Child Care News for Parents & Carers
April 5, 2017
Welcome, this week what you need to know about the changes to the child care system as a result of the Jobs for Families package along with child care and entertainment ideas for the fast approaching school holidays. Plus we've just opened the Annual Child Care Workforce Participation survey, so if you have something to say about child care say it NOW.
Have a say on the state of play

12th Annual Child Care and Workforce Participation Survey

Struggling to find child care? Blown away by the prices? Can't tell your CCB from your CCR? Join the club! Most working families have a story to tell about child care and while some of the stories have a happy ending, many do not.

Our survey gives you an opportunity to tell your story, share your opinion and/or have a rant, if that’s what you feel like.

Every year we survey families about the Australian early education and care system to learn more about what is working and what is not. We tailor our questions to reflect current changes and challenges in the early childhood sector and the results offer valuable insights into the health of our system from the people who rely on it.

This year we have included questions about grandparent carers, vaccinations in care settings, outside school hours care and complexity issues.

Your opinion is valuable and we urge you to take a few moments out of your day to complete the survey. By sharing your experiences you will help us paint an accurate picture of the child care landscape and what changes are needed moving forward.

In coming weeks we will summarise findings from the survey and publish them here so you can see whether your experiences are in line with other parents and carers in Australia.

The survey takes a short 7 minutes so why not do it now? As an added incentive, we will donate $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for every completed survey and you will go in the draw to win an iPad Mini.
Child care changes: What you need to know
Widely anticipated changes to the child care system have passed the senate and are likely to take effect from 1 July 2018. The Jobs for Families package, which has its origins in a Productivity Commission Inquiry, include a single means-tested subsidy and a lifting of the cap on the child care rebate.
School holiday care
Though it feels like the Christmas decorations have only just come down, school holidays are already upon us again. For families with children in preschool, kindy or primary years, school holidays mean that difficult juggle of organising appropriate care while the parents bring home the bacon. If you don’t have extended family to fall back on, there are a few options for school holiday care.
Unsure about your child care options?
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