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One in five parents have quit their jobs over the spiralling cost of childcare, new study reveals

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One in five parents have quit their jobs over the spiralling cost of childcare, campaign group claims

  • Similar number want to work but can’t afford to because of the cost of childcare
  • Most parents in the study said finding money for childcare caused anxiety 
  • The survey of 1,800 parents was by campaign group Pregnant Then Screwed

Almost one in five parents have had to leave their jobs because of the cost of childcare, a study suggests.

A similar number want to work but cannot afford to because of the cost of childcare, while two out of three parents have to work fewer hours, say researchers. 

The survey of 1,800 parents found that most said finding money for childcare caused anxiety in the home.

Almost one in five parents have had to leave their jobs because of the cost of childcare according to a study by campaign group Pregnant Then Screwed (stock image)

Almost one in five parents have had to leave their jobs because of the cost of childcare according to a study by campaign group Pregnant Then Screwed (stock image)

Campaign group Pregnant Then Screwed said its study showed that the cost of childcare is ‘exorbitant’, with women mainly bearing the brunt of the impact, adding to the gender pay gap and ‘motherhood penalty’.

The group said parents have two years of high costs even though there is a government scheme to ease the burden for those employed, and 30 hours’ free childcare from the age of three if criteria are met.

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Joeli Brearley, founder of Pregnant Then Screwed, said: ‘Our research highlights why women fall behind in the workplace. 

‘We need to provide properly subsidised childcare from nine months old. 

‘Our childcare system is failing parents, it is failing childcare providers and it is failing childcare staff.’ 

Pregnant Then Screwed said its study showed that the cost of childcare is ¿exorbitant¿, with women mainly bearing the brunt of the impact (stock image)

Pregnant Then Screwed said its study showed that the cost of childcare is ‘exorbitant’, with women mainly bearing the brunt of the impact (stock image)

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