Almost a third of British parents feel stressed trying to arrange childcare for the school holidays according to a new YouGov poll out today. GOV.UK reports
The poll for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) also found that a third of British parents worried about balancing work and school holiday childcare.
But to help with summer childcare, working parents are being reminded they can use Tax-Free Childcare, which is worth up to £2,000 per child per year, to pay for regulated holiday clubs during the school holidays.
More than 58,000 registered childcare providers from across the UK have signed up to receive Tax-Free Childcare payments, including hundreds of schools, football, art and tennis clubs. Parents that pay into their childcare account regularly can ‘save up’ to pay for childcare during school holidays if they choose. The money can go towards a whole range of registered childcare including nurseries, childminders, before and after school clubs, or holiday clubs.
Liz Truss, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said: “Sorting out childcare over school holidays can feel like another chore for working parents. But the government has financial help available to cut the stress and bills for parents.”
Children and Families Minister, Nadhim Zahawi, added:” We are supporting as many families as possible with access to high-quality, affordable childcare helping to put more money in their pockets and balancing work and family lives.”
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