Supporting child care is a critical part of Australian, State and local government policy. Federal government research indicates that every $1 spent on child care returns an economic benefit of over $8. This benefit cannot be achieved if parents lack information and access to child care.
The Grattan Institute estimated that increasing women's workforce participation was worth $25 billion in economic growth to 2022.
One of the key needs of governments, parents and operators is accurate information about child care vacancy demand and supply. State and local governments and the market are primarily responsible for providing parents with information about child care vacancies.
Staging.CareforKids.com.au has developed unique online systems that supply real time child care demand and supply data Australia wide. Data can be provided by suburb, local government area, region or State and can include the age of children in care and the amount of care being sought and used.
The benefits delivered are:
- accurate data on un-met demand detailed by suburb/town, child's age and days of week care is required, critical information for planning of future services
- data on provider vacancies
- an un-rivaled level of information on child care services for parents/constituents
- streamlined online waitlist application system whereby parents register only once for child care
This initiative will help fill some of these knowledge gaps, as well as provide an important service for families, businesses and town planners