Published 22nd July
Lockdown in the UK has presented challenges for families whose day-to-day lives were transformed virtually overnight.
At the start of the lockdown (23 March 2020), many people had to rapidly adjust to a ‘new normal’, with school closures, parents furloughed or working from home, and support from outside the home no longer available.
For millions of parents (or those in a parenting role), this included having to care for their children, including homeschooling them, while continuing to work.
A separate bulletin on homeschooling (opens in a new tab) in Great Britain, offers insight into the challenges faced by those school closures.
Clear trends identified were:
- Parents fitted in work commitments around childcare
- The type of childcare that was provided changed during lockdown
- Women have carried out more childcare duties overall
- Younger children received more childcare from women
You can read the full report here (opens in a new tab)