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Underfunding pushing up costs for parents, suggests new research

A new DfE report on providers’ finances shows that the hourly fee charged by settings for three- and four-year-old places is on average 58p higher than what they...


Childcare costs rise by 3 per cent in a year

Coram Family and Childcare has called on the Government to do more to help parents access childcare, as costs continue to rise.


Universal Credit parents 'in debt' over upfront childcare costs

Universal credit claimants are losing jobs and childcare places because they are required to pay childcare bills upfront, a new report has found.


Nadhim Zahawi promises 'deep dive' into nursery costs

The children’s minister has sought to reassure MPs that the Department for Education is looking into the costs of the 30-hour offer, while denying nursery closures...


Working families' childcare costs rising faster than wages

The TUC is calling for subsidised childcare from the end of maternity leave, as research reveals childcare fees have risen three times faster than wages over the...


Childcare costs have risen four times faster than wages

The cost of childcare for the youngest children has risen four times faster than wages since 2008, according to a new analysis.


UK parents spend more on childcare than in other OECD countries

Early education spending in the UK relies more heavily on private funding than in most other countries, according to a major survey from the Organisation for Economic...


Government lobbied to keep vouchers to save on childcare costs

Parents should continue to have the option of using childcare vouchers, say campaigners, who are calling on the Government to scrap plans to stop new users from...


Alliance wins data victory on DfE childcare costs report

Research carried out for a DfE review into the costs of childcare has finally been published a year after a Freedom of Information request from the Pre-school Learning...


Childcare costs families a third of income

Research by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reveals that the cost of childcare in the UK accounts for more than a third of a couple’s...