Having shared leave with my partner who took additional paternity leave for three months, I got interested in this topic and started doing some research with other couples who have done the same thing.
I am based at the University of London Institute of Education and at the moment I am looking to meet and interview other couples where the mother's partner has taken or is planning to take additional paternity leave between now and the end of June 2014.
So few couples actually use this leave that I am finding it really difficult to get hold of couples! Please get in touch if you are sharing or planning to share your leave in this way!! At the moment, I have a very limited budget so I can only recruit couples who live in or around London - apologies to those from further afield.
The study aims to help us understand why some people have taken this leave, and their experiences of doing so. In this way, we will contribute to recent policy debates on leave entitlements and uptake.
If you are interested please pm me and/check out my university website: Katherine Twamley - Institute of Education, University of London
And you can find an informaiton leaflet about the study here: www.ioe.ac.uk/APL_Info_sheet_Part1(1).pdf
We are doing this, but not until September, so I don't know if that will be any help. Initial thoughts for us are me: 6 months and him: 3 months, but the whole idea is still quite new to us, so it may change! I will be interested to hear the results of your research too. Hx
Sorry for not replying sooner! I thought I would get an email when someone replied but obviously not. I will probably be recruiting again in the new academic year, Hedgehog1977, so I will be in touch if I am.
I will post back my findings, thanks for the interest!