The government’s childcare reforms seem to be counterproductive in many ways and are likely to damage children.
The government's childcare reforms are designed to push more primary carers into paid work.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Simon Birmingham about his negotiations for a new higher education package, efforts to crack down on rorting in the vocational educational sector and the government's overhaul of the childcare system.
Women who live in countries with more generous childcare policies are more likely to start growth-oriented businesses.
Women in countries with better access to policies like paid leave and subsidized child care are more likely to start a business oriented toward growth and job creation.
The government has compromised on Family Tax Benefit measures from the 2014 budget that failed to pass the Senate.
The government’s revised Family Tax Benefit proposals will still have some significant negative impacts on low-income families, but they are not as regressive as the 2014 budget.
Many grandparents compromise their own working lives to enable their daughters and daughters-in-law to go to work.
The role of grandparents as the biggest providers of childcare is a huge blind spot in policy-making for workforce participation, childcare, early childhood education and retirement.
Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton watches as a youngster is enthralled by a picture book in New York.
This research suggests that there is one simple way to equip your children for a life of literacy from their infancy: show them picture books.
Not the right building blocks for a childcare policy.
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Plans to double free childcare will only be available for 'working parents'.
Hop along now dears. HRH Queen Mary with nursery children in 1930.
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Despite big changes in childcare policy at the end of the 20th century, we're asking many of the same questions as in the 1960s.
Everbody should get a go.
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We shouldn't just be blaming the middle classes for snapping up all the free childcare spots.
Moms are in a position to either encourage or discourage help from their spouses.
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Moms don't have to be designated worriers.
Multiple approaches to alleviating poverty help cater for different contexts and groups of people.
There is no one perfect package for alleviating poverty, but there is agreement on what the elements should be. Combination and sequence of interventions varies, depending on context and beneficiaries.
Childcare and education: the building blocks for equality.
Why the government's policy could end up harming children's chances.
Benefits in later life.
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Discussion about longer hours of childcare has focused on cost and adult productivity – but there are health benefits for children.
Not a smile to be had.
David Cameron and his government will have to be masters of tactics to get through this parliament. They're already correcting their course.
Social Services Minister Scott Morrison announces that a A$3.5 billion child-care subsidy will begin from July 1 2017 if the Senate passes previously rejected Family Tax Benefit savings.
Lost in the political debate about subsidising child care is the fact that universal free preschool care has been abandoned as a goal of good social policy.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Social Services Minister Scott Morrison hope the government’s childcare policy will encourage more Australians to enter or re-enter the workforce.
Making the case for subsidising childcare is not as simple as it might seem, and the government's new childcare package may not pay for itself.
Social Services Minister Scott Morrison and Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced a $3.5 billion child care package.
The government estimates its proposed $3.5 billion child care package will encourage more than 240,000 families to increase their involvement in paid employment, including almost 38,000 jobless families.
Good deeds don’t always work out that way.
Politicians promising to expand free childcare is no bad thing, but it is difficult to deliver in practice
Social Services minister Scott Morrison’s nanny package undercuts the general principle of qualifications for child care.
Social Services minister Scott Morrison has unveiled the first part of the Abbott government’s “families package” ahead of next month’s federal budget and the signs are not good. With the announcement…
From January, conscientious objectors to vaccine will lose up to $15,000 of childcare and family tax rebates.
Australia is unique in using parental financial incentives for immunisation.