Kate consults with the child care experts. Photo: Supplied. By KATE ELLIS A growing population needs community services to grow with it. It makes sense that if you don’t plan for enough child care centres to meet growing demand from families there will be a shortage of child care places. That is exactly what has happened in our major cities. When the Prime Minister and I did a live blog on child care issues with Mamamia readers in June we heard some very clear messages. One mother said: “I... more
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Kate Ellis is the Federal Minister for Employment Participation and Childcare; Minister for the Status of Women.
Minister for Early Childhood and Childcare Kate Ellis By KATE ELLIS I met a mother at child care centre recently who told me about the great lengths her and her partner need to go to juggle just getting the kids to and from child care. She told me how they have to ‘tag team’ the pick-up and drop off; how they have to and negotiate with employers, fight the traffic, and call on grandparents to ‘fill the child care gaps.’ It’s not a new story, it’s a story I hear... more
Kate Ellis, Minister for Employment Participation and Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care, promised to come back and answer your questions - and she's done exactly that. See below for answers to plenty of questions and take a look at the video too. 1. Why is it that In-Home care that is government approved requires eligibility guidelines over and above the requirements that are met to be eligible for CCB and CCR? I for example have clients that want an In-Home carer and have say two children in good health and want someone say... more
Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care Kate Ellis Child care used to be thought of in pretty basic terms. It was simply a group babysitting service so that parents could go to work. Not anymore. We now know that child care is about so much more than that - that’s why there have been debates, reform and huge new investments in the sector. So what exactly has changed? Firstly, a huge body of research now clearly demonstrates that the first five years of a child’s life are the most critical in terms of learning and development.... more
Yesterday was an important day for women. An important day for our community. An important day for equality. In Australia, we know that women are earning less than men. In fact, they are earning one fifth less than men, which is about a $1 million penalty over a lifetime simply for being born a woman. This just isn’t good enough. Some of this pay disparity is because a higher proportion of women work in caring jobs – and historically, doing this work has paid less. It has been undervalued. When you think about... more