Half of families pay no net tax if welfare benefits deducted, new figures reveal
NEWS.com.au - Jessica Irvine - May 9, 2014

HALF of Australian families receive more in welfare than they pay in income tax, new figures reveal. As the Abbott government sharpens its budget razor on welfare, the figures reveal just how dependent we've become. The exclusive modelling for News Corp Australia by the National...

Preschool hours may get chopped in upcoming Budget
Herald Sun - Andrea Hamblin - May 7, 2014

CHILDREN may have their preschool hours chopped by a third as kindergartens look likely to fall victim to Tony Abbott's Budget axe. Preschoolers may only receive 10 hours of education per week from next year, and parents fear they may also be lumped with a fee hike to cover Budget cuts...

Vow to lift workplace childcare
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - May 6, 2014

MORE childcare at workplaces and centres offering rosters that allow the children of parents whose working hours shift from week to week to attend as required are among the key issues the Abbott government wants addressed. Assistant Education Minister Sussan Ley last week outlined the...

Less school playtime for kids
The West Australian - Bethany Hiatt - May 6, 2014

Kindergarten and pre-primary children are missing out on playing with blocks or dressing up to play imaginary games because of increased academic pressure in many WA schools, early childhood educators have warned. Four early childhood groups have banded together to raise concerns that...

$200m redirected from wages to childcare training
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - May 5, 2014

THE Abbott government will redirect about $200 million that was meant to go to lifting childcare wages helping long day care services with the cost of upskilling and training their workers to meet the requirements of the National Quality Framework. Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley...

Federal Government allocates $200 million to improve childcare centre staffing
NEWS.com.au - May 5, 2014

CHILDCARE centres across the country will be eligible to claim up to $10,450 for each full time staff member, under a $200 million government plan to boost the skills of childcare workers. Despite being urged by the National Commission of Audit to dramatically scale back spending, the Federal...

Budget funds to fight flu, increase prison beds and renovate kindergartens
NEWS.com.au - May 4, 2014

Kindergarten kids will also benefit from a $15 million ­investment for building upgrades, play equipment, new kinders and early learning centres. Early Childhood Minister Wendy Lovell said the funding would help more children ­access early-years services. "We know that we can set children...

Mums return to work - but not for the money
Sydney Morning Herald - Cosima Marriner - May 3, 2014

More women are reporting they don't make any money when they go back to work after having children. One in three preschool parents surveyed by childcare industry website careforkids.com.au say they have returned to work despite it not being financially viable. This is a slight rise on the...

Joseph Sparling's Abecedarian approach to early learning is making a difference in indigenous communities
The Age - Konrad Marshall - May 2, 2014

A ground-breaking education project that changed the lives of disadvantaged children in the US is now being repeated in remote Aboriginal communities. In 1972, Professor Joe Sparling was little more than your average 36-year-old with a PhD in educational psychology, roaming the opulent...

Education vouchers in plan for indigenous affairs overhaul
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - May 1, 2014

ABORIGINAL affairs should be radically overhauled, with the Commission of Audit recommending a new means-tested and needs-based voucher program to assist indigenous children with the costs of attending education and training from early childhood through to primary and tertiary education...

Commission says cut PPL and Family Tax Benefit B, pay for nannies
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - May 1, 2014

TONY Abbott's paid parental leave (PPL) scheme should be capped at average weekly earnings - around $28,000 for six months - and the savings redirected to help parents pay for childcare, including the use of nannies to help boost female participation in work. The Commission of Audit...

Rise in number of preschoolers sexually abusing peers, University of South Australia expert says
ABC News - Lorna Knowles and Alison McClymont - April 30, 2014

A leading child protection expert has warned of a rise in the number of young children sexually abusing their peers in preschool and primary schools across Australia. Professor Freda Briggs of the University of South Australia has told the ABC that children as young as five are displaying...

Millionaire mums to keep cash with no change planned for Coalition's child rebate
NEWS.com.au - April 30, 2014

MILLIONAIRE parents will continue to receive taxpayer-funded childcare as the Abbott Government admitted yesterday that the system "was not supporting modern-day" families. Just a day before Treasurer Joe Hockey's Commission of Audit is expected to savage the generous payments...

Keep Our Kids safe campaign aims to lift vaccination rates for Queensland's indigenous children
NEWS.com.au - April 30, 2014

VACCINATION rates for indigenous children are at dangerously low levels across the state, with not a single area recording an immunisation rate above 90 per cent by the time children are one year old, figures show. Health experts have warned the rates - as low as 82 per cent in areas such as...

Childhood 'Game Changer' Looks To Multi-Sector Consortium
Pro Bono Australia - April 30, 2014

A new national initiative, known as Opportunity Child, is to be launched in Sydney tomorrow, in a bid to reduce early childhood vulnerability in 20 Australian communities over the next 10 years. The initiative aims to build a $30 million capital fund that leverages contributions from community...