Social challenges

Parental leave and childcare


Beyond leave taken around childbirth, the high cost of centre-based childcare in many OECD countries acts as a barrier for mothers to return to full-time work later on.

In addition to promoting gender equality in unpaid and flexible work and incentivising an equal use of parental leave, policies to promote affordable centre-based childcare are key to keeping mothers in the workforce.

See also: Gender Equality at Work