How much will the Easter holidays cost you?
If you are a working parent, or even if not, you will almost certainly be spending money on childcare and/or entertainment over the forthcoming Easter Holidays.
Some families will be heading off on holiday, for which we will pay a premium for travelling during ‘peak times’. Others will be working for much of the period and be paying for holiday clubs or for days out with the grandparents. And the rest will be frantically trying to find activities to keep the kids entertained that don’t cost the earth and aren’t booked up months in advance!
According to online childcare platform, Childcare.co.uk, the UK average cost of the Easter holidays is £400, although this varies depending on where you live. In London you’re looking at £507 and in the East Midlands £365. But this is calculated by looking at the cost of nurseries, childminders and nannies.
With school-age children, parents are looking at around £30 per day for a holiday club, which may or may not operate over a full working day. The other options are taking holiday from work, or possibly unpaid leave if your holiday allowance isn’t very generous.
Even if you are at home, you could be looking at expensive days out. A day ticket to attractions such as Legoland can set you back a fair whack, and we all know how much a trip to the cinema or bowling can cost.
Holiday clubs may end up being the more cost-effective option for working parents. They keep the kids busy for a (mostly) full day where they can make new friends or play with school friends. And they keep you at work where you can hold on to that last shred of sanity 😊.
Richard Conway, CEO and founder of Childcare.co.uk said, “Most parents will recognise the worry of having to try and find a nanny or childminder to care for the kids throughout the school holidays while they work.
For families where a parent works in a school, it doesn’t seem to be as stressful, because they’re off at the same time as their children, but for the rest of us, finding a childcarer who’s available for just a few weeks can be difficult, as well as expensive.
“The price of childcare has been rising steadily in recent years, and with the free government childcare scheme hitting roadblocks, there is increased stress on parents to find high quality, affordable and available childcare. We’re just hoping that we can help out a few stressed parents find the right childcarer for them in time for the ‘dreaded’ summer holidays!”
The weather over the Easter holidays isn’t looking great, but we have a number of Forest Schools in our directory which offer holiday clubs and aren’t weather dependent. You might just have to be prepared for some muddy clothes at the end of the day!