I have a new article in The Guardian.
Yesterday the prime minister announced a $450 million dollar commitment to improve “before and after school care”. It was Kevin Rudd’s big pitch on the first day of official campaigning and as such, it is significant. The fund will allow up to 500 schools to provide extended opening hours, more places and better activities for the children attending.
The commitment is formal recognition from the government that combining work and family responsibilities isn’t easy. But the truth is, policies like these are a mixed blessing for parents like me.
Judging from the comments it is the most controversial thing I have ever written. Go figure. (I do love the commenter who proposed that work and family responsibilities couldn’t be managed any better than this so it would be better if my children were put up for adoption and able to join a more child-orientated house. Thinking outside the square. Thank you, Internet).