Working parents are divided over how they are covering the summer holidays between those who are relying on free childcare in the form of friends and family and those who are having to pay for childcare, according to a Workingmums.co.uk poll.
The poll shows that 19% of parents are relying on a mix of family, friends and paid childcare and 18% are mainly using paid childcare. This compares to 18% who are relying on a mixture of family and friends and paid childcare and 38% who don’t need summer childcare because of various reasons like being on maternity leave, working term time only, leaving jobs to cover the summer period or being out of work. Some 7% admitted they had not got summer childcare sorted yet. The school holidays begin this week.
One mum said: “I have been out of work for two years now. I am looking for part-time work as a cleaner or in customer services.”
Several parents commented about the difficulty of finding summer childcare. One simply called it “a nightmare”.
A recent survey of 1,500 UK adults for Cotton Traders summer campaign found that almost a third of parents struggle to find childcare across the summer holidays and over a quarter of parents have to take unpaid leave from work to cover childcare.
The survey also found: