A study has shown that working parents will spend more than £1,250 per child this summer.
More than £500 of that will be spent on outings and activities such as sports clubs.
Another £204 will be spent on extra childcare during the six-week school break, £297 on meals like meals and £263 on shopping trips.
But one in three parents said they would cut back on day trips and activities this summer because of a lack of funding.
Greg Marsh, chief executive of Nous.co, who carried out the study, warned: “TheThe next few weeks will be tough for working parents dealing with high food prices, energy bills and mortgage payments.
In previous years, they could have had spare money to spend on their children – now every penny is spoken.”
Mother-of-one Sheen Horton, 40, from Stamford, Lincs, was not surprised with the £1,250 bill and said: “I’m not surprised at £1,250 per child.
“We easily spend that much on our six-year-old daughter Leila over the summer.
“We don’t want Leila to miss out.
“We want her to enjoy the holidays, so next week when I’m at work, her dad is taking her and her cousin to London Zoo and an aquatics park.
“With train prices there and vice versa, it would easily be £300, if not more.
“We try to split our holiday allowance and rely more on family and friends with young children to avoid paying too much for summer childcare.”
Marketer Sheen and husband Paddy, 48, publishing directors, will soon see the mortgage on their four-bedroom home increase by £900 a month.
She said: “I don’t know how some people manage.”