A survey including 1,000 parents showed that more than a quarter of them will be cutting back on treats in order to meet childcare costs.
The research carried out by 4Children also showed a further 16 % of them said they'll have to cut back on essentials over the next 12 months.
Despite the evident strain on parents throughout the UK, missing out on important school events takes precedence for one parent in Hastings.
Joanna Macdonnell who is a working Mum said: "It can be challenging a lot of the time.
"The certain things I've had to miss, which have been frustrating, are things like school concerts and nativity plays".
Over half of the parents in the survey thought the political parties should help more with the cost of childcare for parents.
For a child over the age of 2 to go to nursery in the south east it would cost an average of £250 a week, according to the Money Advice Service.
4Children Chief Executive Anne Longfield said: "Childcare represents a huge financial challenge for most parents and our poll shows the real impact costs are having on family life – from giving up work to cutting back on essentials."
1 in 10 families in the UK found one earner's wages were used solely to cover costs of commuting and childcare according research published last month by Aviva.
This survey was published as seven local authorities received £1m in new government funding.