How should we share best practice among Member States?  Family and parenting Daniel Molinuevo, Research Officer European F...
Eurofound and the exchange of good practice in family policy <ul><li>European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) </li></ul><ul>...
European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) <ul><li>Carried out in 2003, 2007 and 2011 (ongoing) </li></ul><ul><li>Data about f...
How would you rate the quality of childcare services in this country? Rating 1 (low) to 10 (high)
Employment developments in childcare services  for school-age children (2006) <ul><li>Employment initiatives in the childc...
Out-of-school care services for children living  in disadvantaged areas (2007) <ul><li>Classifying disadvantaged areas. </...
How can early childhood services contribute to more effective parenting? <ul><li>There is relatively little comparative re...
Workshop “Developing support to parents through early childhood services” (November 2009) <ul><li>There is little informat...
Parenting support in Europe: a comparative study of policies <ul><li>A literature review of the main approaches to parenti...
Thank you! Daniel.Molinuevo @eurofound.europa.eu
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Presentation by Daniel Molinuevo (Research Officer EUROFOUND) on the occasion of the EESC hearing on The role of family policy in the demographic change on 21.03.2011

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How should we share best practice among Member States? Family and parenting

  1. 1. How should we share best practice among Member States? Family and parenting Daniel Molinuevo, Research Officer European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (EUROFOUND) The role of family policy in demographic change Sharing best practice among Member States European Economic and Social Committee, 21st March 2011
  2. 2. Eurofound and the exchange of good practice in family policy <ul><li>European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) </li></ul><ul><li>Employment developments in childcare services for school-age children (2006) </li></ul><ul><li>Out-of-school care services for children living in disadvantaged areas (2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Workshop “Families and childcare services” (Ankara, June 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Workshop “Developing support to parents through early childhood services” (Brussels, November 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Parenting support in Europe: a comparative study of policies and practices (2011) </li></ul>
  3. 3. European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) <ul><li>Carried out in 2003, 2007 and 2011 (ongoing) </li></ul><ul><li>Data about family life </li></ul><ul><li>Data about work life balance: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time spent doing unpaid work by those in employment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Caring for and educating children </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Caring for elderly/disabled relatives </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficulties in balancing work and family life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Too tired to do household jobs because of work </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Difficulties in fulfilling family responsibilities because of work </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Difficulties in concentrating at work because of family responsibilities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Data about the quality of childcare services </li></ul>
  4. 4. How would you rate the quality of childcare services in this country? Rating 1 (low) to 10 (high)
  5. 5. Employment developments in childcare services for school-age children (2006) <ul><li>Employment initiatives in the childcare sector designed to support the development of a qualified, high quality childcare workforce. </li></ul><ul><li>Childcare defined as “any arrangement outside of compulsory school involving elements of physical care, socialisation, play and/or education.” </li></ul><ul><li>Six national case studies showcasing examples of good practice: Austria, Cyprus, Hungary, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Childcare policy priorities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Working conditions and employment issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training and qualifications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gaps and future needs in childcare provision </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Out-of-school care services for children living in disadvantaged areas (2007) <ul><li>Classifying disadvantaged areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Impact of out-of-school care services: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some areas are difficult to quantify (e.g. increased confidence) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficult to isolate the specific impact of out of school care services from that of other interventions in the area or interventions targeted at the family. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Benefits for children: safe place to play, social interaction, a place to learn, physical activity, opportunities for consultation with children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Benefits for parents: increase in working hours, fewer unplanned absences from work, lowered stress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Benefits for the community: regeneration, integration of services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Benefits for service providers: career opportunities </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. How can early childhood services contribute to more effective parenting? <ul><li>There is relatively little comparative research in Europe concerning parenting support and education </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in the working conditions and qualifications of staff </li></ul><ul><li>Issues about mainstreaming and targeting </li></ul><ul><li>Importance of a positive family environment in the wellbeing and opportunities of children, especially at an earlier age </li></ul><ul><li>Implications for the inclusion of parents in the labour market and when it comes to combining work and family responsibilities </li></ul>
  8. 8. Workshop “Developing support to parents through early childhood services” (November 2009) <ul><li>There is little information available on out of school care and parenting support programmes. Some of the reasons for this are the large variations existing in definitions, types of programmes and attendance rates. </li></ul><ul><li>Support is most often provided in low income and diverse neighbourhoods, usually with strong outreach and on site services to parents. </li></ul><ul><li>Different views on what constitutes good parenting or to what extent the public sector should intervene in the private sphere. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Parenting support in Europe: a comparative study of policies <ul><li>A literature review of the main approaches to parenting support and education and about what constitutes good practice according to academic literature and policy reports. </li></ul><ul><li>National case studies describing: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>L egislative framework, main policies and their objectives. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A description of the main issues related to parenting in each country </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A short history of parenting support policies in the country. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsibility by departments and level of administration. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workforce and their qualifications. Job creation in the public, private and social economy sector. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Description of the regulatory and evaluation tools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Examples of good practice and recommendations to be discussed at a workshop in Brussels this October. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Thank you! Daniel.Molinuevo @eurofound.europa.eu

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