An emergency bailout of the UK’s childcare sector is needed if nurseries and child-minding centres are to reopen, allowing parents to return to work, according to the Trades Union Congress.
In a report published on Thursday, the main umbrella group for unions said parents faced a “massive childcare challenge” in the coming months, since some nurseries would fall victim to the economic crisis, while others would only be able to open safely on reduced hours or with fewer places under social distancing rules. Many parents, women in particular, could lose their jobs or pay as a result, it said.
“Our childcare sector is on the brink of collapse — and it’s putting women’s jobs on the line,” said Frances O’Grady, TUC secretary-general.
The closure of schools and childcare settings has had a bigger impact in the UK than in many countries because an unusually high proportion, 70 per cent, of