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Childcare Survey 2018

Authored by Claire Harding and Josh Cottell

In its 17th annual Childcare Survey, the Family and Childcare Trust reveals that childcare prices have surged at double the rate of inflation, undermining Government’s new investments.

Following the rollout of new government support schemes in 2017, most parents are now entitled to some help with childcare costs – but the confusing hotchpotch of seven different types of support means parents are at risk of missing out on the help they need. Many working parents using the new tax free childcare and the 30 hours free childcare offer for three and four year olds will be spending less on childcare this year, but savings could dry up quickly if prices continue to rise at the same rate.

Worryingly, families with lower incomes and younger children are the ones who are most likely to be squeezed by the price surge.

122 pounds per week for a part time nursery place for a child under two

45% of councils

in England report having enough childcare places for working parents to access their free 30 hours place

86% of councils

in Scotland having enough childcare places for parents to access the three and four year old entitlement

50% of councils

in Wales report having enough childcare places for working parents
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Our research and advocacy focuses on making Britain as supportive of fulfilling family lives as possible, and on holding central and local government to account for doing all it can to remove barriers for families. By revealing new insights into family life in the UK and formulating innovative solutions, our research aims to push the envelope on how families are supported in the UK. 

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