New ONS data on time use and parenting in lockdown (22 July 2020)

Date Posted: Wednesday 22nd July 2020

Covid-19Early Education and ChildcareEmployment

We have analysed the data released by the Office for National Statistics on parenting in lockdown during Coronavirus and the effects on work-life balance.

Read our short note on what was found on time use and parenting in lockdown.

What the data shows:


  • Parents spent more time on childcare during lockdown
  • Type of childcare changed – more ‘developmental’ childcare delivered
  • Fathers doing more of the ‘enjoyable’ childcare
  • Mothers still doing the majority of childcare – especially for younger children