I know I’ve written about this before, but the imminent report to government of the Productivity Commission inquiry into future options for child care and early childhood learning has had me thinking about the issue again: the problem of the ‘underground’ cash-in-hand in-home child care industry.... read more
PLACEMENT SOLUTIONS NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 2014
Reinventing the funding wheel is not the way to improve child care access.
Regular readers of this newsletter will be aware that we have been closely watching the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Childcare and Early Child Learning. We have also made submissions to the inquiry and appeared before it. The Commission released an draft report earlier this year and will soon release its final report.... read more
I’ve just returned from the Nannypalooza conference in Cleveland, Ohio with a head full of new ideas and insights. Nannypalooza is an American organisation dedicated to supporting nannies through education and networking, and I was very grateful to be invited to their conference representing an agency. Very few agencies are involved in this conference as it really is all about the nannies.... read more
An issue Doctor G has seen many modern parents grapple with is resilience. It’s so easy to do things for our kids these days, but that doesn’t mean that we should. Building resilience often means kids not automatically getting things their own way – and unfortunately when in-home child care is involved, it can be the Nanny who bears the brunt of the push-back when this happens.... read more
“No matter someone’s background – their education level, their socioeconomic resources, their culture, their religion, their language – no matter what their family looks like in a picture – everybody struggles with parenting.”... read more
I have to admit to feeling quite proud on August 9 when we launched our new Child Protection Policy and accompanying booklet. Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.... read more
I am the CEO of Placement Solutions a private Nanny agency in operation since 1988 and an inaugural government approved In - Home care service since 2000.... read more
The facts on government funding of Nannies
I would like to clarify a few of the facts relating to Nannies and in-home child care generally.The Productivity Commisssion into childcare are now in their second phase of speaking to the public about the way forward for child care in Australia. I presented at the Commission on behalf of Placement Solutions.... read more
An Australian perspective following on from the conference of the International Nanny Association in Las Vegas.
Following on from Louise’s article last month focusing on legallynanny.com and 4nannytaxes.com, both of which we met at the INA conference, I thought this month I would talk a little bit about what I learnt about the Nanny industry in the USA as a whole during my time in Las Vegas. As Louise mentioned, the industry in America is enormous. There are thousands and thousands of Nannies working in a whole range of situations.... read more
Clare Carlisle Stranger and the INA Conference
The International Nanny Association (INA) conference in the United States is over for another year. The conference was enormously successful again, not least for Placement Solutions as we introduced Clare Carlisle Stranger, our inaugural Nanny of the Year and our first nomination for the association’s international Nanny of the Year award.... read more
The Post and Antenatal Depression Association (PANDA) announced Placement Solutions as a new sponsor for 2014-15.
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It was very refreshing to hear the two speakers at our first professional development seminar of the year, which we held last month. Both were down-to-earth and keen to bust some of the myths that have grown up around childcare. Our Melbourned based nannies at Placement Solutions are not just babysitters. We pride ouselves on the professional development we run and the quality of the nannies we attract as a consequence. Better nannies make for better quality childcare all round and the nanny services we offer across Melbourne are exemplary.... read more
The Commission of Audit has recommended...
“the Child Care Rebate and Child Care Benefit be replaced with a single, means-tested payment reimbursing parents for a proportion of their child care costs”.
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Placement Solutions Operations Manager Rachelle Teycheney reports on her recent participation in the International Nanny Association (INA) conference in Los Angeles.... read more
The International Nanny of the year was announced in Los Angeles recently.... read more
The McMillan Shakespeare Group has called for changes in the tax treatment of child care in its submission to the Productivity Commission.... read more
Placement Solutions CEO Louise Dunham and Nanny of the Year Ms Clare Carisle Stranger were interviewed for an article that appeared in The Age on Sunday March the 23rd.
The article reports on Ms Stranger's success as Nanny of the Year in Australia and being short listed for the International Nanny of the Year competition to be announced in Los Angeles on March the 27th.
Australia will be represented at the International Nanny Association (INA) annual conference by Louise Dunham who is on the INA board.
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