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Supporting Parents and Carers

Supporting Parents & Carers
Supporting Parents & Carers


Working parents feel overstretched – and our childcare system is too!

Please spare 5 minutes to tell us more about your experience of looking after children?

About Supporting Parents & Carers


Every year Usdaw organises a campaign day to support members who are parents and carers.

This year’s Supporting Parents and Carers campaign took place on Wed 28 June 2023.

The focus of our campaign for this year was the problems that low-paid working parents have in finding affordable and flexible childcare.

Working parents are overstretched and the UK’s childcare system is too.

For more information about how you can get involved in this year’s campaign view: Reps Briefing

How this helps you

We want to use Spotlight Day this year to:

  • Highlight how the current system of childcare support is failing members.
  • Raise awareness of free childcare entitlements and parental rights at work.
  • Find out more about the problems members have accessing affordable and appropriate childcare.
  • Highlight the crucial role grandparents play plugging the gaps in formal childcare.

Understanding Free Childcare Entitlements

Understanding free childcare can be difficult and confusing. There are free state-funded childcare schemes for 2, 3 and 4 years olds in England, Scotland and Wales. Our advice leaflet provides all the information you need.

Find out more >>

Maternity & Parental Rights

Our comprehensive guide to maternity and parental rights covers everything you need to know about your rights at work.

Find out more >>

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