Child Care News for Parents November 5, 2014 -®
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November 5, 2014
Already November, which means we're staring in the face of the long summer holidays, so it's time to make sure you've got vacation care sorted, one way or another. Read our article, Summer holidays are nearly here to make sure you're ready. Plus we consider the prominence of child care on the global agenda right now.
Child care on the global agenda

Canada, UK, USA looking to leverage child care for both economic and social advantage

The Productivity Commission Inquiry into Child Care and Early Learning submitted its final report to the Government on Friday 31 October and now the early childhood sector and parents must wait to hear how the Abbott Government intends to respond to the recommendations made in the report.

Assistant Minister for Education Ms Sussan Ley thanked the thousands of Australians who took the time to comment on the inquiry and described it as a once in a generation opportunity to work together to build a better child care system for Australian families.

This beggars the question what is a better child care system? The Abbott Government has identified flexibility, accessibility and affordability as three key problems with the current system that need to be addressed but what problems do other countries in the world have and how are they seeking to address these issues?

In Canada around 75 per cent of mothers work but there is still a gap between the number of working women and the number of working mums, a gap which is usually attributed to the high cost of care. To address this the Canadian Government is introducing a number of new measures aimed to reduce cost and improve accessibility.
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Summer holidays are nearly here

So make sure you have child care sorted

The long summer holidays are only a few working weeks away, which strikes fear into many working parents, particularly those with children in child care services that close over school holidays.

With most working parents only getting the standard four weeks holiday per year, vacation care is a necessity, but often hard to come by.

Many child care services do stay open over the school holidays, but often require parents to confirm their child's attendance well before the holidays start.

Make it easy on yourself by doing a Vacation Care Search now to find services nearest you that offer OOSH care and run vacation programs.
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