Archive for April, 2011

Families and work: Revisiting barriers to employment

April 22, 2011

This research, commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions, includes the finding that “There was… a widespread reluctance to use formal childcare”. Many parents want to look after their own children rather than outsource.

Also, the report’s title shows a bias, assuming that everyone should be in full-time employment. This is wrong. Better to  aim that all  people are households where sufficient money is earned to cover the costs of everyone in that household – a subtle but important distinction.

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Supporting marriage

April 20, 2011

In this article, Jill Kirby – former chair of FTM – uses the upcoming Royal Wedding as a hook to consider tax and benefits in the UK and how they disadvantage both marriage and families on single-incomes.

How much time do mothers spend with their children?

April 2, 2011

Study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development – an organisation that helps governments tackle challenges – shows that mothers in Britain who work outside the home spend on average one hour 21 minutes a day looking after their families – including meal times; and that stay-at-home mothers manage almost twice as much time directly caring for their children, with 2 hours 35 minutes dedicated to activities like meals, bathtime and playing games. Click here for more on this.

It might sound strange that stay-at-home mothers manager only one hour more with their children than those working outside the home, but… (more…)

Government to cut early learning targets

April 2, 2011

Click here for radio report [WARNING: AUDIO] on the government’s welcome plans to cut the number of learning targets for young children.