Childcare in-home program in crisis with two year waiting lists
The Courier Mail - Lauren Martyn-Jones - October 6, 2018

QUEENSLAND'S in-home childcare program is in crisis as major providers shut their doors and waitlists for subsidised nannies blow out. Parents and providers say the Federal Government's new childcare package, which came into effect in July, has been devastating for the in-home...

Labor flags childcare worker pay policy
SBS News - October 6, 2018

Federal Labor is confident the states and territories will support its $1.75 billion election promise to give three and four-year-olds extra preschool. Senior Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese says the Opposition has "consulted widely" for the plan, which would see about...

Gender inequality: why is it so hard to change?
Sydney Morning Herald - Beth Gaze - October 6, 2018

Finding childcare is difficult and expensive and even once children are at school their hours and holidays do not match up with workforce needs. Australia deals with this mismatch by expecting mothers to work part-time, instead of ensuring adequate provision of high quality...

Miranda Devine: Shorten's universal preschool plan is no solution
The Daily Telegraph - Miranda Devine - October 6, 2018

BE afraid, be very afraid. At first blush, Labor leader Bill Shorten's latest promise to spend $9.8 billion on a universal preschool program for three and four year olds looks like a vote-winner. "All of the results show that children who are able to get two years of preschool education...

Boost early childhood education spending or risk falling behind: UOW expert
Illawarra Mercury - Agron Latifi - October 5, 2018

A world-renowned early childhood development and policy expert has called on Australia to follow Sri Lanka's lead and boost funding for early childhood education. The call from Professor Ted Melhuish comes hot on the heels of Labor pledging a $1.75 billion funding boost which will...

Research shows there are benefits from getting more three-year-olds into preschool
The Conversation - Alison Elliott - October 5, 2018

Neuroscience has shown the early years, particularly birth to eight years, are critical for optimal learning and development. Preschool attendance has shown consistent positive short and long-term effects across the world including in the US, Europe, Canada and New Zealand...

Govt says $1.7bn ALP pre-school announcement will cost taxpayers
ABC News - Eliza Borrello on AM with Sabra Lane - October 5, 2018

Federal Labor''s promise to subsidise pre-school for three-year-olds has sparked debate about the merits of formal early education. The Government says the announcement is light on detail and will see Australians paying more tax to fund it. So what do parents think?...

Changes to negative gearing to fund Labor's preschool plan
The Australian - Rachel Baexndale - October 4, 2018

As the Morrison government scrambles to guarantee that its universal access program for four-year-old children will continue beyond the end of next year, Bill Shorten has pledged to spend almost $10 billion over a decade on boosting preschool access for three and four-year-olds...

Why Labor's plan for preschool is music to the ears of early childhood advocates
Women's Agenda - Alys Gagnon - October 5, 2018

Yesterday morning, almost the entire early childhood advocate community gathered in an upper room of Monash University in Melbourne's east. There were educators, teachers and union organisers, sitting side-by-side representatives of the big childcare companies...

Labor to waive upfront fees for 10,000 early education students
Financial Review - Ronald Mizen - October 5, 2018

Ten thousand early education students studying at TAFE will have their upfront fees scrapped under a new proposal being announced on Friday by Labor Leader Bill Shorten as Labor ramps up its efforts to lead the policy debate. Mr Shorten announced in his budget reply speech earlier...

Early learning and literacy key to success on Palm Island
Townsville Bulletin - Bettina Warburton - October 5, 2018

AN early language and literacy program on Palm Island is reaping results and changing lives, an indigenous educator on the remote island says. Nazareth Youngblutt, who has been at the forefront of early learning on Palm Island for decades, said the community had thrown its support...

Scott Morrison attacks Labor's $9.8bn early childhood education scheme
The Guardian - Paul Karp - October 4, 2018

Scott Morrison has refused to rule out extending early childhood education to three-year-olds but attacked Labor's $9.8bn 10-year promise for lacking detail about cooperation with the states. On Thursday Bill Shorten unveiled Labor's policy to permanently grant universal access to preschool...

Vic Labor to fund $5b childcare changes
SBS News - October 4, 2018

A re-elected Victorian Labor government would push ahead with a $5 billion plan for part-time kindergarten for three-year-olds with or without the help from Canberra. Premier Daniel Andrews made the announcement in Melbourne on Thursday alongside federal Opposition leader...

Bill Shorten reveals $1.7bn plan to fund access to preschool or kindergarten
The Guardian - Katharine Murphy and Paul Karp - October 4, 2018

Labor will unveil a new plan to give both three and four-year-olds access to 600 hours of preschool or kindergarten in a $1.75bn funding commitment if Bill Shorten wins the next federal election. The initiative, to be revealed by Shorten on Thursday, would extend 15 hours per week...

ACTU secretary Sally McManus attacks enterprise bargaining as 'failing system'
Financial Review - David Marin-Guzman - October 3, 2018

Ms McManus is proposing employers and workers, from childcare centres to universities, be given the option to negotiate wages and conditions across industries to "improve productivity, quality and innovate new products and services". In her speech, she cites a paper by economist..