Scottish parents are offered some relief by a two per cent drop in childcare prices this year, bringing the average price for a part time nursery place for a child under two to £110 per week, or £5,700 per year. Costs for a childminder in Scotland are slightly higher at £114 per week for a part time place for a child under two, or just under £6,000 per year.
In comparison, childcare prices have surged by seven per cent across Britain, the Family and Childcare Trust’s 17th annual Childcare Survey reveals.
The availability of childcare in Scotland has remained steady: 62 per cent of local areas have enough childcare places for the free two year old entitlement and 86 per cent have enough childcare places for the free three and four year old entitlement - far above the 67 per cent of local areas in England that have enough childcare places for the equivalent entitlement.
But, shortages in childcare availability remain an issue for many parents: just one in ten local areas have enough childcare places for parents working full time, one in four have enough childcare places for children under two and not a single local area has enough childcare for parents working outside of typical office hours.
Ellen Broomé, Chief Executive at the Family and Childcare Trust, said:
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Notes to Editor:
- Childcare prices in England, Wales and Scotland:
- For full figures on childcare sufficiency in Scotland, please see report attached.
- Two year olds from families claiming certain benefits, or who are supported by the local authority, are entitled to 600 hours of free childcare a year.
- All three and four years are entitled to 600 hours of free childcare a year – this equates to 12.5 hours a week over 48 weeks. By 2020, all three and four year olds will be entitled to 1140 hours a year.
- The tax free childcare scheme pays £2 for every £8 parents pay for childcare, up to a maximum of £2000 per child per year. The scheme gradually rolled out from 2017 to February 2018, made available first to working parents with young children before becoming available to working parents with children under 12 years old.
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