Childcare costs climb again as drought hits family budgets
Sydney Morning Herald - Shane Wright and Eryk Bagshaw - October 30, 2019

Half of the Morrison government's effort to cut the cost of childcare has disappeared in the first year of its $2.5 billion overhaul of the sector as price pressures continue to squeeze the hip pockets of parents. The Australian Bureau of Statistics consumer price index...

“Radical plan” to boost economy would drive down wages
Macro Business - By Unconventional Economist in Australian Economy - October 30, 2019

KMPG argues Australia’s tax and transfer system needs a revamp so more secondary earners in a family (usually women) can get back to work. Their proposal looks at changing the child care subsidy rates for long-day care, and giving “top-up” payments...

Inflation edges up taking some heat off the RBA to cut interest rates
ABC News - Stephen Letts - October 30, 2019

International travel (+6.1 per cent) was the most significant contributor to the rise in inflation, while property rates and child care both rose 2.5 per cent. Fuel slipped 2 per cent - the price spike from the attack on Saudi facilities occurring too late in the quarter...

Challenges for regional businesswomen
Barossa Herald - October 30, 2019

Poor quality internet and a lack of childcare and quality support are among the main challenges facing regional women in business in South Australia. In a survey by the Women in Business Regional Network regional businesswomen were asked to identify...

Global Child Care Management Software Market 2019 Industry Outlook, Comprehensive Insights, Growth and Forecast 2024
News Midget - Steven Kenny - October 30, 2019

Global Child Care Management Software Market 2019 by Company, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2024 presents the conceptual study and strategic analysis on global Child Care Management Software market which provides market scope, applications...

Mum in debt after being overpaid in Child Care Subsidy payments
Kids Spot - Leesa Smith - October 30, 2019

The QLD mum-of-five deliberately overestimated her husband’s annual income by 12k. “I always overestimate, so I'm should always be safe,” she said. “To be honest I feel like crap – I’m super peeved about it... and i have no idea what I owe."...

Japanese architect designs ‘challenging’ childcare centre in Melbourne
Architecture AU - October 30, 2019

Milton Architects has helped ensure the design is site specific. “The outcome of our collaboration is a conceptual design that has the potential to have a revolutionary influence on the education of young Australian children,” said principal Steve Milton...

Pre-schoolers, teens and Indigenous women the focus for heart health research funding
The University of Newcastle - October 30, 2019

This fellowship research program will i) identify effective and cost-effective childcare-based interventions in improving child diet, physical activity, sedentary behaviour and obesity; ii) rank evidence-based obesity prevention interventions that are likely...

Dubbo's Community Kids makes saving water fun for its students
Daily Liberal - October 30, 2019

Kids at a childcare centre in Dubbo are having fun scraping and then rinsing their plates in a bucket of water before putting them into a dishwasher. The serious business of saving water has a bright side at Community Kids Dubbo in Goode Street. "We don't want to be alarmist,"...

Struggling to balance work and family? You’re not alone say Sydney researchers
The Sector - Freya Lucas - October 30, 2019

Only 15 per cent of Australians, regardless of gender, feel they are able to balance their work and family responsibilities, with Professor Marian Barid saying that since the 2010 introduction of paid parental leave, and dad and partner leave in 2013, “we’ve seen alarmingly little...

Brookton Childcare Centre joins REED cluster management model
The Sector - Freya Lucas - October 30, 2019

REED is a new not-for-profit (NFP) cluster model of management, designed to provide support to ECEC services in the region, “reducing the burden” on local committees and shires whilst still providing the vital ECEC community services. Established in response to challenges...

Working parents would gain thousands under childcare subsidy overhaul: KPMG
The Sydney Morning Herald - Shane Wright - October 30, 2019

Parents who lose money if they work an extra day a week would be thousands of dollars a year better off under a KPMG proposal to overhaul the Morrison government's childcare subsidy system. The accounting giant estimates the economy would expand by up to $700 million...

Let's invest in early childhood education
The Canberra Times - Leanne Grogan - October 29, 2019

Our early beginnings are integral to our "being, belonging and becoming", which is why Australia adopted this alliterative phrase as the theme for the early years learning framework. There's much evidence to support an investment in quality education in the early years. The first five years of life are when...

Woman, 26, accused of overdosing three young children in her care refused bail by Adelaide Magistrates Court
The Advertiser - Steve Rice - October 29, 2019

A woman overdosed three young children – including a baby – on painkillers, alcohol and drugs while they were in her care, a court has heard. The alleged victims were known to the woman and were all being babysat at the time. The 26-year-old is charged with two aggravated counts of endangering life...

Creche added to Kew Recreation Centre revamp after backlash
Herald Sun - Rebecca DiNuzzo, Progress Leader - October 29, 2019

Parents have scored a big win after a creche and outdoor play area were added to plans to redevelop Kew Recreation Centre. The popular creche service was facing the axe, outraging parents who took to Facebook last month to express their frustration over Boroondara Council...