Research from Flexibility Works and Flexible Childcare Services Scotland demonstrates how flexible working patterns and flexible childcare are key to distancing families from poverty.
Key findings from the report suggest:
- A flexible childcare setting is vital for helping parents in lower income households to navigate the ongoing demands of paid work and childcare. It allows parents with unpredictable or fluctuating working patterns to find childcare that suits their individual needs, at the same time as minimising their childcare costs and maximising the time they spend with their children.
- Work flexibility and flexible childcare were key to helping parents in low income households, particularly women, remain in paid work after having children.
- Employers should focus on how they can better support employees whose work flexibility is limited due to the nature of their role, particularly those who work irregular shift patterns and who therefore experience additional challenges in organising childcare.
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