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Thursday, 5 March 2015

Childcare costs survey

The 2015 report from Family and Childcare Trust on the costs of childcare in Britain can be see in full at http://www.familyandchildcaretrust.org/childcare-costs-surveys

Key findings are:
Costs
·         The cost of sending a child under two to nursery part-time (25 hours) is now £115.45 per week in Britain, or £6,003 per year, which is a 5.1 per cent rise since 2014.
·         The cost of part-time care from a childminder has also risen – by 4.3 per cent – and now costs £104.06 per week or £5,411 per year.
·         Childcare prices have continued to rise at levels above the rate of inflation and the cost of a part-time nursery place for a child under two has increased by 32.8 per cent over the last Parliament.

Childcare supply
·         The Childcare Act 2006 requires local authorities in England and Wales to make sure – as far as is practicable – that there is sufficient childcare for working parents, but despite this duty, this year just 43 per cent of councils in England had enough childcare for them, compared with 54 per cent last year.
Gaps in provision for disabled children have also increased, with only 21 per cent of English local authorities and 7 per cent in Wales now having enough childcare for this group, compared with 28 per cent (England) and 18 per cent (Wales) in 2014.