Working parents are struggling to pay for childcare as costs rise four times faster than wages. Childcare is now so expensive that families are better off if one parent gives up work to take full time care of their children.
Since 2008, the average cost of childcare for an under two has risen by 49 percent. That means 21 hours of child care in 2008 cost £67, compared to 2016 where childcare cost increased to £99, and the cost to send a toddler to nursery part-time has risen by a third in the past five years, a survey found.
- Two year old’s are entitled to free education and free childcare if parents receive benefits.
- All 3-4 year old are entitled to either 15 or 30 hours of free childcare.