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, they are likely to take fewer days' unscheduled absence, are more likely to be focused at work and are 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, for example: setting up a workplace nursery; reserving nursery and holiday play-scheme places for its employees' children; making payments to employees' Tax-free Childcare accounts; or providing emergency childcare if employees' childcare arrangements break down.