Arbetsrapport, Institutet för Framtidsstudier - Institute for Futures Studies
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Abstract: This study analyses children’s entry into childcare and
parental assessments of when they ideally would like their children to
enter childcare. This is important not least to understand parental
attitudes to their own work and the kind of investments in work-life that
they are willing to undertake. This information also qualifies the picture
of how well the combination of work and children functions. The study uses
a survey from 2003 including a random sample of children born in 1993 and
1999. On average children start childcare when they are 1,5 years and we
find that parents often wish for a later entry than is the case. Early
start seems to increase as children start earlier in 1999 than in 1993, a
young mother leads to an early start, and children with older siblings
start earlier. It is the children from families with low income that start
later and these parents also wish for a later start than other parents. An
unequal gender division of economic resources in the family shows the same
pattern. On the contrary gender equality measured by father’s parental
leave length also leads to a later start.
Keywords: childcare; parental attitudes; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: I30; J13; (follow links to similar papers)
25 pages, February 2006
ISSN 1652-120X; ISBN 13: 978-91-89655-81-2; ISBN 10:91-89655-81-8
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