DHS speaks out to help families understand CCS overpayment in climate of confusion

Following the end of the 2018/19 financial year, the first since eligible families moved from Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate to one system of Child Care Subsidy, both providers and families have expressed concern about the confusion of the system, which has left some with high debts owing to services, and others with unexpected windfalls which rightfully belong to services.

11 days ago

by Freya Lucas

Untaxing childcare is a bold idea that seems unfair, but might benefit us all

Australia’s system of childcare support is pretty good.It ensures high-quality care is provided to a large number of children, it is targeted through income-based subsidies, and it is attentive to the needs of disadvantaged children and families.

15 days ago

by Richard Holden, UNSW

Research shows parents want flexible ECEC options, even without taxpayer support

More than half of Australia’s parents who are currently receiving the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) would be willing to receive less subsidy if it meant they had more flexibility in how it was spent, research from the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) has revealed.

3 months ago

by Freya Lucas

Community preschools call for rate freeze from Council in struggle to retain viability

Five not-for-profit preschools in Sydney’s north western suburbs have called on a local council to renegotiate rent for their preschools across the district, with The Daily Telegraph reporting rates are set to “skyrocket” 500 per cent.

4 months ago

by Freya Lucas

Long day care for $70 a day is “the answer to a prayer” for Sydney parents

The advent of “running costs only” long day care (LDC) services in Sydney, provided by the newly established Sydney Catholic Early Childhood Services (SCECS) is “the answer to a prayer” for families accessing the services, The Catholic Weekly has reported.

4 months ago

by Freya Lucas