It’s about time

Take the poll: What family-friendly policies would make a difference to your family life?

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Being a parent is the most important job in the world. The first 1,000 days of life is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a baby’s brain and shape a child’s ability to learn and grow.

Parents want to give their children the best they can. Yet, many have no choice but to work long hours, often away from home, to support their families.

It’s about time. Parents need time to give their child the best start in life. And it’s about time governments and businesses supported them by investing in family-friendly policies that help parents do just that.

 

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The results will be shared with government and business leaders at UNICEF’s Redesigning the Workplace of the Future: Sharing Responsibility for Family-Friendly Policies summit on 19 July 2019.

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Investing in family-friendly policies around the world

Being a parent is the most important job in the world. During the first 1,000 days, parents have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a baby’s brain and shape a child’s ability to learn and grow.

Parents need time to give their child the best start in life. We’re calling on governments and business to invest more in policies that give parents the time and support they need to raise happy and healthy children.

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UNICEF
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham calls for parents to get the time and support they need.
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UNICEF New Zealand
Clarke Gayford, husband of New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern and father to their baby Neve, on the importance of time as a parent.