Child Care In The UK Versus In Sweden
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Child Care In The UK Versus In Sweden

Here are two mothers and
their babies. They have a lot in common, but they have had very different
experiences of maternity. I think that the English model
really does hurt equality. I think that it’s
a hugely inequitable model. In Sweden, parents are given
68 weeks of leave per child, paid at a rate of 80% of your salary, or
with a capped limit of £588 a week. I think the Swedish model is good
because it’s quite equal. It doesn’t matter if you’re
the father or the mother. The cost of nurseries also greatly
differs from the UK to Sweden. Compared to Sweden, the cost for
parents is almost 10 times as high. I suspect that our costs are going
to be around £2,000 a month, and that’s probably
at the very least. I think there’s something
drastically wrong with a system where
a professional woman, like me, is struggling to meet the cost of
everyday childcare. Thanks to a state subsidy, the bill for childcare in Sweden
is greatly reduced. Low-income families pay nothing
while more prosperous families pay a max of £119 a month. I’m astonished that that’s how
little it costs and, to me, that sounds like the government of
Sweden have a lot of respect for families,
a lot of respect for working people. ..It’s important to remember that
everything comes at a cost, and the Swedes pay more in tax. But what do you think?

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6 thoughts on “Child Care In The UK Versus In Sweden

  1. I am glad for our Swedish system but one have to include taxes in the cost of child care. It is very much subsidiced through taxes. I'm all for that but still.

  2. Exactly. America basically punishes people who choose to reproduce. No paid anything and perhaps no job to come back to. Some folks without cheap options( ie grandparents or the like) to watch the children when both parents work basically have to spend between 500 to 1200 a month, depending on the city, to pay for childcare. So 2 kids can equal 1,000USD to 2400USD. Bananas. Costs only go up from there if parents choose private schools. Between 12,000 to 25,000 USD per child per year and doesnt even include summer months or holidays. Not to mention health insurance premiums for a family of 4 at about 700 to 2000 USD per month, depending again by city. Colleges and higher education can be hundreds of thousands of dollars. Leading to massive debt of many young people in the USA. Canada has higher taxes but does model more European countries when it comes to children.

  3. Government paid parental leave is disgusting, it's just another way for the government to steal from hardworking responsible childless people and giving it to irresponsible trailer trash with 10+ kids.

  4. You shouldn't get pregnant whilst working and then expect to get paid maternity leave, technically you aren't working and want to get paid…..Then you have feminist shouting about Wage Gap….

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