According to research by the Family and Childcare Trust almost a fifth of parents in Wales had to call in sick last year, in order to manage childcare during the summer holidays.
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A lack of holiday childcare means around a fifth of Welsh workers will call in sick to look after their children over the summer break, according research by the Family and Childcare Trust and Netmums.
The Chief Executive of Children in Wales, Catriona Williams, says families are under a lot of pressure due to the rising costs of childcare and they're having to rely on family members to look after their children.
Almost a fifth of parents in Wales had to call in sick last year, in order to manage childcare during the summer holidays.
That's according to new research by the Family and Childcare Trust, and Netmums. Both are calling for more affordable childcare to be made available.
Their research also found a further 12% of parents had been forced to give up their jobs entirely, causing the Welsh economy to miss out on nearly 50,000 working days every year.
– Anand Shukla, Family and Childcare Trust
"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 our 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."