents to access the funding, which will be released over the next four years...

Greens will move in senate for inquiry as expanding the rebate is not the silver bullet
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - May 8, 2012

THE Greens will this week move in the Senate for a Productivity Commission inquiry into the federal government's funding of childcare services, including a review of the childcare rebate and benefit and the funding of nanny care. The Greens' spokeswoman for early childhood education and care...

Cash bonus for school kids not a done deal
The West Australian - Andrew Tillett - May 8, 2012

Julia Gillard is yet to win support from key crossbenchers or the coalition for her showpiece pre-Budget announcement to shower hundreds of dollars on families with school-aged children. The Federal Government will rush legislation into Parliament this week so that it can pay the SchoolKids Bonus...

Government failing working mothers: survey
Ninemsn.com.au - May 7, 2012

One in two women believe the federal government is failing mothers returning to the workforce, a survey has found. The poll of 640 women, conducted by The Heat Group, found 48 per cent rated as "inadequate" government support for mothers going back to work. Only one in four are confident...

Nanny Louise gets international honour
Melbourne Weekly - May 7, 2012

KEW'S own super nanny Louise Dunham was the only Australian awarded an International Nanny Association service award pin at the 2012 INA Annual Conference last week. Dunham received the pin in recognition of 20 years of commitment to professional excellence in the in-home child care industry...

Ellis comes out fighting on childcare fees
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - May 7, 2012

CHILDCARE Minister Kate Ellis vowed yesterday to fight the "scaremongering" over childcare fee rises, saying if the cost is a factor for families deciding to have more children they should be told the "facts"-- that care has never been more affordable. Her comments come after a survey...

Schools stagger under young burden
The Age - Caroline Milburn - May 7, 2012

SCHOOLS are wilting under the burden of trying to help almost 47,000 children starting prep with behavioural and other developmental problems, according to the paediatrician in charge of Australia's national data base on child health. Associate Professor Sharon Goldfeld says...

Scheme to level playing field for children gets boost
Brisbane Times - Phillip Coorey - May 7, 2012

A TUTORING program that helps disadvantaged children to start school on an equal footing with others will receive an extra $56 million in tomorrow's federal budget, benefiting an extra 3000 children. The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters, commonly known as HIPPY...

Childcare, education first in household Budget
The Advertiser - Katrina Stokes - May 6, 2012

SONIA Venour wants the Federal Budget to deliver on childcare reforms and help families cope with the general cost of living. The 38-year-old Walkley Heights mother of three is a part-time teacher but cannot work full-time because she looks after Elyse, 8, Nathan, 6, and Kaelan, 3...

Childcare costs put off plans for more
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - May 5, 2012

The number of parents who say they will delay having more children because of the increased cost of long-day childcare has doubled to 70 per cent in just two years, according to the latest survey of parents with children in formalised care. Two years ago only 35 per cent said they would delay having more children…

Risk of bad behaviour in preschoolers linked to bikes
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - May 4, 2012

A Monash University survey of almost 5000 Australian four and five-year-olds linked preschool bike-riding to problems such as temper tantrums, disobedience, bullying and arguing with adults. Children who spend more time alone with adults, and less time playing with peers under supervision, are also more commonly found to have behavioural issues...

Plan puts welfare before work, claims Coalition
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - May 4, 2012

THE Coalition has accused the Gillard government of favouring welfare recipients over struggling workers after The Australian revealed a budget plan to extend free childcare for those on payments. But the childcare lobby has welcomed the plan, arguing that in many cases formal care gives children the first clean nappy and meal of the day...

The sound of breaking glass
Sydney Morning Herald - Bridie Smith - May 4, 2012

If workplaces can provide or subsidise childcare and offer family-friendly environments, women are more likely to continue working during their child-rearing years - which in turn will mean a deeper pool of senior researchers applying for grants...

Disabled scheme to anchor welfare budget
SkyNews - Thursday May 3, 2012

In the lead-up to the May 8 budget, Childcare Minister Kate Ellis has so far declined to rule out a means test on the 50 per cent childcare rebate, which is capped at $7500. While the idea is not new - the government hosed down the proposal before last year's budget - it could create a voter backlash...

Budget boost to save kids from drugs
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - May 3, 2012

MORE parents on welfare will get childcare almost free if they sign up for training or look for work, under a bold expansion of a program in Tuesday's federal budget. But those who receive the free childcare will face tougher tests that they are genuinely looking for work, to ensure the program...