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Childcare Utopia: what can we learn from Nordic parenting?

Part of Nordic Matters

Explore the policies that put Nordic countries at the forefront of childcare.

From generous Swedish parental leave to the Finnish baby box, dating back to the 1930s and credited with helping Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates, have the Nordics created a childcare utopia?

Discuss what the exact policies are and if they would work in other contexts, and consider how Nordic-style childcare can support gender equality.

Speakers include Heikki Tiittanen, ‘founding father’ of the Finnish Baby Box Company; and Jo Swinson, founder of Equal Power Consulting, who – as
Under Secretary of State for Employment relations, consumer and postal affairs and the Liberal Democrats’ Spokeswoman for Women and Equality – was pivotal in introducing parental leave legislation in 2015; diversity advisor and parent Sonia Meggie; and Sophie Walker leader of the Women’s Equality Party.

Chaired by Claire Cohen, Deputy Women’s Editor of The Telegraph.

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Royal Festival Hall
Weston Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Green Side


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BSL Interpretation
This event is British Sign Language-interpreted.