Children in the U.S. foster care system can languish for years.
When a child dies from neglect or maltreatment from parents, outraged observers demand at-risk kids be placed in foster care. But the US foster care system can pose risks for children, too.
Even just taking a long hot bath, alone, once a week, reduced the risk of postnatal depression.
Supporting new mothers to make weekly "time for themselves" in the first six months after giving birth may reduce the prevalence of postnatal depression.
John Legend poses with wife Chrissy Teigen after winning an Oscar at the 2015 Academy Awards.
When a pregnant celebrity announces "no hot nannies," what does it say about parenting, gender roles and our culture?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
Removing the childcare rebate for parents who do not fully immunise their children is unnecessarily punitive and could have repercussions.
Immunisation in Australia isn't compulsory – and doesn't need to be controversial. Most Australians recognise the incredible benefits that vaccination provides to prevent serious disease.
The Productivity Commission’s report on childcare will help inform the Abbott government’s soon-to-be-unveiled ‘families package’.
Many of the Productivity Commission's proposals derive from assumptions that the funding of these services should ensure minimal interference, with a classic, market-based model for meeting "demand".
Labour have pledged to boost Sure Start if they win the May election.
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It is predictable that the Labour Party’s election pledge to expand Sure Start has turned into a row over how many children’s centres have actually closed since the coalition government took over in 2010…
But what awaits her at home?
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The latter part of the twentieth century saw a dramatic increase in women’s participation in the workforce as well as a rise in ideological support for women’s employment in the United States. However…