Parents struggling to find childcare 'consider leaving job'

Some 47% of parents who are struggling to find adequate childcare before their child goes back to primary school are considering leaving their job, a children's charity has found.

Fresh data from 4Children found the majority of parents with primary school aged children wanted access to a breakfast or after hours activity as a means of filling the gap in childcare.

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Half of employers 'help parents with childcare'

Some 51% of parents struggling to find childcare said their employer was helping out by allowing them to work flexibly, a poll has found.

Research carried out by charity 4Children found:

  • 53% of parents were allowed to work fewer hours to meet the demands of childcare.
  • 33% of parents work from home some of the time.
  • However, 27% had not received any assistance from their employer.

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Parents struggling with childcare 'consider leaving job'

Almost half of parents struggling to find childcare ahead of the new school year have considered leaving their jobs to look after their little ones, a study has found.

The charity called fore more primary schools to provide after and pre-school care. Credit: PA

An investigation carried out by a children's charity found single and young parents were struggling the most.

Some 61% of single parents and 63% of parents aged between 18-34 who had been unable to organise the childcare they need were considering giving up their job, said 4Children.

The survey of 500 parents with children of primary school age also revealed the need for schools to help provide care - 87% of parents whose child's school did not have an after school club wanted one.

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