- More than a third of parents (36%) find it difficult to find preschool childcare, 76% said this was due to affordability issues.
- Of those parents who found it difficult to find childcare 67% would rely on friends of family and 63% would either reduce their working hours or choose not to work or attend education at all.
- 41% of parents of preschool children said they were unable to access childcare during the working day, 59% said this was an important factor on deciding whether to work or study
- 64% of respondents indicated that their employer provided little or no flexible working options
New research from Flexible Childcare Services Scotland (FCSS) shows that affordability is one of the greatest barriers for parents trying to find preschool childcare.
FCSS, a national charity that already runs 23 childcare settings across Scotland, conducted the research to understand some of the challenges of accessing childcare, so that they could better support the children and families that use their services.
The charity believes that with the cost of living crisis is forcing parents to think differently about how they manage their childcare in an attempt to save money.
For instance, the research shows that of those parents who found it difficult to find childcare, 67% would rely on friends of family to support them with their childcare.
Unfortunately, those families who can’t rely on friends or family are being forced out of the workplace so that they can save money on childcare. According to the research 63% pf parents who found it difficult to find childcare would either reduce their working hours or choose not to work at all in a bid to manage their childcare needs.
However, it’s not just cost that’s causing chaos for parents; the research also stated that 41% of parents with preschool children were unable to access childcare during the day and 59% said this was an important factor on deciding to stay in work or education.
With such a drive to get parents back to work this new research shows the great challenge that many parents face when considering childcare.
Dr Judith Turbyne, Chief Executive of Children in Scotland said: “There is a commitment at national level to get parents, particularly mothers, back into the workforce but the reality is that this can be really difficult as frequently the mechanisms are not there on the ground to allow that to happen. Parents are consistently telling us that the childcare provision they have been offered or are able to access doesn’t meet their needs. This has to change. We need to do more to help working parents find early learning and childcare provision that works for them, their child and their family in order to stop more families falling into poverty.”