Costello flags family friendly budget
NEWS.com.au - Malcolm Farr, Mark Kenny - May 03 , 2007

Tuesday's Federal Budget will bring bonuses for middle income households and working parents who depend on child care. It also will pay doctors more to make...

Need for child care isn't going to go away
The Age - Dewi Cooke - May 2, 2007

Child care is a high priority for Juliette Brodsky, her partner, Francis Grey, and children Leo and Paloma. Community child care centres have been given a...

Reasoned approach to care can boost workforce
Sydney Morning Herald - Tanya Plibersek - May 2, 2007

Australia has a shortage of skilled workers. It is because we've had a decade of Federal Government neglect of our TAFE and university sectors,...

Youngest losing out in childcare
NEWS.com.au - Mark Schliebs - April 30, 2007

Childcare places for children under three may become increasingly rare due to the high cost associated with providing the mandated level...

Baby leave plan a nightmare, says Howard
Brisbane Times - Australia - Mark Davis - April 30, 2007

LABOR'S plan to give working parents rights to request extra parental leave and flexible working hours would be the 'ultimate nightmare' for small business...

ALP pledges more time off to care for infants
Brisbane Times - Kerry-Anne Walsh - April 29, 2007

PARENTS would have the legal right to demand flexible working hours in the first five years of their children's lives in a radical work policy unveiled by...

PM warns of Labour threat
Melbourne Herald Sun - Gerard McManus - April 30, 2007

WOMEN with children would be at the bottom of the pile of job applicants under a Labor plan, Prime Minister John Howard said yesterday.

Right to ask, and right to refuse
The Age, Australia - Misha Schubert - April 30, 2007

BOSSES who refuse to let parents work flexible hours while their children are young would not have to justify their decision to any independent authority...

Nanny care a cheaper option
Advertiser - Adelaide - April 30, 2007

Tanya Cole, manager of agency Nanny SA, said the rising cost of child care had seen a growing number of parents preferring to employ a nanny to look after...

Drought town's final insult
Daily Telegraph - Samantha Williams - April 26, 2007

To add more pressure, Booligal's isolated rural mothers face losing one of the only services left in town – childcare. For the past 25 years the Hay Mobile...

Parents forced to pay more of the bill
Brisbane Times - Jessica Irvine - April 25, 2007

Parents are footing more of a growing bill for child care, as rising incomes push them over the threshold for the Federal Government's most generous level...

Childcare cost outstrips inflation
Courier Mail - Susie O'Brien - Apr 25, 2007

Childcare centres in Victoria now cost up to $95 a day and the average is $65 a day. HIRING black market carers to beat price rises...

Child care costs spiral
Melbourne Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - April 25,2007

Opposition families spokeswoman Jenny Macklin said child care affordability dropped by more than 50 per cent since 2001, according to CPI figures...

Council CEO forks out to save
The Age - Clay Lucas - April 25,2007

Councillors said yesterday that cutting spending on child care was likely to be an area of focus for the consultants, who will release their report next...

Budget tax-cut tease
Daily Telegraph - Malcolm Farr - April 25,2007

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released yesterday increased pressure on the Government to help young families struggling with rising childcare...