- What role does the European Social Fund play in supporting Childcare Provision in the European Union?
- What examples exist of how the European Social Fund has enabled childcare provision across European Union Member States?
Parents' access to employment can sometimes hinge on the availability of good quality childcare. Some EU policies exist that relate to the question of childcare, social inclusion and access to employment. This policy brief discusses the role that the European Social Fund (ESF) plays in supporting childcare provision in the European Union (EU). Specifically, this brief looks at some of the Operational Programmes from the current funding cycle (2014–2020) which incorporate an element of childcare into their plans. In addition, this policy brief categorises and compiles different examples of ESF funded projects from across the EU, which relate to childcare, from the previous 2007–2013 funding cycle, with the aim of encouraging new applicants to access the ESF.
The European Social Fund provides support to a wide range of initiatives across the EU Member States. These practices serve as examples to inspire future use of ESF grants.
The research described in this report was prepared for the European Commission's Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and conducted by RAND Europe.
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