Three out of ten parents (28%) could not attend work or have missed out on new job opportunities because they could not access childcare. This is according to a survey of 1,000 respondents which was undertaken on behalf of Seas Suas, the representative body for independent providers in the early education and childcare sector.

The survey shows that women were significantly more impacted than men by a lack of access to childcare, with almost twice as many women as men missing time at work or unable to take up a job offer or promotion.

Affordability emerged as the largest challenge faced by families in accessing childcare, with almost seven out of ten respondents citing cost as a factor (68%), followed by availability of places (11%) and flexibility by providers on childcare days/hours required (10%).

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