$2.1b pitch to families
Melbourne Herald Sun – Ben Packham – May 8, 2007

FAMILIES struggling with childcare payments have been given a $2.1 billion helping hand in a major election-year pitch to crucial mortgage-belt seats.

Childcare centres take on volunteer
Melbourne Herald Sun – Susie O'Brien – May 8, 2007

CHILDCARE centres are using untrained volunteers, work experience students and people working for the dole to lift staff numbers and meet State Government...

Call for more childcare places
The Australian – Stephen Lunn and Patricia Karvelas – May 7, 2007

ANNETTE Maloney will be happy to have earlier access to thousands of dollars in childcare tax rebates, but believes Treasurer Peter Costello is unlikely to...

Child-care costs high on money worries list
The Age – Nassim Khadem - May 7, 2007

ONE in seven families rank child care in their top three financial concerns, a Labor report to be released today says. The Family Watch Taskforce Report...

Family-friendly Budget coming
Melbourne Herald Sun – May 7, 2007

TOMORROW'S Budget will help working families and invest in the economy to ensure future jobs growth, federal Treasurer Peter Costello says...

Budget hook for working parents
Brisbane Times - Kerry-Anne Walsh - May 6, 2007

Parents receiving child-care rebates are to get extra help, and the 30 per cent tax rebate for out-of-pocket child-care expenses is tipped to change, to allow weekly or fortnightly...

PM's $8000 family gift
Sunday Telegraph - Glen Milne - May 6, 2007

FAMILIES are to be offered up to $8000 per child in a one-off election year sweetener to reduce the cost of child care. The payment, which could benefit up...

Taxing times for toiling mums
NEWS.com.au - Sue Dunlevy - May 04, 2007

Mothers do 70 per cent of the housework and more than 90 per cent of the childcare. Now it seems they're also paying tax at three times the rate of their...

Day care blamed for sick babies
Courier Mail - Tamara McLean - May 03, 2007

Rising day care use in Australia has been blamed for infections being the leading reason babies and toddlers are admitted to hospital.

Fighting obesity... we'll drink to that
Geelong Advertiser - Simon Gladman - May 3, 2007

A new program, sweeping through 35 schools and 46 childcare centres and kindergartens in the region, aims to dramatically change eating, drinking and...

Costello flags family friendly budget
NEWS.com.au - Malcolm Farr, Mark Kenny - May 03 , 2007

Tuesday's Federal Budget will bring bonuses for middle income households and working parents who depend on child care. It also will pay doctors more to make...

Need for child care isn't going to go away
The Age - Dewi Cooke - May 2, 2007

Child care is a high priority for Juliette Brodsky, her partner, Francis Grey, and children Leo and Paloma. Community child care centres have been given a...

Reasoned approach to care can boost workforce
Sydney Morning Herald - Tanya Plibersek - May 2, 2007

Australia has a shortage of skilled workers. It is because we've had a decade of Federal Government neglect of our TAFE and university sectors,...

Youngest losing out in childcare
NEWS.com.au - Mark Schliebs - April 30, 2007

Childcare places for children under three may become increasingly rare due to the high cost associated with providing the mandated level...

Baby leave plan a nightmare, says Howard
Brisbane Times - Australia - Mark Davis - April 30, 2007

LABOR'S plan to give working parents rights to request extra parental leave and flexible working hours would be the 'ultimate nightmare' for small business...