S ophie Cole loved her job. Female teacher in a primary school in Hertfordshire penFor over a decade, she was part of her school's leadership team and had studied for a Masters in Teaching and Learning.
But when she started looking for daycare after her second child, she found that the cost for two children under three for the three and a half days she worked was far more than what 'she and her husband could afford.
"It was more than my salary, much more, "she said. “I started to panic. We tried to find a solution but in the end we could not justify the cost. It was no use teaching because I would spend more money than I earned on someone else to take care of the children. "
So she quit her job. Cole says she feels lucky to be able to take care of her children - she has taken on a rolethe flexible administration she can adapt to their care - but devastated at having had to leave a career she had invested so much in.
" I am very ambitious and loved the school I was working at. I had a meeting with my manager who was really understanding, but I cried. I hope I can resume teaching, but I feel like I will have to start all over again. "
A tweet in April about Cole's situation , by this reporter, went viral to her surprise, with over 27,000 people liking her.
"I knew that other people were going through the same thing, but the fact that so many people feel so strongly made me feel a little empowered, ”she says. "I'm just an ordinary person going through thefor life - there are so many people trying to say this is a problem. "
Among them is Travis Newton, 40, who has a seven year old boy and three year old twins. Due to the cost of childcare in Essex, his mother moved in with the family Monday night through Friday to help.
"The cost is insane," he says. "My wife and I both have reasonably well paying jobs - I am a senior business analyst and she is an assistant leadership - I'm just not really sure how the others are doing. "
Iona Hanrahan, 38, independent lawyer and single mother of Newark says she racked up debts to pay for childcare up front while on universal credit because her income fluctuated and she often did not receive any repayments. " It was impossible to get out of this cycle -I ended up canceling my request. It made me constantly depressed and anxious, ”she says.
Andrea Barry, a 35-year-old charity worker in York with a three-year-old daughter, says the Child care expenses prevented her from taking a promotion to another charity because the pay hike was allegedly swallowed up. “Even three days a week with the duty free reduction, we spent over £ 600 a month on childcare. It's more than our mortgage. "
Cole would like to point out that she knows that many parents face more difficult situations, but she wants to be part of a growing collective call for change.
"Parents shouldn't have to choose between family or career," says she. "I didn 't quit my job as a teacher - I was forced to quit my career because the systemThe childcare I am supposed to rely on gave me no other option. "