Fawcett Society report: Childcare and early education systems: a comparative literature review of liberal welfare states

The current childcare and early education system in England does not work for women – both as mothers, and as part of the undervalued early years workforce – nor for children, at a fundamental time in their development.  

This report by the Fawcett Society, Childcare and Early Education Systems, compares the childcare and early education systems of England and five other liberal welfare states – Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and Switzerland.  

It highlights and compares the key features of each system and the literature on women’s labour market participation and child development outcomes for each country, gathering creative solutions to the issues we face in England. 

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