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Teacher Strikes Prove A Headache For Parents

Teacher Strikes Prove A Headache For Parents

9:04pm 30th June 2011
(Updated 10:06am 1st July 2011)

Widespread school closures on a day of massive strike action have proved a headache for parents and left some firms short-staffed.

Mother Helen Eastwood told Sky News she was sympathetic towards the strikers, but the protests left her having to take the day off from her own business to look after her young son.

She was not alone, with many parents forced to choose between arranging expensive childcare, staying at home or taking the kids to work as about 12,000 schools in England and Wales were affected.

One protester defended the strikes by telling Sky's Tessa Chapman it was "very important" for children to see adults standing up for their rights.

While parents are coping with the disruption to schools, there are claims their tolerance will not last long.

Siobhan Freegard, co-founder of parenting website Netmums, has said parents do not want to be dragged into the politics of the walkout.

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