21-07-2017 by 
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It’s been a busy week for me. I’ve had BBC Tees round to interview me about the cost of childcare in the holidays and how to keep costs down and we have the pleasure of BBC breakfast T.V coming on Monday to do some filming for a short feature – yes, I am running around like a headless chicken checking every where’s clean!

As I have been discussing childcare in the holidays, I thought it best to do a post about it and how you could try and keep the costs as low as possible. In my most recent blog posts, I have shown that you do not need to be spending a fortune on constantly entertaining the children. There are plenty of fun things to do that don’t cost a great deal. Don’t worry if they get bored, it will do them good.

If you haven’t got any family who can help with the children in the holidays, or an older sibling then you are left with extra bills for clubs and creches. Nobody needs to be losing money from their wages, least of all in the summer holidays when every penny counts. It can be tough if you feel like you are putting on friends who offer to help all the time too.

Chances are, if you are stuck and need help, there will be other people in a similar position that would be willing to help you, if you in turn helped them. Why not start a group in your local area for working parents to take turns at looking after each other’s children? You could make a group on social media, put up signs in your local library or shop to see who would be interested in meeting up. Using a village hall, library or even a café to get together and see how you can organise it. If there are lots of people then consider pairing up, or groups of four to make it more manageable.

If you are all helping each other, nobody owes anybody anything then. You will meet new people and make new friends too. Let’s get some good old community spirit back where people help each other out instead of knocking each other down. Or maybe I live in a dream world?

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