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.
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.