New South Wales


Childcare Choices: What Parents Want


From: Wednesday October 25, 2023, 12:15 pm

To: Wednesday October 25, 2023, 1:30 pm

Childcare Choices: What Parents Want

The Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector faces a host of problems from supply shortages, worker shortages and inflationary pressures. Ensuring parents are able to secure accessible and affordable childcare options is key to supporting women’s workforce participation, promoting productivity growth and assisting children’s development. Critical to addressing the problems plaguing the ECEC sector is understanding what parents want from ECEC services.

Joel Bowman will be sharing the insights from the NSW Productivity Commission’s recent report Childcare choices: what parents want. In surveying a representative sample of over 2,000 NSW households, the study unpacks parents’ ECEC preferences using a discrete modelling techniques. This offers unique insight into the early education policy debate by shedding light on how key questions like: What government interventions do parents value most? How will increased subsidies affect access and affordability issues? How can we help new families to access childcare, and how might this affect workforce participation?

With early education in hot debate both in NSW and at the national level, this Seminar will give novel insight into a pressing policy topic.

This event is a hybrid event and be attended in-person or virtually.

About the Speaker

Joel Bowman is a Principal Economist in NSW Treasury’s Competition and Regulatory Policy Branch, which supports the work of the NSW Productivity Commissioner. He is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University, with a focus on business dynamism and competition economics. Joel’s previous research into the ECEC sector includes the costs and labour force implications of ECEC policies and evaluation of NSW-specific early childcare regulations, which can both be found on the NSW Productivity Commission website.

Details and Registration 

Date: Wednesday 25 October 2023
Time: Arrive from 12:15pm, 12.30pm until 1.30pm AEDT (SYD/CBR/MEL)
Cost: Free for Members / $10 for Non-Members

(In-Person) Macquarie University City Campus - 123 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000. 
Please see reception on Level 24 upon arrival.

(Online) Via Zoom - link to join will be sent 24 hours prior to the event. 



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Macquarie University City Campus. Please see reception on Level 24 upon arrival.

123 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000

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