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Childcare and parental employment: the pandemic and beyond

Purpose of the consultation

Purpose of the consultation


In order to help inform its inquiry into childcare and parental employment, the Equality and Social Justice Committee are asking for views on the terms of reference below:


  • The extent to which current childcare provision in Wales sufficiently supports parents, particularly mothers, to enter, remain and progress in employment, and what changes might be needed to improve the effectiveness of childcare provision in doing this.
  • What impact the Childcare Offer in particular has had in achieving the Welsh Government’s objective of “helping parents, particularly mothers, to return to work or increase the hours they work”.
  • The impact of limited childcare availability on Wales’ productivity levels.
  • How childcare arrangements have affected parental employment during the coronavirus pandemic, particularly in relation to mothers. What lessons might be applied to provide better support during any future lockdowns or increased restrictions.
  • Whether Welsh Government-funded childcare provision is flexible enough to support employment of parents, particularly mothers, in different demographic groups and experiencing different circumstances.
  • The impact of high-quality formal childcare provision on reducing the attainment gap, and the potential benefits of extending childcare provision to tackle inequalities.
  • What Wales can learn from other models of childcare provision operating in the rest of the UK and internationally and emerging practice in terms of supporting parental employment, and the extent to which these models might be transferrable to the Welsh context.
  • How financial and practical implications such as availability of childcare would need to be considered by the Welsh Government in any future policy developments to extend childcare provision.


The consultation will run until 14 November 2021.


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Supporting documents

Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Equality and Social Justice Committee
Welsh Parliament
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1SN

Telephone: 0300 200 6565