This article was originally published in July 2017.
International PhD exchange student Tomás Cano López, from Pompeu Fabra University, Spain, has been awarded the Best Poster Award of the Research Committee 28 (RC28) Spring Meeting at the University of Cologne (shared with Francesco Billari and one other researcher). The poster he made used research co-authored with Dr Francisco (Paco) Perales and Professor Janeen Baxter titled ‘A Matter of Time? Parent’s Time in Childcare and Children’s Cognitive and Non-cognitive Outcomes’ (see image below).
Their paper examined whether and how parental education affects parents’ childcare time, and how this in turn influences children’s cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes. In particular, this study considered fathers’ involvement in childcare. Men’s childcare participation can be a precursor for increasing gender equality within families, by ‘freeing up’ time for women to develop their skills, enter the labour market, and realise their economic potential.
Paternal involvement in childcare can also result in increased child stimulation and cognitive development.
The paper ‘A Matter of Time? Parent’s Time in Childcare and Children’s Cognitive and Non-cognitive Outcomes’ can be downloaded from here.