Child Care News for Parents & Carers
October 16, 2019
Welcome, this week we take a look at a recent report by the Australian Institute of Family Studies on the impact of the Child Care Package and the Single Child Care Subsidy. Also, the WHO thinks there's too much sugar in store-bought baby food and has sought a ban on added sweeteners.
An evaluation of the new
Child Care Package
It's been more than a year since the government introduced its Child Care Package, complete with a single means- and activity-tested Child Care Subsidy, and an Additional Child Care Subsidy to support disadvantaged Australians.

The aim was to create a simpler, more targeted child care payment system that would benefit low and middle income families, boost workforce participation and break down barriers to access, so the big question is – how successful has the new system been?

To answer this, the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) has evaluated the Child Care Package and released its Early Monitoring Report, with a final report due in 2021. You can read the full report here, but let's look at some of their key findings in relation to families.
Is there too much sugar in baby food?
Store-bought baby food might be an easy way to put fruit and veg on your infant's menu, but according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) Europe, commercial baby foods aren't quite as healthy as they're cracked up to be.

After analysing the nutritional content of baby foods sold in the UK, Denmark and Spain, the WHO Europe has expressed concern about the high levels of sugar in infant meals and is now calling for a ban on added sugars in foods for children under the age of 36 months.

Here we lift the lid on the WHO baby food report and see how you can diversify your bub’s diet to include healthier tastes.
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