Childcare takes up a third of household income for many families

By far the biggest issue cited by parents in relation to childcare was cost,
singled out by 42 per cent, ahead of quality which was raised by only one in

It contrasts with a Department for Education study last week which showed six
out of 10 mothers would not increase their working hours if they could get
good quality childcare.

Andy Major, director of said: “These statistics show what
a large percentage of the parents’ pay cheques in the UK are spent on

“While the Government is proposing to bring in 20 per cent tax relief on
childcare, they need to ensure that all parents are benefiting from the
changes and it’s not just another change that won’t impact those who really
need it.

“The results also demonstrate what an independent nation we are, with one in
four parents choosing not to rely on their extended families for their
childcare needs, despite the financial repercussions.”

The study found that one in 20 families spend more than half of their income
on childcare provision.

Meanwhile 31 per cent devote at least 30 per cent of their earnings to it and
56 per cent use up more than a fifth of their earnings on nursery or
childminder fees.

Although well over half parents said their child’s care was “always” of a high
standard, one in three said there are occasions when they worry.

When asked what was the “worst incident” involving their child, the most
common answer was simply clothes or other belongings being lost while one in
10 said their child often had dirty nappies when they pick them up.

Small but significant numbers raised more serious concerns including one in 30
who said that their child or one of their friends had been able to walk out
of the nursery without being seen. Just over one per cent claimed there had
been bullying by staff.

The website, which was set up last year, allows people to rate and review
providers of childcare as well as care for elderly people.

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