A new research study, commissioned by Satsuma has found that working parents are paying for, on average over £20 per week, on extracurricular activities during term-time.

Over 50% of UK parents struggle with the financial strain of these activities; one in three actually have no option but to stump up for sessions as they form all or part of their wraparound care programme as working parents.

The study also found that some parents with two children of primary school age were forking out as much as £360 per month to put their children into after-school club, and that’s not including extracurricular activities.

Surprisingly, 6 in 10 parents admitted to never having taken the time to look at other cost-effective solutions, due to lack of time and energy to research them, however those who had looked at alternatives had suggested that instead of sharing parenting responsibilities with friends and families, the ideal solution would be to secure more flexible working hours. 

The good news is that almost all parents who took part in the research study agreed that the additional experiences were benefitting their children socially, physically and mentally.