Fly-in nannies not the answer to childcare challenge, says Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says he doesn't think the big challenges in childcare are going to be solved by bringing in nannies from overseas.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says he doesn’t think the big challenges in childcare are going to be solved by bringing in nannies from overseas. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has dismissed proposals to make greater use of foreign au pairs to improve the availability and affordability of childcare.

On Sunday, it emerged the Abbott government was reported to be considering a Productivity Commission recommendation that au pairs be allowed to work for one family for 12 months, rather than the current limit of six months.

But, interviewed on Channel Nine on Sunday, Mr Shorten said this was not the right approach.

“I think the big challenges in childcare aren’t going to be solved by bringing in nannies from overseas,” he said.

“I think the foreign nanny issue is not the big issue in this and I think if people think that we’re going to have all the children in Australia and their childcare solved by bringing in a whole lot of overseas nannies … that’s not the long-term solution.

“I think what we need to do is make sure [childcare is] properly funded, that people can afford to pay it, that the fees aren’t getting out of control and of course it’s good quality for our kids,” Mr Shorten said.

About 10,000 people travel to Australia each year to work as au pairs in return for room and board and an allowance usually of between $200 and $250 a week. The wages of au pairs do not attract government subsidies.

Australian Nannies Association vice-president Annemarie Sansom said she supported quality childcare that provided flexibility for families. She said many people were turning to au pairs because they could not afford a nanny and there was a lack of other flexible options.

Ms Sansom said most au pairs did not have a background in childcare, and she had concerns about untrained workers being left alone with infants, and being poorly paid.

Community Childcare Association chairwoman Anne Kennedy said she respected the right of parents to use au pairs, but if government funding was to be extended to au pairs, they should be governed by the same regulations and standards as other forms of publicly subsidised childcare.

A spokeswoman for Social Services Minister Scott Morrison said the government was considering the Productivity Commission’s recommendations, and had made no announcement on liberalising access to au pairs. Mr Morrison is expected to announce a package of measures for families before the federal budget on May 12.

“The government has been working with the opposition through Kate Ellis and now Jenny Macklin on our proposed response in an effort to ensure a measure of bipartisanship on the important issue for families,” the spokeswoman said.

“I am pleased Kate Ellis and Jenny Macklin are taking a more constructive approach than Bill Shorten’s typical reactionary approach,” she said.

A spokesman for Immigration Minister Peter Dutton declined to comment.

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Childcare work recognised

Childcare work recognised
Miriwoong Language Nest co-ordinator Stephanie Woerde (centre) with fellow educators Rita Boombie and Rozanne Bilminga and children who take part in the program.

A Kununurra-based educator has been nominated for a major gong at this year’s Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards.

Stephanie Woerde will vie for the Educator of the Year title after she was recognised for her work coordinating the Miriwoong Language Nest program at the Kununurra Early Learning Centre.

Ms Woerde said the nomination had come as a surprise, given her background was not in teaching, but it was exciting nonetheless.

“My academic background is actually in anthropology and community development so it may not immediately make sense to picture me working in the early childhood education and care setting,” she said.

“However, in taking on the challenge of establishing the Miriwoong Language Nest program, it has become very clear that early childhood development is integral to community development more generally.”

“After all, it is children who represent the community leaders and role models of the future.”

The Miriwoong Language Nest is a culturally responsive education program that centres on native language immersion and is regularly delivered to more than 200 children each week.

Ms Woerde, who works for the Miriwoong Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre, said it was a joy to be involved in a program that generated so much pride and positivity in the community.

“At its core, the Miriwoong Language Nest program is about helping children, even some of the most vulnerable, to believe in themselves and to celebrate each other,” she said.

“It feels a little overwhelming to be singled out in the spotlight without my wonderful team of Miriwoong co-workers, without whom, the program wouldn’t be what or where it is today.

“Together, we’ve shared our unique backgrounds and experiences and put great heart and energy into co-designing and delivering a program that ultimately educates and cares for local children in a culturally sensitive, stimulating and significant way.”

Judging chairman and Australian Family managing director Paul Clancy said finalists would be announced on May 6 before the State-based category winners were revealed on June 5.

The national winners will be announced at the Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards Gala Event on June 19.


