Returning to work after parental leave is a hard time for many families and research shows that more support is needed.
Recently, the Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins announced $278,000 for ‘Grace Papers’, an online support program which will be implemented in the Victorian Public Sector.
Grace Papers aim to support families to better understand and make informed decisions about parental leave. It is hoped that Grace Papers will help ease the transition back to work, the program has already been a success, with implementation across private sector organisations already.
The Victorian Government believes that supporting parents to return to the workforce and progress their careers is essential to close the gender pay gap. This includes negotiating flexible return to work arrangements, such as working from home.
It is hoped that Grace Papers’ online program supports parents-to-be and their work managers navigate pregnancy, parental leave, and their return to work. Grace Papers will also help managers have constructive career planning conversations with staff, including fathers who are primary carers.
YMCA Children’s Programs understand how difficult it can be planning your return to work after parental leave. With long open hours and varying session lengths to choose from, Clyde North Tuckers Road Early Learning Centre aims to be a helpful addition to supporting families at every stage of life.
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