The Childcare debate is NOT a new issue!

11 July 2013

For many decades, anyone associated with childcare in the home has been aware that families are not given choice when it comes to selecting childcare for their child/ren.  

Families are provided with minimal choice for their child caring arrangements.   They may have a family member, friend or professional Nanny / Educator caring for their child (no rebate applicable) compared with placing the child/ren into a childcare centre or family day care so that the family can obtain the 50% childcare rebate.

What has been forgotten is in-home care for the ‘average person’, those who don’t fit the criteria for in home care places.  Families, who make the choice to employ professional childcarers and educators (Nannies) for “one on one” care in their own home, are not currently able to receive the same rebate as family day care and childcare centres also known as “Approved Childcare.”

If one sector of the community is able to receive the 50% childcare rebate with systems and infrastructure in place already, why can’t the whole population access the same rebate? The precedent is set with an administrative system already in place..

The Australian Nanny Association Incorporated (ANA) was established in 2012 in response to the increasing demand for in-home childcare. ANA aims to provide a support network for Australia's nannies, families who employ nannies, and service providers (Agencies). ANA believes professional nannies should be recognised as a legitimate quality childcare option for families, and that the availability of the Child Care Rebate (CCR) should be extended to families who employ a nanny as their form of childcare to allow for greater flexibility in meeting the needs of Australian working families. ANA also aims to educate the public about Nannies and the role they play in the care of children within the community.

The main aim of the Association is to lobby the Government to extend the in-home care scheme to all families and to provide the consumer with choice.  We want to introduce minimum standards for the Nanny profession nationally. We are pushing to have a licencing arrangement introduced for Agencies and Nannies to professionalise and uphold the standards of the industry. The only State which currently has a Babysitting / Nanny Agency licence is South Australia. A national “Working with Children” check is also on the Agenda.

The issues paper released by AWCCI is 100% spot on about getting women back into the workforce, which in turn will stimulate significant productivity gains for the Australian Economy. From the issues paper “Research suggests that if the level of female employment were to match male employment, Australia’s GDP would be boosted by 11% which is equivalent to further $25billion to the Australian Economy.” This really is a no brainer!

The paper refers to the case study of the system in France, which could easily be adopted here in Australia.  A productivity commission for childcare should be launched and the rebate extended to in home professional care. Consumers need flexibility, affordable and available childcare in the cities as well as in regional areas. Providing additional options for professional and quality childcare is essential. Not everyone works 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. The current system is clearly not working. Wait lists for places in Centres and Before and After School care is in crisis (people are moving suburbs to get their children into programs), school holiday / Vacation care coverage is a big issue for working parents. When children are ill and unable to attend childcare / school or when children require specialised care is a further concern. Providing an additional option of professional in-home care by a professional Child carer / Educator is one Australia needs to introduce and quickly. The election may be won or lost on this very important issue!

About DIAL-AN-ANGEL

DIAL-AN-ANGEL Pty Limited is a private, family owned and operated Australian company. It is the only national agency specialising in the provision of aged, home and child care. The agency provides Angels for housekeeping & home cleaning, gardening & home maintenance, nannying and babysitting, supervised contact visits, party help, pet care, caretaking, concierge services, aged care, in-home nursing, dementia, palliative and disability care in the home. A wide range of services are available to businesses such as medico legal reporting, employee work-life flexibility programs, trade promotions for competitions and emergency care programs for children and seniors and assistance for any employee going through trauma. Gift vouchers are available for all services.

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About DIAL-AN-ANGEL
DIAL-AN-ANGEL is a private, family owned and operated Australian company. It is the only national agency specialising in the provision of aged, home and child care. The agency provides Angels for housekeeping & home cleaninggardening & home maintenancenannying and babysittingsupervised contact visits, party helpaged carein-home nursingdementiapalliative and disability care in the home. A wide range of services are available to businesses such as medico legal reportingemployee work-life flexibility programstrade promotions for competitions and emergency care programs for children and seniors. Gift vouchers are available for all services.

As a national company, we have offices around Australia in AdelaideBrisbaneCanberraCentral CoastMelbourneNewcastlePerth and Sydney. For further information call 1300 721 111 or email administration@dialanangel.com