Childcare prices rise in line with inflation, but shortage of free early education worsens
Parents are offered a brief respite from steeply rising childcare costs, as our 2016 Childcare Survey shows that average prices rose just above inflation throughout Britain for the first time in eight years. But childcare remains a significant cost to many families, with part time childcare for two children costing nearly £8,000 a year – a third of a nurse’s pre tax pay and 22 per cent of a soldier’s.
In England we were concerned to see the number of local authorities reporting a lack of places for three and four year olds double – to over a third of councils. And only 15 per cent had enough childcare for disabled children, down from 21 per cent last year.
Scotland saw childcare prices rising well above the rate of inflation and outpacing those seen across the rest of Britain. In Wales, nursery prices saw the biggest increases, while not a single Welsh local authority reported enough childcare for families in rural areas.
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