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Government confirms plans to improve childcare affordability via CCS changes

The Federal Government has confirmed that it will make a series of changes to the Child Care Subsidy system targeted at improving the affordability of early childhood education and care that are to be announced in next weeks Federal Budget.

2 weeks

by Jason Roberts

Jump in Sydney childcare prices pushes overall index to new record, latest Q1 2021 ABS data

Sydney child care prices jumped by 3.5 per cent in the three months ended March 2021 relative to last quarter, a significant increase compared to other states and territories and a large jump relative to pre COVID-19 levels, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics quarterly Consumer Price Index report.

2 weeks

by Jason Roberts

Govt exploring how to “appropriately calibrate” CCS system ahead of upcoming Budget

Recently appointed Federal Minister for Women’s Economic Security Senator Jane Hume has confirmed Government priorities around boosting female workforce participation and stated that the child care subsidy system is an area of current focus for her department.

3 weeks

by Jason Roberts

New Zealand body ECC is worried about centre closures in 2021 as parity pressures bite

Prominent early childhood education and care (ECEC) voices in New Zealand have expressed concern about “a perfect storm” of economic factors which are forcing approved providers to take “desperate measures”, with some predicting that 2021 “could be the year an early learning centre shuts its doors weekly.”

3 weeks

by Freya Lucas

Sydney eastern suburbs ECEC provider ‘halves cost of care’ in order to retain families

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) provider, Chrissanthy Tsigolis, has made the decision to reduce the daily fees for two of her services, located in the eastern Sydney suburbs of Rose Bay and Rosebery, in order to provide “permanent financial relief” for families post the COVID -19 pandemic.

4 weeks

by Freya Lucas

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