Percentage of parents working less because of waiting lists for childcare

Percentage of parents working less because of waiting lists for childcare

More than one-fifth of working parents with children on the childcare waiting list have reduced their working hours because childcare is not yet available. This has been demonstrated by research commissioned by the Ministry of Social Affairs. According to the research conducted by the I&O Research agency, 22 percent.

Childcare waiting lists continue to be a problem as labor market bottlenecks persist. Parents are also compromising on working hours: Almost one-fifth (18 percent) of parents with children on the waiting list work outside their preferred hours because they cannot find appropriate childcare at the hours they want.

One-fifth of parents who don’t use childcare find it too expensive.

extreme stress

Parents say they are “very stressed” because of the childcare issue. Some arrange this with the help of family or friends, but also say that it is not a structural solution. Some parents bring their children to grandparents. “They are actually too old to care for them, but there is no other solution,” said one of the study participants. Another participant says she started working less: “This leads to financial difficulties, less income and more stress.”

Nearly all occupational groups are affected by a deficiency, the UWV has previously reported. Social Affairs and Employment Minister Van Gennip has often described the labor market shortage as a “big problem”. He previously said he would work with employers and the Cabinet to get people to work more hours or change their hours so that people can balance work and life.

fire letters

At the same time, day care centers also suffer from staff shortages. Last summer, expert and interest group Eltern Boink sent urgent letters to the cabinet. There is a shortage of nearly 4,000 employees, and this number threatens to rise to around 35,000 by 2025.

The industry went on strike in 2021 for the first time in two decades due to workload dissatisfaction.

Source: NOS