Taxpayers fund childcare rebate for 130 uber-rich
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - April 12, 2012

ABOUT 130 millionaire families receive the non-means-tested childcare rebate, which the Gillard government yesterday still defended as better than extending it to nannies for the shiftworking poor. Childcare Minister Kate Ellis denied there was a paradox in prohibiting the rebate for nannies...

Parents join forces to share the caring
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty - April 12, 2012

PARENTS sick of inflexible childcare hours, waiting lists and mushrooming costs are getting creative, joining forces to share nannies. As debate rages about expanding subsidies for nannies, parents are taking it on themselves to slash the hefty price tag of a modern-day Mary Poppins...

PM, Penny Wong and Kate Ellis labelled 'shags on a rock' over nanny subsidies
The Australian - April 11, 2012

A LIBERAL frontbencher has likened Julia Gillard, Penny Wong and Kate Ellis to "three shags on a rock" over Labor's opposition to taxpayer-funded subsidies for nannies. The opposition wants the Productivity Commission to look into making childcare rebates more flexible. The government has dismissed...

Public 'misled' on childcare costs
The Advertiser - Ken McGregor - April 11, 2012

FEDERAL Minister Kate Ellis has accused the Coalition of deliberately misleading the public about childcare costs. The South Australian MP's comments come amid Opposition calls for nannies to be subsidised as part of the childcare rebate. "The Opposition has claimed that a new survey showed...

Nannies deserve the same rebate status as 'approved' child care, according to a new survey
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - April 10, 2012

A NEW survey of Australian parents has found the vast majority think registered nannies deserve the same rebate status as "approved" child care. The seventh independent national Child Care And Workforce Participation Survey undertaken by CareforKids.com.au has revealed...

Mums can be economic assets - Abbott
The Australian - April 10, 2012

OPPOSITION Leader Tony Abbott said tax subsidies for nannies will allow more Australian women to be economic assets as well as social assets to the country. The Federal Government has dismissed the idea as welfare for the rich. But Mr Abbott is keen to pursue the issue...

Union boss backs nanny subsidies
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - April 10, 2012

THE head of the nation's biggest union has called on Labor to subsidise nannies for families who want childcare in their own homes, arguing that the current system discriminates against them. Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association national secretary Joe de Bruyn...

Nurses union aligns with Abbott on childcare push
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - April 9, 2012

THE head of one of the nation's biggest female-dominated unions, the Australian Nurses Federation, has backed a call for the government to explore more childcare options to help parents who do shift work, including the option of nannies. ANF federal secretary Lee Thomas said…

Govt boost to childcare pays off for parents
Canberra Times - Lisa Cox - April 9, 2012

The number of long-day care places in the territory grew by more than 500 in a little over a year, according to new figures produced by the ACT government. Data from the Community Services Directorate shows Canberra parents struggling with the city's waiting lists for childcare...

Work-based creches ease pressure to find childcare places
The Courier-Mail - Jason Tin - April 9, 2012

AS working mums and dads struggle to find childcare places, some businesses are opening their doors to their staff's children in an effort to ease the strain. Mother-of-four Tanya Titman is among those investing in office creches to help out stressed parents. Her Mt Gravatt business...

Parents feel the pinch as childcare squeezed by new federal laws
The Courier-Mail - Daniel Knowles - April 07, 2012

PARENTS face a tougher fight for childcare places - and a bigger bill when they find a centre - as tough new federal laws squeeze 8400 places from the system. The cost of child care will rise by up to $13 a day per child as rules requiring an increased staff-to-child ratio are enforced...

Childcare costs ruining career dreams
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty - April 05, 2012

A QUARTER of working mums are financially worse off by returning to work and putting their children in childcare, a survey shows. The findings, on the heels of widespread childcare fee rises this year, have heightened fears women could be forced to sacrifice their career dreams.

The forces are with Abbott on flexible childcare
The Australian - Paul Kelly - April 04, 2012

THE Labor Party's obsession with destroying Tony Abbott's credibility has backfired given Labor's overkill on Abbott's call for the Productivity Commission to assess the option of funding childcare at home. Abbott has made an astute pitch. There are hundreds of thousands of women who will agree with him...

More rich families get childcare rebate
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - April 04, 2012

CLOSE to 17,000 families earning more than $150,000 a year are projected to receive the full childcare rebate of $7500 this financial year. And the number of high-income families claiming the non-means-tested rebate of 50 per cent in part or in full has risen by a third over the past three years...

We’re hardly the nanny state when it comes to decent childcare
The Conversation - Eva Cox - April 03, 2012

The Productivity Commission is an inappropriate adviser on how best to fund nannies – because many of the problems of the current child care funding model is a result of its market focus. Good services for children must meet much wider criteria than simply improving the productivity of their parents at work...