Unpaid Childcare is Australia’s Largest Industry – It needs to be acknowledged – The Guardian

Putting a dollar figure on unpaid childcare – valued at more than $345bn in Australia – encourages governments and employers to factor it into their planning. Extract from an article by Fiona Smith We’re all resigned to traffic gridlock on the way to work during the week, but when we are stopped, bumper to bumper, … [Read More] Unpaid Childcare is Australia’s Largest Industry – It needs to be acknowledged – The Guardian

Understanding the Unpaid Economy – Price Waterhouse Cooper

Why is it that a mother caring for her children produces no ‘measured’ economic value, but the same mother hiring others to look after her children does? The answer stems from our narrow measurements of ‘economic activity’, which currently only captures activities for which people are paid. Unpaid work is excluded but we intuitively know … [Read More] Understanding the Unpaid Economy – Price Waterhouse Cooper

What’s a Woman Really Worth? The $345b value of unpaid work to Australia’s economy – The Sydney Morning Herald

Extract If we were to measure the value of unpaid childcare to Australia’s economy in dollar terms, it would be the nation’s biggest – estimated at $345 billion. A new report from PwC, to be released on Wednesday as part of International Women’s Day, asks: Why is it that a mother caring for her children … [Read More] What’s a Woman Really Worth? The $345b value of unpaid work to Australia’s economy – The Sydney Morning Herald

Report on Government Services (RoGS) 2017 – Productivity Commission

The annual Report on Government Services (RoGS) provides information on the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of government services in Australia. This year marks the 22nd edition of the Report on Government Services — comparing the performance of governments in the efficient and effective delivery of a wide range of services aimed at improving the wellbeing … [Read More] Report on Government Services (RoGS) 2017 – Productivity Commission

Early Childhood Education – A selection of articles

A selection of articles form a variety of sources: Caregivers and service providers’ perspectives on a Western Australian aboriginal community’s 0–3 years, early learning programme  / Hayley C. Smith et al. — Early Child Development and Care — A broad range of initiatives including early intervention programmes have been implemented in Australia to assist disadvantaged and at-risk Indigenous parents … [Read More] Early Childhood Education – A selection of articles

Childcare Use and Its Role in Indigenous Child Development: Evidence from the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children in Australia – Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

ABSTRACT This paper investigates patterns of childcare use and their influence on the cognitive development of Indigenous children. The influence of childcare on the cognitive outcomes of Indigenous children is less well understood than for non-Indigenous children due to a lack of appropriate data. This paper uses data from the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children, … [Read More] Childcare Use and Its Role in Indigenous Child Development: Evidence from the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children in Australia – Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

Childcare: Australia – Early Childhood Australia

A selection of articles: From forest preschool to Bush Kinder: An inspirational approach to preschool provision in Australia  [free text available @25 October 2016] Drawing inspiration from European forest preschools, Westgarth Kindergarten instigated a Bush Kinder Pilot Program as an innovative response to the Australian Government’s universal access directive to provide 15 hours of preschool … [Read More] Childcare: Australia – Early Childhood Australia

Return of the Nanny: Public Policy towards In-home Childcare in the UK, Canada and Australia – Social Policy & Administration

ABSTRACT Research on early childhood education and care (ECEC) policy focuses overwhelmingly on formal, centre-based provision and, to a lesser extent, on family day care (or childminding) provided in the homes of registered carers. Comparatively little research addresses the policy treatment of care provided in the child’s home by nannies and au pairs. This article … [Read More] Return of the Nanny: Public Policy towards In-home Childcare in the UK, Canada and Australia – Social Policy & Administration

The Selection of Children from Low-income Families into Preschool – Developmental Psychology

ABSTRACT Because children from low-income families benefit from preschool but are less likely than other children to enroll, identifying factors that promote their enrollment can support research and policy aiming to reduce socioeconomic disparities in education. In this study, we tested an accommodations model with data on 6,250 children in the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth … [Read More] The Selection of Children from Low-income Families into Preschool – Developmental Psychology

The Impact of Caring for Grandchildren on the Health of Grandparents in Europe: A lifecourse approach – Social Science & Medicine

ABSTRACT Grandparents are becoming an increasingly important source of childcare. However, caring for grandchildren may have negative health consequences particularly for grandparents with intensive commitments such as those with primary care responsibilities. To date most studies on this issue are based on cross-sectional data and do not take earlier life circumstances into account. Thus, it … [Read More] The Impact of Caring for Grandchildren on the Health of Grandparents in Europe: A lifecourse approach – Social Science & Medicine

ANU modelling suggests more families to lose out in childcare package – The Age

Extract from an article by Judith Ireland, national Political Reporter Australian National University modelling of the Coalition’s new childcare package suggests more families will be hit by the proposed changes than the Turnbull government’s figures show. The modelling, commissioned by Early Childhood Australia, says about 330,000 families will be worse off under the changes due … [Read More] ANU modelling suggests more families to lose out in childcare package – The Age

New research shows Jobs For Families Child Care Package will further disadvantage most vulnerable Indigenous children – SNAICC

Extract SNAICC, Australia’s national peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, today reveals telling results from new research from Deloitte Access Economics outlining the impact key components of the Jobs for Families Child Care Package will have on Indigenous children and families. With Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children twice as likely to … [Read More] New research shows Jobs For Families Child Care Package will further disadvantage most vulnerable Indigenous children – SNAICC

Childcare package so confusing, some parents may give up on childcare: Mission Australia – Sydney Morning Herald

Extract from an article by Judith Ireland, National political reporter. The federal government’s flagship childcare reforms are so difficult to understand, some parents may give up and pull their children out of care, a Senate inquiry has heard. The warning comes as a survey of parents found about 10 per cent would not meet the Coalition’s new … [Read More] Childcare package so confusing, some parents may give up on childcare: Mission Australia – Sydney Morning Herald

Report on government services 2016 – Productivity Commission

The annual Report on Government Services (RoGS) provides information on the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of government services in Australia. This report was progressively released between 27 January and 4 February 2016. This year marks the twenty-first edition of the Report on Government Services. The Report is produced by the Productivity Commission for an inter-governmental … [Read More] Report on government services 2016 – Productivity Commission

Immigrant and refugee mothers’ experiences of the transition into childcare: A case study – European Early Childhood Education Research Journal (AU)

ABSTRACT With increasing numbers of families arriving in Australia for humanitarian reasons or through migration, childcare centres may often be the first point of contact with dominant cultural practices for these families. This period of transition into childcare can be a fraught with anxiety. This article reports on findings from a case study conducted in … [Read More] Immigrant and refugee mothers’ experiences of the transition into childcare: A case study – European Early Childhood Education Research Journal (AU)

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