Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Federal Child Care Probe

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Federal Child Care Probe

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Arthur Gorrie

REPORTER

arthur.gorrie@gympietimes.com

SOCIAL and economic pressures have made life harder for stay-at-home parents and not much easier for those who work.

Inquiries by The Gympie Times yesterday showed the issues facing working parents are of concern also to those who stay home; the children themselves and those who care for them during the working day.

Housing costs in a competitive market have meant working is no longer an option for mums or dads, it is economically essential.

It is also economically impossible for many, because it requires the institution of professional child care.

And that requires flexible working arrangements and subsidies.

With the days long gone when one income could buy a house and educate a family, the society which compels both parents to work is seen as having an obligation to make this feasible.

Gympie's Jody Allen, whose Stay At Home Mum website has turned her from full-time mother to business owner, says employers like her need to make more flexible arrangements for staff. …

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