Gender intelligent approaches
There were plenty of work+family related headlines in April. The 30% Club's "Cracking the Code" research came out but was slightly overshadowed by the latest figures from Cranfield.
The FTSE Board Report showed female directorships up to 20%. "We're getting there" was the message - just don't mention that only 7% of executive directorships are held by women and the picture is even worse when you get to the FTSE 250.
We had the Opportunity Now awards and the Times Top 50 places Where Women Want to Work. It's the big daddy of the awards season and great to see 16 of My Family Care's clients featuring.
Disconnect between policy and reality
Opportunity Now was also busy releasing the first wave of its Project 28-40 research. It's worth reading. The disconnect between policy and reality for many working women is frightening.
New dads' paternity leave and lack of flexibility
Working dads also made plenty of appearances in April. ILM research noted that 25% of new dads struggle to take paternity leave - we thought that was a good figure!
Working Families' "Time, Health & Family" paper illustrated just how resentful young fathers can feel about their comparative lack of flexibility.
And our very own Oliver Black appeared on daytime TV to talk about the pressure on young (and not so young!) working dads.
Eldercare is a priority, as is education and development
And on the childcare side the penny finally seems to have dropped - for our 3 and 4 year olds education and development is just as important as a nice and caring environment.