Tens of thousands of parents were forced to adopt emergency child care plans today as the teachers' strike hit schools in London and the Home Counties.
Some parents were forced to book a day's holiday from work, some relied on the trusted fallback of grandparents while others ended up with a bill from a professional childminder.
Fiona Jull, the director of a public relations company who lives in Wimbledon, told ITV News she was forced to pay £75 for a childminder to look after her five-year-old son Max.
I knew about the strike about a week ago but I didn't actually book any back-up child care yesterday because last time they called the strike off. I had to find emergency child care for Max because I've got a client meeting this afternoon which I couldn't miss. I'm having to find money while they're striking on pay so it's not really fair is it? I have no choice. Sometimes I have the option of calling my mother, sometimes I can work from home with Max by my side, but today I didn't have that choice.