A bit of a coincidence writing about the cost of childcare then seeing the Guardian has written a much better article I ever could.
Summer holidays cost parents £8.6bn apparently. It says parents will spend an average of £660 per child over the next 6 weeks. I won't spend that much, I haven't got that much though it works out to £100 a week. Easily spent....
I was thinking see, as I was scrubbing the cooker, that London may have all these free museums and parks (if you don't go to Tory held Battersea where they want to start charging children), but this is the first summer I'm not carrying my son on the back of my bike.
That means a bus or tube to all these free places, free events.
Of course on any day trips I'll bring sandwiches and tap water. No canteen lunch for us!
There's a kung-fu week that costs £90 for the week..food, entertainment, training etc all in. Parents have said what a good deal it is. It might be, depending on what you're looking through. Shame they don't do credit... I could try ask the Foca... Means I could guiltlessly do my pub job...
I'm looking forward to hanging out with my boy though. Might be the last year he looks forward to hanging out with me!!
Here's the article
Though to end I have to say the only way to avoid the high costs of childcare, whether you outsource it or do it yourself, is not to have children at all.
Helpful aren't I?