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Joy Burch's office fails to respond to daycare centre for six weeks

Management of a childcare centre which is set to be moved to make way for the Canberra Services Club say it took six weeks to hear back from Education Minister Joy Burch’s office, despite multiple attempts to get in touch.

Manuka Occasional Childcare Association committee president Paula Claudianos said she had attempted to make contact via email, phone calls and even letters.

But a spokeswoman for Ms Burch’s office said while the centre had contacted the minister’s office in February, the Chief Minister had responded for himself and Ms Burch on March 3.

The government announced in February that Manuka Occasional Childcare Centre would move to make way for the Canberra Services Club, which burnt down three years ago.

Ms Claudianos said the association had tried to get in touch with the minister to discuss the move and the centre’sconcerns about it.

“It’s disappointing because it would be really lovely to be engaged with them at all, but it just doesn’t happen,” she said.

“I would have thought in this day and age, in a contemporary liberal democracy, that there would be some obligation to at least return calls or letters.”

Ms Claudianos said after first attempting to get in touch in February, the group had received an email in April which told them the matter didn’t fall under Ms Burch’s portfolio.

Ms Burch’s spokeswoman said the matters raised by the centre fell under the portfolio responsibilities of the Chief Minister, as minister for economic development.

“The issue did not relate to the regulation of childcare or early childhood education policy matters of which minister Burch holds responsibility,” she said.

The spokeswoman said the Chief Minister had also been asked questions about the centre in the Assembly Chamber.

“Minister Burch appreciates [their] commitments to early childhood development and care and gives the assurance that the government will be in touch again to further work through the issue,” she said.

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Joy Burch's office fails to respond to daycare centre for six weeks

Management of a childcare centre which is set to be moved to make way for the Canberra Services Club say it took six weeks to hear back from Education Minister Joy Burch’s office, despite multiple attempts to get in touch.

Manuka Occasional Childcare Association committee president Paula Claudianos said she had attempted to make contact via email, phone calls and even letters.

But a spokeswoman for Ms Burch’s office said while the centre had contacted the minister’s office in February, the Chief Minister had responded for himself and Ms Burch on March 3.

The government announced in February that Manuka Occasional Childcare Centre would move to make way for the Canberra Services Club, which burnt down three years ago.

Ms Claudianos said the association had tried to get in touch with the minister to discuss the move and the centre’sconcerns about it.

“It’s disappointing because it would be really lovely to be engaged with them at all, but it just doesn’t happen,” she said.

“I would have thought in this day and age, in a contemporary liberal democracy, that there would be some obligation to at least return calls or letters.”

Ms Claudianos said after first attempting to get in touch in February, the group had received an email in April which told them the matter didn’t fall under Ms Burch’s portfolio.

Ms Burch’s spokeswoman said the matters raised by the centre fell under the portfolio responsibilities of the Chief Minister, as minister for economic development.

“The issue did not relate to the regulation of childcare or early childhood education policy matters of which minister Burch holds responsibility,” she said.

The spokeswoman said the Chief Minister had also been asked questions about the centre in the Assembly Chamber.

“Minister Burch appreciates [their] commitments to early childhood development and care and gives the assurance that the government will be in touch again to further work through the issue,” she said.

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Joy Burch's office fails to respond to daycare centre for six weeks

Management of a childcare centre which is set to be moved to make way for the Canberra Services Club say it took six weeks to hear back from Education Minister Joy Burch’s office, despite multiple attempts to get in touch.

Manuka Occasional Childcare Association committee president Paula Claudianos said she had attempted to make contact via email, phone calls and even letters.

But a spokeswoman for Ms Burch’s office said while the centre had contacted the minister’s office in February, the Chief Minister had responded for himself and Ms Burch on March 3.

The government announced in February that Manuka Occasional Childcare Centre would move to make way for the Canberra Services Club, which burnt down three years ago.

Ms Claudianos said the association had tried to get in touch with the minister to discuss the move and the centre’sconcerns about it.

“It’s disappointing because it would be really lovely to be engaged with them at all, but it just doesn’t happen,” she said.

“I would have thought in this day and age, in a contemporary liberal democracy, that there would be some obligation to at least return calls or letters.”

Ms Claudianos said after first attempting to get in touch in February, the group had received an email in April which told them the matter didn’t fall under Ms Burch’s portfolio.

