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Early childhood education & care: What if can we make it free for everyone?

We are inviting you to a really important conversation. We want to know how the high cost of early childhood education and care (ECEC) impacts you and your family.

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Newsletter November 2020

Has 2020 been the longest year on record in the history of civilisation? It certainly feels that way. December is now less than a week away and - fingers crossed - there are pockets of good news on the horizon. Victoria has continued its incredible success eliminating COVID19. Borders are re-opening and the development of an effective vaccine appears to be tracking well. Governments in Victoria and New South Wales have even announced free preschool for many 3 and 4 years olds in 2021.   

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New HILDA survey reveals single parents increasingly priced out of ECEC in Australia

Latest data from the Household, Income and Labor Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey shows single parents in Australia are increasingly unable to afford early learning and care, narrowing options for children and women who predominantly head single-parent households.

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Universal, high-quality early learning key to increasing women's workplace participation in NSW over the long term

The NSW Government’s return to work program for women, part of tomorrow’s State Budget, is welcome but will not result in real, lasting increases in female workplace participation unless it is complemented by universal access to high-quality early learning, according to The Parenthood.

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The Parenthood supports the Raise the Rate for Good campaign

The Parenthood supports the Raise the Rate for Good campaign

The campaign to Raise the Rate for Good is key to reducing poverty and inequality in Australia. The goal of the campaign is to fix the social security safety net for good so that it keeps people out of poverty, with an income of $500 per week. The Parenthood is proud to be part of this campaign and you too can show your support and join Raise the Rate for Good.

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PARENTHOOD WELCOMES NSW AND VICTORIA’S INVESTMENT IN FREE PRESCHOOL, URGES OTHER STATES TO FOLLOW LEAD

The Parenthood has welcomed announcements this week that both NSW and Victoria will invest in free preschool and urged other states to match the commitment. Ahead of the NSW State Budget, the NSW Government has extended up to 15 hours of free preschool for three-to five-year-olds at community preschools for another year.

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The Parenthood x Business Chicks Event Series

The Parenthood is excited to present three events in November with Business Chicks and Thrive by Five. We have nine fantastic speakers and leaders who will shed light on the different perspectives that make investing in universal access to high quality early education the smart choice for Australia. From the need for culturally appropriate early learning services to the ups and downs of parenthood and the challenges associated with returning to work after having a baby, this event series will inform and inspire.

(These events are free but if they weren't we'd offer a refund for any one who walks away unconvinced this is the reform Australia needs right now. You'll also find out about how you can get involved to make this happen.)  

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Newsletter October

Our second newsletter in October is out. Read about our new inaugural patron, Wendy McCarthy, how to find out how much your family would be better off under Labor’s proposed changes to the Child Care Subsidy and the latest update on the Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) Temporary Financial Hardship.

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Additional subsidy for Early Childhood Education and Care available

Additional subsidy for Early Childhood Education and Care available

At the moment we all probably know at least a few people who are having a tough time  as COVID-19 continues to impact on our lives, our local communities and the economy. Did you know there is support available for families with young children?

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The Parenthood announces Wendy McCarthy AO as its inaugural patron

The Parenthood announces Wendy McCarthy AO as its inaugural patron

“We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Wendy McCarthy. This appointment is a significant and exciting development that will help The Parenthood further contribute to the future direction of Australia by advancing positive policies for families and children,” The Parenthood’s Executive Director Georgie Dent said. 

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