Push to ban plastic toy chemicals linked to health issues in baby boys
The Age - William Birnbauer - May 25, 2008

The regulator is also conducting a public health risk assessment for nine phthalates used in children's toys, child-care products and cosmetics...

Surge in demand for childcare
Daily Telegraph - Clare Masters - May 24, 2008

MORE mothers are being forced to hand over their infants to childcare workers with one Sydney provider forced to double its capacity for...

Nip it in the bud
The Australian - Sian Powell - May 24, 2008

"The Rudd Government is investing in the early years because research shows it is the best way to guard against a lifetime of disadvantage"...

Call to increase paid maternity leave, childcare rebate
Courier Mail - May 21, 2008

PAID maternity leave should be complemented by an increased childcare rebate for under-threes, to encourage women back into the workforce...

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...