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Government clarifies childcare advice as desperate parents scramble for answers

Government clarifies childcare advice as desperate parents scramble for answers

The Victorian government has explained the rules around restricted access to childcare for Melbourne families.

  • by Henrietta Cook, Anna Prytz and Benjamin Preiss

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'Just going to have to wing it': Parents grapple with childcare lockdown
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'Just going to have to wing it': Parents grapple with childcare lockdown

The Whelans are one of many families struggling to make sense of strict rules that remove access to childcare for all but vulnerable children and the kids of permitted workers.

  • by Rachael Dexter
Hundreds exposed, but NSW schools have 'extremely low' COVID-19 infections
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Hundreds exposed, but NSW schools have 'extremely low' COVID-19 infections

The world-first investigation of COVID-19 transmission rates challenges recent US research that suggested infected young children carried ten to 100-fold greater amounts of the virus.

  • by Kate Aubusson
COVID-19 closures may cause childcare centres to fold, industry warns
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COVID-19 closures may cause childcare centres to fold, industry warns

Dozens of early learning centres in Victoria have closed due to infections or as a precaution, and it is feared many will not reopen unless the federal government steps up financial support.

  • by Adam Carey
Families withdraw from childcare as fees resume
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Families withdraw from childcare as fees resume

The hit to household income and working hours mean childcare bookings are down, with operators worried about school readiness.

  • by Caitlin Fitzsimmons
Childcare centre flags contact tracing delays amid 'inundation'
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Childcare centre flags contact tracing delays amid 'inundation'

A childcare centre in Melbourne's north with seven confirmed COVID-19 cases will require all children and staff to be tested and return a negative result before being allowed back into the centre.

  • by Rachael Dexter and Paul Sakkal
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'Bold vision': Benefits and risks in ACTU push for free childcare
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'Bold vision': Benefits and risks in ACTU push for free childcare

The union movement's proposal would supercharge economic output and boost children's education but there are risks, experts warn.

  • by Fergus Hunter
Thousands of families wait on government childcare payments for 2018-19
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Thousands of families wait on government childcare payments for 2018-19

The government faces criticism for apparent delays in processing of payments under the childcare subsidy system.

  • by Fergus Hunter
Executives warn of childcare collapse, more stress on Victorian families
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Executives warn of childcare collapse, more stress on Victorian families

Victoria will extend free sessional kindergarten until end of term three but end of the federal government's free childcare scheme will put centres at risk.

  • by Wendy Tuohy
'Haven't heard back': Parents in dark over COVID-19 case at childcare centre
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'Haven't heard back': Parents in dark over COVID-19 case at childcare centre

A Flemington childcare centre has been waiting four days for official advice from health authorities on whether families should quarantine or get tested after a staff member tested positive.

  • by Bianca Hall
Victorian childcare centres to get fee help after lockdown decision
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Victorian childcare centres to get fee help after lockdown decision

As the rest of the country shifts back to the old childcare funding model, Victorian centres will get extra help to survive another severe lockdown.

  • by Fergus Hunter