City parents ‘lucky’ to have enough childcare

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Working parents in Sheffield are some of the most fortunate in the country when it comes to accessing out of school childcare, a new survey has found.

The city has enough childcare provision for its five to 11-year-olds, according to city council statistics.

But Sheffield is in the minority, says the Family and Childcare Trust, with more than 60 per cent of local authorities reporting they don’t have enough places.

The survey also found that some parts of the country have little provision for childcare at the beginning or end of the school day, when working mums and dads need help most.

Follow up research found that almost 40 per cent of parents found it diffult or very difficult to find the childcare they needed.

Trust chief executive Anand Shukla said: “Sheffield parents are in an enviable position as fewer than 40 per cent of councils say they have enough childcare for five to 11-year-olds.

“For many working parents hoping that their childcare struggle ends when their children start school, this research shows that unfortunately the opposite is true.”