There is compelling evidence that access to good quality, affordable childcare can benefit economies, businesses, employees, and children (IFC 2020).
However, in Nigeria, parents struggle to find good quality childcare because it is often expensive, low quality, distant, and has inconvenient operating hours. These barriers limit working parents’ uptake of childcare, and they also limit parents’ opportunities, and especially those of women, to hold better-quality, well-paying jobs that offer job security.
To help Nigerian working parents to better manage their caregiving responsibilities, and Nigerian women to advance in their careers, more childcare support is needed.
This report explores gaps and opportunities related to providing family-friendly workplace policies and practices, including quality childcare.