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Employer-Supported Childcare: Why it’s needed and how companies can provide it

With November 20th being World Children’s Day, UNICEF’s global day of action for children, it’s an opportunity to focus on a major issue for many working parents in Australia – childcare. Affordable, quality childcare is one of the four family-friendly policies that UNICEF recommends workplaces around the world need to implement to ensure they are…

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National Working Families Report 2019: Parents and carers need our support

Competing pressures of work and caring responsibilities are adversely impacting the health and well-being of Australian working families. Government and the business community are being called on to do more to invest in and embed family friendly workplace practices that support people to thrive at work and at home, and address gender inequality when it…

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Four family-friendly policies workplaces need, says UNICEF

We know that family-friendly workplace policies have a far-reaching impact. From the employees who use them, to the organisations that implement them, and the families that they positively affect, when parents and carers feel supported in their workplace to be able to balance the pressures and needs of both their career and home life, then…

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Grateful for the Grandparents – Celebrating National Carers Week

Kiri Stejko with her parents and children. PAW’s Fiona Hitchener’s parents with her sons. With National Carers Week upon us, we want to celebrate the significant role that grandparents play in looking after the children of the Parents At Work team. On a quick poll, 90% of the team are supported by grandparents in some form for childcare…

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How to say goodbye to ‘mother guilt’: balancing career and family

Podcast: ‘Not Guilty –  Balancing A Successful Career And Motherhood’ with Nicolette Rubinsztein and Emma Walsh Can a career mum have it all? And can we have it without the guilt? Nicolette Rubinsztein In this insightful and frank discussion, Parents At Work CEO Emma Walsh and author Nicolette Rubinsztein chat about Nicolette’s book ‘Not Guilty…

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Are the world’s richest countries family friendly? Asks new UNICEF report

The simple answer is no, not particularly. In short, parents are struggling with the lack of parental leave and childcare despite the apparent resources of the richer countries. “Family-friendly policies can help parents with their caring responsibilities, regardless of their work situation. Yet even the world’s richest countries fail to offer comprehensive solutions to all…

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