Confessions from a woman who employs au pairs – and isn't filthy rich
Sydney Morning Herald - Georgina Dent - September 9, 2018

Having a child is a great many things but economically rewarding isn't one of them, so having three children could reasonably be described as a form of economic insanity. We knew as much when we mulled over having a third baby. My husband and I are both from families with three...

Yes, Peter Dutton, you can be a working woman and a good mother
Sydney Morning Herald - Karen Hardy - September 9, 2018

Peter Dutton has earned the ire of many women this week, if we didn't have reason enough to dislike him, with a throwaway comment about the whole au pair fiasco. On Monday he told reporters, answering questions about whether he had personally benefited from the whole thing...

Doncaster childcare centre building approved despite noise concerns
Herald Sun - Andrew Rogers - September 8, 2018

A MANNINGHAM councillor says a proposal to build a childcare centre in Doncaster is "refreshing" because the project isn't another residential tower. Cr Anna Chen said the proposal was welcomed because it complemented planned and existing residential zones. The council voted...

Doctors warn Far North Queenslanders to be vigilant with health, following gastro outbreaks
Cairns Post - Daniel Bateman - September 7, 2018

The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service has advised there has been several outbreaks of gastroenteritis in the past three weeks in a school, childcare centre, and a residential home. Some patients have needed to be hospitalised after contracting the disease...

What is an au pair and do they need more regulation in Australia?
SBS News - Nick Baker - September 6, 2018

Australia's au pairs saga is threatening to bring down a federal minister. SBS News looks at what the job entails. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is under fire for saving two au pairs from deportation in 2015. It is understood both women tried to enter Australia without the correct work visa...

The 'uphill battle of competing roles' encouraging women into startups
Women's Agenda - Bianca Hartge-Hazleman - September 6, 2018

Barker adds this is especially important, given her belief that Australia is so far behind in terms of the support provided to working mothers around childcare, as well as the social and business stigma that still exists around who should do what at home. "I'm a migrant and when I got here...

Labor ramps up pressure on Dutton's childcare centres ahead of return of Parliament
ABC News - Matthew Doran - September 6, 2018

Labor is seeking to rekindle the debate over Peter Dutton's eligibility to remain in Federal Parliament, seizing on new evidence suggesting a direct financial agreement between one of the Home Affairs Minister's childcare centres and the Commonwealth. But even with the numbers in the House...

Childcare centre portfolio sale a test amid 'glut'
Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - September 5, 2018

A portfolio of seven childcare centres will go to auction next week in what could prove to be a major test of investor appetite for the specialist asset class, hit by oversupply fears. The portfolio, which selling agents Burgess Rawson expect could fetch around $35 million under the hammer...

Peter Dutton's childcare funding letter sparks new attack
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey & Joe Aston - September 5, 2018

Labor says the government has no choice but to refer Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to the High Court after a letter shows a child care centre held by Mr Dutton in trust had a funding agreement with the Commonwealth to enable the hiring of a special needs teacher. Constitutional lawyers...

Why your childcare fees aren't falling in an oversupply
Financial Review - Simon Evans - September 5, 2018

Punishing lease costs which are tied to the number of licensed childcare places in a centre and not how many children are actually attending is one of the major reasons why childcare fees aren't dropping for families in a market awash with oversupply. The fixed costs aren't budging for childcare...

Labor calls for fair pay for early childhood education workers' as they strike in Melbourne
Daily Telegraph - Alex Murray- September 5, 2018

Victorian early childhood educators have gone on strike, demanding equal pay, saying that they often receive 50% of the average wage. Shadow employment minister Brenadan O'Connor says Labor will support the workers at the Fair Work Comission and if elected see that their needs...

Thousands of childcare workers go on strike
The Australian - September 5, 2018

Thousands of childcare workers are walking off the job in protest of low wages, as Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the sector will be better off from government investment. About 7000 early childhood workers will go on strike on Wednesday afternoon to hold rallies across the country, causing 350 centres...

Early childhood educators don't need thanks - they need a pay rise
Kidspot - Alys Gagnon - September 5, 2018

Millions of parents will tonight pick their young children up from childcare. There, they will review their child's day – what she ate, who she played with, how many times she toileted, what she learned, and how her educators responded to her individual play choices with new...

Why Australia should invest in paying early childhood educators a liveable wage
The Conversation - Karen Thorpe, Paula McDonald & Susan Irvine - September 5, 2018

Our study suggests educators pursue a range of options. The degree-qualified move up to the few better paid administrative roles within the sector or move out to the schooling sector where pay, conditions and status are higher. Diploma and Certificate trained educators may move around within...

"I want to stay in early childhood education. But every year we are pushed out."
Mamamia - Shannon Lavery - September 5, 2018

But my colleagues and I are paid as little as $22 per hour. Many of us live on less than half the average national wage. I can't even imagine buying my own home. Even renting can be a struggle. My mother inspired me to work in early childhood education and care. She worked as an educator...