Harcourt Street childcare centre should not go ahead, report finds
Bendigo Advertiser - Tom O'Callaghan - May 10, 2019

A NEW childcare centre overlooking Ewing Park would have unacceptable impacts on neighbours and sportspeople, a council report says. It recommends councillors knock back plans for a 110-children childcare centre at next Wednesday's City of Greater Bendigo council meeting...

UNSW academic calls for more thoughtful and proactive Government support for ECEC
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 10, 2019

Adjunct Professor Michael Traill AM, a renowned social investment advocate and non-executive Chair of Goodstart Early Learning, has called on the major political parties to “prioritise their policies on care of the elderly, education and housing during the run-up to the federal election.” ...

New Kinder Hub on the way for Morwell
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 10, 2019

More Kindergarten places will be created for families in Victoria’s Gippsland region, with work beginning on a “one stop shop” for kindergarten, school and family services. Ground was broken in the region yesterday by Victorian Minister for Education, James Merlino...

Alleged day-care fraud mastermind made $30,000 a fortnight
The Age - Lucy Cormack - May 10, 2019

The alleged mastermind behind a $4 million day-care fraud syndicate enjoyed a take-home salary of about $30,000 a fortnight, funding a lavish lifestyle of luxury cars and a number of properties across Sydney. It can also be revealed that Alee Farmann was previously the target of a suspected...

Grandparents take vital role in filling childcare gaps
Bendigo Advertiser - May 10, 2019

Many families rely on grandparents to fill in their childcare gaps. Some care for a baby whose parents can't find enough daycare placements, while others care for children before and after school. In fact, there are estimates that almost one-in-four children receives at least some care from their grandparents...

Why childcare subsidies are unfair and unnecessary
Australian Financial Review - Duncan Spender - May 9, 2019

There are obviously votes in subsidising childcare, because the major parties keep ratcheting them up. Yet they are poor public policy - unfair and unnecessary. Childcare subsidies are effectively a transfer from taxpayers who don’t have children to those who do. They are also a transfer of money from...

How much raising kids costs women
Australian Financial Review - Bianca Hartge-Hazelman - May 9, 2019

Is it worth returning to work given the cost of childcare? It’s a question that women shouldn’t have to ask themselves, but many do, without considering their long-term financial security. Career breaks to have children are a key contributor to the gender pay and superannuation savings gap...

No place for fraud in our sector, FDCA says, in light of 18 arrests yesterday
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 9, 2019

Peak body Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) issued a statement in relation to the arrests, outlining their “unequivocal support” for “compliance activities to eradicate unscrupulous operators from using family day care as a vehicle for fraudulent behaviour”. FDCA CEO, Andrew Patterson, said...

Millennials’ guide to the 2019 Australian federal election
The Daily Telegraph - Claire Bickers - May 9, 2019

Here’s what the major parties and the Greens say they’ll do about the big issues, from school and health funding to wages and climate change. Labor has committed to spend $4 billion to boost the childcare rebate for 887,000 families. Low income families, earning up to $69,000, would get their child care free...

Federal election 2019: Unions use Labor childcare policy to drum up membership
The West Australian - Lanai Scarr - May 9, 2019

Union reps have been increasing their visits to childcare centres trying to drum up membership following Bill Shorten’s pledge to boost worker pay in the sector. The move has been slammed as an attempt by the peak childcare union United Voice to “capitalise” on Mr Shorten’s union ties...

Childcare provider Red Roses Family Day Care allegedly filed claims for children who never existed
ABC News - Mark Reddie - May 9, 2019

A childcare provider allegedly filed claims for non-existent children and bought the identities of parents as a way to defraud millions of dollars from the Government. According to its website, Red Roses Family Day Care promised to provide "high-quality, home-care options for children between...

Bill Kelty in accord with $10bn childcare vow
The Australian - Ewin Hannan - May 9, 2019

Former ACTU secretary Bill Kelty has backed Bill Shorten’s $10 billion wage subsidy promise to childcare workers, declaring the policy would lift the wages of a “grossly underpaid” group, have a negligible impact on aggregate wages and not result in pay claims by other employees...

Childcare operators could be hit with $591 million tax bill under Labor plan
Brisbane Times - Chris O'Keefe - May 8, 2019

Childcare centres are warning Labor’s plan to give staff taxpayer-funded pay rises could force them to close or restructure their businesses, with government modelling showing operators could be hit with $591 million in additional payroll taxes. Providers will pay increased payroll tax under...

Goodstart releases CCS estimator to measure impact of major parties ECEC policies
The Sector - Jason Roberts - May 8, 2019

Goodstart Early Learning has released a new Child Care Subsidy estimator that has been designed to calculate how the early childhood education and care (ECEC) related election promises made by the two major political parties are likely to impact on an individual family’s cost of care...

French language program showcased in Brunswick West Ministerial visit
The Sector - Freya Lucas - May 8, 2019

Children who have been participating in weekly French language sessions at Dunstan Reserve Child Care Centre since the beginning of the year had the opportunity to show off their skills yesterday, when visited by Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino. Mr Merlino visited the centre...