Childcare costs higher than ever

Parents face price hikes for nurseries and childminders

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Parents are paying even more for childcare compared with last year, despite the recession.

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The figures, announced by the Daycare Trust, found that English parents paid an average of £4,576 a year for a child under 2 to go to nursery for 25 hours a week. In Scotland the figure is £4,368 and in Wales £4,056.

Fees are highest in London and the South East and lowest in the North West.

While the cost of nursery care has increased by an average of 4.8% for under twos and 5.1% for twos and over compared with last year, childminder costs had risen even further – up 6.4% for under twos and 9.2% for twos and over.

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The Daycare Trust is calling on all political parties to make an election pledge to provide more affordable childcare.

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