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Juggling holiday childcare

Last week my sister was explaining how she and her husband were dividing up the childcare in the school holidays, where each would work from home on different days, as well as using school holiday clubs and friends. The number of working mums with dependent children has surged to 4.9 million. Do you juggle childcare in the school holidays?

Hoilday mums

Juggling Act

Some families use alternate time-off work, where mums and dads take different weeks off during the summer. Mum books 2-weeks from work and looks after the children, then dad does the same while mum goes back to work. It can help but it’s an extreme measure in solving the childcare issue.

What options are there?

  • Grandparents offer a great solution to summer childcare. It allows the grandparents to spend time with the gran-kids. Youngsters have valuable time with the older generation. Your own parents/in-laws are trusted and it’s a financial winner.
  • Working from home, needs support from an understanding boss, but be prepared to show them how it can work.
  • Flexible working is often overlooked. It can flexi-time (choosing when to work) or compressed hours (same hours over fewer days), staggered hours (different starting and finishing times) or job sharing. Check the options available at your employer.
  • Holiday play schemes or day camps provide good summer childcare options. Many different activities are on offer, ranging from sports to drama. Your local authority’s will have details.
  • Home Help, using a summer au pair can be a cost-effective option. Summer au pairs will provide around six hours of childcare a day for around £100, regardless of the number of children.
  • Emergency childcare may be needed if you regular childcare has fallen through. Your local authority will have a list of registered childminders.

It’s not easy to find affordable childcare during the summer holidays, as one survey stated it was the biggest summer headache for parents. The costs and shortage of childcare places mean that parents can end up taking unpaid leave or using the annual holiday entitlement to be with the kids. That’s hardly a restful summer.

ChildMax insurance pays your take home salary while you’re on 12 months’ unpaid leave caring for a sick child. It starts from £49.50. Can pay monthly payments for easy budgeting with an initial payment of £8.25 followed by 11 monthly payments of £3.75.

Visit at or call the UK call centre 0333 323 0098 for more information.



Date: 22 July 2019 by Max Robinson