This briefing paper looks at why the formal development and provision of childcare is crucial to tackling poverty, particularly gendered poverty. It outlines the features of childcare policies that can be linked with improved gender equality and have the most potential to tackle poverty.
Drawing on international comparative evidence, it demonstrates how different policy models address the provision of childcare, and the way in which such policies can be developed within sub-state and devolved regions as well as at the state level – essentially, what Scotland could do differently to the UK to tackle poverty and inequality more effectively. It also discusses what elements of good practice could be amenable to policy transfer to other contexts, and what challenges policy makers face in trying to develop progressive childcare policies that help tackle poverty.
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