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Annemarie Sansom


Hi, my name is Annemarie and I am the Client Services director for Night Nannies. I use this blog as a way to give you tips and idea's in all areas of childcare and development.

Posted 15 May 12

Coalition plans for sweeping changes to nanny industry

by: Patricia Karvelas From: The Australian May 15, 2012 12:00AM

THE Coalition has begun discussions with the nanny industry over stamping out "backyard care", as it pursues its goal of extending the childcare rebate to in-home carers, in the event of an Abbott government.

Opposition childcare spokeswoman Sussan Ley said she had spoken to several nanny services about regulation.

"There is absolutely no doubt in my mind the need for more flexible and out-of-hours care options, including before- and after-school care, is becoming a critical issue in the changing working dynamic for mums and families," Ms Ley said.

"No one should want to see the increasing pattern of women dropping out of the workforce or choosing unregulated backyard options if it can be avoided, and government needs to respond to what is a growing reality."

Ms Ley's comments come after The Weekend Australian revealed last Saturday that a group of nannies had formed a lobby group to fight for regulation and, ultimately, government subsidies for the work they do raising children in family homes.

Tony Abbott has said a Coalition government would ask the Productivity Commission to see how to make childcare more flexible, such as raising subsidies for home care.

David Wilson, the president of the National In-home Childcare Association, currently the only government-subsidised nanny scheme, yesterday hit back over warnings by the Australian Child Care Alliance that homes could be unsafe places to care for children, who would not receive the pre-school education they needed.

He said: "If you put the needs of children first, then the expansion of a regulated and supportive program such as in-home care can only provide better outcomes for the children who currently are in unregulated in-home care."

A spokeswoman for Childcare Minister Kate Ellis said: "The minister engages regularly with stakeholders in the early education and care sector and is always open to discussions about what steps can be taken to improve affordability, accessibility and quality of care."

Posted 23 May 12

Defend nannies to oppose the nanny state

The Australian Childcare Alliance wants to get its hands on all Australia's children.

Currently, their expressed gripe is with nannies, who they claim have "no childcare qualifications", but most of the Alliance's arguments could be equally applied to parents.

The Childcare Alliance, which claims to represent 70 per cent of the long-day childcare sector, made their anti-nanny pitch as part of a paper responding to Tony Abbott's commitment to ask the Productivity Commission to explore extending childcare subsidies to nannies.

According to the Alliance, nannies just do not cut the mustard. Their paper claims that "the nannies course available in Australia is a baby-sitting course and falls significantly short of the standard set in long-day care centres where