Child Care News for Parents & Carers
October 9, 2019
Welcome, findings from the 2019 HILDA Survey show the struggle is real for many parents as they battle to manage the competing pressures of work and home life and the rising cost of child care, we take a look at the findings. Also, how early intervention may support the language skills of children displaying early signs of autism spectrum disorder.
Work-life balance and the high cost of child care
Parenting is a full-time job, and once paid employment is added to the mix, many Australian families find themselves juggling schedules, weighing up child care costs and balancing work responsibilities with family commitments.

This can be challenging, and to get a sense of how parents are negotiating numerous demands over time, the University of Melbourne conducts an annual Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey.

They recently released their 2019 Statistical Report, analysing the latest responses to this survey, so let's see what the HILDA Survey involves and highlight some of its key findings around families.
How early intervention can support children with autism
Although autism is usually diagnosed when a child is two or older, some youngsters exhibit signs of this condition well before their official diagnosis.

Now, a new Australian study suggests that early therapy for autism, from the age of 12 months, can have a positive impact on an infant's developing brain and, in particular, on their language skills.

Here we look at some of the signs of autism, and see how this study offers hope for children exhibiting early autism behaviours.
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