A blog by Lauren Brown
“The Coalition Government is committed to developing a child care system that is more accessible, flexible and affordable and better meets the needs of modern families to be in work,” – Minister Scott Morrison
After much anticipation the Government has announced a pilot program that introduces a rebate for nannies. The $246 million program will be rolled out January 2016. This is extremely exciting news and I for one can’t wait to see where this takes the nanny community.
You can read more information on the Pilot program here but this is my two cents…
Who will benefit?
The Pilot Program is aiming to support those who find it difficult to access normal childcare. Shift workers, special needs and remote communities are invited to apply for the program where they’ll receive an hourly rate subsidy for when they hire an approved nanny service. The subsidy will be paid directly to services and will be adjusted according to family income, consistent with the broader child care subsidy model soon to be announced. It will be means tested to $250k. So, if you’re a police officer, paramedic, nurse or fire fighter – get excited!
What does this mean for families?
Okay, okay I know what you’re thinking – it’s only going to impact a small section of those seeking a nanny solution. This is only the beginning of reforming the nanny sector to be a viable and affordable solution for modern families. The roll out process will take time to make sure quality standards are met but it’s a step in the right direction to providing more options for childcare so parents can make the best decision for their family.
Families can also look forward to improvements in the industry. Along with the program the Government will roll out better quality standards to ensure the rebate supports best care practice in the home. This will educate nannies and help them to be more accountable, lifting the profession to a higher standard.
What does this mean for the Nanny Industry?
Since joining the nanny industry I have found that there needs to be better guidelines, employment standards and professional development within the community. People are raising concerns over the standard of care that will be offered in the home, but this makes no sense. Either way nannies are already offering their services and nothing is going terribly wrong. Wouldn’t the proposed changes help lift the industry to better quality standards? Nannies will be encouraged to seek professional development to further their careers.
These changes will create more jobs and I look forward to working closely within the industry to build it to a level where women consider being a nanny as a career option. I hope to see qualified childcare workers make the change I want to empower them to be their own boss and run their own business from a laptop. The work you put in is what you get back – it’s the best job I’ve ever had.
I for one welcome the proposed changes and look forward to playing a role in making sure nannies are here to stay. Definitely watch this space.
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