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...

Baby bonus cut a slap at stay-at-home mums
The Australian - Angela Shanahan - October 27, 2012

The point about the baby bonus is that its beneficiaries are mostly stay-at-home mothers. There is a choice to take the government's paid parental leave or the baby bonus ; as most families with three children do not have a mother in full-time work, they opt for the baby bonus. However...

OOSH changes questioned
ABC News - October 25, 2012

The Federal Opposition's childcare spokeswoman has promised to take concerns from Riverina Out of School Hours (OOSH) co-ordinators about increasing workloads to the State. Sussan Ley met with before and after school carers in Wagga Wagga yesterday about recent industry changes...

Childcare worker pleads not guilty to torture
ABC News - October 25, 2012

A central Queensland childcare worker has pleaded not guilty to charges including child torture. The 21-year-old woman was not in the Moranbah Magistrates Court when the matter was first mentioned on Thursday. Her lawyer asked that her client be excused from appearing due to work...

Cleaners paid more than childcare workers
The Daily Telegraph - October 25, 2012

QUALIFIED childcare workers are pushing for pay parity with primary school teachers after it was revealed they earn $18.58 an hour - almost $3 less than the centre cleaners. Cleaners earn an average $21.05 an hour, leading childcare bodies to call on the government yesterday for...