Early childhood teachers’ fertility willingness under China’s ‘third-child’ policy

Wei WANG, Luyao LIANG, Jing LUO, Hui LI, Jing TANG

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This study aimed to understand whether Chinese early childhood (EC) teachers are willing to give birth to children to embrace the new ‘third-child’ policy. Altogether, 1042 participants (44.7% teachers, 55.3% other parents) were sampled and surveyed online. The results indicated that: (1) the teachers demonstrated fertility willingness different from other parents, and a higher percentage of teachers believed that one child would suffice; (2) the teachers highly valued partner’s support (family), employers’ support (workplace), and societal support (society); (3) their fertility willingness was influenced by the public fertility system and service, economic status and health, family relationships, career development, and emotional needs; and (4) the modern parenting and fertility beliefs, spouses’ support, and the struggle between job and parenting commitments significantly predicted the EC teachers’ fertility willingness. Copyright © 2022 by the authors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10083
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022


Wang, W., Liang, L., Luo, J., Li, H., & Tang, J. (2022). Early childhood teachers’ fertility willingness under China’s ‘third-child’ policy. Sustainability, 14(16), Article 10083. https://doi.org/10.3390/su141610083


  • Fertility willingness
  • Kindergarten teachers
  • The third-child policy


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