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 government will provide free child care in a move aimed at ensuring parents, especially in essential services, are able to keep working. More than 945,000 families with 1.3 million children will benefit.
If schools and childcare centres shut without the necessary support, Australia may permanently lose valuable teachers and early childhood educators.
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Hundreds of thousands of Australians parents would be in work if childcare was more affordable.
Labor is promising to help hundreds of thousands of families have access to more affordable childcare. This is an important investment but the details of how it will work must be given priority.
Free childcare schemes aren't working and babies are too important to be left on the shelf.
Making preschool free will dramatically improve affordability for families across Ontario, Canada, and lead to a predicted increase of 40,000 parents in full-time employment.
It is vital that Ontario's child-care reforms reach all families, and that the province learns from mistakes made in Quebec.
Why does childcare work have such a status problem in Britain?
Policymakers can get more for their money when planing incentives for mothers to work.
Malcolm Turnbull and Simon Birmingham with preschool children at a childcare centre.
Here's how the government's new childcare plan will change the way families are given assistance with paying for child care.
The Nordic childcare model has been shown to be the best for economic and social wellbeing.
Will an increase in free nursery hours lead to greater support for publicly-provided childcare?
Was Bill Shorten right about federal government spending on negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions?
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said that Australia spends more at a Commonwealth level on negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts than it does on child care or higher education. Is he right?
Labor aims to make quality early education and care more affordable for families.
Labor’s policy does, however, fail to commit to long-term funding for universal access to preschool education.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten with daughter Clementine.
Labor has unveiled a $3 billion child care policy it will take to the polls on July 2. What has the party proposed and how is it different?
The shadow minister for early education, Kate Ellis, said child care costs had undergone a ‘massive increase’ since the last federal election.
Labor's shadow minister for early education, Kate Ellis, said there has been a massive increase in child care costs under the Coalition government. Is that an accurate reflection of the data?
Policies aimed at increasing workforce participation, childcare and early childhood development all have gender implications.
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Children need more than one day per week of preschool education to feel secure, build relationships and support learning.
Under new legislation, children from low-income families will receive just 12 hours of early learning support a week, adding to the risk of these children falling behind their peers at school.