Germany increases social spending before election
Seattle Times - JUERGEN BAETZ - November 5, 2012

BERLIN - Germany's ruling center-right coalition has decided to increase childcare benefits, spend more money on transportation projects and end an unpopular medical charge less than a year before a general election, officials said Monday. The measures - costing more than...

Rebates reducing cost of childcare
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - November 5, 2012

FAMILIES are spending less on childcare as a percentage of their household budget than they were almost a decade ago because the increase in government assistance has outstripped price rises, modelling shows. The figures bolster the case for the federal government's expenditure on...

Boom in demand for after hours school care
The Daily Telegraph - Katherine Danks - November 3, 2012

PARENTS are offering bribes - or being forced to show proof of working hours - to get their children into limited out-of-school hours care. Spaces are so short that families can wait up to two years to get a place. Stretched out-of-school hours (OOSH) centres are struggling to meet demand as...

Higher pay call for childcare
The Mercury - Michelle Paine - November 2, 2012

ONLY better pay and conditions will lure more teachers to work in childcare, says a Tasmanian childcare leader. By 2014 early childhood trained teachers will be required in long daycare centres. The Federal Government has revealed it might offer special 457 visas to overseas workers with...

Visa plan for childcare workers
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - November 1, 2012

EARLY Childhood Minister Peter Garrett says a plan to offer special 457 visas for overseas workers with childcare qualifications is under consideration by the federal government. This followed a call in The Australian yesterday by one of the nation''s biggest childcare operators, Guardian Childcare...

Childcare call for migrant staff
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - October 31, 2012

A CHILDCARE provider's blueprint for reform calls for 457 visas for overseas workers, a single childcare payment with a generous means test, and increased assistance for bigger families. Guardian Childcare Alliance, one of Australia's largest privately owned operators of childcare...

Health and social aid our biggest employer
The Australian - Ewin Hannan - October 31, 2012

MORE Australians are now working in health, aged and childcare than any other sector, with new figures confirming the decline in retail and manufacturing jobs. Census figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that workers in the healthcare and social assistance...

Social revolution at work: mums go back to their jobs as reality hits home
The Australian - George Megalogenis and Sophie Gosper - October 31, 2012

ALMOST half of all mothers in two-parent families are back at work before their youngest child turns one, completing a social revolution than has seen the dividing line between home and career disappear in less than a generation. The proportion of stay-at-home mothers with a child aged...

New mothers need support to return to work earlier
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - October 31, 2012

THE days of waiting until your baby celebrates its first birthday before entertaining a partial return to paid work are about to be over. Forever. A quiet revolution has transformed Australian homes and workplaces. And the creeping demographic shift - pressuring women to go back...

Women gain ground in workplace – slowly
Financial Review - Geoff Winestock and Edmund Tadros - October 31, 2012

According to the ABS census, female managers are still concentrated in a few traditional lower-paid areas. Women account for 92 per cent of childcare managers and 73 per cent of health and welfare services managers. The other sectors where women dominate are human resources and...

Are your children really safe with the nanny?
NEWS.com.au - Wendy Tuohy - October 29, 2012

THE alleged fatal stabbing of two young siblings by their beloved nanny in New York should have Aussie parents worried. Very likely, even if they are alone for long periods with a trusted woman, as the children of distraught New Yorkers Marina and Kevin Krim were, your little children are...

Childcare: how the cost of bringing up baby is bankrupting middle Britain
The Observer (UK) - Yvonne Roberts - October 27, 2012

Paid work has become an activity that many parents can no longer afford, according to an explosive Resolution Foundation report due out this week: childcare costs are prohibitive, there are too few childminders and nurseries are going to the wall. So what is to be done?

Childcare fees rising seven times faster than inflation
The Australian - Natasha Bita - October 27, 2012

The nation's biggest childcare provider, Goodstart Early Learning, is warning new government rules that require centres to hire more and better qualified staff will add $150 million a year to the costs of operating its 655 centres - equivalent to a 20 per cent fee hike for parents. Goodstart's daily...

Childcare costs in Brisbane rise five times faster than inflation
The Courier-Mail - Natasha Bita - October 27, 2012

CHILDCARE costs in Brisbane are soaring five times faster than inflation - and taxpayers are picking up much of the tab. Brisbane families are now paying 16.1 per cent more in out-of-pocket costs for child care than they did a year ago, the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows...

SMEs need to focus on cash flow, tax issues
Financial Review - Jessica Gardner - October 27, 2012

For example, a childcare centre that offers places to teachers' children at a discount when paid by salary sacrifice will now attract fringe benefits tax at the top marginal tax rate. Businesses will need to weigh up if the cost of a scheme is worth it, Cunningham says. The government also...