The school holidays are only weeks away and our latest survey shows that more than half of working parents are unaware they could be using childcare vouchers to make big savings on the cost of holiday clubs, activity camps and other summer entertainment for their kids. We surveyed 1000 of our parents and 56% didn't know they could use childcare vouchers for things like holiday sports courses and adventure camps such as PGL and Camp Beaumont.
It’s a myth we’ve worked to dispel for several years now but the results of this survey show that the majority of people still believe that vouchers can only be used for nursery and more traditional childcare and as a result they’re missing out on vital savings.
The summer holidays in particular can be an expensive time for parents - paying for additional childcare and keeping the kids entertained can soon mount up. Despite this, only 1% of vouchers used by parents last year were put towards holiday clubs and activities, as opposed to 88% used for the more traditional forms of childcare.
I can’t stress enough that if you’re using registered care, be it breakfast clubs, holiday camps, after schools clubs, or even music lessons and other extracurricular activities, then ask if they accept childcare vouchers and start making those savings. With family budgets being squeezed more than ever at the moment, every penny counts!
If you’re looking for holiday activities for your kids, we’re starting a list of registered carers and the activities they offer on our facebook page.