Why is it beneficial for employers to offer employees assistance with childcare?

A breakdown in childcare arrangements is the highest cause of unscheduled absence for working parents. If an employee has access to reliable childcare, he or she is likely to take fewer days' unscheduled absence, is more likely to be focused at work and is less likely to experience stress. Finding the right childcare can be difficult and expensive for employees. Employers can assist employees with the cost of childcare and improve their reliability by: setting up a workplace nursery; reserving nursery and holiday play-scheme places for its employees' children; providing emergency childcare if employees' childcare arrangements break down; and arranging for employees to benefit from childcare vouchers.