Some 25% of parents told a Good Morning Britain and OnePoll survey they had given up work to care for their child because they were unable to find a suitable alternative.
The poll also found:
- Over a third have ever left their child/children (aged between 4-16) home alone.
- Almost a fifth (19%) say they consider a child aged 9 and under to be safe to be left alone.
- One quarter spend more than £101 on childcare every week during the summer holidays.
- The average spend on summer childcare is £62.52 per week.
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