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Harriet Churchill

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420916

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420916.001.0001

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Childcare and family-friendly employment policies

Childcare and family-friendly employment policies

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(p.111) Six Childcare and family-friendly employment policies
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Parental rights and responsibilities
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Harriet Churchill

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420916.003.0006

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

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