Schools across Wales break up for the summer today, and whilst our children might be relishing the prospect of 6 weeks off, a new report highlights the strain it puts both on parents and the economy.
A huge shortage of sufficient childcare, plus the costs involved, mean almost a fifth of working parents in Wales will call in sick to cope.
According to research by the Families and Childcare Trust:
- 1 in 5 parents called in sick over the summer holidays last year in order to manage childcare
- 12% of parents were forced to give up their jobs altogether
- It means the Welsh economy misses out on 50,000 working days every year
Alexandra Lodge has spoken to parents at a nursery in St Mellons, Cardiff, to find out about the impact the school holidays have on their work: