Family and Childcare Trust (formally Daycare Trust) publish annual childcare costs surveys in January/February (nursery, childminder and out-of-school childcare costs) and July (holiday childcare costs).
A summary of the findings of the Family and Childcare Trust childcare costs and holiday childcare costs surveys is given here. You can purchase the full reports from previous years in our online shop.
The Family and Childcare Trust’s Holiday Childcare Costs Survey 2013, launched on Monday 15 July, reveals the average cost of childcare during the school holidays has broken the £100 per week threshold, for the first time, across all of Britain:
During the school holidays, schools and school-based nurseries are closed and working parents have to find childcare during the day. Not all parents can rely on shift parenting or informal childcare such as grandparents and friends. Some who work with temporary contracts will have insufficient annual leave entitlement, and others may be unable to rely on the support of a partner. For these working parents, affordable formal childcare during the school holidays is essential.
The Family and Childcare Trust is concerned that a combination of high prices and inaccessibility of holiday childcare for many working parents will lead to more children than ever being left ‘home alone’ during the summer break.
Parents in England and Wales who live in rural areas, have older children, or disabled children face even greater difficulty finding holiday cover, with availability in some areas having got worse over the last four years, despite a legal duty on local authorities to provide sufficient childcare.
For the 1 in 5parents who use formal holiday childcare in Britain today, the Family and Childcare Trust’s report shows that to pay for childcare for two children over four weeks of the summer holiday, working parents will have to find almost £850, a cost beyond the reach of many modest- to- low income families.
Key findings from the survey include:
Daycare Trust and the Family and Parenting Institute’s Childcare Costs Survey 2013, compiled from figures submitted by Family Information Services, shows nursery, childminder and after-school club costs all rising at more than 6 per cent ,more than double the inflation rate (2.7 per cent).
Increases across the country put this everyday necessity into the luxury bracket. A place at Britain’s costliest nursery this year (£42,000) costs 25 per cent more than a place at a top public school such as Charterhouse (£30,574 a year).
The survey spotlights a particular problem with care for school-age children. Here, parents pay nearly £4,000 for two children to be looked after before and after the school day. A typical family holiday in Florida, including flights, costs under £3,000.
These rampant price rises come in a year when, in recession-hit Britain, average wages have stagnated. The position is more acute for families on lower incomes, who have already been hit by a 10 per cent drop in support for childcare through the tax credit system and face tax credit rises pegged well below inflation at 1per cent.
Finding affordable, high-quality childcare, although a necessity for most parents, has long been a problem for families in Britain. Daycare Trust and the Family and Parenting Institute’s survey shows how much worse things have become. A nursery place now costs 77 per cent more in real terms than it did in 2003, but earnings have stayed still. In 2003, average median earnings in real terms were £11.24 an hour in 2003, and in 2012 they were £11.21.
Key findings from the survey include:
Summary of the Childcare costs survey 2012 (January 2012)
Summary of the Childcare costs survey 2011 (January 2011)
Summary of the Childcare costs survey 2010 (January 2010)
Childcare costs survey (January 2009)
Summary of the Holiday childare costs survey (July 2009)
Childcare costs survey (January 2008)
Holiday childcare costs survey (July 2008)
Childcare costs survey (January 2007)
Holiday childcare costs survey (July 2007)
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