Jul 1, 2022Read of the weekRead of the week: US parents cut down on childcare costs

As childcare costs in America are heavily impacted by the rising cost of living, many parents are looking for alternative ways to get the accessible and affordable childcare they need. Flexible backup childcare, part-time solutions and family members helping out means childcare is evolving beyond the typical nine-to-five arrangement.

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The impact of the pandemic and the rising cost of living has seen more parents in the US look for childcare options that don't break the bank - more than half of parents of children younger than 15 reported spending 20% or more of their household income on childcare last year, an increase from the 31% who said the same in 2019.

As hybrid working policies have shifted many parents’ working lifestyles with them no longer needing nine-to-five nanny or daycare services, flexible and affordable childcare options that are customisable and minimise career disruption are seeing an increase in demand.

In the US babysitting networks like UrbanSitter are providing solutions for every childcare and household needs, while overseas in the UK platforms like Daycare SOS allow parents access to childcare that's flexible and affordable, easing parents' frustrations as new work dynamics present fresh challenges and home-life expectations.

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