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North West England – Parent stress & child activities (June 2020)

Focus of this report

This report is based upon the data from 536 parents/carers who are living in North West England and completed the survey between 17th April and 30th June.

In this report, we focus on the following outcomes:

  1. Parent/Carer Stress
  2. How children are spending their time
  3. Parents feelings about child play and entertainment
  4. Child worries
  5. The need for parental support

Key findings

  • ¾ of participating parents/carers felt that they were not sufficiently able to meet the needs of both work and their pre-school child.
  • The top 3 stressors for participating parents/carers were (i) work, (ii) their child’s wellbeing, and (iii) their own future.
  • Over 85% of children are reported by participating parents/carers to be getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day but only 18% are reported to be getting the recommended 3 hours.
  • Almost half of the children (45%) are reported to be spending no time playing with another child in their household.
  • Over half (56%) of the 2-4 year olds are reported by participating parents/carers as not communicating at all via phone, video call or message with friends outside their home.
  • Not being able to see their friends and attend social and sporting activities is the most common worry reported by participating parents/carers for pre-school children.
  • Participating parents/carers particularly want support around managing children’s emotions, educational demands, coming out of social isolation and behaviour.