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."
The Welsh Government has announced funding to provide 10,000 free books to children living in some of Wales' most disadvantaged communities.
Those living in Flying Start areas will benefit from the scheme, and will receive a book bag containing a bilingual and English language book, a set of crayons and a scribble pad.
– Vaughan Gething, Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty
A child's early language skills are hugely important to their later learning outcomes and their life chances. The link between home reading and a child's future achievement is well known and that is why we are funding these extra books for children in Flying Start areas.
Research shows that a pupil's reading scores are higher and improve more quickly in families who are engaged in reading activities at home.
This approach is central to our work to make sure all children, no matter where they are born, have the right start in life and the same opportunities as others.
New funding has been announced today by the Welsh Government, to provide 10,000 free books to children in Wales' most disadvantaged areas.
Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty Vaughan Gething has revealed children living in 'Flying Start' areas will benefit from the books to help with continued learning at home.
Each child eligible for the scheme will receive a book bag containing a bilingual and an English language book, a set of crayons and a scribble pad.
Flying Start aims to make a difference to the lives of children under the age of four and their families, in the most deprived communities.
It's hoped the extra books will highlight to parents the importance of reading with their children, to improve their language development.
The books, costing £100,000, will be available from this month.
A new study could pave the way for a £5m investment that could change the lives of children in care in Wales.
Experts from Cardiff and Swansea University, along with the charity Children in Wales, are looking at how to help those children flourish.
A new study commissioned by the Big Lottery Fund today is aiming to explore and develop new ways of transforming the life chances of children and young people in care in Wales over the next 10 years.
The study could also pave the way for a new £5 million investment which could dramatically improve the outcomes of children in care in Wales. The latest figures show that there are nearly 6,000 children in care in Wales, an increase of 20% over the last five years.
How much contact do your children have with nature? Not enough, according to the RSPB.
It surveyed children across the UK to find out how connected children are with nature.
Kids in Wales scored the lowest in Britain.
The RSPB believes this generation's lack of contact with wildlife is one of the biggest threats to nature in Wales.
The study shows children aren't getting involved with their natural surroundings and more education is needed outside the classroom to improve a child's health and wellbeing.
– Katie-jo Luxton, RSPB Cymru Director
For the first time, we have created a baseline that we and others can use to measure just how connected to nature children really are. By adopting this new approach, we can all monitor children's connection and we are recommending that governments and local authorities take action to increase it through policy and practice decisions.