Wednesday, 18 February 2009 14:35

Inquiry into the provision of child care

The recent report of Justice Wood’s Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services in New South Wales has affirmed high-quality early childhood education and care, especially for disadvantaged children. This Inquiry found that the non-government sector is well placed to provide integrated services for the support of families, especially those who are disadvantaged and that this model of service delivery is more likely under a system which is community based and linked to other local community services. This Inquiry also found that for disadvantaged children including children in out-of-home care access to high-quality child care and preschool services can play a key role in developing language and social skills as well as identifying developmental delays. Wood recommends that a year of free early childhood education is provided to children from low income families.

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 14:04

Connecting 06 April 2017

A fortnightly newsletter from National Director Claerwen Little.

To read the issue go here.

Introduction

  • Childcare Package and Omnibus Bill
  • Meeting with Minister for Social Services Christian Porter
  • First National Committee meeting for 2017
  • Richard Hearn endorsed as new Chair of the Aged Care Network
  • Welcoming Amanda Hunt, new UnitingCare West CEO, farewelling retiring CEO Sue Ash AO
  • Ministry and Mission Network
  • Farewell Penny Farnsworth and Winnie Lau

Disability Forum explores responses to NDIS

  • 23 March meeting of Disability Working Group

Ongoing engagement with aged care reforms

National road show for the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children (2009-2020) Third Action Plan

National Youth Week

Uniting Church asks members to support flood appeals

UnitingCare Queensland given green light for Newpin pilot

Wesley Mission Queensland mentoring aged care expertise in China

Top award for dedication to cultural diversity in aged care

Standing firm against racial discrimination

National Families Week - free resources on offer

UnitingCare ReGen speaks out on media coverage of drug use

Recent submissions and media releases

Calendar

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 15:03

Connecting 9 March 2017

A fortnightly newsletter from National Director Claerwen Little

To read the issue go here.

Introduction

  • Aged Care Network meeting
  • Commissioning Ceremony

UnitingCare Australia welcomes $10m in funding for new employment program

Aged Care Network meeting

  • Richard Hearn new chair
  • Elder abuse

Uniting Church at the Royal Commission: Pastoral Statement from Stuart McMillan

Housing and homelessness

UnitingCare Australia submission on social impact investing

Submission made on the Omnibus Savings and Childcare Reform Bill

Register now for UnitingCare Disability Forum 2017

Tender and grant opportunities

Uniting Church asks Federal Government to leave 18C unchanged

Recent submissions and media releases

Calendar

Published in Connecting newsletter
Thursday, 20 October 2016 10:25

Connecting 13 (20 October 2016)

A fortnightly newsletter from Acting National Director Martin J. Cowling

To read the issue, go here.

Introduction

  • Claerwen Little new National Director of UnitingCare Australia
  • Father Frank Brennan

Christmas Appeal gets Christmas trees in shopping centres

Housing Forum

Leaders Forum 2017

Uniting Church launches videos telling its story

Aged care campaign update

Advocacy update on the Jobs for Families Childcare Package

Promoting Early Childhood Education with fudge

FreshStart wins second Global Award

Providing a cultural bridge to aged care services in South Australia

Calendar

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UnitingCare Australia's feedback to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee on the Senate Inquiry into the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2016, and the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill 2016.

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UnitingCare Australia looks forward to tomorrow’s release of the Productivity Commission’s draft report on Childcare and Early Childhood Learning, hoping it will pave a way forward for an increase in the proportion of disadvantaged and vulnerable children receiving early childhood education.

“We know that going to a quality preschool or early learning centre makes a huge difference in the lives of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Yet these children are also the most likely to miss out on that early learning during crucial years in their life,” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.

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UnitingCare Australia is pleased to see priority going to where need is greatest in the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report on Early Childhood Care and Learning.

“Introducing a simple funding system in which subsidies are means-tested and based on the cost of providing a service rather than chasing fees charged is a positive direction for the system to head”, said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.

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UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector.

UnitingCare Australia commends the Government’s commitment to the development of a Child Care and Early Childhood Learning system that enhances outcomes for children and families, and welcomes the opportunity to contribute to any process that informs such decisions. We have a significant presence in the Child Care and Early Childhood Learning sector and considerable experience providing quality services for children across Australia.

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UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback to the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning. We commend the Commission on the consultative approach taken during this process, and appreciate the time of the Commission in attending forums and hearings, and in accepting comment on a wide range of areas.

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UnitingCare Australia says the highly anticipated Families Package is bitter-sweet for Australian families.

“While greater investment in childcare is very welcome, elements of this particular package are badly targeted, and also risk limiting families’ choices in the long-term,” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.

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