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Children whose parents work irregular hours and children from families with lower incomes are over-represented in home child care. (Shutterstock)

Home child care in Canada should be affordable, high-quality — and licensed

A renewed model for oversight and support of all home child-care providers would ensure that our society’s youngest and most vulnerable people have access to safe and higher-quality home child care.
Parents and academics alike agree that childcare should be seen as a central part of the national economy. Janine Wiedel Photolibrary / Alamy Stock Photo

Why the UK childcare system is at breaking point

Childcare is central to families being able to sustain working lives. But insufficient government funding and a complex web of for-profit companies means many are losing out
The Sept. 20 election call may place Canada’s long-awaited national child-care plan at risk. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canadian election 2021: Will the national child-care plan survive?

We enter this election with eight signed child-care agreements and question marks over the fate of those deals if the Liberal’s gamble on a majority government fails.
Beyond the many known benefits of outdoor education, COVID-19 has highlighted the outdoors as an environment which mitigates the risk of spreading airborne viruses. (Pexels/Charles Parker)

Why the outdoors should be an integral part of every early learning and child-care program

Planning outdoor early learning and child care has implications for training and recruiting educators as well as for planning, developing and funding physical spaces.
The stay-at-home order appears to have been mostly beneficial for parents, who reported improvement in their co-parenting experience despite the many challenges they faced. (Shutterstock)

It’s not all negative: The experiences of parents with a newborn during COVID-19 lockdown

Parents with a newborn were doing significantly better on most parental and relational outcomes during lockdown.
While there have been calls to increase support for women, particularly mothers, it would seem that no one is asking fathers to step up. (Ketut Subiyanto/Pexels)

Father’s Day: Support dads as parents, not just ‘mother’s helpers’

Despite the disproportionate burden mothers have faced during lockdown, encouraging parents to share child care and housework more equally is almost never suggested as part of the solution.

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