Evidence shows that investment in the wellbeing of children under three is very well directed because it drastically reduces later costs from health and education and other social costs in later life. To assist parents, government investments can be made in:
- Extended parental leave
- Access to high-quality childcare
- Community support, and local facilities
- Education and skills classes for parents
- Increased support for postnatal depression.
The Wellbeing Party advocates that we follow the lead of Sweden with greater support for the early childhood years.
In Sweden parents now receive a total of 480 days of leave per child, 390 days of which is paid at 80 per cent of salary (Source: Sydney Morning Herald). For more information on Sweden's pioneering family friendly policies see here: 10 things that make Sweden family friendly.