Death Of The School Run

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Death Of The School Run
A leading childcare website has discovered that only 34% of parents now do the school run. The platform surveyed its 1.5 million British members to find out how many take their children to school and how many rely on family members, friends, public transport and/or professional support. The results were averaged across both primary and secondary school – with 45% of parents with primary school aged children taking and picking their children up, compared to 23% of parents with secondary school aged children.


The UK’s leading childcare platform for parents, childcare providers and schools, Childcare.co.uk, has surveyed its 1.5m members and discovered that the ‘school run’ is slowly becoming a thing of the past for many parents and their children.
 
Childcare.co.uk asked its members who have school aged children whether they take their children to school or if they relied on school/public transport, family members, friends and/or paid childcare providers. The survey was commissioned after the team noticed a 60% increase in childcare professionals doing the school run as part of their job spec in the last year alone, as well as more than 42,000 parents searching for school pick-ups and drop-offs over the last 30 days.
 
Taking the first 3,000 respondent results, a third, 34%, answered that they take their children to school either by car, bike or on foot. A further third, 32%, answered that they rely on family members, friends or paid professional support, while the remaining respondents said their children found their own way to and from school.
 
When the answers were broken down, 45% of parents with primary school aged children said they took and picked their children up, while 23% of parents with secondary school aged children said the same.
 
For those who answered that they didn’t take their children to school, more than half, 53%, said it was because of work commitments.
 
More than two thirds, 64%, of respondents work both full-time or part-time hours and four fifths, 81%, were female.
 
Childcare.co.uk allows parents to search for and connect with babysitters, childminders, nannies, nurseries, private tutors and schools. When searching for schools, parents can see which childcare providers offer pick-up and drop-off services to each school. Childcare providers can also advertise their services on the site – with more than 1.5 million users nationwide, Childcare.co.uk is the largest online community for parents in the UK.
 
Richard Conway, CEO and founder of Childcare.co.uk said,
 
“It’s interesting to see how parental responsibilities such as the school run have changed in recent years. It may seem like a minor thing, but the school run is something all parents in the UK will have to make a decision about, and the difference reflects societal changes.
 
“When you take these factors into consideration it’s no surprise that the majority of parents do not take their children to school anymore. Of course, this is not necessarily a bad thing, because it can instil independent behaviour and help children make new friends, but we thought it was fascinating to see just how common – or uncommon – the school run is nowadays.”

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