What it’s like to be a working parent in Norway

Monday November 4 2019

Shellie Bird and Jane Beach with Petter, a postal worker in the parcel sorting terminal in Oslo.

We talked to Petter, a young father of a two-year old son, who works at the Posten parcel sorting terminal in Oslo about what it’s like to be a working parent in Norway. He and his partner applied for a place in a public kindergarten (child care centre) when his son was born and had a place for him at 11-months old. He was able to change his work hours so he could do the morning drop-off and his partner the evening pick-up. He indicated, they were fortunate to have a supportive employer and a system that is there when we needed it.


He is very happy with the program at the kindergarten. He likes that the children go to the woods every Thursday and that the skilled staff support his son’s social and emotional development. It helps them as parents to understand and be patient with their son’s learning.

Child Care Perspectives