“Current arrangements are heavily loaded towards mothers, and we know there is a real desire from fathers to be more involved in the day-to-day care of their young children.”
Why is it that women disproportionately take on the primary parenting role?
The short answer is that current legislation and societal norms are heavily geared towards mothers assuming primary child care.
And, according to our report on flexible working, dads aren’t happy about the lack of flexibility.
Their dissatisfaction is highlighted in Working Families’ recent report Time, Health and the Family. The charity’s publication is timely: the Children and Families Bill, which extends the right to request flexible working to all employees and introduces shared parental leave, has just become law after receiving royal assent. And the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has announced that the extended right to request flexible working will come into force in June (it had been scheduled for April). –