Childcare workers to get $118k for reading program translations
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 31, 2013

CHILDCARE workers from non-English backgrounds will receive federal funding to translate the government's early learning framework being introduced across the country. The sector has a high number of workers, largely women, with poor English skills. Early Childhood and Child Care...

Three-year-olds face fund cuts
Sydney Morning Herald - Rachel Browne - July 31, 2013

One-third of the state's community-based preschools face closure under a new funding model for early childhood education which strips funding for three-year-olds to focus greater resources on four- and five-year-olds. The model, to take effect next year, could also force fee rises of more...

States should chip in on childcare: oppn
Nine News - July 30, 2013

Spokeswoman for childcare and early childhood learning Sussan Ley told a forum on Tuesday pay gaps were to blame for a "continual drain" of educators from childcare centres to preschools and primary schools. "Really what needs to happen is for state governments to pick up the...

The childcare-parental leave mishmash
Sydney Morning Herald - Michael Pascoe - July 30 , 2013

So what's the point of the mishmash of present and proposed parental leave and childcare policies?Whether it's a highly discriminatory "big new tax" from Tony Abbott and the Greens, Labor's minimalist parental leave payments, the growing blowout in the means test-free childcare rebate...

Margie Abbott latest spouse in spotlight
News.com.au - July 29, 2013

THE battle of the political spouses is heating up with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's wife Margie stepping into the spotlight to champion the coalition's child-care policy. Just a day after Kevin Rudd's wife Therese Rein made headlines as the first prime ministerial partner to visit...

Parents wait years for childcare
The Age - Henrietta Cook - July 29, 2013

Frustrated parents are waiting more than two years for childcare places in inner Melbourne, according to a Greens report that reveals access to childcare is worsening in the city seat. A study by Adam Bandt, the federal Greens MP for Melbourne, found some centres had more than 300...

Gen Y gives up equal jobs fight
News.com.au - July 29, 2013

YOUNGER women are rejecting the march towards equality in the workplace of their mothers, with research showing female progress in the labour market has stagnated for the first time in three generations. Women's employment rose sharply from the 1970s to the 1990s, but the data...

Why the wages of child-bearing should be voluntary
Financial Review - Alison Kahler - July 29, 2013

A delicate issue has troubled me these past months – one so delicate that no doubt, when my thoughts are published, I will be shouted down as a reactionary, unmarried and barren woman. So here goes. I just don't get why anyone should get lengthy periods of paid paternity or maternity...

Our children are big business as Aussie parents spend up big on their kids
News.com.au - Lisa Cornish - July 27, 2013

THE business of raising our children is now a $110 billion a year industry as Aussies spend up big to ensure their kids have it all. Splashing out on everything from childcare, baby products, schooling, clothes, food, trips to the dentist and, of course, birthday parties, parents have sparked an...

The high price of childcare in Australia is costing billions in lost productivity
ABC News (The Business) - Rebecca Nash - July 25, 2013

It is an issue that affects families around Australia, and the cost and availability of child care is also having a deep impact on the Australian economy as a whole. There are estimates that the lack of affordable child care is draining billions of dollars from the GDP and there are renewed calls...

Childcare, phony feminism and rethinking masculinity
ABC News (The Drum) - Katie Attwell - July 25, 2013

Improved and more affordable childcare will undoubtedly play a part in enabling women who want to work to do so. But so will rethinking masculinity, so that childcare and domestic duties become a recognised and significant part of being a dad, argues Katie Attwell. This is one of a series of...

Mothers call for overhaul of childcare system to address affordability, availability problems
ABC News - Rebecca Nash - July 25, 2013

There are calls for a significant overhaul of Australia's childcare system as families continue to battle issues of affordability and availability. Childcare is increasingly seen as not only an issue for individual families, but also key to encouraging more women into the workforce and to the...

Government and Opposition debate child care
ABC News Breakfast - Virginia Trioli - July 25, 2013

Federal Minister for Child Care Kate Ellis debates the availability and quality of child care with Opposition spokeswoman Sussan Ley...

Childcare faces pay pressure
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - July 25, 2013

HUNDREDS of childcare centres across Australia will be targeted in a crackdown by the Fair Work Ombudsman after scores of complaints about underpayment of workers. Ombudsman Natalie James will reveal today she will target the childcare sector in a national campaign to ensure...

Effective child care policy is not child's play
ABC News (The Drum) - Yolanda Vega - July 25, 2013

Women are one of Australia's biggest resources yet child care that is expensive and difficult to find locks many out of the workforce. Yolanda Vega says child care policy needs to change. Fast. This is one of a series of articles looking at Australia investing in its future in the lead-up to the 2013...