Explores how parents make decisions about work and care, especially when faced with shift work or inflexible job conditions.
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Becoming a mother heralds a dramatic change in the lives of Australian women.
To which extent is child care flexible enough to meet the needs of parents who work non-standard or variable hours?
What types of childcare are Australian parents choosing for their children?
There has been substantial growth in the number of Indigenous children enrolled in preschool - estimated now at 88%, up from around 55% in 2006. However, enrolment increases have not occurred at the same rate across all areas and there is a paucity of research on the factors contributing to Indigenous children's preschool participation.
Early education and care experiences and cognitive skills development: A comparative perspective between Australian and American children
Australia and the US share many economic and cultural similarities, yet have policy differences in their support for children's early education and care (EEC) that may have differential implications for children's development. This study used nationally representative, longitudinal birth cohort studies from each country - the B cohorts of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC-B) and the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS-B) - to assess patterns of EEC among young children and influence of EEC on children's cognitive skills following school entry.
Though great advances have been made towards gender equality in education, these gains are yet to be translated into more equal labour market outcomes. Across the OECD nations, women continue to participate less in paid work, earn less than men, are less likely to make it to the top of the career ladder, and are more likely to spend their final years in poverty. This article explores how family policy can support greater gender equality in paid and unpaid work, for parents in particular.
This paper explores trends in child care in Australia from 1984 to 2011, for children aged under 12 years old with employed mothers
This sheet presents statistical information about trends in parents' engagement in paid work, examining mothers' and fathers' employment patterns
The focus of this Facts Sheet is on broad family trends. It was prepared to celebrate the 30th anniversary of research by AIFS.