Czech mothers stay home much longer than in the rest of the EU 

Czech support for mothers with small children is insufficient to allow them return to the labor market and only keeps them at home longer.

Sofija Kordic
Sofija Kordic NewsMavens, Czechia
Czech mothers stay home much longer than in the rest of the EU  - NewsMavens
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Czech mothers can receive state benefits for one child for up to four years. But women with children stay at home longer because state support doesn’t adequately help them return to work after maternity and parental leave. Compared with other European states, the Czech Republic is lagging in providing nurseries and kindergartens. 

On the one hand, Czechia's generous system enables women to stay at home and enjoy time with their children, but women are often too long away from the labor market which can be a serious setback for their careers. The typical Czech mother with two kids stays at home with parental benefits for up to six to eight years.

In neighboring Austria, mothers  receive parental benefits for up to two years and the employment of mothers is above the European average.  The employment of women with small children in Czechia is one of the lowest.

 “In the majority of families in  Great Britain both parents work after a child is one year old, given that there are more nannies, nurseries, mini schools and other similar facilities than we have here in the Czech Republic. A mother returning to work before a child is three years old is perceived negatively here, whereas in Britain a personal decision is respected, whether to stay at home with a child longer or going back to work”, says Blanka Collis, a scientist who worked at Oxford university. 

Details from the story:

  • Jana Maláčová, Czech Minister of Labour and Social Affairs supports part-time work and more nurseries. She wants to make them more accessible,  improve their quality and  make their financing stable.
  • The interest is increasing for so-called children groups and micro nurseries but the money for them is coming from  European funds that will end next year. Maláčová, wants them to be cofunded from the state budget.
  • At the moment minister Maláčová is fighting for increasing parental benefits for all children up to four years of age.

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