Ms Burch’s spokeswoman said the matters raised by the centre fell under the portfolio responsibilities of the Chief Minister, as minister for economic development.

“The issue did not relate to the regulation of childcare or early childhood education policy matters of which minister Burch holds responsibility,” she said.

The spokeswoman said the Chief Minister had also been asked questions about the centre in the Assembly Chamber.

“Minister Burch appreciates [their] commitments to early childhood development and care and gives the assurance that the government will be in touch again to further work through the issue,” she said.

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Management of a childcare centre which is set to be moved to make way for the Canberra Services Club say it took six weeks to hear back from Education Minister Joy Burch’s office, despite multiple attempts to get in touch.

Manuka Occasional Childcare Association committee president Paula Claudianos said she had attempted to make contact via email, phone calls and even letters.

But a spokeswoman for Ms Burch’s office said while the centre had contacted the minister’s office in February, the Chief Minister had responded for himself and Ms Burch on March 3.

The government announced in February that Manuka Occasional Childcare Centre would move to make way for the Canberra Services Club, which burnt down three years ago.

Ms Claudianos said the association had tried to get in touch with the minister to discuss the move and the centre’sconcerns about it.

“It’s disappointing because it would be really lovely to be engaged with them at all, but it just doesn’t happen,” she said.

“I would have thought in this day and age, in a contemporary liberal democracy, that there would be some obligation to at least return calls or letters.”

Ms Claudianos said after first attempting to get in touch in February, the group had received an email in April which told them the matter didn’t fall under Ms Burch’s portfolio.

Ms Burch’s spokeswoman said the matters raised by the centre fell under the portfolio responsibilities of the Chief Minister, as minister for economic development.

“The issue did not relate to the regulation of childcare or early childhood education policy matters of which minister Burch holds responsibility,” she said.

The spokeswoman said the Chief Minister had also been asked questions about the centre in the Assembly Chamber.

“Minister Burch appreciates [their] commitments to early childhood development and care and gives the assurance that the government will be in touch again to further work through the issue,” she said.

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Joy Burch's office fails to respond to daycare centre for six weeks

Management of a childcare centre which is set to be moved to make way for the Canberra Services Club say it took six weeks to hear back from Education Minister Joy Burch’s office, despite multiple attempts to get in touch.

Manuka Occasional Childcare Association committee president Paula Claudianos said she had attempted to make contact via email, phone calls and even letters.

But a spokeswoman for Ms Burch’s office said while the centre had contacted the minister’s office in February, the Chief Minister had responded for himself and Ms Burch on March 3.

The government announced in February that Manuka Occasional Childcare Centre would move to make way for the Canberra Services Club, which burnt down three years ago.

Ms Claudianos said the association had tried to get in touch with the minister to discuss the move and the centre’sconcerns about it.

“It’s disappointing because it would be really lovely to be engaged with them at all, but it just doesn’t happen,” she said.

“I would have thought in this day and age, in a contemporary liberal democracy, that there would be some obligation to at least return calls or letters.”

Ms Claudianos said after first attempting to get in touch in February, the group had received an email in April which told them the matter didn’t fall under Ms Burch’s portfolio.

Ms Burch’s spokeswoman said the matters raised by the centre fell under the portfolio responsibilities of the Chief Minister, as minister for economic development.

“The issue did not relate to the regulation of childcare or early childhood education policy matters of which minister Burch holds responsibility,” she said.

The spokeswoman said the Chief Minister had also been asked questions about the centre in the Assembly Chamber.

“Minister Burch appreciates [their] commitments to early childhood development and care and gives the assurance that the government will be in touch again to further work through the issue,” she said.

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Joy Burch's office fails to respond to daycare centre for six weeks

Management of a childcare centre which is set to be moved to make way for the Canberra Services Club say it took six weeks to hear back from Education Minister Joy Burch’s office, despite multiple attempts to get in touch.

Manuka Occasional Childcare Association committee president Paula Claudianos said she had attempted to make contact via email, phone calls and even letters.

But a spokeswoman for Ms Burch’s office said while the centre had contacted the minister’s office in February, the Chief Minister had responded for himself and Ms Burch on March 3.

