Parents' fury at food policy
Daily Telegraph - Elle Halliwell - May 10, 2008

Parents are furious about a new childcare centre policy that restricts the types of food they can put in their children's lunchboxes...

Rudd hints at means test on baby bonus
NEWS.com.au - Samantha Maiden - May 09, 2008

"Well we believe that working families need every bit of support with things like tax cuts, things like the childcare tax rebate and things like the baby ...

Long hours affect families: minister
The Age - Sarah Smiles - May 8, 2008

She said this flexibility, including better maternity leave benefits and child care, was central to improving workforce participation rates for women...

Childcare workers lack skills
Melbourne Herald Sun - Andrew Drummond - May 07, 2008

MORE than a third of Australia''s long day childcare workers have no formal qualifications and most parents overestimate their formal...

Brumby's baby boom budget
The Age - Paul Austin - May 7, 2008

Treasurer John Lenders also announced $180 million of extra spending on maternity and child health services to cope with Victoria's highest birth rate since...

Nelson's about-face on means testing
The Australian - Lenore Taylor - May 07, 2008

When it came to deciding "what side of the line other benefits fall on", including family tax benefits and childcare benefits, he said it was necessary to...

Plan for child care in offices
The Canberra Times - John Thistleton - May 6, 2008

New ACT Government offices with 500 or more employees will have child-care facilities in the future, under a recommendation from the ACT...

Aussie mothers' lot not so hot
NEWS.com.au - Natalie Tkaczuk Sikora - May 06, 2008

The survey of 146 countries by Save the Children says our lack of access to low-cost child care and maternity leave means we are sliding

Paid parental leave proposal would slug all workers
NEWS.com.au - Sue Dunlevy - May 06, 2008

A PLAN to fund maternity leave would see workers pay to cover six months' off for mums and a month for dads...

Mums have a point about work
The Australian - Michael Davis - May 05, 2008

The Treasurer's emphasis on working mothers has angered the Australian Family Association, which claims he is discriminating against stay-at-home mothers...

Tax cuts to help working mums
Sydney Morning Herald - Kerry-Anne Walsh - May 4, 2008

Lifting personal income tax thresholds, increasing the low-income tax offset and boosting the child-care cash rebate to 50 per cent will become lures for...

A children's tale: state hike to gobble feds' aid
The Age - Deborah Gough - May 4, 2008

VICTORIAN parents have been urged to budget for further rises in child-care costs despite the Federal Government's pledge this week to bump up the rebate to...

Middle class wins as Labor boosts child-care rebate
The Age - Misha Schubert - May 3, 2008

MIDDLE-CLASS families will be the biggest winners from Labor's budget boost to the child-care rebate, netting up to $2500 annually in extra funds to help...

Baby bonus means test matter of wait and see
The Age - Michelle Grattan and Misha Schubert - May 3, 2008

PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd has let speculation run about a means test on the baby bonus, although restricting it would flout earlier undertakings that...

Working families a cast of many minds
The Australian - Paul Maley - May 03, 2008

"If you're on median income, $50000 to $60000 a year, you're looking at putting your kids into childcare and dealing with their childcare costs," he said...