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Nearly 70% of parents of disabled children are not satisfied with available summer childcare, according to research by Working Families. Plus other news.
Its research looked into whether parents of disabled children were happy with the care that was available for their children during the summer and the effect on parents’ ability to work.
The problems are resulting in a serious impact on these parents’ ability to work, said the charity. A quarter of the parents took unpaid leave to cover weeks where there was no childcare available. Of those surveyed, 39% felt their responsibilities prevented them progressing in their careers or limited their ability to change jobs.
Working Families says the research demonstrates the real strain felt by many families with disabled children. Over three quarters of parents said it was very difficult balancing work and care responsibilities in the summer. 3% had to leave their job because of lack of childcare during the summer holidays.
Parents who took part in the survey reported that they were limited in their choice of jobs and are forced to reduce their hours and miss out on income during the holidays.
Janet Mearns who co-ordinates Working Families’ Waving not drowning network for parents and carers of disabled children, said: "Our network members had flagged up summer childcare as a problem area and we wanted to see exactly what the areas of difficulty were. Working Families wants to see better quality and quantity of childcare for disabled children so that both parents and children can make the most of their summer."
A third of children haven’t had a family day out
The survey highlights the high number of children in Britain whose families are not able to afford traditional
‘days out’. New figures show that 1 in 3 children have never experienced family activities such as visiting theme parks, while 1 in 10 have not been on any kind of ‘family outing’ over the past 12 months.
Findings from the Shout Out 4Children Survey 2009 reveal:
· 34% of children have never been abroad
· 37% have never been to the theatre
· 38% have never been to a theme park
· 10% have not been on any kind of ‘family outing’ in the past 12 months.
Asda credits flexible working for rise in retention rates
Asda says more than 67,000 of its staff have been at the company for at least five years and claims flexible working is the reason for its increased retention figures.