Just 45 per cent planned to use their child’s nursery place and one in five said they would book fewer hours than before, said the survey for Early Years Alliance.
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Safety of the child, the family and staff were the most common reasons given, with 79 per cent of the worried parents saying they would not send their child back until there was a sustained fall in coronavirus cases across the country.
More than half (58 per cent) said they needed more info on the science behind the decision to reopen, and 55 per cent wanted to wait until there was a sustained fall in the number of local cases.
The alliance, representing 14,000 nurseries, pre-schools and childminders, polled 4,490 parents and 6,300 providers on plans for childcare reopening this month.
More than two-thirds of nurseries and pre-schools expect to operate at a loss for six months, leading to a warning that many could go bust.
Boss Neil Leitch said: “The very future of the childcare sector is at risk if the Government doesn’t get its act together and provide the support that providers need.”
Mr Leitch added: “That means not only providing the clear, unambiguous reassurance that parents – and providers – need to feel confident that it is safe for children to return to childcare, but crucially, committing to a significant financial support package to help ensure that childcare providers are able to stay afloat throughout this challenging period and beyond."
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