Childcare changes won't help stay-at-home-mums: Nats

THE Federal Government's childcare package has Nationals worried that families with a stay-at-home parent are being overlooked.

The $3.5 billion childcare plan is aimed at leaving 1.2 million families better off.

Families earning up to $65,000 will receive 85 per cent of the childcare cost per child, or a designated benchmark price, whichever is lower.

That will reduce to 50 per cent for families with incomes of $170,000 and above

But it has a heavy emphasis on encouraging increased workforce participation and has no rewards for stay-at-home parents.

That has Nationals including Queensland LNP Senator Matt Canavan concerned.

"I am disappointed there's not more, or even something, for parents that decide to look after their own children," Senator Canavan said.

He argued that choosing to have one stay-at-home parent could be the costliest option "because you give up your entire second income to do it".

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