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Early data from our Childcare Survey 2023 reveals the significant challenges facing childcare providers and the steps they’re taking in response to the cost of living crisis, including:
- Three-quarters (72%) of local authorities report that over the last year, some or many of their local childcare providers have increased prices charged to parents
- Half (48%) of local authorities say that some or many providers have had to reduce staff numbers
- Over a third report that some or many providers have reduced their opening hours (44%) and reduced the number of funded early education entitlement places they can provide (43%)
- Over half of local authorities say that the sustainability of childcare providers has been negatively impacted by the rising cost of energy (57%) and food (53%)
- Almost three-quarters (71%) of local authorities report that providers are finding it ‘very difficult’ to recruit staff with the required qualifications and experience, whilst over two-thirds (69%) say the sustainability of providers has been negatively impacted by problems recruiting and retaining staff.
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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