Women are the biggest users of the health and education services. But both these services are designed for mothers staying at home. For the majority of families in Britain, this is no longer the case.
Barbara Roche is the government minister charged with ensuring that women and children take advantage of what is on offer. In a new report published last week, Better Services, Better Working Lives, she admits that there is still much to do.
Although many new initiatives are already making a difference - access to teachers by email and out-of-hours school clubs - the fact that many parents work is not taken into account.
Among the problems facing working mothers are the inflexibility of surgery hours and difficulty finding time to speak to their child's teacher in person.
Jenni talks to Barbara Roche about why this is still happening and how the government intends making changes.