I am a journalist with the FT and currently working with two other colleagues on a data project where we are looking at the rising rate of women going into the workforce as certain government policies have been introduced.
We are starting at 1998, when the first free childcare policy was introduced (12.5 hours for all four-year-olds for 33 weeks) and going up to 2017 when free early education was extended to 30 hours over 38 weeks for three- and four-year-olds.
While we have all the data, we now need to hear from the women who have benefited from these policies. Do you, or anyone you know, fit into the following categories and are willing to speak to the FT and have your picture taken?
- A woman who was working in the later 1970s and1980s and either struggled at work due to lack of support and then quit. Or someone who quit as soon as they became a mum as staying in the workplace was just not a viable option. Or they worked, but muddled through without any government support.
- A woman who in 1998 was helped back into work by the introduction of 12.5 hours early education for all four-year-olds for 33 weeks.
- A mother who was helped into work or was able to work more hours due to introduction of tax credits in 2003.
- A woman who is now benefiting from 30 hours free early education over 38 weeks for three- and four-year-olds. This can be someone who has either been helped into work by this policy, or has been able to take on more hours and possibly a more senior role.
- A mother not working due to exorbitant child care costs.
- A mother not working because she is confident that it she be able to re-enter the workforce. (We want to do a comparison with France where even though they have good childcare provision, data suggests they do not take time out because the labour market is much less flexible.)
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