McKew gives State top marks
Mercury - Michael Stedman - May 21, 2008

Ms McKew presented her Government's vision for integrated childcare centres which included elements of education, healthcare and parental support...

Kinder no longer?
The Age - Caroline Milburn - May 19, 2008

TRADITIONAL kindergartens could flounder under the biggest policy shake-up to hit the preschool sector, Victoria's peak parents' group warns...

Swan dismisses family fears on Budget
NEWS.com.au - May 19, 2008

"Those tax cuts will arrive on the first of July, the additional assistance will be there for child care, and the education tax rebate will be put in place...

Budget measures miss target
NEWS.com.au - Malcolm Farr - May 19, 2008

BARELY a third of households with children think they're better off under Rudd's Budget for working families...

Budget bombs nuclear family
Melbourne Herald Sun - Jill Singer - May 19, 2008

The Budget provides extra money for institutional child care, but refuses to offer women (and men) the equivalent amount of cash to care for their own...

Our do-little dads
NEWS.com.au - May 18, 2008

In all countries, women do much more child care overall than men. "However, the difference is least in Denmark, where work/family policies are pretty...

Nelson faces testing time over baby bonus
Courier Mail - Dennis Atkins - May 17, 2008

There was even support for means-testing of the 50 per cent childcare rebate announced in the Budget (something the Rudd Government won't means-test because...

Robin Hood Wayne Swan goes easy on the well-off
The Australian - Stephen Lunn and Sarah Elks - May 17, 2008

Budget changes mean they will lose the minimum rate of the other childcare payment, the Child Care Benefit, which provides 56c for each hour a child spends...

'Cotton wool kids' losing skills
NEWS.com.au - May 17, 2008

PANICKY parents are breeding a generation of "cotton wool kids" too afraid to climb trees or ride bikes - and that's a worry, an expert warns...

Cough and cold medicines high-risk for under-twos
The Age - Jill Stark - May 16, 2008

The study — which surveyed parents at hospital outpatient clinics and child-care centres — also found that 7% had given over-the-counter drugs to induce...

End to Howard's era of choice
The Australian - George Megalogenis - May 16, 2008

Labor's expanded childcare tax rebate is the post-Howard equivalent of middle-class welfare. All families get it, regardless of income...

ABC Learning's 'sky fell in'
NEWS.com.au - Stephen McMahon - May 16, 2008

MARGIN loans and inadequate disclosure may have derailed ABC Learning but outgoing chairman Sallyanne Atkinson says there is too much corporate regulation...

Baby bonus payment 'patronising'
The Australian - Stephen Lunn - May 15, 2008

One payment unlikely to be means-tested, despite the concerns of some economists, is the Child Care Tax Rebate, which was increased in the budget from 30 to...

Budget puts mums at war
Daily Telegraph - Sue Dunlevy - May 15, 2008

THE Government is "discriminating against stay-at-home mums" after the Budget stripped their payments, but gave richer working women increased childcare subsidies...

ABC Learning jumps on rebate
NEWS.com.au - May 14, 2008

SHARES in ABC Learning Centres jumped 6 per cent today after investors digested child care initiatives announced in the Federal Budget...