Holiday childcare costing 'over £100 per week'

Working mums and dads will be forced to cough up more than £100 per week for suitable childcare during the six-week summer holidays, a study has found. The Family and Childcare Trust's annual holiday childcare report found the average cost of childcare is £114.51.

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High childcare costs 'not the way to run the economy'

High childcare costs are "not the way to operate a modern economy" and a combined effort from the Government, teachers and employers to find a solution, a family expert has said.

Trust chief executive Anand Shukla, said:

A combination of unaffordable prices, lack of holiday childcare and inflexible employers is not only causing stress for parents, but it's bad for the economy.

Most parents have no choice but to work, and should not have to take sick days to manage childcare.

This is not the way to operate a modern economy, and this is why we are calling on employers and head teachers to help parents manage the school holidays, and on government for a new childcare strategy that properly represents the realities working families face today.

– Anand Shukla

Childcare prices 'highest in the south east'

Parents living in the south east of England can expect to hand over the most cash for childcare, a report has found.

According to the Family and Childcare Trust and Netmums:

  • The weekly cost in the south east is £140.88 on average.
  • Families in the North West have the lowest average weekly holiday childcare costs at £103.38.
  • In Wales holiday childcare costs £109.66 on average, and in Scotland it is £104.28.
  • A survey of parents conducted by parenting website Netmums and the Trust found that around 17% said that they had to take days off work sick last year to cover childcare.
  • This represents almost a million working days lost, the Trust said, which it claims costs the economy almost £100 million each year.

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Holiday childcare costs 'over £100 every week'

Parents are forced to hand over more than £100 per week for holiday childcare during the summer holidays, according to a study.

The cost of holiday care is around 1.7% more expensive than last year, the survey says. Credit: PA

The Family and Childcare Trust's annual holiday childcare report said working mums and dads were forking out £114.51 on average to keep their child occupied.

The report suggested holiday childcare is becoming increasingly expensive, with families facing differences in cost depending on where they live.

One in six parents admitted to calling in sick last year so they could look after their youngsters during the summer break.

Others had to go so far as to give up their jobs in order to care for their children.

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