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Parents' employment and childcare

Shirley Dex, Denise Hawkes, Heather Joshi and Kelly Ward

in Children of the 21st century

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346889
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301783 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346889.003.0008
Parents' employment and childcare

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Fathers' contributions to childcare have increased, but are still far outweighed by mothers' contributions. Increased paid work among mothers has also necessitated increased childcare outside the immediate family. This chapter focuses on paid work and childcare while mothers are employed, as elements of family life, at the dawn of the 21st century. The chapter describes first the employment status of parents at the point where their baby was aged 9–10 months, and then the childcare they arranged while they were employed. Finally, it examines indicators of mothers' and fathers' work-life balance.

Keywords: employed mothers; paid work; childcare; family life; work-life balance; parental employment

Chapter.  10078 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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