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Holiday Childcare Survey 2021

Authored by Sam Shorto, Vanessa Patel & Megan Jarvie 

Holiday childcare is a lynchpin for millions of families in Great Britain, allowing parents to work or study, providing employers with a reliable workforce, and giving children the opportunity to socialise and have fun with other children. 

In its 16th annual Holiday Childcare Survey, Coram Family and Childcare reveal that prices have risen above inflation once again, with the average holiday club place costing 5% per cent more than it did in 2019 at the weekly rate of £145. 

The new research also finds that only 33 per cent of English local authorities have enough holiday childcare available for parents in their area who work full time, raising significant concerns about the challenges parents may face looking for childcare that suits their needs.


145 pounds per week for a holiday club place

33% of councils

in England report having enough holiday childcare for parents working full time

33% of councils

report a decrease in the number of holiday childcare places
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Research by Coram Family and Childcare

Our research and advocacy focuses on making Britain as supportive of fulfilling family lives as possible, and on holding central and local government to account for doing all it can to remove barriers for families. By revealing new insights into family life in the UK and formulating innovative solutions, our research aims to push the envelope on how families are supported in the UK. 

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