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.
The HILDA Survey suggests single-parent households on Australia are abandoning formal childcare as they face greater poverty rates.
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.
Labor's proposed childcare measure would result in thousands of dollars saved per year. And it will make it affordable for parents who want to work more while accessing childcare.
Whether families actually save anything at all depends entirely on where they live, and what provider they use.
A study found no statistically significant difference between the literacy and numeracy scores of school children who had attended preschool or childcare and children who didn't.
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.
Most children can no longer attend childcare in Melbourne. Parents have to look after them if they're working themselves, while the sector faces collapse if the government doesn't step in.
The government should increase the childcare subsidy for families on low to medium incomes — either temporarily or permanently. This would involve increasing the highest subsidy rate from 85% to 95%.
We need a new childcare system that encourages women to work, not punishes them for it
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.
For many women, childcare has been unaffordable. Suddenly it's free. It's as if we have finally realised it is an essential service.
Parents are children's first and most influential educators. They can turn ordinary moments into important learning experiences.
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.
High income families could get up to $1,080 per year, others $618, but it could still be worthwhile.
Understanding the role of childcare in balancing work and family life.
For families, the HILDA report has little good news – childcare costs, poverty and anxiety are rising, all while women are more involved in the labour market. But there is some reason to hope.