Families play a vital role in the process of skill formation, which is just as important as the role of schools.
Choosing child care when returning to paid work can be hard and to the uninitiated the terms can be confusing. One alternative to long day care in a larger centre is known as family day care.
If schools and childcare centres shut without the necessary support, Australia may permanently lose valuable teachers and early childhood educators.
In 2009, Australian governments made an agreement to provide all four-year-olds with access to preschool delivered by a trained teacher from 2013. We're a long way from this goal.
Our children can't continue to grow up in a world where only women raise them, either at home or in early care and learning.