Increased government support is driving up demand for childcare services.
Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) June 26, 2014
In 2012-13, over one million children aged 12 years and under attended government-approved or funded childcare services. Similar numbers are expected to attend in 2013-14. Increasing government assistance for parents looking to put their children in day care has aided the Child Care Services industry. Government assistance has included various payments to help families afford childcare (principally the Child Care Rebate and Child Care Benefit) and encourage parents' to return to the workforce. This assistance has helped drive industry growth over the five years through 2013-14, with revenue expected to grow by an annualised 6.3%. In 2013-14, the industry is expected to generate revenue of $7.8 billion, up 5.4% from the previous year.
IBISWorld industry analyst Arna Richardson states “along with an increase in government support, a rise in the female labour participation rate over the past five years has reinforced demand for childcare.” Furthermore, relaxation of government regulation has allowed childcare centres to register as kindergarten providers. This has bolstered the appeal of long day care centres, allowing them to compete directly with the Preschool Education industry. According to Richardson, “an associated industry development has been the move away from the provision of mere childcare services towards more educational services in line with changing government policy.” To this end, a number of childcare providers (both private and community-based) have changed the names of their facilities, relabelling them as early learning centres. The industry is currently the subject of a Productivity Commission inquiry – the first looking into the childcare industry since the 1990s. Over the five years through 2018-19, continued government support and a mini baby boom will contribute to revenue growth. Government regulations mandating higher staff-to-child ratios and higher standards of staff qualifications to comply with the National Quality Standard are likely to increase wage costs for operators. This is a key factor leading to the dominance of non-profit operators, which looks to be the defining story of the industry in the long term despite the recent entry of new corporate players. The need for more flexible operating hours to accommodate changing family living and working arrangements will also change the profile of the industry in the long term.
The Child Care Services industry is characterised by its small-scale, fragmented nature. As such, the industry has a low market share concentration. This is in stark contrast to the industry as it stood in 2007-08. Prior to the collapse of former industry powerhouse A B C Learning Centres, the industry had a much highly level of concentration. Following the collapse of A B C Learning, the industry has returned to the low level of concentration. Today, major players, Goodstart Early Learning (a not-for-profit operator) and G8 Education, are estimated to control a reasonable share of the market.
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Companies in this industry provide childcare. Childcare services are principally provided for children under 12 years of age and include long day care centres, family day care, occasional care, outside school-hours care and vacation care. Increasingly, childcare is being incorporated with education and vacation care, as parents work longer hours and rely more on care services.
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