Parents of disabled children are in a constant battle to find suitable and affordable childcare in the UK. New research from charity Contact A Family has shown that 72% of mums have cut back or given up work because they can’t find appropriate childcare.
A cross-party Parliamentary Inquiry into Childcare for Disabled Children took place on 17th June this year and here we gather an insight from Hannah Postgate, one of six parents who were invited to give oral evidence of the problems she has experienced in locating suitable childcare.
The Parliamentary Inquiry
Hannah’s daughter, Rosy, has autism and complex learning disabilities and Hannah has been unable to find adequate one-to-one childcare for her daughter. Rosy even accompanied Hannah to the Parliamentary Inquiry because she had no one to take care of her that day.
“No parent wants to leave their child in care they feel isn’t suited to them,” says Hannah, “yet parents of children with disabilities are forced to make that choice all the time.”
“Perhaps I shouldn’t have brought Rosy along to such an important occasion – but you know what? I didn’t have any childcare! The irony was not lost on any of us that day.”
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