Working parents: our jobs are flexible, so why can’t our childcare be?
World Economic Forum
29 November 2016
Say “infrastructure” and you might think of roads. Or perhaps pipes. Pipes carrying water, gas, electricity. Buses carrying commuters to work. Cables, concrete, bridges, tunnels.
There’s another kind of infrastructure, though, which is equally essential. It’s infrastructure that is fundamental to the rest of the economy. In particular, it’s critical to enable the economic participation of women. It’s childcare infrastructure: the formal paid systems or loose family networks that allow women at the peak of their economic and fertile capacity to work. Without childcare infrastructure, half the populace is effectively prevented from full participation in economic, social and public life.
Report On Government Services – Early Childhood Education And Care
Each year, the Australian Government releases the Report on Government Services (RoGS) which provides information on the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of government services in Australia. This chapter from the Report on Government Services reports on the performance of early childhood education and care (ECEC) services, which comprises child care and preschool services.
Economic Impact Of Proposed Child Care Subsidies
Goodstart Early Learning commissioned PwC to model the economic impacts of the proposed CCS. The economic impact analysis in this report establishes a whole of life-cycle value of the economy-wide return of investing in quality ECEC. This was achieved by analysing the impact of the expected reduction in out of pocket ECEC costs out to 2050.