Jonathan Swan and Bianca Hall 2:23pm The Abbott government is asking childcare providers to ''do the right thing'' and hand back $62.5 million given to them to improve wages in the poorly paid sector.
AMBER ROBINSON BBQ conversations in Sydney can be relied upon to deliver three topics of conversation: real estate, high schools, and, for those with young children: how do you do it?
COSIMA MARRINER Early childhood centres are struggling to meet demanding new standards for the education, health and safety of young children, according to the national regulator.
DANIEL HURST The Productivity Commission will launch an inquiry into how Australia’s childcare system can be improved to meet the needs of modern families.
PAULA JOYE Paris Fashion Week proved to be the deal breaker: when Collette Dinnigan returned from her trip, she felt her 11-month-old son Hunter did'not recognise her.
Claire Dunn How - and when - do you tell the boss you're not coming back to work after a baby? Or that you're not really sure what you want to do?
Rachel Wells, Lara O’Toole More Australian women are bringing home the lion’s share of the household income with females nominated as the breadwinner in one in four Australian households.
Lisa Bryant Nine children died while in childcare in Minnesota last year. In the same year in Australia, no child suffered an accidental death at a childcare service.
MARK KENNY Tony Abbott may have a more pressing challenge than convincing Labor to abandon its carbon price - keeping his own senators in line over issues such as his generous paid parental leave scheme.
RACHEL BROWNE Childcare fees are predicted to rise as much as 10 per cent if a proposed subsidy is revoked by the Coalition.
Cecilia Robinson As my son grows up I want him to feel empowered, as if anything is possible - not that he needs to sit around waiting for "when he wins Lotto".
Rosemary Anne Sharp Target's return to giving away plastic bags with purchase is the result of a small but vocal minority, according to experts. So what does this mean for other “go green” bag campaigns?
ANNABEL CRABB All the talk aside, when it comes to politics and family it's still a man's world out there.
Woolworths has warned its customers of an email scam claiming to give away supermarket vouchers.
Lisa Schofield Are you standing at a career crossroads after having kids? Or have you found your path, and you're not sure how to get jump back into that other world? Experts and mums share their advice on getting back in the swing of things.
VICTORIA BIRCH Australian legislation is designed to guard mothers and mums-to-be against discrimination, but evidence shows that women still find themselves facing redundancy, demotion and resistance to flexible working arrangements.
Kieran Banks and Melanie Mahoney A Queensland mum will hand out a hefty reward to the person who can help her land a job.
DAN HARRISON The Coalition government will seek to slow or abandon requirements for childcare centres to lift staff-to-child ratios and employ more highly qualified workers.
AMBER ROBINSON It is 2013, right? Why then, is a woman’s status as a mother still relevant to her career potential?
Kate Jones For a growing number of couples, having separate finances maintains the harmony at home.
PAUL BIBBY A mother was allegedly threatened with legal action by a private parking company over a $173 fine notice that was never received for an infringement that did not occur.
Kim Stephens The Australian Tax Office has warned people to be wary of a new email scam claiming a tax refund has failed to process.
MATT WADE It might be called paid parental leave but so far only one father has taken it for every 500 mothers.
AMBER ROBINSON In an election campaign characterised by big ideas and little detail, paid parental leave is shaping up as a push-button issue. Here's a guide to what the parties are suggesting.
Peter Whiteford Clive Palmer claims that senior citizens and disability pensioners are paid less than newly arrived asylum seekers. We look at the facts to find out the truth.
Rachel Kleinman Around 65,000 single parents, mostly women, have been affected by cuts to the Parenting Payment.
Anita Beaumont If finding childcare was a competitive sport, it’d be of the contact variety. A brutal, gloves-off, bloody affair, with parents elbowing each other out of the way for a coveted position in the babies’ room.
John Birmingham Stay-at-home dads aren't really a mystery. They're not wrapped in riddles. They shouldn't be an enigma. So why are they absent from this wee's election barney over paid parental leave?
RUBY HAMAD Poverty disproportionately affects women around the world - and some are even charged for making noise during childbirth.
JACQUELINE MALEY Mothers who give birth after July 1 2015 will get six months' leave on full pay under Tony Abbott's planned paid parental leave scheme.
David Wilson Your routine trip to the local ATM could have a shocking cost if you aren't careful. Here's some advice on how to keep your money safe.
KAREN HARDY 'Are people sick of picking up the slack for working mums?' the headline read. And I thought, 'Oh, bugger off.'
PETER MARTIN If you listen to the pollies, you'd be forgiven for thinking our cost of living was spiraling out of control. We take a look at whether their statements add up.
STEPHANIE PEATLING The debate over affordability versus quality rages on in the childcare sector as the election date nears.
Henrietta Cook Frustrated parents are waiting more than two years for childcare places in inner Melbourne.
Jane Lindhe Free nappies, extended maternity leave, flexible working hours: small Incentives to attract - and retain - parents in the workforce are definitely worth the investment.
CLAY LUCAS A Melbourne financial advice firm faces discrimination claims after sacking a new mother while she was on maternity leave.
David Wilson You'd be wise to make a will - and it's cheap and relatively easy to draw one up yourself.
Kate Jones Most financial mistakes are basic, but can be corrected with a few simple steps.
Gen Kennedy Parents to a premmie baby, Susan McNellee and Jason Gilmore are living below the poverty line - and are soon to be homeless. They're not alone, as a recent Salvation Army survey has shown.
Judith Ireland, Dan Harrison Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has confirmed that the Coalition will support the abolition of the baby bonus, and one of two government amendments to the private health insurance rebate.
Justine Davies More money for education and disability care, but the scrapping of the baby bonus. Find out all about Wayne Swan's latest budget.
JULIA BAIRD One of the most explosive studies in genetics occurred when a Canadian behavioural scientist called Michael Meaney gathered two groups of rats together.
Heath Aston, Jonathan Swan Labor has reignited the misogyny war, with senior government ministers leaping on comments by Tony Abbott that women of the ''calibre'' of a university education should be encouraged to have a family and a career.
Staff writers Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme will see some women receive up to $75,000 for six month's leave. Is it a game changer? We take a look.
COSIMA MARRINER One in five NSW parents has to wait more than a year for a childcare place, prompting more parents to hire nannies when they return to work.
Cosima Marriner Guilt is the hardest part about returning to work for one in three mums - and they say the feeling is made worse by critical employers, colleagues and other mothers.
Andie Fox Returning to work after having a baby has its up and downs, but if it's done right there are benefits to be had for both employer and employee, says Andie Fox.
RACHEL WELLS Some of Australia's poorest families are skipping meals and selling possessions to pay their power bills, a new report has found.
NICOLE PEDERSEN-MCKINNON Whatever your plans, it's a good idea to keep your options open when it comes to returning to work post-baby. Here are a few things you might want to consider.
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