The government announced in February that Manuka Occasional Childcare Centre would move to make way for the Canberra Services Club, which burnt down three years ago.

Ms Claudianos said the association had tried to get in touch with the minister to discuss the move and the centre’sconcerns about it.

“It’s disappointing because it would be really lovely to be engaged with them at all, but it just doesn’t happen,” she said.

“I would have thought in this day and age, in a contemporary liberal democracy, that there would be some obligation to at least return calls or letters.”

Ms Claudianos said after first attempting to get in touch in February, the group had received an email in April which told them the matter didn’t fall under Ms Burch’s portfolio.

Ms Burch’s spokeswoman said the matters raised by the centre fell under the portfolio responsibilities of the Chief Minister, as minister for economic development.

“The issue did not relate to the regulation of childcare or early childhood education policy matters of which minister Burch holds responsibility,” she said.

The spokeswoman said the Chief Minister had also been asked questions about the centre in the Assembly Chamber.

“Minister Burch appreciates [their] commitments to early childhood development and care and gives the assurance that the government will be in touch again to further work through the issue,” she said.

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Joy Burch's office fails to respond to daycare centre for six weeks

Management of a childcare centre which is set to be moved to make way for the Canberra Services Club say it took six weeks to hear back from Education Minister Joy Burch’s office, despite multiple attempts to get in touch.

Manuka Occasional Childcare Association committee president Paula Claudianos said she had attempted to make contact via email, phone calls and even letters.

But a spokeswoman for Ms Burch’s office said while the centre had contacted the minister’s office in February, the Chief Minister had responded for himself and Ms Burch on March 3.

The government announced in February that Manuka Occasional Childcare Centre would move to make way for the Canberra Services Club, which burnt down three years ago.

Ms Claudianos said the association had tried to get in touch with the minister to discuss the move and the centre’sconcerns about it.

“It’s disappointing because it would be really lovely to be engaged with them at all, but it just doesn’t happen,” she said.

“I would have thought in this day and age, in a contemporary liberal democracy, that there would be some obligation to at least return calls or letters.”

Ms Claudianos said after first attempting to get in touch in February, the group had received an email in April which told them the matter didn’t fall under Ms Burch’s portfolio.

Ms Burch’s spokeswoman said the matters raised by the centre fell under the portfolio responsibilities of the Chief Minister, as minister for economic development.

“The issue did not relate to the regulation of childcare or early childhood education policy matters of which minister Burch holds responsibility,” she said.

The spokeswoman said the Chief Minister had also been asked questions about the centre in the Assembly Chamber.

“Minister Burch appreciates [their] commitments to early childhood development and care and gives the assurance that the government will be in touch again to further work through the issue,” she said.

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Joy Burch's office fails to respond to daycare centre for six weeks

Management of a childcare centre which is set to be moved to make way for the Canberra Services Club say it took six weeks to hear back from Education Minister Joy Burch’s office, despite multiple attempts to get in touch.

Manuka Occasional Childcare Association committee president Paula Claudianos said she had attempted to make contact via email, phone calls and even letters.

But a spokeswoman for Ms Burch’s office said while the centre had contacted the minister’s office in February, the Chief Minister had responded for himself and Ms Burch on March 3.

The government announced in February that Manuka Occasional Childcare Centre would move to make way for the Canberra Services Club, which burnt down three years ago.

Ms Claudianos said the association had tried to get in touch with the minister to discuss the move and the centre’sconcerns about it.

“It’s disappointing because it would be really lovely to be engaged with them at all, but it just doesn’t happen,” she said.

“I would have thought in this day and age, in a contemporary liberal democracy, that there would be some obligation to at least return calls or letters.”

Ms Claudianos said after first attempting to get in touch in February, the group had received an email in April which told them the matter didn’t fall under Ms Burch’s portfolio.

Ms Burch’s spokeswoman said the matters raised by the centre fell under the portfolio responsibilities of the Chief Minister, as minister for economic development.

“The issue did not relate to the regulation of childcare or early childhood education policy matters of which minister Burch holds responsibility,” she said.

The spokeswoman said the Chief Minister had also been asked questions about the centre in the Assembly Chamber.

“Minister Burch appreciates [their] commitments to early childhood development and care and gives the assurance that the government will be in touch again to further work through the issue,” she said.

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