So after many comments I'm wondering did your parents use childcare?
Mine did. My mum paid over $300 a week in the 90's. I often see people complain about cost etc. I don't think it's changed that much.
The school topic got me thinking about it because we pay for kids have social interaction etc & for me to be sane 😁 some people don't like to (that's fine) it's costly but I didn't realise many families didn't send kids