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International Review on Leave Policies and Related Research 2018

The LP&R network produces an annual review of leave policies and related research, it covers Maternity, Paternity and Parental leaves; leave to care for sick children and other employment-related measures to support working parents; and early childhood education and care policy. As well as policies, it provides information on publications and research. 

 The review is based on country notes from each participating country. Each country note follows a standard format: details of different types of leave; the relationship between leave policy and early childhood education and care policy; recent policy developments; information on take-up of leave; recent publications and current research projects. 

The review also includes definitions of the main types of leave policies; and cross-country comparisons. These comparative overviews cover: each main type of leave; total leave available; the relationship between leave and ECEC entitlements; policy changes and developments since the previous review; 

The 2018 review covers 43 countries, with detailed country notes on each country covering: details of maternity, paternity, parental and other forms of leave; the relationship between early childhood education and care services and leave provision; recent policy developments; take-up of different types of leave; and recent publications and current research. There are also a number of comparative tables.

The international network hopes the review will provide a useful resource for those engaged in research, policy development, advocacy and teaching.