Parents Spend £10bn on Childcare During School Summer Holidays

Over the summer period parents across the UK are spending more than £10bn over a six week period on childcare. Studio Film School, which provides week long summer holiday clubs across London, is providing a creative alternative to pricey childminders and traditional childcare.

According to price comparison and switching site uSwitch, parents are spending on average £1704 every six weeks or £71 a day to fund summer childcare for their little ones.

With the average income totalling just £1770 per month after NI and tax, many families face the real possibility of spending an entire month’s income on childcare. This comes before any other activities such as days out, ice creams and activities costing an additional £13bn nationally - or £1000+ for each child.

Some children are left with family members over the summer period. 48% of parents have the support of the wider family to help look after children over the summer period. Other popular choices include summer camps (12%), nannies (9%) and activity clubs which are used by 23% of families.

By investing in holiday clubs, parents can rest in the knowledge that they are usually saving money, investing in their children’s skills and giving their children memories that will last a lifetime.

Studio Film School offers stimulating, fun and friendly workshops for children and young people, with carefully structured activities designed to help develop creative skills and confidence. Those aged 4 – 18 work with highly trained specialist filmmakers to produce their own films which can be shared at home and at red carpet film screenings. The company is urging parents to enrol children at holiday clubs such as these, where kids learn new skills and are given the opportunity to be creative, all for much less than many summer childcare schemes.

Dan Farrell, Director of Studio Film School said: “With so many paying through the nose for childcare, parents should be considering other alternatives to the traditional childminder. This new research found that one in three parents feel like they are inconveniencing friends or family while one in five are worried that their child will be bored over the holidays.

“Parents get a better deal by booking their children into holiday clubs. With activities like Studio Film School’s summer workshops, parents are put at ease knowing that their children are safe, happy and learning skills that can last them a lifetime.”

Summer Film Shoots are taking place on different dates across the summer at Balham, Chelsea, Hampstead and Highgate – check website for dates. Prices start at £208 for the week, with sibling discounts. Some centres also run themed holiday clubs, such as Superhero Film Shoot and Movie Musical Week.

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About Studio Film School

Providing specialist extra-curricular activities and workshops for young people, Studio Film School is OFSTED regulated and provides weekly classes to help develop imagination, confidence and creativity. All staff are DBS checked and are trained to the highest standards to be able to provide fun, interesting and inclusive classes for children and young people.