European Platform for Investing in Children helps identify 'practices that work' across member states
Dec 29, 2021
Childcare is an important and useful resource which can help parents into work. Formal childcare, in particular, has many benefits for young children. The European Social Fund (ESF) can help create programmes for parents to engage in education, training and employment while providing childcare services for their children.
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.