This research uncovers the postcode lottery and patchwork of childcare availability. The findings of this year's Holiday Childcare Costs survey show a huge gap in childcare provision, with only 20 per cent of local authority Family Information Services (FIS) able to state that they have sufficient holiday childcare in place to meet parental need - down from one third last year; whilst 63 per cent reported that parents had complained of a lack of childcare in their area - rising to 88 per cent in the south east region.
And this picture looks set to get worse, with the amount of holiday childcare provision falling in 40 per cent of local authorities - a trend rapidly emerging as a result of council spending cuts, and the impact of the recession.
Published: July 2010
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