Interviewees describe ‘scrimping and saving’ to make ends meet.
From nursery closures to families self-isolating, COVID has disrupted children’s access to pre-school care. This impacts their development, and their parents’ ability to work
Early childhood education and care centres, which includes childcare and preschool, are part of our village. They form a support network established to ensure parents’ and children’s lifelong success.
If the government really wants to invest in early childhood education, it needs to back the workforce.
Economic recovery and solving the care crisis can and should go hand in hand.
One in five early childhood educators said they planned to leave their job within a year. It is vital we design a system and policies to ensure there are enough to meet the demand.
Whether the policy benefits high-income or low-income families matters, but it also misses the point — early childhood policies need to focus on what benefits children.
The NSW and Victorian preschool funding announcements are likely to increase the growing focus on early childhood education, which is shaping up to be a major issue.
Whether families actually save anything at all depends entirely on where they live, and what provider they use.
Victorian parents will have a total of 72 days of free absences from childcare, if services agree to waive the gap fee. And childcare services will receive 25% of their revenue from the government.
We need a new childcare system that encourages women to work, not punishes them for it
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.
The government has announced childcare will return to the mean-tested system that was in place before the coronavirus pandemic hit.
With caregivers’ faces covered, infants and young children will miss out on all the visual cues they’d normally get during stages of rapid developmental growth.
The government’s emergency relief package for childcare centres has kept many from collapsing financially due to COVID-19. The transition to other arrangements must be slow and carefully managed.
Green drinks and meditation won’t solve the childcare crisis for women - we need free universal childcare to stay.
Childcare will be free for many Australian parents to help families and a struggling sector through the COVID-19 crisis. But there is much confusion around how this new system works.
Quality preschool can deliver $2 for every $1 from government. But families are paying more for it than if they sent their child to private primary school. Some forego quality for affordability.
Labour and the Liberal Democrats go further than the current system but would still leave the UK lagging behind many of its international peers.
Excluding high earning dads from paid parental leave is not the answer.