Childcare and family-friendly employment policies

Harriet Churchill

in Parental rights and responsibilities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9781847420916
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302896 | DOI:
Childcare and family-friendly employment policies

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This chapter reviews developments in childcare and family-friendly employment policies. Policy discourses distinguish between parental, informal, and formal childcare, different types of formal services, and different sectors. The broader term of ‘work-life balance’ policies is often used interchangeably with family-friendly employment, and encompasses a broader perspective about work-life balance entitlements (potentially for all citizens). For the purposes of this chapter, however, the focus is on changes to parental rights. In contrast to childcare policy, employment is not a devolved area of policy, placing constraints on alternative policy directions in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales.

Keywords: family-friendly employment; formal childcare; work-life balance; childcare policy; childcare

Chapter.  9347 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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