Autumn is one of the most important times for parents who want to get back to work; the summer holidays are over, and they have four months til Christmas. So the following articles make grim reading – all focus on childcare.
- One in ten breakfast, after-school and holiday clubs look set to close during the next school year and many others face uncertainty due to rising costs and pressure on parental incomes. http://bit.ly/q8IQvR
- High childcare costs in the UK are affecting parents’ ability to work, train and study. http://bit.ly/pB2vxT
- Childcare costs stopping mothers working, Number of women opting to look after their children instead of doing paid employment increases by 32,000 in last year http://bit.ly/r885Fx
We know that Parents looking to get back to work want to know there is local childcare they trust, and can afford.
Key contact: your local Family Information Services who can help parents source childcare. Find them through the local council.
Key benefit: Childcare element of Working Tax Credit which offers up to 70% of cost. – Not perfect but it can make the difference, even on small amounts.