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The Childcare Resource and Research Unit is an early childhood education and child care (ECEC) policy research institute with a mandate to further ECEC policy and programs in Canada.

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Can Canadian women have it all? How limited access to affordable child care restricts freedom and choice 3 Feb 2016 | Canada
New essay provides an historical account of the attempts made to implement a universal child care policy in Canada. Further, the author explores the efforts made by the feminist movement and women’s advocates to establish a universal child care system while shedding light on the effects child care has on women, their families, and society.
An equal start: A plan for equality in early learning and care in Scotland (2016) 3 Feb 2016 | Europe
New report from Common Weal offers solutions to the challenge the Scottish Government has set for itself by increasing the amount of free hours of childcare available to all 3-4 year olds and ‘vulnerable’ two year olds in the country – increasing hours from 15 to 30 hours a week. This report outlines how the Scottish Government can deliver on its commitment to transform the childcare sector in Scotland.
Levelling the playing field: Equal access to childcare for disabled children 3 Feb 2016 | Europe
Recent research reveals that 40 per cent of families in the UK who have young children with special needs are not accessing the full current free childcare offer of 15 hours a week – well above the 4 per cent of families with non-disabled children. Among the many findings, researchers found that a quarter of survey respondents were unable to access childcare due to refusal and exclusion of their child with a disability from a nursery or childcare centre.
Informal childcare arrangements 3 Feb 2016 | International
2014 report presents data from surveys in European and non-European countries that have different definitions and groupings of informal childcare providers. The scan of surveys found that the proportion of children using informal care varies widely across countries with less than 10% of Nordic parents relying on informal care in a typical week versus the one in four children aged 0 to 2 typically being taken care of by their grandparents in Anglophone countries.
Pay rates in the Irish early childhood care and education sector 3 Feb 2016 | Europe
New report from Early Childhood Ireland investigates the rates of pay within the early childhood care and education sector in the country. Researchers described the rates of pay according to qualification, job role and the county in which the respondent worked. Findings revealed that hourly rates are significantly low when compared to the average Irish industrial wage.

Many social programs support families, but child care is the backbone of them all.

— National Council of Welfare, Preschool Children: Promises to Keep , 1999

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