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